Monday, May 26, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY -- Rememberng those who gave their lives, and not forgetting those who need their lives back.

Today is the day we decorate the graves of those who gave their lives for our country. In their memory, we have established Memorial Day.  It is more than a day for sales and BBQ.  This is a day of remembrance.

Hundreds of thousands of our best and brightest young men and women have lost their lives in battle - but not all of them are dead and buried. There are countless people who have come home but their lives,  as they knew them, seem lost. 

As a fitness expert, I know the value of exercise and fitness to our rerurning veterans.  So does Travis Cox, who served as a U.S. Marine Corps scout sniper and a special operations assistant team leader in Iraq. 

 "It gives you a healthy outlet," Cox says. "It gives you something to do that's productive. It forces the veteran to own their issues and work through them with action. These are veterans that have put their lives on the line and been very proactive in the betterment of this world, and it just makes sense that they can be proactive with improving their lives.

According to the Department of Defense, almost 25,000 servicemen and servicewomen were wounded between March 2003 and March 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recent media reports have criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for the handling of veterans' post-action care.“We consistently hear that when an injured veteran gets to the hospital, they're a rock star, and then once they get home, no one is calling anymore,” says John Register, associate director of military programs for the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Then the healing begins and depression starts setting in. We want sports and activity to be one of the tools for helping at that time.”
As your personal fitness resource, I want you to know that I am here for veterans, and will custom create a personal fitness plan to meet your needs. If your needs are outside my realm of expertise, I'll connect you with the appropriate training professional. 
Remember our fallen heroes on Memorial Day, and know that their is life after military service for our veterans. Fitness training can make a big difference.
Contact me anytime --
If I am close to you, I'll consult with you in person. If not, I'll consult with you via the INTERNET or telephone.
Have a safe Memorial Day

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