Saturday, August 4, 2018

PTSD Patrol: Two Wheel Power Drive

Two wheel power drive
Combat PTSD Wounded Times and PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
August 4, 2018

This week's PTSD Patrol Sunday Morning Empowerment Zone is still going up tomorrow, as always, but I wanted you to see what this week's video is about ahead of time.

When you think about a vehicle with 2 wheels, right away, I know your thinking of the Harley's roaring down the street. This is about a different 2 wheeler. 

This is about pushing forward with your own power and training to do it. The people in the pictures below lost something, but ended up gaining a lot more.

Their 2 wheel vehicles are wheelchairs!

Yesterday at the Ovideo Aquatic Facility the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is co-presented between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Games serve Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputations and other central neurological impairments with the goal to increase their independence, healthy activity and quality of life through wheelchair sports and recreation. Veterans are being exposed to wheelchair sports at their home VAMC or PVA Chapters as part of their rehabilitation to improve function, independence and getting them active in their home communities in sport and fitness.

This group is training to be "lifters" to help get the veterans into the pool and out of it.
Oviedo High School Volunteers
This veteran started having a blink of an eye, the lifeguards were there to help her!
Check back tomorrow morning for this week's video.

It is Sunday Morning! The beginning of a new week and hopefully, a new beginning for you too!

By now, you watched the video and saw how all of these athletes received help to achieve their goals. That is how everyone moves on in life. 

You had a desire to serve. They had a desire to do that too. 

You had to be trained to do it. So did they.

They needed help to get out of the wheelchairs. Help to learn how to swim with their physical limits but they did not limit themselves to what they were expected to do. You should not settle for being limited to what people expect out of you with your disability.

They needed help on every part of this trip in their lives, and so do you.

Sure, I know most wheelchairs have more than two wheels but when you think about it, that is really all you need. One wheel moves you but the other one guides you to where you want to go.

So where do you want to go? The only limits on your life are those you settle for. Want to get up and move that vehicle you live in? Then #TakeBackYourLife and find the drive to do it.

On a personal note: Gunny, there is something on the end of this just for you! Thank you for being such a huge part of encouraging me to never give up!

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