Originally posted on the Connected Warriors Let’s Talk Facebook page:
By Randy Hamlin
As I was driving home tonight, I stopped for a red light and 4 guys on Harleys pulled up next to me and one yelled over “Noticed your Purple Heart license plate, Thanks for Serving!”
All 4 were Iraqi Vets down from Chicago heading to the Keys. As they roared off with the sound that only a Harley makes, I flashed back to the days of having the feeling of steel and power between my legs. Ya, the old days… I not only rode for the feeling of pure freedom but it took me to my edge.
After being discharged from the military and having feelings of dis-association and isolation, the absence of “unit” and “brotherhood” I took refuge with the asphalt and the bike. As the light turned green, I looked over in the passenger seat and saw my rolled up yoga mat. I chuckled knowing I have that “unit”, that “brotherhood”, with CONNECTED WARRIORS.
At the close of 2012, I look back and remember when the inception began and Judy Weaver and Ralph Iovino just started getting vets to come to yoga and seeing now where Connected Warriors is, is amazing… After only a couple of years and a whole lot of dedicated volunteers who believe and know this mission works, we are serving over 600 vets and their families in 9 states every month and have taught 245 Certified Yoga Teachers… How fulfilling for me to travel from location to location documenting this through photos and text, meeting many vets, families, teachers and their assistants.
My Edge? I’ve found it…