LOMA, Colo (KKCO) The beauty of Colorado is helping our heroes recover. Colorado Discover Ability and the Wounded Warrior Project are taking disabled servicemen on a 3-day rafting trip from Loma to Cisco. These patriots came close to losing their lives for our country, but now have an amazing opportunity to live their lives to the fullest in Colorado's wilderness.
"I was on a med team, we worked on the border, but I was actually medevaced from Germany," says U.S. Army Captain Stanley Wells.
Wells has made enormous sacrifices for our freedom in Iraq. "They took the cancer out on January of 2011, and I went through chemo, and radiation." His cancer is a daily battle far away from the battlefield. "I was off chemo, for 3 months, and they said that my scans looked better than the time in May," says Wells.
War wounds remain long after the last bullet is fired, but these American heroes aren't forgotten. "It's pretty amazing; the military and the way that they take care of their soldiers is just awesome," adds Wells.
Colorado's peace and serenity is helping them heal one day at a time. "This is going to be a unique event for me, I don't know if any of the other guys have done it," says Wells. Colorado Discover Ability is taking these men on the rafting trip of a lifetime. "It's an opportunity to maybe get away from everyday life and get out and enjoy nature, and enjoy the river; and the calming effect that has on many people," says Jeremy Steinhauer, program director with Colorado Discover Ability.
Every trip is special. "It feels good to give back to men and women that have given so much to our country, and it's fun. I enjoy rafting, and I like to share that joy with others," says Steinhauer.
And although Captain Wells plans to get away from it all, even after being severely wounded, his loyalty to our country remains stronger than ever. "I'm going to be returning to active duty probably within a month or two," says Wells.
7 servicemen, ages 20 through 37, are going on the trip. They're rehabilitating at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC.
They'll finish their 45-mile trip Thursday afternoon at Cisco landing.
Colorado Discover Ability designs adaptive sports recreation to promote increased independence and self-confidence for individuals with disabilities, including their families and their friends. For more information, visit www.coloradodiscoverability.org.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "honor and empower wounded warriors" of the United States Armed Forces. "The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs." For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.