Believe it or not, we are quickly approaching the 1 year anniversary of Tom and I leaving on Veterans Trek. We’ve been home, now, for 5 and a half months, which is a little longer than we were gone walking. Every day, I find myself thinking about the people, towns, and experiences of the trek. I am big enough to say that I miss it every day. I am also aware that I can never fully repay those who did so much for us as we made our way across vast expanses of the unknown.
There are those of you we met on the trek in a “passing” sense. By that I mean you honked and waved and showed your support. Then, there were those we met in a more intimate sense. You opened up your homes to us, shared conversation with us, and made us feel like we were part of your family. I think about you all very often and find myself wondering what you’re up to. If you think I’ve forgotten you or that our time together was too short for me to remember, you’re wrong. I remember you and hope to see you all again someday. I feel that no matter what happens in my life, I will remember each of you and how much you helped me become a whole person again. If you’re ever around Milwaukee, please reach out.
The past few days, the documentary crew has been back in Wisconsin. They’ve been filming “where are they now” type stuff–what lessons that we learned on the trek are still active in our lives, how are our families, what’s next–stuff like that. Needless to say, it has been great to see them. Both Tom and I recognize the power of documentary film and we feel so incredibly fortunate that they’ve applied their skills and talents to tell the story of Veterans and our state of affairs post Iraq and Afghanistan service. Remember, this film isn’t just about two guys with epic beards walking into the unknown. It discusses the unknown of what it is like for Veterans coming home–something only a small percentage of families in this country really know anything about. Someday soon, I’d like to open this blog up to them to describe their experience with us. But, for now, I’m sure they’re busy editing and producing what promises to be a very powerful film. Plus, there is something about filmmakers not wanting to be anywhere but behind the lens…
The past few days have reawakened my desire to write regularly on this forum to continue sharing the trials and tribulations of reintegration and the experience of Veterans Trek. I commit to posting at least once a week from now on with updates on what is happening with me, Tom, and Veterans Trek.
One thing that’s pretty cool is we have a new website that we’re rolling out. It’ll be found at www.veteranstrek.org If you go, sign up for our mailing list so you know when blogs are posted and get the most up to date info and what’s happening. For now, please continue to check regularly on our Facebook page for all there is to know about Veterans Trek.