I got back from Iraq and landed in the hospital for 4 months. Over 7 surgeries and over three years later I was in bad shape. Broke mentally and physically. Pain and medicine seemed to be the only daily constant in my life. This was destroying and has destroyed my families confidence in me as father and husband. This being said, I started meeting with the VA Vocational Rehab office. This office helped me with memory aids that was one of my anger triggers. This same office started getting me out of the house and working with other soldiers.
I was referred to the TRR program. I first met Bob and the TRR team in a pool in the Idaho Athletic Center. We conducted basic kayak training. At first I was not to impressed with the simplicity of the sport. However, I quickly discovered that it takes balance and skill to stay upright, and I had neither. I was humbled and challenged. Soldiers do not back down from a challenge. Over the next few months, the TRR team taught me how to become a pretty good beginning kayak-er. We, together, never looked back. I have been on some incredible trips down the South and the Main. I have met some GREAT other soldiers that I would do anything for.
This activity, this team, this organization has been great for me and my family. Thank you Bob and TRR team.
(ret) CPT Marshall Davis