Remember!! The 31 Day TBI Challenge for CHANGE during March, Brain Injury Awareness Month, consists of just two parts:
1.) Please learn something new about TBI every day. We will be posting an article daily on our Facebook and website pages to make it easy for you to learn. Today’s article is below.
2.) Help facilitate CHANGE by partnering with The Arms Forces by assisting us in continuing our efforts for invisibly wounded veterans by collecting your CHANGE daily and at the end of March donating the money to The Arms Forces. (contact information below) Create a jar and label it:
“The Arms Forces CHANGE for TBI” and put it out where you and others will see it. When someone asks you what it is all about, share with them a bit about what you have learned about TBI. Share stories of the people you will learn about through our posts on Facebook and how their lives have been forever changed by their injuries.
If collecting change every day is not your thing then be a part of the CHANGE by making a donation to The Arms Forces through our website www.thearmsforces.org or by mailing a check to the address below.
DAY 7 Article
Victor Medina is a soldier, he is a husband, he is great friend to many and he is a TBI survivor. I have had many conversations with Victor and we have become wonderful friends. We share a lot in common, though our worlds before our traumatic brain injury couldn’t be any more different. Victor’s injuries were sustained in 2009 while at war in Iraq, when a convoy was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device); my injuries were from being thrown off the back of a motorcycle on my honeymoon in 2000. Victor had “military” in his blood since he was young; mine a calling late in my mid 50’s. Roxana, Victor’s wife is a strong, courageous woman who fought hard not just to get her husband the care he needed, but to give Victor the opportunity to find a life worth living after TBI. Their love is inspiring to anyone, but to those who were left by spouses during their weakest times, my story and many others, they bring such a high degree of hope that love can conquer all.
But, Victor and I and many other veteran and civilian TBI survivors have much in common. There is a desire to give back and to use our lives to make a difference for our TBI brothers and sisters and their families. So many TBI survivors that I know have a desire to write. They write about their own story, but have a desire, almost a need to write about other survivors. Our injuries are as unique to each other as our brains. But, many commalities exist in our challenges and in our strengths. We can learn a lot from each other!!!!!!
Victor, Roxana and I will be meeting one day soon. The bond that we have formed from conversations will be strengthened by wrapping our arms around each other and without speaking a word, the message of “I understand. I love you.” will be felt. Just like in our first phone call, we felt our hearts join.
Civilians and military, hmmm….when I first was planning my nonprofit there were those who said it couldn’t be done. But, the naysayers didn’t hold much weight with me. I am grateful I didn’t allow them to take me away from my passion. I can’t imagine not having Victor in my life, nor the other veterans I am honored to know.
I love Victor and I know you will too. Here is a glimpse into Victor’s life and I hope you will take the time to read and learn more about him.
His smile and his eyes show the deep love for others that this man has.
Victor, I am so blessed to have you in my life!!!!
With open arms,
Founder/President and severe TBI survivor
The Arms Forces
PO Box 981
Maumee, OH 43537