Skip to comments.WALTER REED - DC: Post Closing Report May 23,2012
Posted on 05/23/2012 4:16:06 PM PDT by trooprally
MESSAGE FROM CINDY-TRUE-SUPPORTER:
"Yesterday I (Cindy_True_Supporter) and the mother of a wounded warrior that I met before the closing of Walter Reed- DC had the opportunity to have lunch with Cliff, the evening manager of the Mologne House at WRAMC. He conveyed to me how important our group was outside of Walter Reed with supportive signs of our wounded troops. He stressed that our presence was of tremendous importance in their recovery and in trying to deal with depression and self worth. Our appearance at the gate and on the corners in front of the hospital was something they could count on every Friday evening. They were so amazed that people would care enough to come out over a period of years in any weather condition without an agenda other than supporting our military. So many VIPs went into Walter Reed for a photo op and a pat on their own backs for showing support of our military. Cliff repeatedly remarked on the many times he was told by the patients and their families how much we were appreciated, and that we would probably never know how much good our efforts had on the recovery process of the wounded."
"He asked if our group still got together so I could extend a big THANK YOU on his behalf for Mologne House staff. Since we rarely see each other on a regular basis any more, Im writing this message to tell all of our group of patriots who came out to WRAMC - YOU WERE SO IMPORTANT IN THE HEALING OF OUR MILITARY!"
But I suspect that the one visit will be with you forever. Thank you for standing with the DC Chapter.
The first several months after WR closed, I had an empty feeling on Friday nights. And when talking to FReepers about just about anything, it seems WR is always somewhere in the conversation.
You are welcome from the DC Chapter.
It is very satisfying when someone lets us know how much good we did at Walter Reed, that we made a difference. That is the reason for this thread, a lot of patriots who were at WR or reading the weekly reports need to know that we made a difference.
I have to admit that there were a couple of times, especially on those very cold nights, that I would briefly wonder if we are making a difference. Then a car load of cheering wounded warriors, hanging out the windows, would drive into WR whooping it up for our support. Or one would come out in his wheel chair and go around to all four corners thanking each and every one of us. Or the parents of a wounded warrior doing the same. This would remind me why we are there and I proudly went on.
And thank you for your weekly comments. The comments and knowing that you really cared about what we were doing also helped us stand proud.
Yep, still get that warm and fuzzy feeling thinking about WR. And to be honest, there are too many great nights to really pick out one or two.
It was great to meet a FReeper who was only briefly in DC but still made time to join us.
i only made it for 4 Fridays over the years and each time was blessed by the presence of wonderful people and a great cause. The distance & care of my mom limited my participation but those who were faithful have my thanks and appreciation. The AAR were something I looked forward toward viewing each week. New faces joined the cause and the “old faithfuls plugging along. Photographers always are special to me as you archive the events. I tried to help when I was in town but there were many others who weekly did this task. God bless you all & God bless the men & women who were at Walter Reed over the years & “remembered”.
Snoopy and I attended just a few FReeps at Walter Reed. But the memories are many.
DC Chapter, thanks for your steadfastness!
For the DC Chapter, thank you for your kind words. The AARs were probably the best way to let FReepers participate. Your’s and others support and comments was one of the things that made WR memorable.
The “newbies” at WR were extremely welcomed. 6 1/4 years is a long time and we needed the new faces.
But you were one of those who came from a far. We appreciate every time you stood with us. Yep, standing at Walter Reed was impressionable whether one stood once, a few, or many. Thanks for being there for our wounded warriors. [Mr] T
Have we yet mentioned the troops who struggled to get out to thank us? How about the ones who watched from the Hospital and got their family to bring them out to thank us?
I often had to walk away to wipe away the blurry vision from realizing the sacrifice these wonderful young men made for my safe life!
These nights have renewed my service, in my own area, during the rest of the year. I went to the recruiting center on Armed Forces Day again this year. All the faces had changed but they were aware I had come before and welcomed me again. Cupcakes and brownies are always appreciated by the young and THIN folks there!
Yes, somewhere in this AAR I had mentioned about the wounded warriors or their parents coming out to thank us. You are right, their trips to the gates were blurry eyed moments.
Good deal on your visit to the recruiters. Cupcakes and brownies, sounds yummie. Thanks. We also did Recruiter Appreciation again this year. A client of mine donated some big bucks to the DC Chapter so we were also able to do the DC recruiter’s office. Watch for Kburi’s AAR.
Thank you for the kind words. WRAMC Friday night FReeps will live forever in our memories.
I still laugh thinking of the video clip of kristinn sitting in a lawn chair smoking a cigarette blocking that bus. Just so funny.
Yes, that was a funny sight!
Is this the link in my post that you had deleted? It works okay for me and a friend who tested it for me.
I am very pleased you went. I did not happen to see any notice of it being done this year.
Here in Florida their calendar said “lady named Joyce will be in today with treats...we hope”. The last person in charge left the note for the new one!...wasn’t that nice? A Thank You card was already written and attached to the back of the calendar!
I am so glad I did not let them down...it would have been so easy to stay in bed! LOL!
It goes to a commercial site.
iconadserver.com and when you try to go “back” it throws you off the net completely...tell me we did not get a virus or something!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Check this out before anyone else “gets” it.
Do you have a favorite night at WR?
How about the night you nearly fell from the big pole you climbed...”we got up close and personal”!
I remember you getting to Arlington, but did you get to Walter Reed event. We are collecting best memories and mine is failing!
Linda took me when I could not drive and Sam went with me one week. He was very impressed with the troops who came out to say Thank You for being there.
Have you seen this thread?
We are collecting the best memories of Friday Nights at Walter Reed. What was yours?
It goes to a nice video of Freepers at Walter Reed during a rain for me. QubeTV has lots of videos. I Freepmailed it to a friend and it worked okay.
I don’t know what the problem could be.
Still going to another site for me, even the FRmail link. Lets see if there are any others who have a problem. If they do we will have to delete it again. It would be a shame.
Along with the men, women and families in the Walter Reed facility, I want to thank trooprally, Cindy-True-Supporter, and the many many other FReepers who stood faithfully every Friday in support of our wounded warriors and their families. As Cliff and many others said, your service to our military and our freedom was also invaluable!
Thank you, one and all!
Please see my post #72. (I forgot to include “All” in the To line!)
You are welcome from the DC Chapter and personally.
Yep, I remember you being there. We were glad to have “one timers” or a “few timers” make it to WR. You all help validate that “with you in spirit” really means it when you all take time out from coming so far and spending a Friday evening with us.