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MHS Profiles: Confidence. Strength. Pride. Rebuilding Through Recreation

MHS Profiles: Confidence. Strength. Pride. Rebuilding Through Recreation

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This month we profile the Military Health System's outdoor activities and community-supported recreational programs that provide wounded warriors with the confidence, strength and pride required to heal both body and soul. Read more to find out how those involved in recreational therapy benefit from the camaraderie of playing — and recovering — together.
This month we profile the Military Health System's outdoor activities and community-supported recreational programs that provide wounded warriors with the confidence, strength and pride required to heal both body and soul. Read more to find out how those involved in recreational therapy benefit from the camaraderie of playing — and recovering — together.

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CONFIDENCE
STRENGTH. PRIDE
Rebuilding through Recreation
By Elizabeth M. Lockwood 
January 2010 Volume 1 Issue 6
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Out on the Hunt
: RossColquhoun (far left) leadsthe Wounded VeteransWaterfowl Weekend Classof 2009 as they preparefor a live duck release.Each warrior used a shotgun donated to themthrough the generosity of the American Legion andtheir supporters.
CONFIDE
 Article: Elizabeth M. Lockwood / Design: Amy Kress / Photography: Caroline Deutermann
 
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etired Army Capt. JoePotter didn’t havemuch to oer America’swounded service membersexcept his love o huntingand some land on Maryland’sEastern Shore. So togetherwith his neighbor, retired ArmySpc. Dennis Reed, Potterounded the Wounded VeteransWaterowl Weekend.“It is emotional or me,” Reedexplains. “I was ortunate.When I returned I hadeverything in place. When yousee these fne young men –and we’ve had women too – ithurts. They’re just soldiers outdoing their jobs.In an eort to give back,Potter and Reed partneredwith American Legion Je Davis Post 18, based out o Centreville, Md. They invitedfve service members goingthrough rehabilitation at WalterReed Army Medical Center inWashington, D.C., to come outto the shore or a waterowlweekend, complete with skeetshooting, a live release and awild duck hunt.The program has grownsignifcantly in the two yearssince that frst weekend in 2007;the 2009 class o warriorsbenefted rom over $20,000 indonations, which bought themeach their own shotgun, paidor a weekend o room andboard and even allowed or twobountiul banquets.More rewarding than thesematerial gits, however, isthe emotional payo. Thecommunity o Centrevillerallied behind Potter, Reed andthe local American Legion,
I’m always asked, ‘Can Ido the things I did beore?’ andI keep reiterating the same thing. The answer is 100% yes.
STRENGTH.
PRIDE.
Rebuilding 
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