A few days ago a therapy dog team member and her therapy dogs were the first therapy dogs in San Antonio to participate in a Recovery Mission and Service Mission as part of the Patriot Guard for one of our soldiers killed in the line of duty. Courtney with her dog, Gainer, were at the funeral home to be of some comfort to the family. When the escort arrived at the funeral home with Spc Nicholas Hensley's family and his body, Gainer was waiting. They were able to interact with the family and the soldier's mother asked if she could hug Titan and then asked if they would be there for the funeral. PFHF will be ready willing and able to assist at any Recovery Mission where we will be of assistance.
I say all of these things I suppose to affirm to myself that what I do is valuable...that what I do is making a difference, that what PFHF is doing is extraordinary and unique, and that the amazing group of volunteers in PFHF and TADSAW are just that...Amazing!!! We are providing our therapy dogs and our service dogs in venues unreached and untouched previously. Our professionalism and elite status speaks for itself. I am proud of each and everyone of our teams, for they are exemplary, caring, compassionate and the kind of people that inspire me.
So this day and everyday, I want you to remember one thing, "ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL." And remember that these wounded warriors deserve our help and love, their families our respect and gratitude and that some have 'some assembly required.' But when you think about it, don't we all?
So for today I am back to work after a couple of much needed days off. For today I am content in the fact that love is something you can't control, love is something you have to give away, and that love is something that asks nothing in return.
Each day my heart is full, for it is only in giving love are we receive it. And I receive it every second of every day from warriors and patients that I may perhaps never know or meet. But that is enough. That is enough.