For our generation of wounded veterans, one day a year is special. It’s the day they didn’t die.
Alive Day is not, strictly speaking, a formal thing, and probably not something you’ve ever heard of if you haven’t had the occasion to celebrate it or are not part of the military. It certainly isn’t something national, like Veterans Day or Memorial Day. But to American soldiers who have been wounded—physically, mentally, or both—in battle, Alive Day is a very real thing: It is the anniversary of the day you were wounded, the day your life changed. The day you could have been killed, or were almost killed, but weren’t. It’s the day death came right alongside you, and maybe took some of your friends, but didn’t take you. You may have survived with terrible wounds, maybe wounds nobody but you can see, but the fact is, you survived. You’re alive. And that’s a fact worth celebrating.
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I would like to give a huge thanks to Ranger Road and Ultimate Fitness. I'm truely grateful and blessed to have their support, that in part, made an big impact on my life as a whole. The partnership with the VA through Ranger Road is a great gift for veterans having the chance to being a part of something special and the programs available to us when we are going through the darkness of our issues. The brotherhood allowed me to become appreciative and cherish everyday I awake and live life to the fullest with tremendous happiness. Thank you for opportunity to be part of the RR and UF family!
Top notch humble ppl, they show us veterans a good time I have enjoyed the few events I have done with these guys . So everybody get the word out these ppl do it for the right reasons!
Awesome organization! I’m truly thankful I was able to be part of the first RR scuba event.
I got to organize a group of volunteers for the Freedom Jump. This group included last veterans, law enforcement officers and students from a local high school. Needless to say this was quite humbling, motivating and inspirational for them. Many in this group I spoke to were pretty emotional after this experience and found themselves with a new appreciation for simple things they took for granted and a better understanding of sacrifices made by our service men and women. All were eager to come back and help again knowing what a small effort it took to get involved resulted in a bigger impact on other life’s even for a day. If you are interested in getting involved message me or Ranger Road itself.
Ranger Road is such an awesome team to be involved with. Always looking out and taking care of fellow Veterans. I can't speak highly enough about the guys in the organization. Just meet the team and I guarantee you will have a great time.
I just wanted to reach out and again thank you for what you do! As I returned from Freedom Jump 2019 and started to back into the workweek grind back here, the impact of this weekend really started to sick in. A piece of me has been missing for a few years now, and I'm not talking about my leg. I have been missing being up in the sky, and thanks to you, skydiving has been brought back into my life.
No amount of meds, no amount of counselor sessions, can replace the feeling or impact that skydiving brings to me. My wife Danyel urged me to start in the sport years ago as a way to combat PTSD as a way to fill or match the adrenaline rush I had been missing and chasing. Sure enough it changed me even more than either one of us could have imagined.
You enter that aircraft with a headful of stress, anxiety, worries, anger, and sadness. Then as you approach altitude, the door opens, and as you make your way to the exit, your head clears. Spot the LZ, look for aircraft and other jumpers, then dive. At 13,500ft you dive out of that aircraft, falling at 120mph as your adrenaline takes over your body. All of those "things" that occupied your mind before are now all gone, and are now replaced with a sense of euphoria as you fall though the sky and observe the beauty of the land from above. As you deploy your canopy, all goes silent as you fly above the land in a peaceful silence.
As you land, its almost a rebirth into this amazing life that we are privileged to continue in. Head clear, nerves settled, senses dialed in, as all in my mind and body have been replaced with a continuous euphoric feeling of calmness, peace, love and a connection to life again.
I would just like to say thank you for bringing this back into my life!
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