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Only the Intrepid

Intrepid:  Characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance.

–Webster’s Dictionary

As many of you know, Greg became an outpatient and joined the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) here at Fort Sam Houston, TX, on August 1.  One week after becoming an outpatient, Greg began his intense journey of physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI).  Situated next door to the Fisher House, where Greg is currently living, and across the street from the hospital where Greg spent two months, the CFI is widely considered the best rehab facility in the nation for the type of injuries Greg sustained.  Below is a brief description of the CFI from the website:

“The capabilities of the CFI include state-of-the-world technologies designed to be used for rehabilitation, research, education, and training. Patients are challenged by state-of-the-art physical therapy and occupational therapy, demanding and challenging sports equipment, and virtual reality systems. They benefit from individualized case management, access to behavioral medicine services, and in-house prosthetic fitting and fabrication. The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) provides virtual reality training, the Motion Analysis Lab allows specialists to detect gait deviations not discernable to the naked eye, the Firearms training simulator reacquaints patients with their weapons systems, and the Flowrider integrates balance, core strength training, and excitement into the rehabilitation process. The CFI is staffed by active duty Army medical staff, Department of the Army civilians, contract providers, and nine full-time Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Together they work to maximize the patients’ rehabilitative potential and to facilitate reintegration whether or not they remain on active duty or return to civilian life.”

I arrived in San Antonio last Wednesday evening and, as Greg has been tiring himself out during the day at the CFI, found him asleep when I finally made it to Fisher House.  I was eager to give him a hug and to witness all the progress he had made in the six weeks since I’d last seen him.  The next morning, I met him in the kitchen just in time to say hello while he downed a bowl of cereal and hurried off to the CFI.  In general, the CFI prefers to have the guys to themselves because it makes for a more serious workout environment.  However, I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of Greg’s physical therapy sessions. Read more