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Wounded Warrior Project and Me

Earlier this year I started looking for a veterans program that fit my needs while traveling full-time. I made a few calls and finally heard about programs and activities that I could do while traveling. This lead me to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP.)  I was able to get help for insomnia.  I was able to choose a psychologist and schedule appointments via the telephone through their mental health programs. Sessions lasted for 12 weeks. I found this program to be a success. I am currently sleeping 8 hrs and have a plan if my insomnia returns.

My second experience was with a three day retreat dealing with physical wellness and nutrition. It was being held in Denver, CO.  We were already in that area because we were in process of traveling to Yellowstone for our summer job.  It was the most information packed retreat that I had ever attended; not to mention that except for travel it was at no cost to me. The hotel, meals and all the equipment we were provided was at WWPs expense. It help me set goals that are attainable, learn how to properly use a TRX training device and provided the attendees with 30 days of follow-up on a bi-weekly basis via the telephone.

My most recent experience was with an online hydration challenge. We were challenged to increase our water intake over a 30 day period. We tracked our intake and had follow-ups with our counselor. I went from 30 ounces to 48 ounces a day. Which was a leap for me.

So as you can see, it is not just for veterans with visible challenges but also for veterans that might need to find and interact with other vets in your geographic area.  WWP has programs to improve health, career transition or help with filing for VA benefits. If you are or someone you know needs services please ask them to speak with a representative or go to the WWP website.

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USS Lexington

The Lex sits in the harbor on the north shore in Corpus Christi. We were both excited to visit this historic ship that is now a museum. We were told that it was haunted. I was all about communing with some ghosts. Donna not so much.

There are five different self guided tours on this ship. You can also make reservations to get a guided tour. Make sure you give yourself lots of time. It took us 4 1/2 hours to complete the tour. I would also recommend that you don’t do this ship on the same day as leg day in the gym. The stairs are very steep and since it was a working ship you have to lift legs to get through many doors. I would also make sure your children are old enough to understand that they can’t touch everything. There are a few area where you can practice knots and touch but some of the original parts on the bridge are look only.

This ship was the first to have women on board. You are able to see those quarters. It also survived a Kamikaze attack during WWII. One of my favorite area was the Pearl Harbor exhibit. It is a multi media display that unfolds the day. It was powerful. We both enjoyed the knots display. Neither of us could get our knots to look like a proper navy knot.

My other favorite part was the display to the Texas Navy. Yes, Texas had its own navy. Who knew? There was a short movie that explained that during the fight for independence from Mexico that a navy was formed to get open the shipping channels from Galveston, TX to New Orleans, LA. It was a fascinating history that I had no previous knowledge.

There are volunteers all throughout the ship in case you have questions. Many of the volunteers are former military members. At the time of writing this entry, there are three Pearl Harbor survivors still alive. It was invaluable to ask questions to people who have served on this type of vessel even if it wasn’t during WWII.

There is also an escape room and a 3D movie on board. We did not utilize these two services. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. It is right next to the Texas State Aquarium. We did not do both in one day due to wanting to rush through each place. Lastly, we did not have any ghostly encounters.

Have you been to the USS Lexington? What did you think?