Veterans Day Chad 1000X

8 men posted to celebrate our Veterans and also their mental health.  Here is how it went down.

Disclaimer and welcome, off with the flag to Greenway entrance for some nice and easy stretchy monkey humpers.  Mosey continues to rock at HRMS for SSH.  Continue to planter boxes at front of HRMS for…

The Thang:  Chad 1000X – honoring Chad Wilkinson, Navy Seal who took his own life 3 years ago from PTSD from serving our great country

Partner workout – 1000 step ups total

Pox was an odd man out as Soprano was simply there to get the blood flowing and not push things before his half marathon on Saturday.  Good thing this group crushed the 1000 in short order leaving plenty of time to help Pox get his grand total to 1000.  Soprano even stepped up (see what I did there…) for a hundred.  He also provided concierge service by running to Man Down’s car to get his phone so we could play a Jocko podcast (link here) while grinding out steps.  Concierge service at beatdowns is an interesting idea, hmmm…  New IR possibility.  Paging Love Seat and MC.

We retrace our steps with some stretching and monkey humpers on the way back with the flag.  A few of these in count of 8 reps for Man Down’s 8 year anniversary…definitely for his anniversary…not simply a coincidence.

Mary: Knock out a pigeon stretch, then 22 reps of LBCs and Low Flutters for the number of years Chad Wilkinson served his country…and also the number of veterans who commit suicide each day.

COT:  Prayers for all involved with the Mooresville student who took his life at school yesterday, so sad.  Gratitude is the order of the day for all who served this country whether still living or no longer.

Moleskin:  I was worried that would take a while…not even close, y’all killed it.  I did this workout on Sunday with a 30# ruck and did the full 1000, it took like 80 minutes and I was sore as can be for most of this week.  Hopefully this shakes things out while also not making any pax nearly as sore as I was.  Soprano can’t stay away as I pretty much told him not to show up due to serious leg day, he showed up regardless just to keep at it as he goes for his 1:59:59 half marathon…hopefully.  Best of luck brother!  Big shout out to Pox who did this one with a weight vest and had zero problems.

Here is an excerpt from an article about Chad Wilkinson to reflect on:

Although the CDC lists warning signs and concerning behaviors to look for in someone who may be suicidal, Sara Wilkinson said none of the typical red flags were present in Chad — he had never talked about struggling with anything. But she also admitted spouses tend to chalk things up to “that’s just how they are” due to the nature of their job. For Chad, it was more than a job. 

Being a SEAL was the dream he told her about when she was just 13 years old. “We were military kids who met on base at a DoD high school. He always wanted to be a SEAL and that’s where the path took us,” Sara explained. 

Chad even left college early to enlist in the Navy, following in the footsteps of an uncle and his own father who’d both been SEALs. “It was always in his heart to serve this country. Chad graduated from BUD/s Class 204 in 1996 and went to SEAL Team 8 after completing his medic training at Fort Bragg,” she said.

After 10 years with the team, Chad got out. “We absolutely hated it,” Sara laughed. In less than three years, Chad was back in. This time, he was initially sent to the west coast but was fast-tracked to SEAL Team 6. Also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, widely known to be comprised of the most elite special operators in the world. 

“There were multiple deployments — way too many,” Sara said. “As time went on they all changed. I am probably one of the few spouses who will say it outloud. They are just made to be larger than life humans. That affects them too.”

Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI, is a very real diagnosis making the rounds for veterans. But there are some brain traumas within the scope of TBI being missed in scans. After Chad’s death, Sara donated his brain for medical research. The results showed significant “interface astragal scarring” — caused by blast waves. 

In 2016, a study of eight brains of veterans who’d died by suicide or drug overdose revealed the same damage undetected by typical scans. 

“When you’re talking about people who’ve done multiple deployments, shooting RPGs — I mean they are blasting doors constantly not just overseas but in training,” Sara explained. “Basically, it not only deteriorates your brain but affects your entire body at the physiological level. It’s really hard when you’ve loved someone your whole life to think like, ‘That broke him?’ He was unbreakable.”

Let’s live our lives in a way that honors the freedom those that have served have given us.  Aye!


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