Combat Veterans Train at CFW at No Cost

By t. | In Articles, Mindset | on December 19, 2013

angerNot all of our troops are dealing with their combat experiences as well as others, I can relate in many ways and I want to help.  From here on out, combat veterans rate no cost memberships at CrossFit Wilmington.

American Troopers,
I know what it is like to feel like no one else gets it.  I know what it is like to leave the comfort and safety of home to go to a place where you could be killed while eating in a chow hall.  I know what it is like to hurt each and every day from injuries I sustained over there… and I know what it is like to leave the people who love you to go help a people that could give a shit about you… or worse.

I know what it is like to have the shit scared out of you, just make light of it and do it again the next day… and I know what it is like when nothing scares you anymore.

I know what it is like to want to punch someone in the face when they bitch about their broken Iphone, their car, their coffee, their fat ass, their crappy day at the office, their fussy kids, their internet being down, how the last episode of Walking Dead went, and all the other menial shit American’s bitch about.  I know what it is like to have disdain for the punks wearing flat brims who don’t know shit about sacrifice and were too big of a pussy to join and fight… and I know what it is like to come home and find out there is nothing on the news about the war only that fat Kardashian chic or some other irrelevant Hollywood shithead.

I know what it is like to try to save a wounded friend, just to have him expire right in front of you.  I know what it is like to use words like expire instead of die in a lame-assed attempt to dehumanize it all… and I know what it is like to be able to cover both arms to your fucking elbows with memorial bracelets.

I know what it is like to have worked for pussy officers who get us killed because they care more about their career progression than killing our enemy.  I know what it is it like to know if those officers would grow a pair of balls, the war could be over in days and we would all come home.  I know what it is like to give the best years of my life to a war our country won’t win… and I know what it is like to have a nation I gave so much to, tax the hell out of me to make sure the entitled get their checks each month.

I know what it is like to wonder why we aren’t paying less at the pump since we freed a goddamned oil bearing nation.  I know what it is like to wonder why we were ever there in the first place.  I know what it is like to wonder if you will pay for the things you’ve done.  I know what it is like to wonder why I am so fucking angry I could tear my own chest open…   and I know what it is like to finally just go numb.

But I also know what it feels like to have a place I can go to forget about it all. I know what it is like to go to the gym and lay it all out in my own way.  I know what it is like to have civilian friends, that even though they will never understand, appreciate what we have done.  Most importantly I know what it is like to have it all settle down and accept things for the way they are.  That acceptance is the only thing that will help you finally get over all the shit that you are dealing with.

CrossFit Wilmington and its very first members provided that place and those friends to me.  I would like to reach out to combat veterans to let them know that same solis CFW provided me is open to them, at no cost.  I’ve helped a few guys get back in the proverbial fight over the years, and this is the next logical step I could think of to reach out and help.  CrossFit Wilmington is where many folks, military and civilian alike, have found their way to a better life.

As our nation allows our benefits to be cut, pays decreased, and the Veterans’ Administration to be operated like the DMV, it is with honor we invite you to CFW.  I don’t promise you will shake off all your scars, but it will do you good to be in a positive environment where health and fitness is everyone’s goal. Whether you are an amputee and need rehab or the weight of the world is bearing down on you, CFW is a family with a network that will lend a hand in every way possible.

Come get some and get better with others who know what you are dealing with.





7 Comments to "Combat Veterans Train at CFW at No Cost"

  • Anonymous says:

    December 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm -

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Awesome. I wish I lived closer.

    1. D.Gilland says:

      December 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm -

      Brother I couldn’t have said it better. I will be there when I get back stateside.
      And thank you from the bottom of my heart and all my brothers who sacrificed so much for this great nation.
      Semper Fi

  • Daniel Edwards says:

    December 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm -

    Great article. Moving down there soon and would love to be part of the team.

  • Ed Somuk says:

    December 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm -

    This is really awesome of you Tony. If I can move back down to Wilmington, I will be back at CFW.

  • bpl says:

    December 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

    brother, ( and i dont use that word lightly) i have read a few books and articles about what we have sacrificed and i think you have captured it better than you could have imagined. I have turned to fitness and competition as my release, or i would been in jail a long time ago for putting my fist in the throats of the people you have described. the ones who dont get it. Thank you in advance for extending this to veterans. if we dont take care of our own, who will?

    De oppresso liber

  • Anonymous says:

    December 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm -

    Wow, thanks.

  • Adam says:

    December 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm -

    Great article man!

    Nothing I have red more accurately describes the way many operators feel going through day to day life. Thank you for giving back to the Regiment.