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Old 06-27-2011   #1
Buena Vista, Colorado
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Team River Runner Wounded Warriors Hit Colorado. Colorado Hits Back.

This weekend I was invited to paddle with Team River Runner. TRR is an organization dedicated to getting wounded vets into kayaking, great group.

Just two months ago my 19-year old nephew stepped on an IED, improvised explosive device, aka a landmine while serving in Afghanistan. Family members were tormented as they awaited news to whether Jonathan would live, lose limbs, or return home. The news that doctors would amputate below his knee came as good news in comparison to the speculations from the days leading up to a decision.
So, you can see I have a newfound interest in TRR. Even though Jon is not ready for a kayak physically or mentally I hope TRR can be an option for him.

This is a short piece about a day paddling with the TRR men.

Team River Runner in Colorado.

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Old 06-27-2011   #2
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Awesome hope to see these guys on a river soon. Definitely give them a right arm or fist bump and say thank you!

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Old 06-27-2011   #3
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TRR is a fantastic organization. I'm a volunteer for them in the DC area. They can always use help from the community! Boats, hours, rides...it's all welcome. I'm not sure about the Colorado group, but the DC group paddles frequently and invites folks from the community to paddle with them.

It's great to see a guy out there just tearing it up with everyone else....and only when you see him get out of his boat do you realize he's an amputee!
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Old 06-27-2011   #4
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Kellie Matack is leading their effort on Fort Carson and I'm sure she would appreciate any help or encouragement you can give her.

Hopefully the link I posted will take you to their FB page.
"Let us cross the river to the other side and rest beneath the shade of the trees." ~ Last words of Thomas Jonathan ''Stonewall' Jackson
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Old 06-28-2011   #5
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Kim sent a couple more photos of TRR...

Thanks Kim for sending the photos. They are uploaded to the article now.

Thank you again for the day. And I'll leave your throw rope I borrowed in the CKS store for you.

Best. David
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Old 06-28-2011   #6
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My brother is a veteran and I was actually born with my right arm missing 4 inches below the elbow so I think this is pretty cool. I definitely get double takes on the river.

Heading to do a few sections on the New this weekend.

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