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A Busy Month

February 2015 was filled with travel.

I had one day between each trip to unpack, wash laundry, and repack before catching the next flight out.

We started the month with an Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. We reconnected with our friends from Week 7 along with OHOP staff members (thanks, Jean Claude for the delicious meals!) and attended sessions on marriage, TBI, and PTSD.

Read more about Operation Heal Our Patriots:

Video Reuniting Veterans

Military Couples Encouraged, Challenged During Reunion


Week 7

The following week I flew to DC to participate in the Hidden Heroes Impact Forum for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation along with several other caregivers. The forum brought together members from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to address gaps in services for caregivers, identify the problems, and draft real solutions.

The interest shown by all participants was validating and reassuring. We shared our personal stories and led the discussions regarding our needs and pitfalls in current programs. We worked within our groups to develop viable strategies to start making solid improvements for the caregiver community.

Learn more about the Impact Forums here:

Time to Give Hidden Military Heroes Their Due

Leading Experts and Advocates to Collaborate on Critical Caregiving Issues Through Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Councils

Senator Elizabeth Dole Convenes Leading Experts and Advocates Around Critical Caregiving Issues

Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers

Elizabeth Dole Foundation


Dole Fellows L to R Melissa Johnson, Jennifer MackInday, Blair Hughes, Shannon Tuimaleali’fano, Virginia Peacock, Jessica Allen, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Melissa Comeau, Emery Popoloski


Panel Members L to R Melissa Johnson, Betty Easley, Blair Hughes, Virginia Peacock, and moderator Lynda Davis

Sean and I rounded out the month by attending Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities Couples Retreat in Snowmass, CO. Sean had the opportunity to ski with his friend and guide Jeff, and we met several new couples. Cole and I hung out around the lodge and caught up on some reading, writing, and napping. We always love our time in the Snowmass area!

Read more about Challenge Aspen and CAMO:


Sean, Jeff, and Cole


Sean and Jeff headed out for the afternoon


Challenge Aspen C.A.M.O.

In February Sean and I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Visually Impaired Ski & Snowboard festival through Challenge Aspen C.A.M.O. We traveled to gorgeous Snowmass, Colorado for a week-long adventure filled with skiing, friends, and relaxation.  

Sean easily picked up with skiing as if he’d never stopped.  The sport is excellent for his balance as well as for physical fitness.  We spent time with fantastic friends and made new ones as well.  The girls took a day off and rode the gondola up Mount Aspen and had lunch at an incredible hidden gem called Krabloonik where we were able to watch the sled dogs get hitched and ready to run.  

Steven Schulz and Sean at Spider Sabich

Sean with instructors Kathy and Jim
Torrey Shannon and Melissa riding the gondola
to the top of Mt. Aspen

Girls’ Day at Mt. Aspen
Dog sleds at Krabloonik
Melissa and Debbie Schulz 
Sean, Karen, Eddie, Steven, Sergio, Corey, and Dorian

We enjoyed our experience so thoroughly that we will be heading back to Snowmass in July for Horses for Heroes, part of Challenge Aspen’s C.A.M.O. program.  Can’t wait!