VO2's JANUARY VETERAN OF THE MONTH
My story before VO2 is no story, although it was Front Page worthy. 15 years ago, I became a Veteran. 6 years ago, I lost my family, or thought so anyway. About that time was when I decided I no longer had anything to lose, I was wrong about that too. Now, since I was a child, I was a criminal. But, this was a whole new me, Crazy and bound to break every rule. This is where my 15 minutes comes in, and I lose two of the three most important people in the world to me(my two oldest decide dad is a true lost cause, and I was); I got caught. No surprise there, caught a charge, and lost my freedom. Now I'm a felon with no hope, a cup of coffee, a porch overlooking my community garden, and quickly deteriorating sanity. The Doc is raising my dose on Seraquil, in-patient therapy is talked about, I'm going to drug and alcohol therapy group meetings even though I completed months earlier; and a brother tells me about Veteran's yoga at Devil Dogg Crossfit. Well, I don't want to be sedated, or institutionalized, so I give Chris Carter a call. Long story short, he runs VO2 as well; and I have community service to complete. I ask the man for help, and he helps; now this is new. No jokes, no guilt trips or push-offs; the man puts me to work.
First day he makes me sit around and get water for the athletes, nothing big. What are they doing; Crossfit. He starts by telling the story of the Hero that died for his country. If you asked me his name, I'd have to say it was "Murph"; but I couldn't tell you. "Christy" was the first Hero that ever kicked my butt for, but not before I was allowed to earn my place in the gym; and I still had community service to complete. I asked him though, first day; "Can I do that?". "Start small. Can you be here at 6:00 tonight to clean the gym?" "I'm here, whatever you need" I told him. "I heard about Veteran's yoga, but I'm broke." "No Problem, it's for Veterans; Veterans work out free every Friday."....I didn't know what to say then, still don't. Free, and it's the best medicine this Salty Dogg has ever tasted. 4 Months later, I'm still cleaning the gym; because I'm still broke and will Always pay my way. I'm at yoga WOD on the daily, as previously stated. And I'm always fashionably late for Veteran's yoga(I'm working on that), followed by great grub and better company at Every VO2 meeting. We're not broken, we're not forgotten, we're not lost, We're Veterans.
We're VO2 For Life!
Thank you Brothers and Sisters for Everything,
Geno A.K.A. The Hatter
"I'll always tip my hat to you"