We have all seen them. Whether in the news or on YouTube, we see the images of a man or woman in uniform, returning home from combat. It is clear that the family member is unaware of what is about to happen. A son, daughter, wife, girlfriend or parents – the response is the same. Confusion, astonishment, elation, relief and, almost always, tears. When a deployed service member returns home from combat, there is unmistakable joy.
For some, homecoming is not a celebratory moment. Instead, service members are reunited with their loved ones in a hospital room. The homecoming is unexpected and unplanned –a knock on the door or an unwanted phone call jars them into a new reality.
For a fourth consecutive year ASA will sponsor Hope For The Warriors® – Run For The Warriors®, this time in San Francisco, on Sunday, October 13. This event will bring together meeting attendees, exhibitors, local residents and military personnel in an effort to support wounded warriors and their families, to honor their services and sacrifices, to celebrate that they have come home and to honor those who have not come home.
The run will take participants through the city, by the bay and back, providing an opportunity to see several San Francisco highpoints. Stay tuned for the exact route.
If you wish to participate in Run For The Warriors® in San Francisco, please visit www.asacharity.org and click on the link for Hope For The Warriors®.