Wounded Warriors spend a day tubing with families in Frisco
Sgt. Martin May helped his youngest son, Dillon, into a snow tube. As they spun down the hill, his wife, Wendy, joined up with several other veterans’ spouses before following them down the slope.
“We’re the oldest couple, and the longest-running couple,” Martin May said. The couple laughed, remembering how they first met — at a roller skating rink in 1976.
“We’ve been dating since 1982. We got married in 1988,” he said without missing a beat.
The May family attended this year’s Wounded Warriors Family Ski Week. The weeklong event was attended by 45 people: 22 soldiers and their spouses, and 23 kids. On top of four mornings of skiing, the group also got to fish, ice skate and, of course, tube.
The night before Thursday’s event, workers at Frisco’s Adventure Park shoveled extra snow on top of the hill to cover brown patches left by a warm spring.
“It’s really rewarding … they have a great time,” said Ted Lawson, chairman for the Family Ski Week event. “We want to show that lives can be changed.”
In addition to outdoor activities, veterans and their families have five facilitation sessions with counselors from Denver. They also work with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center to overcome injuries. Lawson had to narrow a pool of 110 applicants to the 12 veterans attending.
“They’re all worthy and deserving,” Lawson said. “It’s just difficult to decide.”
Honored with a Purple Heart, Martin May was shot by a sniper in the left eye while he was deployed. May served in the Colorado National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery unit, protecting teams who helped rebuild the city of Ramadi and several others in Iraq.
“We built schools, a women’s college, a library, a museum … we built all that stuff,” May said. “I got shot for it.”
SERVICE IN IRAQ
May joined the Army when he was 39. He was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and served there just short of three months.
During that time, May communicated with his wife and three kids through Skype and Facebook.
“I even watched my son’s first birthday on Skype. I was dog tired but I sat up the whole entire time between missions,” he said.
“We carried the laptop around the house so he could see the whole thing,” Wendy May said, laughing.
The family took one last spin down the hill before heading inside to warm their toes.
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