Update on the 2015 Reveille Summit:
In October, CWVC held its first annual Reveille Summit – a call to action to further research, educate the public and honor our wounded and injured veterans. The Research Symposium featured leaders in the research, development, and application of new PTS therapies, TBI symptoms and treatments, and advancements in prosthetic and orthotic devices. The goal was to increase awareness as to continued challenges in each of these areas, and the promise of innovative solutions. Goal achieved!
The Reveille Golf Tournament drew nearly 80 golfers with the support of over 45 corporate and individual sponsors, including Carol Martin, The Chris Sullivan Foundation, Les and Pam Muma Foundation, Jim MacDougald, Ben Hayes, Tampa General Hospital, Sykes Enterprises, Holland & Knight, Derby Lane, and Avila Golf Club. All the sponsors can be found at combatwounded.org. Thanks to Tom Gates and all our many volunteers for making this first annual event a success!
Why do we need a summit?
To support combat wounded, but not conquered, veterans just like SFC Billy Costello…
SFC Thomas “Billy” W. Costello, USA (Ret.) handles life with more vigor than the average. One look at his military career testifies to his focus, drive and self-sacrifice. From Basic Training to becoming a Green Beret, Billy never backs down from an opportunity to challenge himself and serve his country. September 20th, 2011 found Staff Sergeant Billy Costello in Shah Wali, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on a route clearance mission to expose landmines. Life as he knew it changed drastically when an IED detonated, costing him his right leg above the knee, broken bones in his left, fractured bones in his right hand and a blown ear drum. Through the Care Coalition, Billy found Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc. (CWVC) in 2012, participating in what would be the first of many expeditions with our team. Upon nearing completion of a CWVC Challenge to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Billy wrote, “…To ignore reality is an injustice to all involved. I am proud to say that I now know more of what my limitations are. I am also proud that I can say my limitations are as high as they are. Theories don’t produce results until they are tested. We have been truly tested on this expedition and we were successful as tight-knit cohesive unit – a team with strong values and even stronger will to succeed. I am truly proud and blessed to be a part of this group of fine Americans.”
The first annual Reveille Summit is a call to action to further research, educate the public and honor veterans and their families who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. There is an ever-increasing need to support our military personnel who have been wounded or injured while in service.
Understanding the physical and mental complexities that face warriors and their families is the beginning of a long road to providing vital support. Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc. (CWVC) has been a conduit of hope for those searching for meaningful developments in post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, orthotics and prosthetics. CWVC continues to challenge combat wounded or injured veterans to overcome their limitations by engaging them in extreme activities; conducts research and case studies that focus on improving the treatment and rehabilitation for those who have suffered amputation, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress; and inspires others who are similarly situated to embrace life and overcome adversity.
The nation will unite for the first annual Reveille Summit, October 2-3, 2015 in a show of support across the private, public, military, academic and nonprofit sectors in a research symposium, and a charity golf tournament. All proceeds will support the research efforts of Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc.