Hi, my name is Frank Sulzer and I joined Team RWB in September, 2014. I was getting ready to run the Steelers 5k run in Pittsburgh, PA, when I noticed a female carrying the American flag. Her name is Kate Nemec Bielak. I asked her if I could get a picture with her and told her I run in memory of Gerard P. Dewan from FDNY ladder 3 who was killed on 9 /11. Kate asked me if I was in the military and I said no. She told me about Team RWB and handed me her card, and after the 5k run I went home and looked up the Team RWB website. (more…)
Month: February 2015 - Blog
My name is William Bo Hagaman and I am the Veteran Outreach Director for Team RWB Lock Haven-Williamsport. Just out of high school, I quickly realized that I wasn’t ready for college and I would rather serve my country, just as my step father, Larry Boyce had. I joined the Army 13November1989 and left for basic training on the 29th of the same month. I was deployed to my first active duty station in Bamberg Germany in June of 1990, just before Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait. In December 1990 we were deployed to the Gulf and I quickly found myself in the middle of the deserts of Saudi Arabia, living a mostly boring day to day life of work and training.
During my time in the desert I suffered a back injury doing my daily job as a Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. I went and saw the Dr. and was told that there was nothing wrong with me. I went back to the day to day of life. Once the Gulf War was over I was sent from Germany to Ft. Stewart in Georgia. It was here that my back injury quickly took over my life. Because the 24th Infantry Division was a quick reactionary force, training on a day to day basis was much more strenuous and it became apparent that my back would not let me do what I needed to do. I visited the TMC (troop medical clinic) 9 times with my back hurting, not able to walk without pain, not able to do anything physical without extreme pain, I was told there was nothing wrong with me, given Motrin, and told to never come back. (more…)