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The Warrior Family

Article by Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR November 15, 2013 //   2 minute read

Camaraderie - The strong bonds that tie are born under fire and in garrison, both overseas and at home. They come from shared experience and sacrifice, loss and achievement, all in support of a noble cause. They are ultimately one of the most important elements of a Warriors life. The support system and sense of family remains long after they leave active service. We must remember that this sense of camaraderie can drive recovery, enable transition, and empower our Warriors as they look to the future.

“I have the greatest job in the world. I get to go to work every day with guys that are willing to sacrifice their lives for me and I’m willing to do the same for them. And I don’t think you can find that anywhere else.”- Major Kenneth Dwyer


“Being around the other guys and being able to share stories, tell war stories and have the conversations you can have with your brothers that you can’t with maybe your spouse or your family…that’s what I take from this event [Warrior Open], the camaraderie that brings the guys together.” - Corporal Chad Pfeifer


“It’s just really good to know there are people who have gone through tons of different things, everybody has a different story, everyone gets affected differently, but you’re all on the same path. We’re all trying to do the same thing. So it’s just good company.”Staff Sergeant Jason Searles

Matthew Amidon is the Program Manager for the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.