No matter who you are, having an unfortunate incident or two happen in your lifetime should not become a reason to miss out on adventure and on doing things that you have always wanted to do. When you are a war veteran and a Navy SEAL to boot, the “unfortunate incidents” can become life-changing and physically and psychologically draining ordeals; but true to form, these are the very people who never let anything get in the way.
An article by Eric Wilkinson of King 5 news shares how war veterans do not let difficulties and disabilities get in the way of seeking adventure. Sunday’s feature shares the story of Navy SEAL Ryan Job and his return to Washington to help a fellow soldier in his attempt at climbing Mount Rainier.
Job is no ordinary SEAL. During a mission in Iraq 3 years ago, he took a bullet in the eye and is now completely blind. He shared how he is now unable to drive or see his kids, but that did not stop him from bagging a 980-lb elk through a special camera-operated scope. Where does he get the strength? From a rather simple concept — instead of focusing on the things that he can no longer do, he set his sights on the things that he could do. So last year, Job climbed Mount
Rainier with Camp Patriot, a Washington-based organization that helps wounded and disabled war veterans take on adventures that one might think are no longer possible.
This year, Ryan Job is back in Washington. Having conquered Rainier last year, he is bent on being of assistance to his fellow wounded war veterans who would like to go on the same adventure. Among them is Special Ops soldier Mario Barragan, who sustained massive injuries to the face after an IED attack in Afghanistan. He has had eight surgeries, and believes that if he can conquer Mount Rainier, he has what it takes to hurdle all other challenges that may yet wind up in his path. He has, after all, three more years of active duty left and may well be called back to the war.