Heartbeat was very fortunate to be honored by the Tulalip Tribe, Tulalip Resort and Casino, Mel Sheldon, Marilyn Sheldon, Ken Kettler and Lisa Severn at their recent event the “Taste of Tulalip”. It was a grand event with great food, wine tasting and music. Thank you all for inviting Heartbeat and for allowing us the opportunity to show our gratitude to those that serve our country and you who support them.
Heartbeat honors and thanks ALL of our Veteran Heroes on this Veteran’s Day. Our men and women that put on the uniform, never guaranteed that they will come home safe or at all, but still they go..right into harm’s way for all of us. Please remember on this very special day that it is the Warrior and his or her family that have laid down their lives to keep all of us free, something politicians have no clue about.
Please see the link below re one POW’s story of 7 years of hell…
Pictured from left to right are;
Pat Maloney – Membership Chairman Supreme Council
Wayne Hogan – Past Vice Supreme Master
Carol Obrien, Lady of the Knights of Columbus
Janice Buckley – Founder/President Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors
Dan Obrien- FN Bothell Knights of Columbus
Greg Mahoney – State Warden
Dan Obrien has taken the lead in “traveling” with the beautiful, homemade Patriotic Quilt to the different Knights of Columbus’s Assemblies gatherings all over Western WA. The Knights are selling tickets for the quilt and the money will be donated to Heartbeat’s Christmas Stocking Program, then given to a Veteran. Heartbeat is very grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Knights of Columbus and their leadership to provide donations to assist our wounded warriors. Thank you!!
The Christmas Wish program brings joy during a difficult time for many wounded warriors. Organizations and individuals “adopt” a warrior for Christmas by buying gifts or donating funds for gifts on a wish list. It’s an unforgettable experience for warriors and donors alike.
For Heartbeat’s Christmas Stocking program, volunteers create large, beautiful, handmade stockings. Later, other volunteers fill them with impressive gadgets and treats. All the stockings are then delivered to wounded warriors all over.
Heartbeat’s Scuba Warriors go out on a chartered boat dive to advance their learned skills, have fun in a pain free environment and destress, Scuba Warrior’s Instructors were also on board. Everyone had a great time and this is one of the benefits of this program.
Heartbeat’s Scuba Warriors boat dive Oct 9, 2015 , Everyone had the best time, a whole new world underwater and a very nice change for our Warriors
Joan Kinsey, KING 5 EVENING3:28 p.m. PDT September 2, 2015
(Photo: KING 5 Evening)
Des Moines, WA. — In the calm waters of Puget Sound the healing begins for a team of veterans scarred by war.
“I had a light case of TBI, traumatic brain injury”, said scuba diving Mike Biggs. “Kind of went through a state of depression, not being able to function that well.”
Biggs suffered his injuries after serving three tours in Iraq. For Ken Young it’s a similar story.
“One of my injuries was a traumatic brain injury which was pretty severe, cognitive difficulties. I have sensory loss,” explained Young.
Adjusting to civilian life while dealing with so much hurt seemed insurmountable. But, then these men found support in a brotherhood called SWAT, Scuba Warrior Alumni Team.
Biggs said, “Part of diving is the buddy system. You’ve got to learn to stick together and start talking.”
The local, non-profit organization, Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors backs the team, their training, and open water dives.
Both Biggs and Young became scuba instructors for the program and now lead other veterans into a liquid space where weightlessness clears the mind and eases pain.
Scuba Warrior, Jordon Scott said, “Under the water I feel weightless, I don’t have knee problems, I don’t feel my back problems. It just puts me in a playful mood.”
Biggs added, “For me there are times I will just float and just meditate.
Young said, “I’m in the water something changes, I come out a new man. I can think clearly, I feel like my brain is working quicker, I can feel hot and cold which normally I don’t. I can smell which normally I don’t. Now it’s hard to tell I have a condition.”
From land, Young’s daughter, Cassandra can see the positive changes , too. She’s witnessed how time under water can heal most wounds.
“And it’s really helped everyone in my family and it really makes him so happy and it makes me so happy,” she said.
The battle isn’t over yet for the Scuba Warriors, but with every dive, they experience new-found freedom.
“I love it , I get out there I get excited. Diving is my life here,” said Biggs.
Knights of Columbus 4th Degree is honored Internationally for supporting Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors
The following announcement in the August WA State Knights of Columbus Bulletin is a tribute to All Knights and their parishes that have helped Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors help men and women begin the process of healing after being wounded in service to our country. This is a testimony to the Patriotic dedication of the 4th Degree Knights and the Leadership Team that guides us.
August 2015 Knights of Columbus Washington State Council Bulletin
Late Breaking News from Supreme Convention, August 5th Philadelphia
We have some late breaking and wonderful news from the Supreme Convention, courtesy of State Deputy Ed Parazoo! Two Washington State Council programs and one Assembly program have received international awards this year.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks for your hard work!
Ed Parazoo – State Deputy, Washington Knights of Columbus
First Place International Award:
To Be a Patriot Award Support “Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors”
Our Lady of the Americas Assembly 3123
Our Lady of the Americas Assembly partnered with the non-Profit group “Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors” to conduct several programs in support of wounded warriors throughout the 2014-2015 fraternal year. The services the Knights provided were an ongoing and meaningful presence in the lives of the veterans. Knights assisted with activities ranging from Christmas events (Giving Tree, production of stockings and a Christmas party) to making a float for the Fourth of July Parade, to conducting fundraisers and presenting Patriotic Service awards.
“To Be a Patriot” Award was established in 1985 and annually recognizes the three best patriotic programs conducted by Fourth Degree Assemblies each fraternal year. Entries are judged at the district, providence and international level.
We are very happy that P.E. Productions will be having their Fall Ball Event Oct 24, 2015 for a great evening of entertainment, food, auction. The best part is the “Dash Desert” and the “Auction” proceeds go directly to Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors to help us serve more Warriors. Reginald, who contacted us to inquire about his company doing this fundraiser for us, is a Veteran and the other 2 gentlemen are Veterans as well. Reginald’s wife is also part of the team. We hope to see you there!