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November 8, 2013

Wounded warrior emphasizes importance of resilience

Norberto “Norbie” Lara speaks about resiliency and life challenges to a packed house at the Base Theater as part of Team Edwards’ Wingman Day activities on Nov. 4. Lara is a wounded warrior who takes his inspiring story around the country as a spokesman for Warriors Speak, a Wounded Warrior Project program.

Within the Wingman Day construct, resilience is just another word that relies on people to show its true significance.

In the case of Norberto “Norbie” Lara, a wounded warrior who takes his inspiring story around the country as a spokesman for Warriors Speak, Lara spoke about resiliency and life challenges to a packed house at the Base Theater as part of Team Edwards’ Wingman Day activities Nov. 4.

“Mr. Lara’s story definitely gave us all a sense of pride and respect for our military members and the sacrifices they make every day,” said Nancy Koch-Castillo, 412th Test Wing community support coordinator. “It also gave us a better understanding and appreciation for resilience in each warrior’s personal situations.”

While addressing the crowd, Lara retold how he sustained his injuries, while on a combat patrol in Iraq. After the account, much of Lara’s story of resilience wasn’t about what he underwent in combat but more about what the recovery process was like, which was what he said is the true test of character.

As part of the Wingman Day event, Jen Housholder from Hous Band also performed in support of the Wingman Day initiative. Housholder, a radar engineer with the 775th Test Squadron at Edwards and a U.S. Army Reservist, spoke about her personal journey from combat to recovery through the power and therapy of music.

Jen Housholder from Hous Band performs a couple of her songs in support of the Wingman Day event held Nov. 4 at the Base Theater. Housholder, a radar engineer with the 775th Test Squadron at Edwards and a U.S. Army Reservist, spoke about her personal journey from combat to recovery through the power and therapy of music.

“Music is a powerful tool. It permeates through any walls that people may have up, even ones they are not aware of and really reach into the heart. It’s not the only way, but it certainly is a way to draw people in and help communicate a message,” Housholder said.

In addition to the Wingman Day guests, the Healing Horses and Armed Forces organization was also in attendance to share the free equine assisted learning programs they provide for veterans, active duty servicemembers and their families.

“The essential thing about Wingman Day is that it’s a reminder to all that we’re in this together and that we have to look out for one another. Some of the stuff that was talked about today may not be immediately relatable to the Airmen listening, but at some time in the future it may be something they can look back and reflect upon in order to help them through a difficult situation,” added Housholder. “The great thing about resilience is that you’re not stuck with what you started with, it’s something you can develop, build and strengthen.”

For more information about Jen Housholder’s story and music, visit www.hous-band.com. For more information about Healing Horses and Armed Forces, visit www.horsesandarmedforces.org.




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