Recently I spoke with the legendary Recon Marine, combat veteran, film actor, and visionary Rudy Reyes (www.rudyreyes.com). It was an honor to hear him share about the immense amount of adversity he experienced and what led him to service. As I researched his life prior to our talk, I found it powerful to read the following at www.forceblueteam.org:
“The idea for FORCE BLUE grew out of a dive trip co-founders Jim Ritterhoff and Rudy Reyes took to the Cayman Islands in Summer 2015 to meet up with their friend, Keith Sahm, General Manager of Sunset House, the oldest continuously operated dive resort in the Caribbean.”
For Ritterhoff and Sahm, experienced recreational divers who’d been reef diving for decades, this was just another week in paradise. But for Reyes, a former Recon Marine who had struggled with PTS and depression since returning home from multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the experience was nothing short of life changing.”
For Reyes, like most SOF veterans, diving had never been about exploration or enjoyment. To him diving meant hauling 200 lbs. of gear underwater to destroy some potentially dangerous target in the dead of night. What Cayman offered was transformative.”
Sahm said, “We saw it as the ultimate win-win. An opportunity to do some good, not only for our veterans, but for the planet as well.”
I love Rudy’s work with www.forceblueteam.org. There is something very powerful in using everything we‘ve learned and experienced to serve and heal others. We’re made better in the process and sometimes parts of ourselves we haven’t accessed in a long time join us in the deep and at the surface.
To learn more about Force Blue check out their Facebook Page at @forceblue.
To listen to our interview, go to https://bit.ly/2NUw2yE.
Thank you for your time and attention. If you know a fallen service member you want to honor, an idea for a mission that pairs veterans and civilians together to do good works upon this earth that unite, inspire, and empower us all, reach out to me and my team today at www.unitedpatriotmissions.org. There’s no reason for trauma and adversity to define us when we can use it to make ourselves and each other more wise, powerful, and impactful.
Executive Director of United Patriot Missions