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Wounded Warriors

The touchstone events at each Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend – a evening banquet to honor warriors in attendance and a day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 09:56 AM.

Glen Silva said his role will be “facilitator.”

Another description might be reality check.

Marine Staff Sgt. Glen Silva will attend May’s Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend in Port St. Joe as something of a mentor, a man with a passionate understanding and empathy for the wounded service men and women who will spend several days basking and fishing in a place not a medical ward.

Silva, who attended the Wounded Warrior Weekend in 2011 as one of the warriors of focus, comes this year to lend a hand, and an ear, to organizers and soldiers alike.

He will assist warriors during the weekend, to provide maybe a dash of cold water to those, Silva acknowledges, that might be suffering through the “woe is me, no one understands” stage of serious injury.

“The key for me is getting into their faces and treating them as service men and women,” Silva said. “You are still a member of the military and you are bringing them back to the brotherhood.

“Research shows that units that maintain contact with each other heal better. Units with good family support systems heal better.”

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