Leaving it better than when found

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

Silva brings a far deeper well of understanding than most regarding the impact of catastrophic wounds, what must be overcome to move ahead, to regain footing and a sense of self and purpose.

“Everybody is different,” Silva said by phone from Quantico, VA, where he is an instructor in combat leadership among other courses. “It’s a wake-up call and everybody wants there to be cookie-cutter answers, cookie-cutter solutions, but there are not.

“My faith and my intestinal fortitude were important, but so were my life experiences and my age (42 today). I just kept thinking let get going through this and get out.”

The swirling emotions accompanying such serious wounds, Silva said, are often compounded by the reception from home.

The “thank you for your service” the characterization of a “hero” was at times, well, overwhelming.

“That was initially very hard for me,” Silva said. “To have people thank you for your service, I understand that is more for them and that is okay. Because of my ability and skills, that is why I was over there.

“You don’t think of thanking the guy who pumps your gas for his service. These were just my skills, my abilities.”

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