Leaving it better than when found

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

And as he traversed the vast network of organizations, non-profit and otherwise, across the country dedicated to assisting returning veterans, returning warriors, Silva arrived at cognizance and something approaching a peace about the effort and the goals.

“I think it is so important to have the best interests of the servicemen at heart,” Silva said. “I am always excited to come down to Port St. Joe and see the people I have made friendships with because over the years this event has developed into something more important to the service people than the community.

“They get it there. They have listened and understand that they need to do what is right and what is best for the service people.”

His role, he said, would be to provide some of the same sense of leadership he brought to the battlefield and lend it to service men and women seeking guidance in the next tentative steps in life, a life dramatically altered.

“A good leader understands the people he is in charge of and adapts his leadership to those people,” Silva said. “You have to still be a mentor, a good leader. You have to be fluid and you have to adapt.

“I am still the same leader; I just have a different perspective.”

In spite of his injuries, despite his ordeal of survival to walk out of a hospital within three months of wounding, despite the impacts, long and short term, on his life, Silva regrets little.



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