Posted: Aug 20, 2012 8:57 PM by Katy Harris - KAJ News
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 8:45 AM
BIGFORK - Five families have welcomed active Special Operations soldiers into their homes as part of a special retreat.
The Special Forces Association Chapter 28 and US Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg organized the all-expense paid trip for active duty Special Forces soldiers and their families to a retreat at Flathead Lake and Bigfork.
It's the second year this Wounded Warrior program has allowed Special Forces families get to enjoy activities like horseback riding, boating and relaxation in the Flathead Valley.
Potomac resident LeLand Hysolp is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army. He and a group of other retired Special Forces men helped organize the retreat.
"I just want them to enjoy themselves, get out of the mode that they're in where their regimentation is hour-by-hour-by-hour all day," Hysolp said.
Special Forces soldier Rusty Gaeta said for some of them, it's like a second honeymoon. "Some of them are saying this is their first time since they've been healing and through the Wounded Warrior program and they've been able to get some time and go out."
Kalispell Toyota loaned vehicles for the Special Forces families and Glacier Park Incorporated provided a red bus tour in Glacier National Park.
(Photo of Flathead Lake from Flickr user Katie@!.)