ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Returning to normal life after sustaining a combat wound can be challenging for many veterans.
"November 15th 2011 was when I was injured," said army veteran Ross Cox. "You know I didn't die. But I sacrificed my life. The life that we knew was sacrificed and I'll never be the same."
Warrior Beach Retreat, a local non-profit, aims to ease some of the challenges faced by Cox and others with the help of a little Florida sunshine and the power of prayer. Combat wounded veterans come from all over the country for the Warrior Beach Retreats. This past weekend, four couples from Texas and Alabama attended a "mini" retreat at the Rosemary Beach Inn.
"Any opportunity that we have to show these people respect and to honor them for the sacrifices that they've made for us, not to mention for their own families, I think that we have to do it.," said Miriam Dillon, the owner of the Rosemary Beach Inn. "You know there's just no choice."
During this retreat, the couples focused on their marriages.
"Because marriages take a real hit, when you're a combat wounded warrior especially," said Linda Cope, one of the founders of the Warrior Beach Retreat. "It's just tough. So there's been a lot of ministry and sharing and strengthening of the marriages."
"It's an escape," said army veteran Michael Olsen. "It's an escape that we need to bring us closer."
"It's been eye opening," said Cox. "We've been married for gosh 18 years, and we have four kids so. It was refreshing just for us to be able to reconnect. The healing process that we go through is just, it's continual and it goes a little bit deeper and deeper every time."