Meet Timothy Greyland
Since 2009, True Patriot Love Foundation has committed $28 million in funding to 825 community-based programs across Canada, like the Canadian Adaptive Snow Sports National Capital Division. Through skiing, the program empowers injured military members and Veterans to live a healthy and productive lifestyle, improving their wellbeing, mental health and self-esteem. The program also integrates spouses and family members into scheduled lessons to support the entire family unit.
Thanks to True Patriot Love’s funding, over 600 military members and Veterans were able to attend the program. Sgt. Greyland was one of the participants who was deeply impacted by this program.
Even six years after my deployment in Afghanistan, the memories still haunted me. My wife and children watched the man they love become fragile, angry and confused. I felt like there was no direction or hope for my future.
In search of help and support, my loving wife applied to the Canadian Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Calabogie, which empowers injured military members and Veterans to live a healthy and productive lifestyle through ski.
Filled with a room full of strangers, I apprehensively arrived at the clinic as my experiences in life had left me untrustworthy and hyper vigilant of people’s motives and intentions. Not to mention, the fact that I had never skied in my life was an added stress. However, the compassion and support I found from complete strangers was like nothing I had ever felt.
I was welcomed and supported within my newfound group of peers. In fact, their love and care encouraged me to take part in much-needed intensive therapy.
I don’t know how else I can stress this, but the clinic was incredibly instrumental in saving my life and my family. The love and support I experienced inspired me to seek help and become the man I knew I was meant to be.
When I felt like I had no place in the world, they helped me see that I did belong, and my life was worth living.
Help True Patriot Love Foundation continue to fund programs like the Canadian Adaptive Snow Sports National Capital Division, which provides lifechanging resources to military members and Veterans like Sergeant. (Ret) Timothy Greyland.
Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual in this story.