I was an Airborne Ranger on active
duty during the last years of Vietnam who never served a war tour, but has many memories of lost friends. It took me years
to get close to The Wall. Too many tears and silent cries, but one year I found a young woman wiping away my tears. “Mister,
do you want to come with me and talk to my dad”. She guides my fingers across his name and I am now a part of the wall
and the wall is part of me.
All of us belong to communities, groups, or are members
of a team. What we sometimes forget is how important it is to be our best, be proud of our individual and team efforts,
The Wall 1988 - Captain
William B. Baun, Army - 558th MP Co.
1st Year, I could see it in the distance like a coiling snake, but its soundless cries kept me away
2nd Year, As I walked through the tree
line all I could hear was Johnson’s cries and feel Frank’s cold hand
Year, I really tried but I couldn’t find my way there were too many tears
Year, I walked the mall till dusk ended the walk around
the flags at the Washington monument waited for the
comfort of darkness to cry alone
5th Year, “Mister” she was wiping my tears “do
you want to come with me and talk to my dad”
Too many tearsbut she walked me to the wall past thousands of namesWe stopped “I
come every year, just to tell my dad how proud I am for what he did”
She had taken my hand and runs my fingers across her dad’s name I am now a part of the wall and the wall is now a part of me
of fear erased by a young women’s courage and I am now a part of the wall and the wall is part of me
Wellness is a lifelong journey and one of the individuals
that has made my journey special is my wife MaryBeth. MaryBeth and I enjoy many outdoor activities around the Medical Center
area and our lake house on lake Mount Pleasant.
Wellness is an active process of making choices and commitments that enhance the
quality of life and maximize personal potential. The wellness philosophy emphasizes the need for individuals to engage
in behaviors that develop optimal health and to support others in their wellness journey. As President of the National Wellness
Institute I believe in the NWI six dimensions of wellness model: physical, spiritual, emotional, social / family, occupational
and intellectual, that can serve as a guide for individual, group, and community wellness efforts.