I was watching my favorite morning news show recently and right before it ended, a young man was featured speaking about a project which helps our veterans and first responders who suffer from P.T.S.D. or other issues from their time of service.
John T. Woodall spoke about an amazing organization and place called Camp 4 Heroes. Basically, a sanctuary for those suffering, Camp 4 Heroes is on 184 acres in Fairmont, N.C.
Woodall also wrote a moving song, called “Stand Tall,” which he sang on the show. The lyrics are about those heroes who are struggling and often feel as if they don’t matter to society. It is a beautiful song and the words brought me to tears.
I immediately went to the web site, www.camp4heroes.org, to learn more. I sent the website a message asking if one of the team members might call me to discuss their organization for this column. Imagine my shock when, only minutes after performing on a live television show, John Woodall himself emailed me right back and offered to speak on the phone. I have to admit I was a little star struck!
Woodall is an award-winning singer also known for his film and stage work and he is currently serving as the Artistic Director for Camp 4 Heroes.
He and his father, Capt. John Woodall (known as “Woody”), have been assisting veterans, first responders and firefighters ever since 9/11 happened.
Captain Woodall is a retired fire captain from Raleigh, N.C., and just like his son is passionate about helping these brave men and women.
So many are suffering greatly and often turn to alcohol, drugs, or worse, take their own lives. Some statistics show that as many as 20 veterans a day take their own lives. That is such a tragedy and we should all do whatever we can to help stop this from happening.
Camp 4 Heroes is truly a special place. Besides the gorgeous and peaceful land and lake, there is going to be a wellness center, a state-of-the-art recording studio (which Woodall designed), a gourmet kitchen where there will be culinary classes taught, a non-denominational chapel and much more. There will be activities, classes and most importantly support for these heroes.
The team has built a few cabins, but has big plans to build more and complete the facility.
Currently, many people come in their RV’s or they camp out on the property.
“We really try not to turn anybody away,” Woodall said. “Everybody’s needs are different — it all depends on what they went through and how they are processing their experience — our goal is to help them reintegrate with their families and society.”
Bonding with others who have had similar experiences as well as with their family members is so important.
“We offer an organic environment that allows these veterans and first responders to open up about what they are going through,” Woodall said. “Our passion is to intervene before another person in crisis decides to take his or her own life.”
As most of you know, my husband and father were in the Air Force and our son served in the Army. We are big fans of our military.
Of course, all of us depend on first responders every day — can you even imagine what they see each and every day? I can’t.
Please join me in supporting this organization. Begin by visiting their web site and downloading Woodall’s song — you can buy it for whatever you can afford and 50 percent of the proceeds go directly to help Camp 4 Heroes. That’s a start. Plus, the song is fantastic — I promise you will love it and you will feel like you are doing something to support these brave men and women.
In addition, if any of you are engineers, builders or have other talents in those areas, consider giving some of your time to assist as they continue this worthy project.
A big thank you to John Woodall, his father, and the entire team at Camp 4 Heroes. Thank you for your time John, and thank you for what you all are doing to help our veterans and first responders. I hope my community rallies to help Camp 4 Heroes.
If you need any more information, please email me. Don’t forget to check out the web site at www.camp4heroes.org.
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.