DVIDS – News – Fort Carson SRU soldiers explore world cuisine and golf courses together

ARLINGTON, Va. — If you’re in Colorado and see soldiers enjoying a plate of pierogies while talking about golf around the world, you might have encountered a group from Fort Carson’s Soldier Recovery Unit ( SRU) on one of their last international adventures. .

No, they haven’t left the Centennial State grounds, at least physically. But that doesn’t stop them from exploring both the kitchens and the golf courses of the world through a program that helps SRU soldiers on their journey to recovery.

Last winter, SRU personnel at Fort Carson began an indoor golf program that involved the use of golf simulators and instructors to help recovering soldiers learn to play the game during the cold summer months. ‘winter. But it has since evolved to include an international food tour after their golf sessions. As a result, soldiers can play on a golf course in Wales while enjoying the best cuisine Poland has to offer without leaving the general area.

Major Jen Windsor, who joined the SRU last June, is one of the program participants who had not played golf in the past two years due to her injuries, which required multiple surgeries.

“I wanted to see if I could do it and correct my form,” she said. “It was awesome. It exceeded my expectations. The instructor is awesome. I had arm surgery which he identified as the reason I was hitting straight all the time, and we are working on the way to adapt so that I can swing the right of the club.”

The indoor golf program itself is a six-week course that began February 11 and meets for an hour each Friday, continuing through most of March. Marc Cattapan, Adaptive Reconditioning Support Specialist at SRU, hopes they will qualify for a grant to expand the program even further than that. But at the very least, it will bring them closer to the warmer spring months when they can start playing golf outside.

The golf coach does a five-minute warm-up with the group and goes into a swing analysis so he can help improve their game while figuring out how to best suit their abilities. The simulator uses radar and cameras, and participants can play any course in the world. Sometimes they have competitions, Cattapan said.

“It’s a great opportunity for people who love golf and want to keep playing,” Cattapan said. “I think it’s good for those who are recovering and love golf to get out of their heads when it comes to their medical situation. And there’s a lot of camaraderie. »

It is vital for the mental and physical health of soldiers to have opportunities like this where they can explore the world around them. That’s why they decided to add the element of meeting up for lunch to experience new authentic cuisine after each outing. They first met at a new Brazilian cafe, then they tried pierogies at a Polish restaurant, and then they plan to visit a French restaurant.

“It’s different from day-to-day activities,” he said. “It’s easy to get bogged down when you’re sick and sick, but when you’re socializing and doing adventurous new things, it really helps break that mindset,” he said.

Windsor said the lunch outings kind of happened.

“It was definitely not planned,” Windsor said. “After the first session, we randomly decided to go for lunch. There were a bunch of different food places, so we decided to have lunch each time, which is good because it’s good for the camaraderie. “

The program itself has been a boon to Windsor, not only helping him get back into golf, but changing his outlook on life.

“At first I was discouraged, like I couldn’t do anything anymore,” Windsor said. “Now I know there is a world of possibilities out there.”

The Army Warrior Care and Transition Program is now the Army Recovery Care Program. Although the name has changed, the mission remains the same: to provide quality complex case management to wounded, ill and injured soldiers in the Army. Visit our website at https://arcp.army.mil

Date taken: 23.03.2022
Date posted: 24.03.2022 15:19
Story ID: 417027
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Michael C. Ford