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Capt. Rey leading his Rangers once again
Patriot Profile: 
Capt. Rey Gonzalez, Army Ranger

Duty, Honor, Sacrifice  
 
Presented by 
Echelon Front 
West Point Toughness 
Capt. Rey Gonzalez is a West Point graduate, and a tough, calm, and highly focused
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Rey loaded up and leading the way
professional. 
While training at Army Ranger School, Rey fell 35 feet out of a Blackhawk helicopter absorbing the majority of the impact with his head and neck. He suffering a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. 

 

A year after the accident, Rey had regained some use of the left arm and leg. He believed that he had enough strength and West Point toughness to join two other wounded service members on Camp Patriot's Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Team. 

 

Camp Patriot's climb of Mt. Rainier requires that wounded service members shoulder 40+ pound packs and climb steep ice glaciers to the 14,411 foot summit of a steaming volcano. Nearly 50% of all who attempt to reach the summit fail. While Camp Patriot provides ample support for each service member, all must climb under their own power. The adventure is designed to build confidence, relationships and trust among climb team members. 

 

100,000 Repetition, 11,500 Feet  and a Phone Call
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Rey (2nd) shoulders his pack into the clouds up Mt. Rainier 
Rey shouldered his heavy pack and dragged the right side of his body over rocks, steep icy slopes and the most challenging section of the climb an area called "Disappointment Cleaver" to an elevation of 11,500 feet. It was there, above the hardest part of the climb with 3,000 additional vertical feet of climbing to go, that Curtis Fawley, Camp Patriot's lead guide made the decision to turn Rey around and lead him back to base camp. 
 
"Its a very tough call, no matter how much a guy is hurting he refuses to quit. It's inspiring and tear jerking when you see a guy like Rey drag himself up the mountain, he was so tired and sore that he couldn't keep his head up and he was still pleading his case to keep going. Rey has a warrior's heart." 
 
Over the two days of climbing, Rey did 100,000 or more repetitions with his hiking poles. He used the muscles in his arms, hands and shoulders more in those 2 day than he had in the previous year of physical rehabilitation. Then it happened, on the way to the airport after the climb, Rey made an excited phone call to his guide Curtis; "My hand is tingling, I can feel my hand again." It seems that all those focused repetitions stimulated a response in Rey's body. He would soon feel the same tingling in his foot. 
 

Leading His Ranger Again 

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Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation Guest Speaker; Rey Gonzales with celebrity magician David Blaine
Three years after the accident that left Rey paralyzed from the neck down. He made a full recovery with the help of Camp Patriot, and a team of committed physicians, therapists and medical professionals from the military and the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation.

"To a large extent, I was very lucky to survive the fall and have had such unbelievable support from my family and friends," Gonzalez said. "My recovery took me to seven different rehabilitation facilities, but now I am thought to be one of the only service members with a spinal cord injury who has deployed to the United States Central Command's area of responsibility."

 

Rey deployed to Afghanistan to lead his fellow Rangers and was selected to become the aide-de-camp for the deputy commander of Regional Command. Rey's hard work, never quit attitude and mental and physical toughness has inspired people from across the globe. 

 

The Echelon Front - Camp Patriot Partnership 
This Patriot Profile newsletter was sponsored in part by Echelon Front, LLCechelon front equips business professionals with the leadership skills to successfully manage the challenges of an ever changing global marketplace. Echelon Front proudly supports all the Patriots who have served our great nation. Visit Echelon Front to learn more about their unique Leadership Learning Labs. 

About Camp Patriot: Challenge, Change and Lead
Camp Patriot is a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers wounded veterans of all generations unique outdoor programs. Each program is specifically designed to create a powerful "life transformation"
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Lt. Ed Salau on Mt. Rainier

 

Our program fosters strong relationships between our veteran participants and our mentor staff. Camp Patriot mentors assist in guiding our veterans through the process of healing their physical, emotional and spiritual wounds in order to successfully reintegrate back into school, careers, their families and communities.  Many of our alumni have gone on to great leadership positions in their communities.

 

Camp Patriot is rated "5 Stars" by the organization Great Nonprofits and is the charity of choice for Seattle SeahawksJustin BootsRanch and HomeTriWest,Operation Give Gratitude and other organizations.
 
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