Wounded Warriors | Midland, TX
Reel Wives is an expansion of the Reel Thanx program which reaches out to the wives and children of the wounded warriors that come into the Reel Thanx program. We believe these wives are true heroes too. Reel Wives began in 2010 as a way to reach out to the Reel Thanx soldier’s wife and family. While he was away for the weekend on his fishing trip, Reel Wives would send a gift basket loaded with goodies to his wife back home. Those involved with Reel Wives dreamed of the day that enough support could be generated to bring those women in for their own weekend retreat. With the gracious help and support from the great people of West Texas and surrounding areas, those who were already involved and those who began to hear about Reel Wives helped make that dream a reality. In October 2011, Reel Wives brought their first group of wives in for an all expense paid weekend of pampering and fun. We also strive to provide them with love and nurturing, and emotional support as we share their laughter and their tears. We recognize that it is not only their husbands who are wounded by the effects of war. It takes time for wounds to heal, especially those that can’t be seen on the outside. We want these wives to have a weekend where they can focus just on themselves; a little down time that they rarely get at home. Along with their husbands, they have sacrificed much for our country and this is our way of trying to give a little back to them.
For some, Reel Thanx and Reel Wives have helped open doors to new opportunities! With the help of others in our great community, we have been able to help a wife from our program relocate to Midland with a new job; a new start for her and her soldier!!
The smiles we saw, the hugs we received as we put that first group of wives on the plane for home were well worth the small efforts we put forth for these courageous women. They have told us we have altered their lives forever, and those of us involved with Reel Wives know they have altered ours. After that first Reel Wives weekend, one of the soldiers whose wife had participated said, “I can come home from war, but my wife can’t” This is why we do what we do. This is why our mission and motto is to help “Reel Wives When War Comes Home.”