The Baggs Family Shares Their Story
By Krystal Baggs, Military Spouse and Project Sanctuary Graduate
My husband served in the Army for six years before a deployment ended his military career. He returned home with injuries that have since required multiple surgeries. Fighting the battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the mental and physical scars left from all the injuries has been a journey to say the least.
The man I married just months prior to his deployment returned a different person.
Over the years, we’ve ridden a roller coaster of emotions. We fought to find a new “normal”for our family. The last couple of years, our family hit a rough patch that could have ended any marriage; however, we were not going to be defeated.
That’s when we found Project Sanctuary. We knew it was what we needed for our family to reconnect.
We were looking forward to rebuilding that special family bond that had been tested and strained over the years. We developed memories, friendships, and bonds that would last forever. When the week started to wind down, we left knowing we had the tools to successfully find our new path in life.
At our retreat, we discovered a glimpse of something that had been missing for years. I learned that my husband actually had an emotional side and isn’t a robot like combat trained him to be. In 13 years of marriage, I had seen my husband cry maybe a handful of times, but now he isn’t afraid to show his emotions.
Not only did I see a change in my husband, I saw a change in myself.
I learned that I am more resilient then I give myself credit for. I am a good mom, wife, caregiver, and homeschool teacher. I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
All the families at the retreat provided support for each other to open up and participate in all the classes and adventures. When the retreat was over, we left with a larger
family than we came with. That family has been there for us through all the trials and tribulations we have encountered since the retreat.
We had been in a rut, but Project Sanctuary helped us climb out and got us to where we are today.
Project Sanctuary not only saved our family, but brought us closer together than we have ever been.
We are truly grateful and will be forever indebted to the staff and volunteers that showed so much love and kindness to our family. There is no doubt to us that Project Sanctuary was an instrumental part of our healing process and brought us closer together as a family.
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