The beds are very special for different reasons. One is electric with handheld controls that allow one to adjust the elevation of either the head or foot of the bed, while Lee Benitz had built the other bed from scratch for his son some years ago using red oak and ash that he milled himself. Finally, they're really special since they're the very first beds for the Soldiers and war zone civilian workers who will be staying at Valhalla for many years to come.
|A few of the places where Gordon and I|
slept during our Warrior Police research
tour in Afghanistan last year. Soldiers and
war zone civilian workers endure such
conditions for much longer than we ever
did during our three months there.
We learned this the hard way ourselves while researching Warrior Police last year. In Zormat it was necessary to crawl up a rickety ladder to get to an old stained mattress, and at FOB Justice somebody had messed up the order for mattresses so everybody there slept on naked box springs instead.
It was hard to complain since everybody was in the same boat, yet the first night left bruises, and the second night was an agony to try to get comfortable with wires digging into bruises from the night before.
Those serving overseas right now think nothing of napping on gravel, steel benches, or using balled up t-shirts as pillows in a pinch. They don't like it, but that's the way it is for many.
This is why the Benitz Family donation of two very comfortable twin beds is such a big deal. Lee and Lindy are determined to help make Valhalla a comfortable place, and their entire family is going the distance to help make it happen.
Valhalla Vision will become a reality by next spring.
Thank you again, Lindy and Lee and Paul and Elizabeth and Matt!