Thank you for everything. Words cannot describe your selflessness. You’ve helped us begin a healing process that had yet to begin and helped us into a direction of healing when we have been pushed aside and forgotten. Your perception of us was incredible and spot on. The safety and trust of this house allowed us to be open and free with our thoughts and feelings without judgement. There were things that the others shared that I don’t know that hurt but felt good to hear and feel. Thank you for allowing me to be open. Some of that I have not told anyone, and although scared, allowed me to speak freely. I’ve kept most of that bottled up with it starting to spill over and feeling I would be weak if I ask for help, but you have opened my eyes to a new beginning.
Shane, to hear yours and TJ’s stories helped me see that even big, strong guys like yourselves seek help. I feel ‘thank you’ is not enough for all that you do for everyone. It’s a gift that you give. I am going to continue what you have started with helping me heal. Can’t wait to meet up with you again a better person.R.A.M., Los Angeles County Fire Department
When you are given the foundation of life and also given the guidance to build and maintain that foundation, then you can fix anything. Thank you for providing that foundation.Russ V.
Thank you for another amazing time with your family and organization. I am extremely blessed to have met you, Yates family, because every time I spend time with everyone from the organization I feel closer to God and more at peace. The value of this retreat meant way more than I can ever have imagined. Talking to Shane has opened myself up in many ways, and I hope I can find a pastor like Shane. I cannot wait to see what is in store for you and the Task Force Heroes organization. Cannot wait for more time and adventures with everyone again.T.J.C., 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)
I cannot express my gratitude for this amazing opportunity. You have a wonderful family, which is so welcoming and respectful. Even more importantly, you are Christ-centered. The love of Jesus shines through everyone here. I am humbled and grateful to have been blessed by your ministry. This was a much needed spiritual and mental retreat for me. I now have more tools to handle the trauma and stresses of my job. I also feel like my cup has been filled, so that it can now overflow into blessings for others. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and providing us with a wonderful weekend.Josh H., Long Beach Fire Department
Words cannot describe how thankful I am for Task Force Heroes. I am beyond fortunate to have been a part of this wonderful process. I know that it has been a big help to me, but also to the others who partook. After going through some rough times, this was the perfect outlet to relieve the stressors. Also being new / a rookie, this is something that possibly saved my career and I am so blessed for that. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home and making me feel like it was mine for the weekend. I aspire to have a family similar to yours in the future. Thank you for everything, and I look forward to our future together.Eric P.
Thank you for opening up your home to me and my fire family. It has been a tough year for myself, and this experience has made me a better man, husband, father, and leader. You all are truly doing God’s work, and I am so blessed to not only have met you but to have you in my life from this week forward.Bryan W., Long Beach Fire Department
The experiences of this weekend have touched my heart in a tremendous way. You opened your home and hearts to us at a time when our hearts are broken. Thank you for all of your hard work. This home and these lands are a very special place that I will never forget. You have given us great tools for healing as we head back to our normal lives.Johnny J., Long Beach Fire Department
I want to take the time to thank you all for having me. When I got here, I took a moment to take it all in. Coming from a poor background, to be on a private jet and come to this nice home you have here for your mission almost brought me to tears. When I came back from Afghanistan, I needed help reintegrating into society, and your organization provided assistance. Due to Task Force Heroes lending help, I was able to reintegrate bettering set a solid foundation to build on.
Shane Yates, thank you for the word and the work – it really has some great content to help build on my foundation. Karyn, thank you for the food…the best cooking, hands down. I am working on gaining weight, and you definitely helped. TJ, thanks for being a good battle buddy and friend. I hope we can continue to build and grow together. God bless!Jerome T., Combat Medic Veteran