Service BY JEFF FRANKLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN PATTON
A moment of clarity for David Weisenhorn may have come on one of the most tragic days in this country's history, September 11, 2001. Weisenhorn was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. He was in the 3rd U.S. Infantry, referred to as “The Old Guard,” the oldest activeduty infantry in the Army. When al-Qaeda hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon that morning, Weisenhorn was heading to a command and staff meeting at Fort Myer, just across Interstate 35. His building shook from the impact. “Within ten minutes of that plane hitting the Pentagon, my chaplain and I were on the grounds of the Pentagon with a gurney, providing first aid to those who were coming out,” he said. That horrible day gave birth to Weisenhorn's life career—giving back to the military through service. “In that moment, it was just to provide crisis counseling and truthfully just an open ear,” said Weisenhorn. “It's amazing how tragic events like that really do shape what you are to do in the future.” Weisenhorn joins families at Military Teen Adventure Camps. The camps offer military service members and their teenage children outdoor experiences and a chance for service personnel to reconnect with their families after deployments.
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