Bridgewater gym hosts workout event to honor veterans, fallen service members this Memorial Day weekend

"Forever Healing Invisible Wounds held a "Warrior Workout" at the community's Lifetime Fitness gym.

News 12 Staff

May 30, 2021, 2:35 PM

Updated 1,059 days ago

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A special event took place Sunday at a Bridgewater gym to honor the veteran community this Memorial Day.
Forever Healing Invisible Wounds held a "Warrior Workout" at the community's Lifetime Fitness gym.
Founders and veterans Sergio and wife Angie Agudelco have committed their lives to helping service members who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Yes, I served, but it's not about me today. It's about them," Sergio Angie Agudelco emphasized.
Both are also battling PTSD after having served in Iraq, with Angie Agudelco also having done a tour in Afghanistan.
"Because these are somebody's... this someone's son, brother. They chose to serve the country, not to take their lives or [be] homeless or substance abuse, and this is what we're dealing with, and it's got to be brought to the light," Sergio Angie Agudelco said.
The emphasis of the workout is not only to relieve the stress and emotions associated with Memorial Day, but to highlight to veterans that the community is there for them.
"We just want everybody to know that we're here, the camaraderie is here and to reach out," Angie Agudelco said.
"I see when men and women take that uniform off sometimes that struggle is in being part of something once again, and one of the things I like to give to the community and what I discuss is step out of that comfort zone and once again being part of something bigger than yourself, just like when you wore that uniform. That's when that feeling of fulfillment can come into play," said Earl Granville, who is a combat veteran and public speaker who was a special guest at the event.
Granville toured in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan and lost his leg in a roadside bomb explosion. He also lost his twin brother, also a veteran, to suicide. He said Memorial Day isn't just a day of mourning, but celebration.
"People should be out there having barbecues, people should be out here enjoying themselves, 'cause I got to tell you, what I'd I think even my friends who passed away and I mean that's what we're supposed to do, and that's maybe part of their lives of what they gave so that people can enjoy themselves," he added.
The event was not only for veterans themselves, as it was an open invitation to emphasize the importance of community, which the group's founders said is what got them through their PTSD.


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