By Darren Wilson
I’ve never felt like less of a man.
For people who know me well, there is a kind of standing joke that if something involves extremes, I’m probably not going to be involved. So when I found myself filming with some of the most extreme men in the world, I knew it was probably going to be an uncomfortable few days for me.
I was filming with a ministry called Operation Restored Warrior (ORW), and their primary focus is in healing PTSD and other emotional issues in both active and inactive military personnel.
The entire process takes 3 days, and they have a 100% success rate. ORW is committed to completely eliminating the suicide rate that is ravaging the American Armed Forces, and the last few years they have been doing just that one soldier at a time.
I had traveled to Colorado to be a part of one of their operations, and my crew and I hung out and filmed with a handful of military studs and civilians who had all come here to have a broken piece of their heart healed.
A 5-star chef was on hand to prepare the meals, and there was a lot of laughter, military one-upmanship, and, yes, a little bawdy humor. These were men who had lived hard lives, had driven their bodies and minds to the edge of human endurance, and had seen things that would weaken most people to sobbing hysterics. When the conversation turned to the Navy SEALS present talking about their experience during B.U.D.S. (the training they had to undergo to become a SEAL), I just stared at them with wide eyed wonder.
These guys were the definition of tough.
There are many names for what ORW does in their intensives—some would call it inner healing—but however you want to define it, the whole process is a wonder to behold.
Just being allowed to film it happening was the ultimate honor. The first couple of days are spent teaching the men the Biblical idea of what it is to be a man, and slowly churning up their spirit to finally be ready for the moment, on day 3, when the team prays for each man individually. But this isn’t prayer like most people have experienced it.