To commemorate Veterans Day, die vorige “Vuil werke” star is releasing a special episode of his Facebook Watch Show “Returning the Favor,”Waar hy deur die land reis om merkwaardige mense uit te lig wat 'n verskil in hul gemeenskappe maak.
“Like a lot of people I spent a lot of my life taking veterans for granted – out of sight, out of mind," die Emmy-winning TV host aan Fox News gesê. “Sure, I was grateful. I knew they were risking their lives for me. But when you don’t see it day after day, you become disconnected from it… And if you don’t see it, it’s not on the top of your mind.”
“As I started doing ‘Dirty Jobs,’ we began to feature more and more veterans on the show,” the 58-year-old continued. “Somebody’s got to do it. I was reminded every time that they are the tip of the spear. Every freedom I have, every nice thing I enjoy is made possible by a veteran. So when it came time to film ‘Returning the Favor,’ I was at a point in my career where we were able to specifically focus on the people that are most important to me. Wel, the vets are right on top.”
In the latest episode, Rowe virtually visits Maine due to the coronavirus pandemic and surprises Dan Waite, stigter van Operation ReBoot Outdoors. The nonprofit organization aims to improve the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD or other traumas by connecting with nature.
Operation ReBoot Outdoors also offers hunting and fishing trips to veterans at no cost, as well as other recreational activities involving the wilderness.
Many honorees, including Waite, are selected from the official Facebook group for the series. Members can nominate a local leader and former honorees can share their success stories.
Sover, “Returning the Favor” has recognized and awarded 13 organizations dedicated to improving the lives of veterans. Rowe refers to them as “the ultimate first responders.”
“Dan didn’t start [his organization] to help other people – he was trying to save his own life,” Rowe explained. “He was up against the wall. He was not succeeding. He was not assimilating properly when he returned home. So, he went into the woods and lived off the land. He hunted, fished and reconnected with nature. It had a huge impact on him. As gevolg daarvan, he began to invite other veterans to come on these adventures with him. The results were somewhere between therapeutic and miraculous.”
Rowe is hoping the episode will encourage viewers to continue remembering those who defend our country long after Veterans Day is over.
'Ons beskou soveel van ons vryhede as vanselfsprekend,” said Rowe. "Die Handves van Regte, elke vryheid in die Grondwet, die vryheid om vrylik rond te beweeg. Elke goeie en ordentlike ding wat ons geniet, is in bloed betaal deur mans en vroue wat 'n uniform aangetrek het en daarna weg is. '
'Ons het hulle verlaat,”Het Rowe gedeel. 'Dit is miskien te sterk van 'n woord, maar ons het nie opgetree om te doen wat ons kan om hulle weer bymekaar te kry nie. Ons het hulle nie voor in die ry geplaas om hulle die hulp en geleenthede te kry wat hulle nodig het sodra hulle tuiskom nie. Ons het self die plig om die guns terug te gee. Dit is die grootste les wat ek deur die jare geleer het. Ons aanvaar dinge as vanselfsprekend. Dit is 'n baie menslike ding om te doen. Maar ongelukkig, die mans en vroue wat die uniform dra, is van die dinge wat ons as vanselfsprekend aanvaar. ”
Rowe is aware that the ongoing coronaviruspandemie has made it more difficult for Americans to actively take part in local organizations aiming to help veterans. Egter, he insisted that a simple “thank you” always goes a long way.
“I think a lot of people who are grateful to our men and women in uniform don’t express their gratitude because they’re not quite sure how to do it," hy het gesê. “They don’t want to overstep or overreach. They don’t want to make people uncomfortable. But I’ve never met a veteran – man or woman – who didn’t appreciate a stranger coming up to them and just saying, ‘Thank you. I really appreciate what you have done on my behalf.’”
Rowe suggested some simple gestures anyone can do at any time of the year.
'Koop vir hom of haar 'n bier, tel 'n oortjie op," hy het gesê. 'Net by 'n restaurant alleen, daar is baie baie eenvoudige maniere om dankie te sê. Enigiemand kan 'n veteraan erken - dit is nie hoofnuus nie ... Maar daar is 'n baie werklike probleem wat bestaan, een wat die veteraangemeenskap teister. Die selfmoordsyfers is skandalig en PTSV is baie werklik. As u net tyd neem om dankie te sê, kan dit 'n groot impak op iemand se lewe hê. '
“Returning the Favor” airs every Tuesday on Facebook Watch.