FOCUS Marines and Corpsmen were given a unique opportunity to experience Central America thanks to the Marine Corps League of Costa Rica’s “Warriors for Warriors” Program. MSgt Rob Locy, DISC with the Wounded Warrior Regiment, coordinated local efforts and support organizations to ensure a unique environment and countless once-in-a-lifetime activities.

Eight participants were met at San Jose airport and taken to the home of SgtMaj Ron Couture (Ret) and then on to the Hotel Pelicano in Esterillos Este. Hotel Pelicano and its staff went above and beyond to make sure everyone felt welcomed. By the end of the week, it was home. Other major contributors include Oceans Unlimited, Runaway Grill, iFish Quepos, Pez Vela Marina, and the US Embassy.

The “Warriors for Warriors” program is the perfect complement to FOCUS. Participants find that same sense of brotherhood with their fellow Marines and Corpsmen. Additionally, they are consistently afforded opportunities to leave their comfort zone. While the activities are markedly different, the result is the same – members of the group reflect on where they are, where they want to be, and how they’re going to get there.

A special “Thank You” goes out to the Marine Corps League of Costa Rica, the community of retired Marines in Costa Rica and MSgt Locy for their tireless efforts. It was the first of many life-changing weeks. As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!