Chuck Rotenberry, Murdock Road, is a hero. He is also a husband, father, friend and decorated war veteran who served in the Marine Corps for 14 years before being medically discharged.
If you met him, you would be struck by his quiet way, his gentle nature and his striking good looks. You wouldn’t see his wounds because they aren’t visible. But they are very real. Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Rotenberry suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received during combat in Afghanistan.
Elizabeth Rotenberry is also a hero. As a military spouse and Chuck’s primary caregiver, she will do everything she can, and a few things she never thought possible, to help her husband in his recovery while managing their beautiful family. Chuck and Elizabeth make an incredible team along with children, Kristopher, 12, Anna, 9, Sara, 9, and Charlie, 4. The Rotenberry family, through the struggles and triumphs of their unexpected life course, turned their knowledge into a nonprofit to help other veterans.
Walking Point for PTSD & TBI Inc. was established in 2013 to support veterans suffering from invisible wounds and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit the veterans. The organization offers financial assistance to veterans seeking alternative medical care, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, acupuncture and infrared light therapy.
Chuck and Elizabeth have seen a marked improvement in Chuck’s affect since beginning hyperbaric oxygen therapy. But it’s expensive and not covered by insurance. Chuck received funding for his treatment, but having felt and witnessed the benefits he and Elizabeth wanted to make sure that other veterans also had this opportunity, or any alternative medical opportunity that might help. They also work to spread awareness of what invisible wounds are and how they affect the injured and their families.
On Feb. 11, 2017, Walking Point will host its 4th annual Hearts for Heroes 5k (and possible Kids 1 mile Fun Run). Save the date and if you own a business consider becoming a sponsor. All participants will receive a long sleeve running shirt and enjoy a post-race party with buffet, along with a few raffles. And of course, awards for top place finishers. Not a runner? They are also looking into hosting two additional fundraisers in 2017: a lacrosse tournament and a golf tournament.
In addition to championing for their nonprofit, wrangling children, and volunteering in the schools and community, Elizabeth also acts as the Elizabeth Dole Foundation fellow for Maryland, which helps veterans.
By Karen Arnett de Rodriguez