by kathy loy | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Some people imagine a military member’s homecoming is like the famous Eisenstaedt photograph of the American sailor kissing the nurse on V-J Day in Times Square. While this may be true for some, others are fraught with the difficulty of transitioning stateside with physical and emotional wounds.

After meeting young marines at Camp Pendleton through his work with a military contracting business, Patrick Rost watched them go through warfare training exercises and realized the sacrifices these young men face. “I gained exposure to many of the issues facing wounded warriors and felt compelled to help with the transition back to civilian life. I felt an obligation to try to do something to help the ones that returned injured,” said Rost.

One way Rost supports returning military is through the Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that partners with the San Diego Navy League Council. Their mission is to assist, honor and support the military men and women who have served and scarified for our country. Gifts and support range from helping family members of seriously injured military with transportation and accommodations, to providing wheelchair capable vans, travel home for Christmas, and laptop computers to help brain injured veterans treat short term memory loss.

Rost says his primary role with the Warrior Foundation is through organizing a deep sea fishing trip for up to 60 marines and sailors each year. “The recovery process can be tedious, long and boring. Getting out onto the high seas is a great way to refresh your spirit when faced with such a difficult physical and emotional time,” he explained. “I raise the money for the event and work on the boat with the deck hands helping the warriors.”

When he’s not working with the Warrior Foundation or another charitable organization in San Diego, Rost, might be playing tennis, golf, or beach volleyball. He’s also a rescue diver and enjoys spear fishing. A resident of Carmel Valley, Rost has three boys in high school: Ryan, Andrew and Bradley. He chose the area for its great schools and location within the city. “I have an Emergency Medical Technician Certification and have completed Underwater Scuba Rescue training,” claimed Patrick. Evidently, he is the kind of guy who is certainly well suited to help our returning warriors.