4 WHEEL TO HEAL BRINGS OFF-ROAD THERAPY 2
Through active duty, deployments and reassignments the four continued to grow the organization, which now hosts events in many states across the U.S. When Schultz was transferred to the naval base in San Diego they found an opportunity to get involved with the prolific Southern California off-road community. But it wasn’t an easy road; first he was deployed overseas, then his Jeep was stolen shortly after he returned home. Shultz and his wife Jennifer, a Certified Pediatric Nurse working at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego didn’t let anything slow them down. They purchased a TJ, made it trail-worthy and started reaching out to forge partnerships to get the West Coast Operations up and running.
I joined up with 4W2H at Operation Desert Fun in Ocotillo Wells in October. ODF is an event hosted by the California 4WD Association to benefit the CalDiego Paralyzed Veterans Association. We brought five disabled vets, their caregivers and one service dog out for a weekend of wheeling, camping and camaraderie. Most of the volunteer drivers were also military. In addition to driving, volunteers help with camp set up, meal prep, clean up, and provide any needed help for the Vets.
After a night of camping under the full moon we hit the trails early. Cal4Wheel played trail boss on the moderate but scenic trail we chose due to the various capabilities of the rigs in our group.