A Salute to The Beem Family

Spotlighting a Military Family Helped by Project Sanctuary

June 17, 2019

Brian Beem served in the U.S. Army for 20 years as a Cavalry Scout, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. He was married to Elizabeth Beem and had two children when he enlisted and they had a third in service. Brian had two combat tours in Iraq and a third deployment to Afghanistan. During his second deployment he and his crew were struck by an IED that killed one Soldier and injuring Brian’s leg. He was sent to recover at Walter Reed, but due to complications he lost his leg. Brian, with the support of his family, elected to continue serving. He returned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska and went back to work with his unit, eventually deploying with them to Afghanistan as their Battle Staff NCO.
Brian and his family moved to Virginia for the remainder of his Army career. He worked with the Army’s Night Vision Lab, developing the tools our future generations of Soldiers will be using. His last three years were spent assigned to the Army Wounded Warrior Program, helping the Army’s ill and injured move forward.
What PS Did for Us
Lizz and I learned of Project Sanctuary in 2007. We were thrilled to find an organization that was looking to help not just the Soldier, but the entire family. All Soldiers get reintegration training, but no one at that time was interested in working with whole families. We first met with Heather and her team while we were on a trip to Colorado with another organization. She and her people provided counseling to Lizz and I as a couple, as well as our children. Lizz and I saw how special Project Sanctuary was and knew we wanted to stay in touch. 

Our first family retreat with Project Sanctuary in 2012 was really something special. It was time that took us away from the business of our lives and got us to spend time together as a family. We had just moved and our kids were having trouble adjusting to their new environment. Being removed from our daily work and school routines gave us all a chance to really communicate with each other without distraction.
Lizz and I later went on a couple’s retreat with Project Sanctuary. While the family retreat was a great way to get my family in touch with one another, Lizz and I really needed a chance to sync up together one on one. If it weren’t for PS, we might not have ever really done that, instead just being overrun by our day-to-day lives.  Project Sanctuary gave us that chance to just be together in a supportive environment. Their activities and schedule gave us direction and things to discuss that brought us closer together. 

Now that we live in Colorado, Project Sanctuary is providing for us yet again. This time, it is because Lizz and I want to give back. PS has allowed us to volunteer with a retreat, helping other families who are in the same place that we were. We are looking forward to doing so again in the future. Having been on the receiving side of their organization, we get how important the work they do is and want to help enable Project Sanctuary in any way they can, much as they enabled my family to be a better family.