Remarkable Women: Melissa Swire

Remarkable Women

NOXEN TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV): The lives of Melissa Swire and her husband, Jeff Swire, revolved around the military. Their transition into civilian life changed the lives of many.

Jeff, an army veteran, was injured in a combat-related mission in Iraq. “Things seemed okay for a while, and over the span of a few years, his health started deteriorating,” said Melissa.

Living in North Carolina, hundreds of miles from Jeff’s hometown of Noxen, Melissa felt it was important to quit her job and care for Jeff full-time. Eventually, they moved back to NEPA.

“She had to go through a lot, dealing with my pain,” said Jeff. “But she stood by me. And had it not been for her, I wouldn’t be here. And that’s just the truth.”

That opportunity presented itself with the purchase of land in Noxen, which quickly became known as Patriot’s Cove. Together, their new mission was to create a space for veterans; a haven for healing.

The small organization quickly turned into a national network, providing mentors, retreats, and resources for hundreds of veterans. They can spend a quiet night reflecting on their service in cabins, or tell stories to fellow service members, while trout fishing in this stream. Every part of the cove is handicap accessible.

“Part of Patriots Cove is to serve veterans who have been injured in the line of duty from all eras,” said Melissa. “The purpose is to heal, to be connected with a community of other veterans, and to realize a new purpose that you still have a mission.”

Jeff said the non-profit wouldn’t be possible without Melissa. “She’s what we all want to be. She not only thinks about how to make things better. She works hard to show that it’s possible. And that’s the key, isn’t it? We all can say we want to do things, but there’s few that are willing to do the work.”

Tragedy changed their lives, but led Melissa and Jeff to transition to this new, remarkable mission. “You’re surrounded by God’s creation. This water is cleansing your spirit. The trees are just healing. There’s no beautiful place to be but here.”

To learn more about Patriot’s Cove, click here: https://www.patriotscove.org/

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Remarkable Women

Remarkable Women

As we approach International Women’s Month in March, Eyewitness News wants to recognize the great contributions that women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

Eyewitness News will celebrate local women that inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

Thank you for your nominations for our Remarkable Women contest! The following four women (in alphabetical order) have been selected as the four local finalists as we approach International Women’s Month in March.

LAURA KENNEDY
SR. JEAN MESSAROS
EILEEN MILLER
MELISSA SWIRE

Eyewitness News looks forward to recognizing the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

Eyewitness News will celebrate local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month —it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

In February and March, we’ll highlight four local women who will be considered for Nexstar’s nationwide 2020 Woman of the Year Award.

One local winner will be selected to earn a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City to attend a taping of The Mel Robbins Show. The national winner will be named in mid-March.

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