Here are some stories of soldiers and veterans we’ve had the privilege and honor of helping in their times of need.
Alan was shot while attempting to provide aid to another injured soldier during a fierce battle in Iraq. He lost 90% of his stomach, his spleen, part of his pancreas and sustained injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He had over 70 surgeries in the 7 months while at Walter Reed. While in the hospital, he suffered from bacterial meningitis and had a stroke, leaving him wheelchair-bound. We were able to help this veteran’s family with transportation and medical expenses, rehabilitative exercise equipment, home medical care, and speech therapy equipment.
Jay was shot in the back of the head at close range while serving in Iraq. He is a quadriplegic, blind and deaf as a result of his wounds. He suffered several heart attacks in the days following his injuries. He can communicate via facial expressions. He’s considered to be the most seriously wounded Iraq vet and has to be monitored 24 hours a day. One of his parents is always with him. They’ve had to learn nursing skills as the VA is not always able to supply skilled help. We were able to help this family with travel, food & lodging expenses while their son was in the hospital.
Scott served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded when the Humvee he was riding in was destroyed by an IED. The vehicle was lifted into the air and he was ejected. The IED device contained phosphorus and Scott received burns to over half of his body. He was placed into a medically induced coma for 3 weeks so doctors could remove burned tissue from his body. Skin grafts and a variety of other injuries were treated (back injury, fractures in vertebrae, bulging discs, torn muscles, TBI, shoulder injury, respiratory issues from smoke/fire). Doctors prescribed a reclining chair and a Tempur-pedic mattress for Scott that would ease the pressure on his burn sites (back and neck). We were able to help this family with a vehicle repair and to purchase the reclining chair and mattress that Scott needed.
Toby served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was wounded from shrapnel that pierced his back and arm, which caused severe and permanent nerve damage. He also received a traumatic brain injury. His wife had to quit her job to take care of him. We were able to help this family with aquatic physical therapy for Toby, winter coats for their children, winter heating bills and more.