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  • Injured Marine Runs for Charity

    07/03/2009 7:04:41 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 1 replies · 623+ views
    Foxnews ^ | July 1, 2009 | Sean Hannity
    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Now, each fiscal quarter, the FOX Nation will donate a portion of its merchandise proceeds to a different charity. Now, this quarter, the FOX Nation will be contributing to the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Now, the charity was chosen after hearing the story of Keith Zeier, a U.S. Marine who was severely wounded in Iraq by an IED explosion in July of 2006. Now, Keith's left leg was shattered so badly in that attack that he was told by doctors that he would not be able to walk again without the help of a cane, but Keith,...
  • Soldier lost half his skull but not his determination (*S-N-I-F-!*)

    06/14/2009 6:39:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 29 replies · 1,981+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Even when half your skull is missing, life goes on. For ex-soldier Erik Castillo, gravely wounded by mortar fire in Iraq in 2004, life is going better than expected. Five years have passed since he woke up drooling and paralyzed in an Army hospital with a coconut-sized hole in his cranium — an injury from which doctors said he would never fully recover. The road back to some sort of normalcy has been rife with pain and indignity. He's been stared at by strangers, coped with countless surgeries and infections, and battled rage, self-pity and depression. Through it all, he...
  • Horses as therapists: helping veterans heal (Breakthroughs occur, sometimes in a flood of tears)

    06/13/2009 10:38:14 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,063+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Generations ago, horses were used to wage war. Now they're being used to heal the psychic wounds of war. In an trend still viewed as strange by much of the mental-health mainstream, some Southern Arizona counselors are using the beasts as co-therapists to treat troops suffering from combat trauma. "When I first heard about it, I thought, 'Are they kidding?' " said Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Richard Quinn, who returned from Iraq in 2007 with a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. But after a recent weekend spent communing with Kairos, a hulking black draft horse, Quinn is a...
  • Wounded Soldier Seeks to Fulfill Long-time Dream

    06/04/2009 4:46:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 209+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    td> WASHINGTON, June 4, 2009 – Before he was wounded in Iraq while serving in the Army as a special operations soldier, Matt Nyman’s life revolved around family and outdoor activities. Now, despite having lost his right leg below the knee, he’s planning on fulfilling a long-time dream as he tries to conquer North America’s highest peak. Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister, top left; Army Spc. Dave Shebib, top right; retired Marine Capt. Jon Kuniholm, bottom left; and retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Nyman -- all wounded veterans -- are attempting to summit North America's highest peak, June 1,...
  • Obama visits wounded vets

    06/04/2009 12:05:41 PM PDT · by tankrlm · 21 replies · 2,452+ views
    e-mail | n/a | n/a
    This is not disputed at snoopes...... Subject: Fw: Fwd: From my brother Dave This e-mail is from the father of a young man that left a very lucrative position to join the USMC . He was a Lieutenant who sustained life threatening , and permanently disabling injuries from IED in Iraq . It will fill you with emotion . -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Joan and Red, Since Dave Jr. has been injured he has met and been overwhelmed by many, many political and military "celebs". The list includes Bob Gates, Sec. of Defense, who came into his room and told him 3...
  • Wounded warrior receives surprise promotion

    05/07/2009 4:52:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 441+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Sue Campbell
    5/7/2009 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Staff Sgt. Daniel Acosta woke May 7 thinking he was a senior airman. He was surprised to discover that he was promoted to staff sergeant without his knowledge. Lt. Col. Michael Glass, 59th Medical Support Squadron commander, advised Sergeant Acosta that Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, deputy chief of staff for Manpower and Personnel, approved the promotion with an effective date of Nov. 1, 2008. "I am really happy and excited about this promotion," said Sergeant Acosta. "It was such a surprise." Sergeant Acosta, an explosive ordnance technician from Hill Air Force...
  • ADMIRAL MULLEN LAUDS PARTICIPANTS OF SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY

    04/26/2009 2:15:15 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 1 replies · 500+ views
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen praised everyone who is participating in Silver Star Service Banner Day; a day set aside every May 1st to remember and honor the wounded and ill or our Armed Forces from all wars.
  • Wounded Warriors Complete Boston Marathon on Hand Cycles (PRIDE Alert)

    04/24/2009 6:07:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 613+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Curt Squires, USA
    BOSTON, April 24, 2009 – Two Special Forces soldiers who are close friends have much in common. Both were wounded in combat -- one in Iraq, the other Afghanistan. Both are recipients of the Silver Star Medal for their actions in combat. Both are single-leg amputees. And both were official finishers of the 113th Boston Marathon on April 20. Special Forces soldiers Army Staff Sgt. John Walding and Army Maj. Kent Solheim, both wounded warriors, start the 113th Boston Marathon together, April 20, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Squires  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army...
  • Silver Star Families of America Gathers Support for May 1st, Silver Star Service Banner Day

    04/14/2009 1:50:37 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 256+ views
    Over 1000 cities and counties across the United States have signed Proclamations for Wounded and Ill
  • Coalition Air Weapons Team Strikes Roadside Bombers in Iraq

    04/03/2009 3:51:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 397+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 3, 2009 – A Multinational Division Baghdad air weapons team engaged four armed men who were spotted planting a roadside bomb north of Taji, Iraq, last night, military officials reported. The attack left one of the would-be bombers dead and wounded two others. The men, believed to be members of the “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group, were seen emplacing an object in the road, near a critical road junction, with lookouts posted several meters away. The largely rural area north of Baghdad has been the scene of several attacks in the past few months, officials said. A...
  • Wounded Warriors Choose Ability Over Disability

    04/02/2009 4:35:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 273+ views
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., April 2, 2009 – Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Stamatelos realized he had two choices after waking up two years ago with severe wounds in the intensive care unit at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Army Staff Sgt. Ramon Padillamunguia, one of three patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, D.C., attending this year’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo., skis down a slope proving the therapeutic benefit of a positive mental mindset. The six-day clinic wraps up April 3, 2009. VA photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Stamatelos...
  • The vets are coming, the vets are coming

    03/29/2009 4:15:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Snowmass Sun ^ | March 24, 2009
    more than 400 severely injured veterans – 34 of whom hail from Colorado – will take part in the 23rd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic from March 29 through April 3. It is the largest adaptive event of its kind in the world. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and co-sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the clinic teaches veterans with disabilities in adaptive alpine and Nordic skiing, and introduces them to a number of other adaptive recreational activities and sports. It’s open to U.S. military veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic...
  • VA Secretary Opens Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

    03/30/2009 4:21:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 283+ views
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., March 30, 2009 – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 23rd annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here last night, encouraging more than 400 participants he said had found their way “to the top of the mountain in search of miracles.” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, center, chats with participants in the 23rd annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo., during a March 29, 2009, “Taste of Aspen” celebration that kicked off the six-day event. Among participating veterans are, left, retired Army Cpl. Allen Babin, an 82nd Airborne...
  • Golf Clinic Trains Instructors to Work With Wounded Servicemembers

    03/20/2009 4:35:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 193+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 20, 2009 – The National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program's mission is twofold: to help military golf instructors learn how to work with wounded warriors and to encourage wounded servicemembers to get back into the swing of an active lifestyle. National Amputee Golf Association founder and President Bob Wilson, a double below-the-knee amputee, demonstrates an iron shot during a First Swing Golf Clinic for wounded warriors on the driving range at Admiral Baker Golf Course in San Diego in February 2009. The next stop on the tour is March 22 and 23, 2009, at Fort...
  • Breaking the ‘Sacred Trust’ (Obama Wants Wounded Vets To Pay Their Own Bills)

    03/18/2009 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 19 replies · 1,494+ views
    Red State.com ^ | 3/18/09 | Mark Impomeni
    Apparently President Obama did not get the message that was delivered loud and clear last week by both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill in hearings on the Administration’s proposed Veterans Administration budget.  Rumors had been flying that the Obama Administration was considering a harebrained scheme to charge wounded warriors for the treatment of injuries received in battle.  Asked about the scurrilous rumors by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), the left’s favorite general, Eric Shinseki, now Obama’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs, confirmed that the plan was “under consideration. “A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” said Shinseki,...
  • The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

    03/17/2009 6:32:54 AM PDT · by jackv · 9 replies · 534+ views
    yahoo.news ^ | 3-17-09 | American Legion
    The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. "It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is...
  • The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

    03/16/2009 7:47:42 PM PDT · by reader25 · 31 replies · 1,576+ views
    Yahoo News/The American Legion ^ | Mon Mar 16, 5:49 pm ET | Craig Roberts
    The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. "It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is...
  • Three Injured in Suicide Attack at Bagram Airfield

    03/04/2009 3:25:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 978+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 4, 2009 – Three contractors suffered minor injuries in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack this afternoon near Bagram Airfield, Combined Joint Task Force 101 officials said today. The attack occurred outside the perimeter of the base when a vehicle exploded near an entry control point. The driver, who was carrying explosives, abandoned the vehicle before it detonated. The explosive he was carrying detonated as he ran away from the vehicle. The attacker was killed in the second explosion. It is unknown if there were additional personnel in the vehicle. No military or Afghan civilian...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Weatherman Takes on Different Type of Battle

    02/18/2009 9:16:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 352+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster, USAF
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., Feb. 18, 2009 – In an instant, Air Force Senior Airman Alex Eudy went from battling the enemies of Afghanistan to battling for his life. Air Force Lt. Gen. Donny Wurster, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal on Air Force Senior Airman Alex Eudy's shirt during a ceremony at the hospital on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 3, 2009. Eudy also received the Purple Heart for injuries he received during his deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Wounded Warrior at Fort Bragg Looks to Future

    02/11/2009 4:52:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 411+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Victor J. Ayala, USA
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Feb. 11, 2009 – The noncommissioned officer in charge of training operations for the Warrior Transition Battalion here appears to be a typical soldier. But if the right sleeve of his shirt should come up a bit, you might catch a glimpse of a story whose protagonist is more than typical. Army Sgt. Cameron E. Stroeh takes an early morning walk in Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 9, 2009. Injuries he suffered in 2007 during his deployment to Iraq have limited his physical training. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Victor J. Ayala  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Wounded Canadian Troops Share Stories, Inspiration With Mullen

    02/10/2009 4:54:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 254+ views
    OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff heard firsthand accounts today about the mission in Afghanistan from Canadian soldiers who recently returned from deployments there, including two amputees who have elected to stay on duty. Cpl. Billy Kerr, left, and Master Cpl. Mike Trauner, right, Canadian soldiers who lost limbs to improvised explosive devices in separate attacks in Afghanistan, say they believe in the mission and will continue serving in the Canadian army. With them is Capt. Stephanie Smith, a critical care nurse who helped bring them home to Canada for care. DoD...
  • Newest Fisher House to Serve Southern California Veterans, Families

    02/10/2009 3:29:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 209+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2009 – It was pouring liquid sunshine as the Fisher House Foundation and the Veterans Affairs Department prepared to dedicate the 43rd Fisher House in Brentwood, Calif., on Feb. 6, but the significance of the event wasn’t lost on Mother Nature. The Fisher House located on the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System campus is a 16,800 square-foot building in the California-Spanish stucco style. With 21 private suites, the building, shown in this artist rendering, provides military families a “home away from home” while their loved ones recover from injuries or illnesses. The newest Fisher...
  • KC-135 crew airlifts wounded from Afghanistan

    02/06/2009 4:04:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 405+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap, USAF
    2/6/2009 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) -- A few Airmen from the 931st Air Refueling Group spent their Super Bowl weekend resting from a 12-day aeromedical evacuation mission in Afghanistan. Eight reservists from the 931st manned a specially equipped KC-135 Stratotanker that made four back-to-back trips to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to pick up wounded and sick troops for evacuation to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. "It was a long mission," said Staff Sgt. Trevor Derenthal, a crew chief assigned to the 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Lt. Col. Tyoshi "T" Tung, a KC-135 pilot assigned to the 18th Air Refueling...
  • Troop-support Group Specializes in Adaptive Clothing

    02/05/2009 3:16:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2009 – A troop-support group that provides clothing specially adapted for wounded troops recovering in military hospitals, will roll out a new line of garments later this year. Wounded soldiers show off their Sew Much Comfort adaptive T-shirts while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The troop-support group provides adaptive clothing free of charge to support the unique needs of injured servicemembers. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We are working on wheelchair garments and halo shirts,” Michele Cuppy, president of Sew Much Comfort, said. “We are also working...
  • USO, NFL Host Super Bowl Party for Troops, Wounded Warriors

    02/02/2009 5:23:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    FORT MYER, Va., Feb. 2, 2009 – For the third straight year, the National Football League and the USO of Metropolitan Washington teamed up to sponsor a Super Bowl party for Washington-based servicemembers and their families. Washington Redskins cheerleaders Michelle, left, and Megs give Army Pfc. Sean Dozire an autographed Redskins Cheerleaders Calendar during a Super Bowl XLIII party Feb. 1, 2009, at Spates Community Club on Fort Myer, Va. The USO-Metro and National Football League hosted the party for wounded warriors, military members and their families. U.S. Army photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden   (Click photo...
  • ‘Helping A Hero’ Donates Homes to Wounded Soldiers

    01/23/2009 3:23:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2009 – Army Spc. Sergio Trejo always dreamed of owning his own home. US Army Spc. Sergio Trejo and his family stand outside their new home in Houston. The Helping a Hero troop support group presented the home to the family, December 2008. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But after he was injured by a homemade bomb during his second tour of duty in Iraq, he said he felt his dream was out of reach. The explosion left him with a broken back, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. “My [Veterans...
  • The Silver Star Families of America Awards General David H. Petraeus 2009 Commendation Award.

    01/12/2009 6:23:23 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 6 replies · 568+ views
    Following their mission, the Board of Directors established the Silver Star Families of America Commendation Award. This award is to be given to an individual or organization that has had an exceptionally positive impact on our wounded and ill by one or more of the following:
  • Video Tribute to Wounded Warriors

    01/11/2009 11:45:53 PM PST · by civpath · 2 replies · 728+ views
    YouTube ^ | CivPath
    A video inspired by a trip to Walter Reed, set to the beautiful music of Sara Groves "I Saw What I Saw" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5vKKAGttC4
  • Army General Apologizes for Misprinted Letters

    01/09/2009 3:14:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 471+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2009 – The Army’s adjutant general apologized yesterday on behalf of the Army for a printing error that resulted in the delivery of 7,000 letters without a by-name salutation to family members who lost a soldier in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Brig. Gen. Reuben Jones expressed his disappointment in the error and his team’s concern for the recipients during a special blogger’s roundtable hosted by the New Media Directorate of Defense Media Activity. The letters, which included the placeholder greeting of “Dear John Doe,” were printed and sent by a contractor in late December to inform...
  • Surgeons return injured troops to action

    12/29/2008 4:04:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Clinton Atkins, USAF
    12/29/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- With precision-guided instrumentation and steady hands, a surgical team here is returning injured warfighters to the fight. Dr. (Maj.) Daniel Todd Rose, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. (Maj.) Craig Kolasch, general surgeon, both with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, handle most of the minor surgeries and injuries in the area of responsibility. "What we do here is very important," said Doctor Rose, deployed from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. "Almost every servicemember who doesn't receive care here would most likely be going back to the U.S. or Landstuhl. Once they are in the U.S. they're...
  • Christmas Prayer for our Troops & their Families

    12/25/2008 8:35:08 AM PST · by eaglesnest1 · 21 replies · 1,025+ views
    self | 12/25/08 | eaglesnest1
    Lord God, there is no other God but You. You alone are Savior. You alone are Redeemer. When we trust in You, when we fear You alone, there You are, by our sides, protecting, providing in Your ever-perfect Way….especially when we do not understand. Lord God, You came on that first Christmas as the Prince of Peace – not the Prince of peace as the world defines it but the peace which You bring to tortured souls, the peace which surpasses understanding and the peace between Jew and Gentile that anyone, yes, anyone who proclaims belief in You as Savior...
  • Bush Visited Wounded Troops

    12/23/2008 8:46:49 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 11 replies · 1,429+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | December 23, 2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Contrary to what the mainstream media did and did not report Bush visited WIA troops and KIA families http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2008/12/23/top_stories/doc49508431de0b5433741136.txt
  • Operation Cheer provides poinsettias to wounded

    12/22/2008 3:25:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 196+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Sean Bowlin
    12/22/2008 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- A Randolph Air Force Base chaplain is showing his love for wounded warriors this holiday season with a lot of help from his flock. Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Boyer of the 12th Flying Training Wing encouraged base members to contribute to Operation Cheer, a program that brings a dose of the holiday spirit to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from wounds in local military hospitals. In its second year, Operation Cheer takes donations from chapel attendees and uses the money to buy poinsettia plants for warfighters recovering from wounds and their...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Ready to Return to Fight

    12/22/2008 3:08:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 438+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Emily Athens
    SCHWEINFURT, Germany, Dec. 22, 2008 – Danger lurks on every stretch of road in Iraq with the prospect of roadside bombs, which have taken a terrible toll on those serving downrange. Army Spc. Jake Altman knows very well the destruction they can cause. Army Spc. Jake Altman, wounded during his first deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, is preparing to re-join his unit in Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Emily Athens  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After serving two years in the Army, Altman deployed in 2006 with 9th Engineer Battalion, 172nd Infantry Brigade, stationed just north...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Airman Lives for Son, Hopes to Stay on Active Duty

    12/08/2008 3:20:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 506+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2008 – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro has made remarkable strides in his recovery in the three years and 102 surgeries since he and his team were ambushed by the Taliban in the mountains near Qalat, Afghanistan. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro works out at the Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, fitness center. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. His fight to survive started on that mountain, where he refused to leave his 3-year-old son fatherless. He’d lost his father early in...
  • ‘Sentinels of Freedom’ Scholarships Help Wounded Veterans

    12/03/2008 9:24:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 182+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 – Thanks to a recommendation from the Army Wounded Warrior Program at Fort Riley, Kan., retired Army Sgt. Victor Thibeault of San Ramon, Calif., will study general education with the help of a “Sentinels of Freedom” scholarship that also benefits his family. “The Sentinels of Freedom scholarship has helped me to secure gainful employment [and] a rent-free living space and a minivan for my family, not to mention the unwavering support of the local community,” Thibeault said. The Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation provides four-year “life scholarships” to help severely wounded veterans become self-sufficient. Scholarship...
  • Staying Power: Air Force Family Liaisons Help Wounded Warriors, Families

    12/01/2008 3:26:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2008 – Air Force family liaison officers have an important role in assisting wounded warriors and their families, a San Antonio-based Air Force senior noncommissioned officer said. The Air Force’s family liaison officer program “truly is the lifeblood of taking care of our war wounded,” said Chief Master Sgt. Stephen B. Page, assigned to the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Page has assisted in the selection of family liaison officers that serve in his area. Family liaison officers, or as FLOs, are appointed by local commanders, according to the Air Force’s survivor...
  • Left armless, female Iraq veteran doesn't dwell on what she has lost

    12/01/2008 6:58:51 AM PST · by Dysart · 49 replies · 3,035+ views
    AP-FWST ^ | 12-1-08 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANTONIO — Mary Dague hears the catty whispers sometimes. "So ugly," the strangers say when they think she can’t hear. The 24-year-old has bright green eyes, a quick smile, and on the days she gets her husband’s help, perfectly applied mascara and blush. But all the gawkers really see are her arms, each amputated above the elbow. What they don’t suppose — with no fatigues or standard-issue Army T-shirt to clue them in — is that this chatty young woman, who likes to wear a little black dress to fancy parties as much as the next girl, is an...
  • YOU CAN SEND CARDS DIRECTLY TO WOUNDED HEROES AND THEY ARE NEEDED !!!

    12/01/2008 8:46:48 AM PST · by HomefrontHugsPresident · 4 replies · 321+ views
    Homefront Hugs USA ^ | December 1, 2008 | Alessandra Kellermann
    Operation Healing Angel of Homefront Hugs USA urgently needs cards for our wounded and the docs and nurses who care for them ALL year long- but especially during the holidays...it goes directly to our wounded...so please send that on too... we have 4 hospitals in the sandbox including Iraq and Afghanistan...we have been doing this for many years and you can trust this public charity !!!
  • Air Force spouse raises funds for wounded warriors

    11/26/2008 3:49:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 210+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Ryan Mattox
    11/26/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- When her husband deployed to Iraq in January of 2006, Sonja McDonald decided to spend her time waiting for his return home, raising money to help wounded warriors and their families. Mrs. McDonald is married to Capt. Jim McDonald, a nurse at San Antonio Military Medical Center-North, formally known as Brooke Army Medical Center. Mrs. McDonald and her husband are working to help make the war-torn lives of those who are in Irag and Afghanistan and returning from there a little bit better. "He was trying to make a difference for them over there,...
  • Staying Power: Family Liaisons on Frontlines of Wounded Airmen Care

    11/25/2008 3:40:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Staying Power ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2008 – When an airman is seriously injured in combat it is not only their life, but also their family’s, that is suddenly turned upside down. While the airman is whisked away for critical medical care, it is the family that must juggle the housing, child care and financial arrangements necessary to be by the airman’s bedside during recovery. For many, the experience is at best chaotic, and at its worst, a nightmare. More than 440 airmen have been wounded in combat since the start of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Of those, about 80 are...
  • Bush Lauds Wounded Warrior for Serving Other Troops, Families

    11/25/2008 3:36:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 334+ views
    American Forces Press Service
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2008 – President George W. Bush presented a prestigious award today to a severely wounded warrior at Fort Campbell, Ky., who mentors other wounded troops and their families and volunteers at the post’s Fisher House. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Forbess, seriously injured in a fiery Black Hawk helicopter collision over Mosul, Iraq, in November 2003, said he was motivated during his recovery to do everything in his power to return to full duty. President George W. Bush presented Forbess the President’s Volunteer Service award Nov. 25, 2008, for his work with other wounded warriors. DoD photo...
  • Ying Yang Patriotism

    11/24/2008 12:52:32 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 5 replies · 400+ views
    The Source ^ | Tuesday, November 18
    On the tour, The Twins performed their single “Wild Out.” When the song becomes available on I-Tunes. all proceeds will go to the Brooke Army Medical Center – a care facility that provides level-one trauma and prosthetic limbs for soldiers
  • Civilians Get Up-Close Look at Naval Warrior Care

    11/23/2008 5:19:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 322+ views
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2008 – A handful of civilian executives got an up-close look at the state-of-the-art warrior care facilities Nov. 21 at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Navy Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego, talks with alumni of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, a DoD community outreach program, during their trip there Nov. 21, 2008. The group received an insider’s look at the state-of-the-art warrior care provided at the facility. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The group of alumni of the Joint...
  • Staying Power: Marines Call Wounded Care Highest Priority After War

    11/20/2008 3:46:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 760+ views
    Staying Power ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – Marine Lt. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman, deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, spoke with American Forces Press Service about the Marine Corps’ wounded warrior care program and the Corps’ policy of allowing seriously injured Marines to return to active duty. The following questions and answers were taken from that interview. Q. The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment is the only wounded warrior program of the services set up so that the regimental commander, an 0-6 (colonel), answers directly to a three-star general. Why is your program set up that way and does it...
  • Sailor Cooks up Right Recipe for Wounded Care

    11/17/2008 3:47:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 438+ views
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2008 – Navy Senior Chief Jim Pitts was not exactly what the doctor ordered when the leaders of Safe Harbor called and interviewed him for a job to be an advocate for wounded warriors. Navy Senior Chief Jim Pitts made the unlikely move from cook to wounded sailor advocate. Now his colleagues call him a "super star" in his field. U.S. Navy courtesy photo.   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Pitts had none of the experience to make him a likely candidate. He had no medical background. No psychiatric background. Not even a...
  • Wounded Troops Enjoy Dinner, Camaraderie at Local Dinners

    11/15/2008 7:04:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 802+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2008 – As ghostlike Capitol Hill workers scurried through a cold, misty fog early yesterday evening, a nearby group of wounded warriors cosseted in a warm room broke bread and shared stories about far-away lands and future hopes. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Maschek, right, and his wife, Angela, enjoy a wounded warrior dinner held at the Capitol Hill Club Nov. 14, 2008. Maschek, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman from Twin Falls , Idaho, was shot 11 times causing two broken legs during a February 2008 firefight near Kirkuk in northern Iraq . “It’s really nice,” Maschek...
  • Face of Defense: Last Iraq Tour Was One Too Many for Combat-Tested Marine

    11/14/2008 4:09:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 512+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 – Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Hedgcorth served six combat tours and escaped injury each time. But his seventh tour wasn’t so lucky for him. Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Hedgcorth participates in the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2008. He completed the 26.2 miles on a hand cycle as part of a fundraising effort for other wounded servicemembers. Courtesy photo by Nicole Benitez  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. On Sept. 17, 2004, Hedgcorth was serving his second tour in Iraq with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The...
  • Changes to Leave Act Benefit Wounded Warriors, Families

    11/14/2008 3:37:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 – Recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act will extend the period of unpaid, job-protected leave that eligible family members can take to care for wounded warrior spouses, Labor Department officials said. Legislative amendments to the act signed into law by President Bush provide new entitlements that pertain to military families and enable them to take caregiver leave, officials said. The Labor Department administers FMLA for private-sector workers. The changes, authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, are slated to be published in the Federal Register Nov. 17. “This final rule,...
  • Staying Power: Navy Offers Safe Harbor to Wounded Sailors

    11/13/2008 3:28:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Staying Power ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2008 – The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fought in deserts and mountains far removed from the oceans’ blue waters. But U.S. Navy sailors are increasingly seeing desert and mountain combat as they augment the units of traditional foot soldiers and medics. Navy Senior Chief Jim Pitts, a non-clinical case manager for wounded warriors, talks with Veterans Affairs social work supervisor Scott Skiles and Army Sgt. 1st Class Lee Smith, a wounded warrior military liaison. All are stationed at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, Calif. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker...