Stories from Our Heroes
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.
| “We count our blessings every day, are grateful that Alan is alive and getting better each day, and for the Angels God continues to send into our lives. Thank you again for what you do… and for your interest in Alan’s journey.” -R.B. |
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.
| "...thank you for your generous gift. Words cannot express the depth of gratitude we feel about your bighearted support. You generosity made an immediate difference in the lives of our family. For one thing, your gift truly helped negate the necessary costs for giving the quality care my son requires that the Veterans Affairs system would otherwise be able to provide." -E.B. |
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.
| “The funds you have provided have covered many things that we were not able to. Such as winter coats for our kids, work shoes, physical therapy the VA does not cover, and the increasing winter heating bills, among other things. We work daily to maintain the abilities T. has currently, and we are working with an exceptional team of VA doctors to help him learn to compensate for his brain injury and the nerve damage to his arm.” -L.S. wife of a wounded soldier |
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.
Jacob was wounded by indirect rocket attack while working on a helicopter in Afghanistan. The rocket landed near where he was working and knocked him off a helicopter, and he landed upside down on his neck. He received compression fractures to three of his vertebra, and now has to use a power chair for mobility. When this veteran was moving to his new home, his power chair fell off the back of the moving vehicle. We were able to assist with the costly repair of this power chair.
Jim was shot in the head by a sniper while serving in Iraq. His traumatic brain injury prevents him from going out during the day, and he suffers from migraines, blackouts and dizziness. We were able to help this veteran with a much-needed repair to his home.
| “…I'm speechless. I don't know what to say or do, I mean…how do I thank ya'll? I'm a vet and I'm sitting here crying because of this. Thank you so much, thank you and thank all of ya'll….you don't know what it means to me." -J.B. |
While serving in Iraq, John was wounded when mortar shrapnel penetrated his helmet and went into his brain. He incurred a traumatic brain injury and suffers from seizures. He has great difficulty using his left arm and leg (hemi paralysis). His maturity level has regressed and he can be self-destructive and has to be supervised constantly. We were able to help this single mother with financial assistance to help with food, travel and lodging for her & her son as they traveled to different VA centers for medical treatment.
| “I received your generous donation on Monday. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your financial help. We are doing well and your donation will help us offset the thousands of dollars that has been spent on John’s medical care and the travel that was needed to seek that care.” -V.W. |
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