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US Army SGT Adam Keez with his new offload vehicle from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. He needed a way to plow the snow in his driveway (he wanted to do it himself!). Adam suffered severe combat injuries and is a triple amputee. AaSP was honored and privileged to help improve Adam's morale and help him heal by making him more independent. Enjoy Adam!
Help from Operation Wounded Care takes many forms. Sometimes it's financial aid to help keep a Veteran off the streets by paying rent while he/she is awaiting clarification and back pay from the VA. Sometimes its furniture, as seen here with Kevin, so he can have decent living conditions and help him heal. We've purchased furniture for several Veterans this past year. Every instance is different. An injured Veteran fills out a Combat Care Grant Application and it is evaluated and acted upon. It's all about helping our Injured Servicemen/Women heal from their physical, emotional and psychological wounds.
Sometimes Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon acts as an agent to help get things done. Here, Aaron is pictured with his new Polaris RZR he received this year with the help of several organizations, including the lead, VFW Post 281 of Fair Lawn, NJ; the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Foundation; the SSgt Joseph D'Augustine Memorial Fund; and a family from Virginia, the O'Connells. Whatever it takes!
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is also supporting Camp4Heroes, a sanctuary being developed on 80 acres in Fairmont, NC, where injured Servicemen/Women will be able to visit and fish, hunt, shoot, learn a trade, learn to cook or just heal and bond with fellow Veterans.
SGT Jeff Barillaro, aka Soldier Hard, administers the Spartan Pledge to SGT Joshua Furlong at the Warfighters Independence Weekend.
Helping Mend Wounded Souls and Prevent Suicide Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is focused on a National Tragedy -- 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide in America (that does not include active duty, reserves or National Guard). Partnering with a young organization called Warfighters Anonymous, we enabled a respite for Combat Vets where they could gather, meet, share stories, cry, laugh and meet some of the Gold Star families from their family as well. CLICK HEREfor more information on this wonderful, new type of event to help Wounded Souls heal and hopefully prevent more suicides...
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is proud that our Operation Combat Care (now called Operation Wounded Care) operates on a 100% to program ratio. That means that 100% of donations that come into AaSP for Op Combat Care (or Wounded Care, which is part of Combat Care) goes directly to program expenses to help our Wounded Heroes! We are constantly evaluating needs for Wounded Veterans. Recent grants have been made to help with vehicle purchases; a boiler; transportation services for a blind Veteran; events at Walter Reed NMMC and other services and needs.
Most recent projects include: helping a retired Nurse/Corpsman get back on her feet with financial struggle; helping a Soldier from getting evicted; helping a Soldier get a "new" used car; buying a riding mower for a disabled EOD Master tech; getting hotel accommodations for a Wounded Marine going to a class in NYC; and many more!
We also donated money to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Most of the severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are shipped from the battlefield to Landstuhl for immediate life-saving care. At Landstuhl, the Chaplain's office there takes Wounded who remain at Landstuhl for an extended stay on Resiliency Trips to help them transition to non-combat life. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon sent four Warriors on the Resiliency Trip last year and also supported Landstuhl's Closet helping the Warfighters, their families and staff with goodies and amenities.
Thanks to a grant from OritaniBank Charitable Fund of Washington Township, NJ, and DHL Express at JFK Airport, we were able to send three nice bicycles to Craig Hospital at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The bicycles help hospital staff get around the large base there. Anything we can do for our Care Givers there is a blessing; they do so much for our Troops!!! Thanks OritaniBank and DHL!!!!
Memorial bracelets help with healing. Unfortunately we have to make too many! But we are honored to help our Troopers. This bracelet was for a Soldier who died in Kenya in February. RIP Bailey.
Operation Combat Care supports our Wounded American Military Heroes with a variety of care, including hunting and fishing trips to bring the Warriors back to nature and relieve their stress.
When we learned that Craig Joint Theater Hospital was thinking of retiring the 20'x30' American Flag over the Warrior's Way entrance to the Emergency and Trauma areas, AaSP volunteered to buy a new flag. We took the Flag to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, June 18, and were escorted into the Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial (where we draped a portion of the Flag under the America's Heroes wall) and visited with Congressman Jeff Miller (FL01) at the Capitol. Cong. Miller is Chairman of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee. He and nine other Members stood on the balcony of the East Steps and held the Flag over the side of the steps. See the pix below and more details to follow!
The Flag installed in 2011 is taken down and the new Flag is installed on the ceiling. The team will practice folding the 20'x30' Flag for the upcoming retirement ceremony.
When the Military couldn't help a Wounded Marine Chief Corpsman, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and its charity partners stepped in!
Sometimes, regulations limit what the Military can do (not should do, but can't). In the case of "Doc", he was blown up in February 2014 near Camp Leatherneck in AFG (AaSP actually met him in January 2014 on its Military Appreciation Tour) but because there was no permanent loss of limb, he was not eligible for a financial stipend for a van or motorized wheelchair. Yet one leg was in a fixator "halo" and has severe injuries and the other was in a case, plus his other injuries.
So AaSP contacted several of its all-volunteer charity partners (we like to call them "pure charities") and the coalition took action. FFAAFF (Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families) and Woody Woodall found a van that was in beautiful condition and matched the criteria (could fit the budget and also accommodate a 6'7" Sr Chief Navy Corpsman! Donations poured in from the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Foundation (who also procured a motorized wheelchair from Ancient Order of Hibernians and replaced the batteries and fixed it up) with Marion and Dennis Zilinski; Steve Danyluk of The Independence Fund; Tony D'Augustine of the SSgt Joseph D'Augustine Memorial Fund; Scott Mallary of Truckin' 4 Troops; David Bixler our Combat Care Ambassador and of course AaSP (using money from our Salute to American Heroes) all put it together. The result??? You can see for yourself! It all came together on 3 July 2014 near Camp Lejeune, NC.
Van for a tall Marine Chief Corpsman is being updated and outfitted by a partnership of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families, the Dennis W Zilinski II Foundation, Truckin' 4 Troops, the Independence Fund and SSgt Joseph D'Augustine Memorial Fund. The 6'7" Corpsman was blown up in AFG in February. The Zilinski Foundation is also providing a motorized wheelchair courtesy of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
We secured help for another Wounded Hero!
Leslie is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Hero who lost a leg and became blind from the war. She has a wonderful service dog named Isaac. But because she is blind, she depends on friends and neighbors to take her everywhere! She is very independent and is uncomfortable asking for help. So AaSP, in conjunction with Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffered Services, set up a program this past Wednesday, 2 July, that will last four months for Leslie. We are supplying her with a car service four hours, one day a week -- to do errands, go to doctor's appts, take Isaac to the Vet or whatever she needs that week. We received a great deal (pretty near cost) and we're looking for other charities or supporters that would like to keep this service going for her. Please email if you'd like to help and we can go over details. Thanks!
Marine Sgt (R) John M Peck was seriously injured four years ago. He has been approved for a double arm transplant! AaSP approved a significant grant to help him with his travel and living expenses when the match is found and he is told to report to the hospital in Boston. Proud to be a part of this very exciting chapter in his recuperation!
As part of Operation Combat Care, we also take care of those who have been impacted by tragedy. For several years now, we have been making memorial (KIA) bracelets for our units when one of their own makes the ultimate sacrifice. These bracelets help with healing, we have been told time and time again. We make them for the living so it eases their pain in remembering those who gave their lives on their teams and in the families. It is an honor and privilege to help with the healing and we will continue to do so.
One of our Soldiers from 2-87IN has been Wounded in Action from AFG and is at Walter Reed. We have visited him and presented him with our combat patch and an iPad mini so he can stay in touch with his buddies still in AFG. Get well Mitch!
USMC Sgt Eddie Ryan suffered severe injuries in 2005 when American forces mistakenly fired on Eddie and his teammates on a rooftop in Iraq. He is still recuperating from these serious injuries.
Presenting iPad mini to one of our Wounded Heroes, recuperating from the war in AFG.
UPDATE 28 APRIL 2014 We also are posting here the pix from our Medical staff at a hospital in Djibouti that they sent us from our Easter 2014 pack with Peeps and other goodies! Also, we recently sent pancake mix, griddles and honey and syrup to so they could have a pancake breakfast. They did and we're so glad we could put some smiles on their faces! (see pix below.)
Monster Truck Jam in Las Vegas March 19-23, 2014
AaSP donated $2,500 to help take five Wounded Heroes and their families to the Monster Truck Jam in Las Vegas, NV. Our Heroes like trucks and this was a way for them and their families to get away from the everyday doldums of rehab and have some fun. We were glad to partner with Truckin' 4 Troops and FFAAFF to make this happen!
UPDATE: AaSP Donates 40 iPods to NICoE! Thanks to a very generous grant from NJ's OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, AaSP delivered 40 iPods (Gen 5) to the Natl Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) on Wednesday, 5 March, 2014. The iPods are used by the neurology wing of Walter Reed to treat Wounded Heroes with TBI and PTS, brain injuries that often debilitate normal brain functions such as memory. The Wounded Heroes often have difficulty keeping track of appointments while in the hospital and other activities we all take for granted. The iPods will help with their rehab and hopefully they will have less difficulty in the future. Thanks to the Board of Directors at OritaniBank for this very generous grant!!!
LCpl Casey Allison, USMC, was critically wounded in southern AFG on the very day AaSP was there with its Military Appreciation Tour 2014 AFG with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. We were able to visit Casey in the ICU at Role III Hospital and now that Casey is back in the US, we are visiting him and his family at Walter Reed NMMC! We are very excited to help Casey get back on track with his life. (more to come)
Scott Mallary, President Truckin' 4 Troops with Wounded Hero Brendan Morrocco and new Ford Raptor truck Brendan received this week. AaSP donated $10,000 towards this purchase.
Wounded Hero Taylor Morris with Jeep Cherokee on order for him from Truckin' 4 Troops. AaSP donated $10,000 towards this purchase.
AaSP teamed up with Truckin' 4 Troops and The Independence Fund to help Wounded Hero Taylor Morris and his wife Danielle get a new Jeep Cherokee. Shown here (L to R) are Treasurer Allan Virginia, Alan K, Danielle, Taylor, Mary-Edna K and Scott Mallary from Truckin' 4 Troops.
Christmas/Holiday party at Walter Reed NMMC Sunday, 8 December
The annual Christmas/Holiday party at Walter Reed Natl Mil Med Center at Bethesda, MD, is an exciting affair! And no better place to be on the earth, I guarantee you! For the last several years, our good friend and Patriot John "Woody" "America's Elvis" Woodall has led volunteer efforts to put on a great show for the Wounded Heroes, their families and supporting staff. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is proud to have been part of that for the last three years.
This year we had lots of exciting things going on at the party. Our great Benefactor Unilever has joined us again and we are both sponsors of the event, along with The Independence Fund, Truckin' 4 Troops, FDNY (Fire Dept of New York City) and FFAAFF (Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families). That means we pony up cash and bring lots of goodies. This year we were also joined by the Unilever Tax Department, which decided for the second year in a row not to exchange gifts or have a holiday party and instead take care of the kids. This year they bought 65 presents for children of the Wounded Heroes!! So we'll be bringing them to the party! Unilever Military Sales also bought special gifts for the Wounded Heroes.
The Ramsey, NJ, VFW donated 300 sets of crystal candle stick holders. And Johnson & Johnson donated skids of Listerine, Aveena shave gel, baby powder and Bengay that we gave away!
UPDATE 9 December 2013 - Well, the Walter Reed NMMC Christmas Party was fantastic! The Warrior Cafe was packed with Wounded Heroes, families and supporters and gifts of all kinds. Four track chairs were raffled off, Elvis and his band entertained and Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon gave away a lot of gifts, thanks to our Benefactors and Supporters. The Unilever Tax Department donated 65 wrapped gifts for the kids ("Santa" helped give them out.) We handed out 10 TRX Force exercise kits, thanks to OritaniBank Charitable Foundation. Unilever Military Sales donated 50 Visa gift cards, each worth $50. Ramsey NJ VFW (thanks "Bailey") donated 300 sets of Mikasa crystal candle holders. Johnson & Johnson donated baby powder and shave gel. And the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders braved cold, freezing rain and sleet to come cheer on our Wounded Heroes after spending the afternoon at a very cold and icy FedEx Field. It was a pretty awesome Christmas Party!
We also donated $10,000 towards a new Jeep Cherokee for one of our Wounded Heroes, Taylor Morris. Truckin' 4 Troops is very passionate about our Wounded Heroes and they handle these transactions. We partnered with The Independence Fund and several other charities. Very cool!
Believe it or not, these Soldiers are part of a Medical unit. Second from left is our Adoptee, MAJ Josh W. Thanks guys for all you do to keep your Battalion safe!
A NYC ad agency named 360i had the idea to get one of its clients, Hanes Brands, to send fresh underwear, t-shirts and socks to the Wounded Marines Barracks in AFG for Veterans Day. The large carton arrived on time and some of our Wounded Heroes were able to get new underduds! Thanks to 360i (Alex K) and the Hanes brand for this great contribution. Thanks guys!
Susan M of Johnson & Johnson for the great donation of baby powder, lotions, shampoo, bandages and other necessities which we packed up on Friday, Nov 15, and sent to Katie B of TF Med -E and Johnison R of the Wounded Marine Barracks. Great stuff!
Thanks to Seyfarth Shaw Law in NYC for sending six cartons to Katie B also!
Big News Coming Soon! NJ Bank is buying 6-mos supply of iPods for the NICoH!!! November 2013-- We have some exciting news coming very soon! Waiting for press release but we have the donation in hand! $12,600 for the iPods for our Wounded Heroes!
Amount Raised: $100,227.73
Salute to American Heroes - Our first huge benefit for our Wounded Heroes!
On Thursday evening, October 10, 2013, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon held its first large fundraiser gala -- this to raise awareness and funds for AaSP's Operation Combat Care -- to take care of our Wounded Heroes, both at home and abroad.
Salute to American Heroes marked the first time AaSP had done any large-scale promotion for its Operation. AaSP has been taking care of Wounded Heroes for years. We will update this area frequently as we finish projects in order to keep our supporters knowledgeable about what we're doing for our Wounded and how it is benefitting them. We have our first project in mind!
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has donated $10,000, partnering with Truckin' 4 the Troops, The Independence Fund and others to buy Wounded Hero Taylor Morris a new Jeep Cherokee. When we get pix of the vehicle and presentation we will post. Our honor and privilege to be part of this great gift for such a Hero.
Current Donation and Future Plans for the StAH funds:
Donated nearly $5,000 to help sponsor Christmas party at Walter Reed NMMC (Natl Mil Med Ctr) with FFAAFF (Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families)
Donated $10,000 to help buy a new Jeep vehicle for Wounded Hero Taylor Morris
Donated $10,000 to help buy a new Ford Raptor truck for Wounded Hero Brendan Morrocco
Bring a Wounded Hero up from Walter Reed with his wife and family, put them up in a hotel on the beach in Long Island, NY, give him a special helicopter ride around Manhattan and a first class tour of NYC with the FDNY (Firefighters of NYC). The limo ride courtesy of Empire CLS Chauffered Services; the helicopter ride courtesy of East End Helicopter of Islip, NY.
CPL David J Bixler, 2010 USO Soldier of the Year and volunteer Combat Care Ambassador for AaSP, speaking at Salute to American Heroes on Oct 10, 2013.
We recently (Aug 2013) picked up a Medical unit in Djibouti. Djibouti is more or less Ground Zero in the War on Pirates on the Horn of Africa. Thanks for your great work guys! We'll have your back!
Recent letter mailed 2 June 2013: I wanted to thank you and your organization for your generous donations in support of our Service Members. I recently rotated into the mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic here at FOB (location omitted for OPSEC) and received your box of coffee and tea for our Service Members. We will put them to good use!
Thank you again for your assistance and please thank those in your organization who make all this possible! Your generosity and assistance is greatly appreciated by our Service Members and contribures significantly to their comfort while they are recovering from their injuries! Very Respectfully, Donald C, OIC, Concussion Care Center, AFG
The Freedom Roast June 9, 2013, Clifton, NJ A Day of motorcycles, great food, great entertainment and remembrance enjoyed by our Wounded Heroes
The Freedom Roast was a great day for our Wounded Heroes in so many ways. They came up from Walter Reed NMMC and were part of a motorcade of motorcycles, a food fest and entertainment. One of our Heroes played guitar with the band Amp'd and another got to have fun in the dunk tank! It was a great day and monies were raised for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon's Operation Combat Care. Special thanks to the Clifton, NJ, Police PBA #36 for arranging the event and all the details (substantial). Wayne S and John K were awesome! Thanks to Amp'd, the Gotham City Cheerleaders, all those who donated food and Schuck Funeral Home for the donation of limos to pick up the Heroes in MD and bring them home! Thanks also to AaSP volunteers who helped with the Wounded Heroes, served food and helped clean up - Ken J, Don D, Kim D, Kris D, Tara P and Ed A. And the greatest thanks to our Heroes for making the trip and making this event so very special - Eric, Gregg, Raymond and David. For more info on the Freedom Roast, click here.
Fly Fishing - Healing for our Wounded Heroes
(in conjunction with Project Healing Waters, Fort Drum Chapter; the DeBruce Fly Fishing Club; and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum)
May 14-15, 2013
Last year, when we visited Fort Drum for Mountain Fest, our Treasurer Allan Virginia met SFC Trent Myer, the leader of the Fort Drum Chapter of Project Healing Waters. It seemed that there were quite a few fly fishermen or Soldiers and Veterans that wanted to learn about fly fishing on base. So Allan and Trent concocted the idea of having some of the guys come down to the DeBruce Fly Fishing Club in Livingston, NY, for an outing.
Well, that idea came to fruiting in mid May 2013. Trent brought three OIF and OEF Veterans and one USAF Veteran from Vietnam Era with him for two days of spectacular fun on the Willowemoc Creek. Allan got some of the members and local guides to pitch in and a great time was had by all. It was a privilege for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon to participate. We provided membership in the Museum (which provided the bunkhouse living for the guys) and we brought lunch for both days and provided a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant. The event is our second at the Club and we look forward to another one in June and more next year. Thanks to all involved and so glad we could give some "healing" on the water to our brave Warriors. Very cool.
Some times, the fun comes more from the stories - the fish tales - than the actual fishing. LOL (See video below). Pix from the two days are below.
Cheers to the Troops at Cheers Pub in Boston March 29, 2013; an Event for our Healing Veterans
The brainchild of our Veterans Liaison Tamber Norton and our Special Friend David Perinchief, National Service Officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Organization in Boston, Cheers to the Troops was a great first-time event designed to get Veterans together to chat, tell stories, heal and play video games, an important tool to reduce stress for Veterans with PTSD and TBI. This event was a great success, with much help from the folks at the Cheers Pub in Boston (where everybody knows your name - thanks Phil and team!), Microsoft Store in Boston (thanks Allison and team!), the New England Patriots Cheerleaders (thanks Allie and Stephanie!) MASSDiGi game developers at Becker College (thanks Monty), StinkyBoard and others.
The pics below will give you a flavor of the event. It was great fun and most importantly, it was a time for Vets to heal. We're so grateful for our teammates for setting this up.
We also placed a drink(s) at the bar for those who weren't able to make it and we toasted our recently departed SGT Derek McConnell and all of our Warriors who have made their final deployment in the name of God, Country and us!
One of the newest initiatives in our Operation Combat Care is donating iPod Touches (Gen 5) for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, where they help Wounded Heroes with TBI cope with memory loss and relearning how to handle day-to-day scheduling and activities. On March 13, AaSP was able to present 21 iPods to the program. They need approx 5-10 per month.
Operation Combat Care
Supporting units that treat our Wounded down range and at Home
Whatever it takes - including KIA bracelets when necessary!
Combat Care includes getting Wounded Heroes the opportunity to enjoy recognition and respect and love of the American people and even getting them to Ground Zero where they can connect with 9/11
From the Extended Care Ward at the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Leatherneck, a live Maine Christmas tree is adorned by staff and Wounded Marines after DHL Express delivered the trees as part of its Trees for the Troops operation in 2012 ...
933rd Foward Surgical Team - AFG
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon Partners with Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF), the FDNY and Independence Fund for Christmas Party at Walter Reed NMMC Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 -- There was a great Xmas party at Walter Reed NMMC at Bethesday! FFAAFF President "Woody" Woodall, also known as "America's Elvis" brought his Fire Firefighter friends from the FDNY, folks from the Independence Fund and businessmen like Travis Underwood to bring joy to the Wounded Heroes. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon brought the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (Michelle Brandon leader), who came to the party after their overtime victory over the rival Ravens. It was a long day for the Cheerleaders but they were as cordial and gracious as ever, signing calendars and team cards for the Wounded Heroes, their families and friends. It was awesome! Perhaps the most exciting part of the program was the gifting to three Wounded Heroes of Track Chairs. These are motorized wheelchairs on tank-type treads! They can go anywhere, even into brush where the Wounded Heroes can go hunting or wherever to feel independent. Special thanks to the Independence Fund for those! Just awesome! AaSP was proud to be part of such a great occasion!
Marines Attacked at Camp Leatherneck; AaSP Supports Wounded Warrior Barracks there... Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has for years supported our Marines at Camp Leatherneck including both the 2nd Marine Division and 1st Marine Division and II MEF and I MEF. We've also been supporting the Wounded Warrior Barracks there. Because of the recent attacks, we've ramped up our support of the Wounded Warriors there, recently sending two PS3 consoles and games and loads of goodies, including snacks and personal hygeine products and pillows, towels and the like. You can help us support these brave Marines too! Just email us and we'll tell you how to help! Thanks! Hope to have some pictures soon...
On a visit to Walter Reed on Friday, August 31, 2012, Alan and Mary-Edna Krutchkoff of AaSP brought video games and a few other gifts to the Hospital, including a 101st Airborne football jersey for a wounded Brigade Commander. Much of the day, however, was just spent "shooting the breeze" with out favorite Wounded Heroes. And we also got to meet Sgt Archie O'Connor, the Hospital Dog. An Awesome Day!
TBI Team in AFG: Our Adoptee MAJ Steve W and team are caring for our Warriors and their emotions and nerves - a critical support - at one of the special facilities devoted to PTSD and TBI in theater. Thanks guys!
SPC Derek McConnell receives a new, specially-outfitted van from Helping our Military Heroes (HoMH), Clifton (NJ) Police PBA #36, and Ancient Order of Hibernians (AoH) Division 2, Monmouth (NJ). Aug 15, 2012 -- At a special ceremony at Walter Reed NMMC in Bethesda, MD, CPT Tammy Phipps, the DoD specialist in charge of Driver Rehab (the only one in the U.S.!), HoMH (Laurie, Ted and Marybeth); and AoH (Jim and Jack) were all on hand to present our Wounded Hero Derek McConnell with a new van. AaSP received donations from the Clifton PBA's Freedom Roast and from AoH donations and were able to donate a Nav system for the van, insurance and gasoline for the year. Derek's old van was given to another Wounded Hero who needed the van. It was a great event (see some pics below).
May 9, 2012 at Walter Reed Nat'l Mil.Med. Ctr
Ken and David are helping to make Gaming more accessible for our Wounded Heroes
Working to make it easier for Wounded Heroes to play video games, Ken J is a military contractor who is starting a project to adapt/develop video controllers for those who don't have arms, hands or even key fingers needed to properly play some of the video games. He's already adapted a controller for a remote controlled car. Ken is anxious to help our Wounded enjoy this fun and therapeutic pasttime. CPL David B is one of our Adoptees and a gamer. He is working with Ken to see if they can do something to make gaming more accessible. David is building a web site also, known as Engage a Soldier -- Adapt and Overcome.If you would like to do something important, please visit the site and LET US KNOW if you'd like to help this project financially or have any ideas. Thanks!
Gary Sinise has been helping our Warriors for years. Now, his Gary Sinise Foundation is helping to build Homes for Heroes. On Friday night, 27 April, Gary's "LT Dan Band," the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, painter Scott LaBaido, the FDNY's Bravest Football team and hundreds of supporters attended a Tribute to SPC Bryan Dilberian, a Wounded Hero from the 10th MTN DIV.
DeBruce Fly Fishing Club teams with Healing Waters, Trout Unlimited to provide a day of fishing to Wounded Warriors
On a cold and damp Tuesday, April 24th (it even snowed at points!) in Livingston Manor, NY (in the Catskills), members of the DeBruce Fly Fishing Club (including our own Treasurer, Allan V) entertained and provided 2 1/2 miles of some of the best Trout fishing in New York State to Wounded Warriors from Maine. It was a joint project with Healing Waters and Trout Unlimited and consisted of a day's fishing for six Wounded Warriors with guides and lunch. Despite the cold weather, everyone had a great time and Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon even threw in some NASCAR t-shirts and hats courtesy of Unilever Military Sales. Thanks everyone!!!
See videos below from our visit to Fort Drum
12-14 Mar 2012 to deliver KIA bracelets to the 2-87 INF.
Our Adoptee MAJ Raul D (far right) with his Troops at the PTSD Clinic we support. We are so grateful for their service to our Troopers in the field. This is really important to our Warriors to get this kind of treatment down range. Thanks Dr. D!
At a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Clinic in northern AFG, our adoptee Robin W (L holding hand made flag) and the team there help our Warriors deal with neurological stress from combat. Thank you Robin and team!!
As of 4 March 2012:
One of our projects is quite solemn. It involves creating KIA Bracelets for Battle Buddies. We have, unfortunately, had several units that lost American Heroes and the bracelets are important remembrances of their Fallen Heroes and they help the Warriors deal with these tragic losses.
(Recent contributors to our KIA Bracelet fund include: the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Foundation; Em N; Bill A; Lou T; Joe and Jenn F; Henry N; 10th MTN DIV Assn; Ken J; Lara S; Bill S; Bill P, Melanie P; Elizabeth G; Lennie E; Mea L; FFAAFF; Robin J; 1L; 2Ls; Wayne S; Konrad S; John K; Mark N; American Legion Norwood NJ Post 272; Paul and Margaret T; Bob G; R J G; Cathy and Fred S; Carol W; Robert B and family; Jack and Nancy K; Blue Star Mothers #3 of NJ; Rainer and Joy M; Suzanne E; Frank and Noreen M; Barbara L; Midge and JH; and American Legion Post 171 of Fair Lawn, NJ ... hope you can join us in raising money to help our Warriors deal with the loss of their Battle Buddies. Thank you.)
We have been supporting military hospitals since shortly after we started Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. We've supported doctors, nurses and staff in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and, of course, Walter Reed and Bethesda at home. Now we are proud to say we are supporting Combat Stress Units down range as well!
We now have TBI and PTSD Clinics in AFG that give our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines the care they need for trauma right near the Battlefield. This is a great thing. We also just received contacts for four Wounded Warrior Barracks for Marines in AFG.
We will post pictures and info as we receive them. Right now we can tell you that the Marines in the Wounded Warrior Barracks enjoy oatmeal packs, trail mix, crackers and other healthy snacks. They have enough candy and junk food. They can also use t-shirts and sweat pants as the weather is getting colder and some patients arrive with just a space blanket from transport.
The TBI Clinic currently needs sweatpants/sweatshirts, or Army PT pants; hand warmers; cup of noodles soup; black gloves; darts; febreze; plastic (microwaveable) bowls and cups; men's magazines (not too risquee please!), hoodie sweatshirts.
We shipped the TBI Clinic and PTSD Clinic five TRXs each, thanks to our friends at TRX. With your help, we can show all our Warriors we care folks and send them a lot more stuff! Thanks!