Wounded Warrior Project - The WWP honors and empowers wounded warriors. They have their hand in just about everything. They sponsor the Tuff Mudder, they donate items to WWs at the hospital, they cater meals for patients and families, they help vets in crisis, they raise public awareness, etc. We have been the beneficiary of some of those meals and Derek has some of their donated gear. That's it, so far. I'm sure he will benefit from them a lot in the future. 877 TEAM WWP (832-6997) or visit http://woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Yellow Ribbon Fund - The YRF was founded in 2005 and helps injured service members and their families. The following is taken from their facebook page: Since their founding they have provided the following: over 1,350 free rental cars spanning 55,248 free rental car days; over 18,056 free taxi rides; over 8,905 free hotel room nights; and families have used our four apartments for almost 7,171 nights; and hundreds of free tickets to sporting games, concerts and plays, and hundreds of lunches, dinners, golf games, duck and goose hunts, fishing trips and other activities...... please... what DON'T they do? In the 144 days we have been here, we personally have used the massage days twice, had a mani/pedi once, and took a taxi to the Army/Navy game, and they provided my sister and her family with a room when they came for Christmas. Eliza Palmer from the YRF is wonderful.
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 500, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Phone: 240-223-1180.
Fisher House Foundation (and Hero Miles) - The Fisher House provides lodging free of charge for military families during illness and rehabilitation. Their Hero Miles program flies families free of charge to their loved ones.
LT Dan Weekend - This is a four day weekend in Beaufort, SC where 100 wounded warriors and caregivers can get away and just relax. There is a bike ride and 5K and Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band rocks it out! We may be able to attend if enough funds are raised to allow the event to occur next year! www.LDW2.org
iPads for Soldiers - According to their Facebook page, they have donated over 400 iPads to soldiers, both wounded warriors and deployed military since their inception in 2010. I met Marie when she donated an iPad to Derek. He gave it to me. What a sweet kid.
iPods for Wounded Veterans - This organization provides iPods for wounded veterans to help them through their illness and rehabilitation. Derek has received a couple of iPods from them. 4 Heather Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887
There are wonderful organizations for our troops, such as Toys for Tots, Adopt a Soldier Platoon (and they have visited the wounded and helped Derek a lot, but they also do most of their work for deployed soldiers), Our Military Kids, etc. but I am concentrating on those organizations that are really specifically for wounded warriors. There are a lot of others besides the ones listed here, but these have really helped us or our friends personally.
Today Derek had a quiet day. He was not feeling good. He has a little bit of a cold, so he stayed quiet. The Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, visited today.
The rest of the day, except for visits from people dropping off gifts, Derek rested. The best part of the day was when Dr. Nanos came to consult with us about the hand. Of course, he cannot give us any guarantees, but he also did not tell us the hand was dead, deal with it. We will see what the future holds.
Yesterday, Derek got himself in and out of the chair . . . by himself! He is climbing that mountain!
Also, General Fred Franks came to visit Derek in the Matc. He had heard about Derek's story from someone while he was in Florida, and he made it a point to visit with Derek. He checked up on our concerns about Derek's hand and made sure that one of the head doctors came to visit with us
I have spoken many times about Derek's awesome nurses. They are Derek's Goddesses. He is like the little old man, aka letch, in the hospital bed, hitting on all the nurses, and Krystina is like the little old lady sitting in the corner laughing at him because she knows two things: (1) he can't do anything about it; and (2) even if he could, he wouldn't. But the nurses love it. At least they act like they do. They come in to chat even with they do not have to see him. And Angela did the following to Derek's Fentynal patch:
And we love the non-profit organizations that help the wounded warriors. Please remember them if you have a few extra dollars to spare.
Love to all! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Kwanzaa! Climb to glory!