Thursday, May 9, 2013

GRANT TO AMERICAS FUND


Last month, AHFF announced a $35,000 grant to America’s Fund, a program established in 2004 and administered by the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. This grant was made possible through the generosity of hard-working, patriotic employees at MOGAS Industries and Alspaugh’s ACE Hardware.


Highlighted here is how with generous donations, grassroots payroll deduction contributions have helped to ease the stress of just two hard to imagine situations faced by our heroic members of the Armed Forces:

·         An Army Special Forces soldier stationed in Florida sustained the amputation of one leg, severe damage to his other leg, serious burns, soft tissue injuries, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when he was wounded by an IED. This grant was provided to purchase home medical items, including a wheelchair ramp, so he could be released to outpatient status and continue his rehabilitation at home.
·          A soldier stationed in North Carolina suffered the amputation of both legs, massive abdominal injuries from shrapnel, TBI, pelvic fracture, and other injuries after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. He was approved for major surgery, and this grant was provided to pay for airline tickets for his parents and sister to come to his bedside for support at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Bethesda.


Help us help others by spreading the word about AHFF’s grassroots movement to your friends and family members. Let’s see how big a difference we can make together!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

HONOR THE FALLEN


MilitaryTimes.com created a space to HONOR THE FALLEN. Each service member who has lost their life during Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. 
The numbers, the pictures and the stories of each and every soldier are a reminder of how real, severe and long this war has been going on. 
We are grateful there is a space where these amazing service members can be honored and remembered for all of us to see and pay our respects. 

We want to take this time again to thank each service member who dedicated their life, story, strength, commitment and love for our great nation. 
And thank you to MilitaryTimes.com for sharing each of these stories and lives. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

A MEMORIAL SERVICE (FOR CHRIS KYLE)



Details of today's Memorial Service for Christ Kyle have been set as followed at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas: 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the service starts at 1 p.m.
Lots 1, 2, and 10 will be open for parking.
No cameras, bags or purses will be permitted inside the stadium.
Visitors can bring flowers for the field; they should be dropped off Monday morning at Gates A and K. The flowers will later be donated to veterans hospitals.

Officials have also released route information for the 200-mile funeral procession on Tuesday to escort Kyle's casket from Midlothian to Austin.
The route will start  at 8 a.m. and will travel from the Multi-Purpose Stadium south on 14th Street to U.S. 287. The procession will then travel south on Interstate 35E to Austin bound for the Texas State Cemetery at 909 Navasota Street where Kyle will be laid to rest.
Motorists along the route are alerted to expect delays during the four-to-five hour motorcade which will include military personnel, first responders and Patriot Guard Riders.


Friday, February 8, 2013

THE ARMY MARATHON

We are sure you have heard of the Semper Fi Fund - an incredible foundation doing even more incredible work. Then it's time you read up on their newest addition America's Fund

"America’s Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This is a program of the Semper Fi Fund, an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and a 4-star (highest possible) rating from Charity Navigator. In just eight years, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $68 million in support." (source)

America's Fund is a program that AHFF has been working with closely over the last few months and we are happy to promote a great event they have coming up. 
If you live in the Kileen, Texas, area, then you have the opportunity to help support and participate in the first ever race of the America's Fund:
Date: April 21, 2013 
Address: Kileen, TXUnited States

Kileen, Texas – This is a brand new event and the first ever race for the America's Fund. The Army Marathon is an event that honors our Soldiers and National Guardsmen and supports charities that are serving our service members.

Date: April 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Kileen, Texas
Registration Fee: $75


We hope that you will join us in raising funds for the America's Fund!

To Register for the Army Marathon:
1. Go to the Race and Fundraise Page 
(you must select "Race and Fundraise")
2. Fill out the required runner information


If you have any questions about participating in the Army Marathon, please contact Kathy Wise by email or by calling 910.515.1626


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

OUR HEART GOES OUT (Chris Kyle)

Have you been following the news with the sad story of how Chief Chris Kyle lost his life this week? It is heart-wrenching to say the least. 

His story was shared on the local stations as well as all across CNN, NBC, Fox, and ABC. The NewYorkTimes tell Chris' story well and on ABCnews.com the loss of Chris' life helps put a spotlight on the realness of PTSD. 

Our heart goes out to the family and friends of this brave and incredible man - Thank you for your service, dedication and love for your country!

" Dallas, Texas – Chief Chris Kyle (USN) and his trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help. Chief Kyle lived by a personal motto that "it is our duty to serve those, who serve us," and he and Littlefield died honoring this creed. Above all else, Chief Kyle was a unique individual and an amazingly loving father, husband, son, brother, friend and devout Christian who had a profound effect on the lives of those he touched.
Chief Kyle was publicly known for being the President of Craft International LLC and the author of the best-selling book, American Sniper. Chief Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, served four Combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. After retiring from the Navy, Chief Kyle founded Craft International LLC, a military and law enforcement training company, and was involved in numerous charities, including co-founding FITCO Cares Foundation, and other charitable events benefiting wounded and disabled servicemen and women returning from combat.
"Chris was a true American hero having devoted his adult life to serving his country in combat as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs and in training our military and law enforcement personnel after leaving the Navy. Chris was also an extremely devoted family man – a wonderful husband and loving father. He gave so much of his time to charitable causes that assisted military personnel and their families and died while trying to help a struggling service member. We are all saddened by his tragic death. America lost one of its finest sons and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kyle family" said Steven Young, Craft's CEO.
Mr. Young requests that the media respect the privacy of the Kyle family and friends while they grieve the loss of Chief Kyle. Details of the memorial service and funeral will be released at a later time.

Respectfully

Craft International " 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

SHARING YOUR STORY (PART 6)

 [photo source: Gail Burton — Associated Press]

This astonishing young man you see in the pictures above is retired Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco who has been making global headlines this week after wheeling himself into a press conference with his ‘own’ two hands. 

Here is why Marrocco’s story is much a miracle:


In the spring of 2009, Marrocco was driving an armored vehicle in Baiji, Iraq, when the truck struck a roadside bomb. One of the soldiers traveling with Marrocco, Cpl. Michael Anaya, lost his life. Marrocco and another soldier we injured. It was in this explosion that Marrocco lost all four limbs. 

Initially Marrocco received a prosthetic left hand while in recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and it was there that he learned of the opportunity for him to receive a double-arm transplant.

On December 18, 2012 a surgical team, led by John Hopklins’ chief of plastic surgery, Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, preformed the 13-hour surgery. Merely 2 months later, Marrocco was discharged from the hospital, but not before he wheeled himself to the press conference, using his two news arms/hands. 

During the press conference Marrocco said  he has “been using the hands to text, use my computer, scratch my face and do my own hair. They have become a part of my life in the past six weeks, and that’s the way we want it”. [source]

‘While Brendan Marrocco doesn’t remember much from the days, weeks and months after the IED attack, he recalls never accepting the word “no” for answers to his questions. His advice for anyone who has suffered grievous injuries: 

Be stubborn. There are a lot of people who say you won’t be able to do something. Just be stubborn. Work your ass off and do it” Marrocco said.’  [source]



To read more on Marrocco's story you can click here, here and here.



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Friday, January 25, 2013

SHARING YOUR STORY (PART 5)

"Shifty" 

"Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them. 
I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. 
Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945..." at which point my heart skipped. 
At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped. I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero ... and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day. 
I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes... And it 's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say. I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach. He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this. 
Shifty died on 7 June 2009 after fighting cancer. There was no parade. No big event in Staples Center. No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24x7 news coverage. No weeping fans on television. And that's not right! 
Let's give Shifty his own memorial service, on line, in our own quiet way. 
'A nation without heroes is nothing.'

Rest in peace, Shifty. 

Sincerely, Mark Pfiefer"


You might have seen this email in your inbox recently, if not then you just had the chance to read it here today. And to share the truth and origin of the email we searched and found this on abcnews.com: 

"The Johnson family received the original e-mail on July 7, 2009 from Mark Pfiefer. He confirmed to me that he wrote the e-mail and he was the man who met "Shifty" at the airport in Philadelphia. Pfiefer, who worked for Dow Jones at the time he met "Shifty," said today he had no idea the e-mail would take on a life of its own. He just wanted those who received his e-mail to hold a private moment of silence. "I found out this morning that some took it literally," he said, "and now thousands of people have been organized into a virtual memorial service for Shifty on July 20th. It will be on Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other social networking sites. [...] Our country owes much to World War II heroes like Darrell "Shifty" Powers. We're losing the remaining ones each day. And as Mark Pfiefer points out, they're not getting memorial services at the Staples Center. There are more veterans like "Shifty" and they too should be remembered. "