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  • US Army seeks new ways to treat facial skin injuries

    02/16/2013 5:36:07 AM PST · by the scotsman · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16th February 2013 | Jonathan Amos
    'It is extraordinary that doctors were able to do anything for Todd Nelson. The former US Army master sergeant's injuries were so bad the medics thought he would not survive. "I was on my 300th-plus convoy across Kabul, Afghanistan," he recalls. "We were headed home for the night when we passed next to a typical yellow and white sedan. When they saw us getting ready to pass, they flipped the switch. "The blast came in my side of the truck; I was on the passenger side. "It flipped the truck through a brick wall and put shrapnel through my right...
  • Ceremony marks closing of Walter Reed hospital (After 102 years of service)

    07/27/2011 12:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/27/2011 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON – Maj. Walter Reed's sword was symbolically handed over to the Navy at a ceremony Wednesday marking the closure of the Army hospital bearing his name, where hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded have been treated for more than a century. The tone was somber at times, but mostly celebratory, as more than a thousand former and current staff members and patients — some of them wounded troops from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in wheelchairs who have lost limbs —gathered under a white tent to say goodbye to the Army's flagship hospital. The Army band played,...
  • Bob Barker donates $2 million to Semper Fi Fund

    03/08/2011 10:30:28 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 8, 2011
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former TV game show host Bob Barker is donating $2 million to a charity that helps injured members of the military and their families. The former host of "The Price is Right" will donate to the Semper Fi Fund, which assists Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Air Force and Coast Guard members who are injured during service.
  • Good Friday at Walter Reed, Week 259, April 2, 2010

    04/08/2010 5:00:40 PM PDT · by kburi · 23 replies · 446+ views
    April 8, 2010 | Kburi
    Week 259, April 2, 2010 - Good Friday at Walter Reed FRONT GATE NOTES We had a fairly quiet Good Friday night. There was no bus for wounded warriors and their families and it was a long weekend with many troops taking leave. With no snow, sleet, rain, wind or cold to brace against, we had a chance to enjoy some good camaraderie and receive many honks of support from passing drivers. Our MOAB (Mother Of All Banners) sends a strong message to the troops, their visiting families and all who drive past the front gate. On April 9, 2010,...
  • Disabled Veteran Trains for Inaugural Warrior Games

    03/25/2010 5:18:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 285+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    FAIRFAX, Va., March 25, 2010 – Doctors once told Matthew Bilancia that playing sports and competing in athletic competition would be difficult, if not nearly impossible. Air Force veteran Matthew Bilancia rides a spin bike during a workout March 24, 2010, at a health club in Fairfax, Va. Bilancia is training up for the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10-14. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But the Air Force veteran is defying those odds with a demanding workout regimen and by being selected to participate in...
  • Update - On Gsgt Rob Gilbert

    03/14/2010 3:15:57 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 22 replies · 811+ views
    Robert Gilbert Blog | Friday March 12th | Robert Gilbert - Father
    As you will read in the following Rob is back in the United States. Please read the following and pray for Rob and his family. This is the latest post from the father of GSergent Robert Gilbert, as he prepares to bring his badly injured son home for medical attention. The letter was posted this afternoon on Matt Patrick's Facebook page. Things are grim. Dear Family and Friends, Good Morning! It is Oh Six Thirty, Sir (0630) in Germany and the Marine Chaplin and Marine liaison just picked Ruth Ann, Dana and Heidi up to transport them to the Frankfurt...
  • Trace Adkins and West Point Glee Club

    02/28/2010 6:16:22 PM PST · by SZonian · 5 replies · 551+ views
    You Tube ^ | Unk | Unknown
    Pretty cool tribute. This happened at the "Country Music Awards".
  • Support The Troops Continues - Walter Reed, Week 253

    02/24/2010 4:05:57 PM PST · by kburi · 13 replies · 507+ views
    February 24, 2010 | Kburi
    Week 253, February 19, 2010 - After surviving the Great Blizzard of 2010, the DC Chapter continued supporting the wounded warriors and their families for the 253rd consecutive Friday evening. FRONT GATE NOTES Snow continued to melt, but a brisk wind made for a very chilly evening. Traffic on Georgia Ave was moderate and the drivers honked as they passed. Two buses returned from taking the wounded warriors and their families to dinner. The forecast is calling for 2 to 3 inches of more white stuff Thursday, a sign that winter is subsiding. WRAMC Anti - War Protester News Four...
  • Foundation brings wounded vets back to Iraq

    01/31/2010 12:46:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 198+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    BAGHDAD - Rick Kell, executive director of the Troops First Foundation, has done it again. Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules here, Jan. 31, and took their first steps on Iraqi soil since being severely wounded the last time they were here. This is the fourth time Kell has returned wounded service members to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program aimed at helping the warriors find emotional closure after being injured. Although this is the fourth trip, this set of Soldiers differs from previous groups, as all six Soldiers are now retired. Capt. Ferris Butler...
  • Credit Where Credit Is Due: Vice President Biden Spent Christmas With Wounded at Walter Reed

    01/04/2010 4:43:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 57 replies · 2,779+ views
    Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    News of Vice President Biden's low-key visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day was buried in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the subsequent bungled response by his already vacationing boss, Barack Obama.But for all the grief Obama rightly took for his exhorbitant, self-indulgent extended stay in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's, Biden should be credited with spending much of his Christmas with our wounded warriors and their families.As Free Republic's Walter Reed regulars know, Christmas at Walter Reed can be quite lonesome as the hospital and service groups work...
  • Get me back to the battle says hero soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan blast

    01/01/2010 3:01:19 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1st January 2010 | Liz Hull and Neil Sears
    A Taliban bomb claimed both his legs, but it couldn’t take away Sapper Gregg Stevenson’s courage. The 24-year-old stunned doctors by learning to walk on artificial limbs within two weeks. In February the 6ft 4in former rugby player will return to duty, ten months after the attack. And yesterday he insisted that his next goal is to go back to Afghanistan when his comrades from the 24 Commando Engineer Regiment return later in the year. His inspiring story emerged as it was confirmed that a sixth Army bomb disposal expert has been killed while trying to defuse IEDs (improvised explosive...
  • U.S. casualties reported at military base in Afghanistan

    12/30/2009 10:32:37 AM PST · by itsinthebag · 45 replies · 2,169+ views
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber struck a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, causing an unknown number of American casualties, a U.S. military official said.
  • Christmas Day evening at Walter Reed, December 25, 2009, Week 245

    12/26/2009 5:59:51 PM PST · by kburi · 24 replies · 1,602+ views
    December 26, 2009 | Kburi
    Christmas Day evening at Walter Reed, Week 245, December 25, 2009 Wet, Icy and Standing Tall FRONT GATE NOTES Not just another Friday Night at Walter ReedAfter four and a half years of Friday night... “support the troops” rallies at Walter Reed, the DC Chapter of Free Republic, lurkers and friends, were way overdue for a Friday evening on Christmas Day (and next week on New Year’s Day). And so it was last night on a wet, icy dark evening. It was quiet with only one ambulance arriving, Very few cars or pedestrians going in or out of the front...
  • Walter Reed, Week 241, November 27,2009, Thanksgiving - Thanking Our Brave Soldiers

    11/29/2009 12:57:10 PM PST · by kburi · 12 replies · 1,257+ views
    November 29, 2009 | Kburi
    Walter Reed, Week 241, 11/27/09 Thanksgiving – Thanking Our Brave Soldiers The Friday After Thanksgiving FRONT GATE NOTES November 27, 2009, Thanksgiving, No Bus and Patriotism Friday night after Thanksgiving is normally quiet with light traffic. Tonight was no different. Very windy, making the hi 40’s seem like the lo 30’s. Even so, eleven of us were in place during the evening. The wind was so stiff that our banners would have blown away, leaving us with signs and hand held flags. The war doesn’t stop though and two big ambulances raced down Georgia Ave and into Walter Reed to...
  • Walter Reed, Week 240. 11/20/09, A Big Rally On A Chilly November Evening

    11/22/2009 9:54:46 AM PST · by kburi · 28 replies · 1,747+ views
    November 22, 2009 | Kburi
    GW University Students Enthusiastically Display Troop Support At Walter Reed FRONT GATE NOTES November 20, 2009, Students, Soldier Hugs and Patriotism A big Shout-Out for the over 33 university students from George Washington University who warmed a brisk Friday evening by waving American Flags at passing cars, chanting USA, USA, USA…. and singing patriotic songs until 8:30pm. Many wounded warriors are about the same age as these students, and seeing university students supporting our military was especially meaningful to the wounded warriors and their families who are constantly coming and going through the front gates. It is an important...
  • The latest information on Fort Hood injured

    11/10/2009 3:21:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 1,442+ views
    KXXV ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Staff
    FORT HOOD -- This is the latest information on the injured. There are 16 people still hospitalized, including the alleged shooter. Seven victims are still in intensive care unit and 9 others people are still being treated.
  • Wounded Ft. Hood GI's First Words to Mom: "I'm Sorry"

    11/09/2009 5:06:44 AM PST · by Saije · 6 replies · 899+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/9/2009 | Steve Bryant
    "I'm sorry." Those were the first words that U.S. Army Pvt. Najee Hull said to his mother after he was shot Thursday at Fort Hood, according to the Sun-Times. "He thought he had disappointed me. He knew I worried about him [being in the Army]," Yvonne Hull said Sunday. Paramedics rushed the Homewood soldier to a hospital while his mother sought to reassure him. "I said, 'I love you. You can never disappoint me; I'll be right there,' " she said. Hull, 20, says he was the first person shot Thursday when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire at...
  • Fmr. President George W Bush Visits Ft. Hood, Visits Soldiers Wounded in Thursday Shooting Rampage

    11/08/2009 5:24:59 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 22 replies · 2,465+ views
    ABC News ^ | November 08, 2009 1:11 PM | Karen Travers
    Former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush made a private visit to Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood Friday evening. The former president and first lady visited with soldiers wounded in the incident on Thursday, as well as some of their family members.
  • President Bush Visits Fort Hood & Wounded Soldiers

    11/07/2009 9:38:21 AM PST · by MaxCUA · 26 replies · 1,323+ views
    <p>FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ― Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers and their families near the site of the worst mass shooting on an Army post in the United States.</p> <p>The Bushes made their private visit to Fort Hood's Darnall Army Medical Center on Friday night. Bush spokesman David Sherzer said in an e-mail that the couple thanked Fort Hood's military leaders and hospital staff for the "amazing care they are providing."</p>
  • George W. Bush Visits Fort Hood, Wounded Soldiers (Obama visits Camp David)

    11/07/2009 6:32:19 AM PST · by maggief · 493 replies · 17,355+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 7, 2009
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ― Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers and their families near the site of the worst mass shooting on an Army post in the United States. The Bushes made their private visit to Fort Hood's Darnall Army Medical Center on Friday night. Bush spokesman David Sherzer said in an e-mail that the couple thanked Fort Hood's military leaders and hospital staff for the "amazing care they are providing."
  • Obama to visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center tomorrow(Obama delays Cap Hill pitch on health care)

    11/06/2009 12:01:20 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 56 replies · 2,816+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 6, 2009 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is pushing back a trip to Capitol Hill aimed at discussing the proposed health care overhaul with lawmakers.</p> <p>Obama had planned to head to the Capitol on Friday. Now the White House schedule shows Obama planning to visit the Capitol on Saturday.</p>
  • President Obama to Visit Walter Reed Friday

    11/05/2009 8:13:07 PM PST · by Saije · 49 replies · 1,990+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/5/2009 | Jake Tapper
    White House officials tell ABC News that President Obama will visit with wounded soldiers tomorrow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The trip was scheduled before the incident today at Fort Hood, officials said. President Obama visited wounded troops at Walter Reed as president-elect in January and has visited wounded troops at Bethesda Naval Hospital as senator. Last week the president made a secret late-night journey to Dover Air Force Base to participate in the dignified transfer of troops and DEA agents killed in Afghanistan. He is in the midst of making up his mind about a new strategy in...
  • Walter Reed Weeks 236 and 237, Big Events..

    11/01/2009 4:34:05 PM PST · by kburi · 14 replies · 1,228+ views
    11/01/09 | Kburi
    Walter Reed, Week 236, 10/23/09, and Week 237, 10/30/09, Twas’ the Night Before: The US Marine Marathon and Halloween FRONT GATE NOTES October 23, 2009, the Feisty Few Standing Tall Weddings, Support the Troops events, illness and birthdays took their toll on this breezy cool evening, but the feisty few stood tall on the four corners all evening. Drivers were honking their support all evening. One driver even rolled down his window and gave an unsolicited donation. (It will be used to support the troops). Right around 9pm two new big buses arrived with soldiers.: One from the NNMC (National...
  • Walter Reed Freep WKs 232/233 (Sep 25/Oct 2)

    11/01/2009 5:20:21 PM PST · by BufordP · 9 replies · 842+ views
    DC Chapter | 1 Nov | BufordP and [Mrs] Trooprally
    Week 233 (Oct 2) Week 232 (Sep 25) [Mr] Trooprally Me and Fraxinus Cindy-True-Supporter RonGKirby Week 233 (Oct 2)   Week 232 (Sep 25) CTS and Dennis from Families United [Mrs]texaschip Sep 25: A woman pulled over and asked Dennis does he think "we", meaning herself and her ilk, don’t support the troops. Cindy suggested she pull into the parking lot to talk. So she did and they talked for about 30 minutes. She had an Obama sticker on her car window. Said she graduated from Howard University. She said we don’t read enough to see how good Obama...
  • SEALs wounded in Afghanistan--prayer thread [Update at Post #108]

    11/01/2009 4:49:02 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 158 replies · 4,117+ views
    Nov. 1, 2009 | Travis McGee
    Yesterday, a squad of Navy SEALs engaged in combat operations in Afghanstan had several men badly wounded by RPG explosions. Freeper "Wardaddy" is related to one of them. Navy SEAL Bryan Stuart is Wardaddy's close cousin's son. He has been medevaced to Germany for surgery. Other details are sketchy as of yet.
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center wounded warriors get hospital visit from NASCAR

    09/26/2009 10:27:01 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies · 1,084+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 9/25/09 | Kae Davis
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  • Laptops for Wounded Warriors: September 11th at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    09/21/2009 4:30:39 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 4 replies · 774+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 20, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    On the eighth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on America, a band of patriots were on a special mission at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC, with America’s wounded warriors. Their mission, the brainchild of 69-year old, decorated Vietnam veteran, George Samek, was to help the wounded warriors’ recovery by providing them with donated laptops with webcams.
  • Walter Reed FReep 230 - September 11, 2009 - The Big 2009 9-11 FReep

    09/14/2009 6:08:45 PM PDT · by Tom the Redhunter · 16 replies · 2,122+ views
    September 14, 2009 | Tom the Redhunter
    Last Friday, September 11 2009, somewhere around 500 patriots gathered outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. It was the largest number of people that we have had there since Free Republic started holding vigils there in early 2005. Certainly also a lot more than the dozen or so we usually get on a Friday night! I am just going to go straight off to the photos you are interested in the most; the ones from when the crowd was at it's maximum: The whole event had a festival atmosphere. We set up tents in the small...
  • Walter Reed, Weeks 228 and 229, Next Friday, 9/11, Join Us

    09/06/2009 3:04:12 PM PDT · by kburi · 16 replies · 1,723+ views
    9/06/09 | Kburi
    Walter Reed - Weeks 228 and 229, August 28 and September 4, 2009; Friday Evening 9/11 – Next Week, Join Us FRONT GATE NOTES Next Friday, 9/11, Please Join Us Two weeks of great weather have set the stage for a great rally this Friday, 9/11. Many patriotic groups are gathering this week in Washington to protest growing taxes and increasingly intrusive government programs. These groups encourage fiscal responsibility and limited government. Elected representatives who are out of touch with their constituents will find it hard to ignore the tens of thousands constituents on Washington DC streets. They won’t be...
  • Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine

    09/04/2009 4:43:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,280+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the servicemember was wounded in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard later died on the operating table Aug. 14. The Marine’s family in New Portland, Maine, asked the Associated Press not to run the photo, which was taken by Julie Jacobson, who was embedded with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The AP put...
  • DC Chapter AAR – WRAMC DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARRIVE

    08/27/2009 6:03:06 PM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 21 replies · 1,807+ views
    My drug addled brain | 27 August 2009 | Jimmy Valentine's brother
    14 & 21 August 2009 Elder Street and Georgia Avenue, Washington, DC On 14 August Mrs T spotted an Azzhat poster with the words, “Thank God for IEDs” printed on it. She didn’t get a picture of it so you’ll just have to take her word. My experience says her word is pretty damn good. On 21 August we had weather make up all around us and it finally cut loose. I wanted to go down the street and pass out soap but Mrs T wanted to have a wet tee shirt contest. Without any beer it was hard to...
  • Stevie Nicks's Band of Soldiers

    08/22/2009 1:51:07 PM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 60 replies · 3,337+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Larry Rodgers
    In late 2004, Nicks began visiting Army and Navy medical centers in Washington, D.C. While visiting wounded service men and women, Nicks became determined to find an object she could leave with each soldier that would raise their spirits, motivate, and give them something to look forward to each day. She eventually decided to purchase hundreds of iPod Nanos, load them with music, artists, and play-lists which she would hand select, and autograph them. She now regularly delivers these tokens of her appreciation, bringing her closest friends to share the experience. In 2006, Nicks held a get-together to raise money...
  • Do Americans Care About British Soldiers?

    08/22/2009 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 8 replies · 967+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 20, 2009 | Michale Yon
    A gunshot ripped through the darkness and a young British soldier fell dying on FOB Jackson. I was just nearby talking on the satellite phone and saw the commotion. The soldier was taken to the medical tent and a helicopter lifted him to the excellent trauma center at Camp Bastion. That he made it to Camp Bastion alive dramatically improved his chances. But his life teetered and was in danger of slipping away. Making matters worse, the British medical system back in the United Kingdom did not possess the specialized gear needed to save his life. Americans had the right...
  • Scott Speicher's Final Homecoming

    08/14/2009 10:18:51 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 26 replies · 1,511+ views
    Primordial Slack ^ | 8/13/2009 | Joan Varga
    Being a member of the largest graduating class in the history of the State of Florida means that Scott Speicher's remains were received by large number of my former classmates today. His memorial procession traced through my childhood streets and high school, past the familiar bastions of Naval Bases--familiar but never taken for granted-- and to a final home of rest in his native country. Although I may have had a passing acquaintance with Scott within the walls and classes of my school, I cannot claim a long-past connection with him in the close confines of a small west-side community...
  • Amputee Private Matt Woollard Plans Return To Fight Taliban

    08/08/2009 8:02:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 470+ views
    August 08, 2009
    August 9, 2009 Amputee Private Matt Woollard plans return to fight Taliban Michael Smith [Pic in URL] A BRITISH soldier who had part of his leg blown off by a landmine is preparing to return to Afghanistan to settle “unfinished business” with the Taliban. Private Matt Woollard, 20, is expected to be the first British infantryman to return to the front line after being fitted with a prosthetic limb. Woollard, a member of 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, lost his lower right leg after setting off an insurgent bomb while on patrol near Kajaki in May 2007. His heart...
  • Billy Ray Cyrus At Freedom Concert Singing "Some Gave All" To 2 Soldiers Hit By IEDs (Video)

    08/08/2009 4:49:45 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 23 replies · 1,359+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/08/09 | talkradio03
    I waited a week for this...You heard alot about this on the radio, the video has finally surfaced, this is probably on of the best videos you will experience, I promise...
  • WWII Vet Training Service Dogs For Wounded Warriors Gets Surge of Support

    08/08/2009 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 3 replies · 480+ views
    FOxnews ^ | 8/8/2009 | Staff
    MIAMI — Since Irwin Stovroff was profiled a week ago on FOXNews.com, the decorated WWII veteran has received thousands of positive letters for his non-profit organization, Vets Helping Heroes, which provides service and therapy dogs to wounded veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. "It is unbelievable," Stovroff said about the growing mountain of support that also include thousands of hits on his Web site, numerous phone calls and — most significantly — tens of thousands of dollars in donations for his cause. "I just can't believe it. It has been overwhelming," he said of the generous response he's received....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 77th Birthday to The Purple Heart ~ 07 August 09

    08/06/2009 6:00:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 201 replies · 3,155+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~Happy 77th to the Purple Heart Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. President George W. Bush shakes the hand of Marine Cpl. Andrew L. Tinsley of Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, after Cpl Tinsley was presented the Purple Heart during a visit by the President and Laura Bush to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. White House photo by Paul Morse. The Purple Heart is an American decoration-the oldest military decoration in...
  • Walter Reed - Weeks 220 and 221, July 17 and 24, 2009; New Buses For Wounded Warriors

    07/30/2009 3:17:39 PM PDT · by kburi · 15 replies · 1,299+ views
    July 30, 2009 | Kburi
    Walter Reed - Weeks 220 and 221, July 17 and 24, 2009; New Buses For Wounded Warriors New Buses, Wounded Warriors, and BirthdaysAnother great night to be at the Front Gate of Walter Reed.. Good camaraderie and good weather. And, as is the norm, many passengers in cars waved and drivers honked showing their support of the troops and their families. Slipping beneath our radar on the 17th was the fact that the Big Bus, returning wounded warriors and their families from the Friday Night dinner hosted by one of several restaurants in the DC area, had been replaced by...
  • WWII Vet Doggedly Works to Get Canine Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors

    07/27/2009 9:11:21 PM PDT · by RDTF · 5 replies · 647+ views
    Fox ^ | July 27, 2009
    MIAMI — No one knows first hand the horrors of war more than World War II hero Irwin Stovroff. That's why when Stovroff — who was held for one year in a Nazi POW camp before being freed by allied forces — learned that the U.S. government didn't supply service dogs for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the 85 year old decorated hero from Boca Raton, Fla. made it his mission to overhaul the policy -snip-
  • IN MEMORY OF FRANK, Army, Korean War, Legionnaire, Lion, Honorary FReeper: Wk 184, Olney,MD 7-18-09

    07/23/2009 12:18:46 PM PDT · by trooprally · 31 replies · 1,790+ views
    July 23,2009
    Legionnaire Frank is the second Vet and dear friend of the Olney Patriots to pass away this summer. Clyde passed away in early May and now Frank. Frank passed away this past Tuesday after a blood disorder finally got the best of him. Thankfully he passed away quickly and in comfort, with his family around him. The last time Frank was out supporting the troops was June 6th, D-Day. He is shown BELOW with his sign special made for Olney. That’s Lurker Bill next to him and Glenn, our WWII Iwo Jima Marine in the back ground.. This is his...
  • Face of Defense: Amputee Pursues 2012 Paralympics Berth

    07/22/2009 10:28:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tim Hipps
    CHULA VISTA, Calif., July 22, 2009 – Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields hasn’t just learned to adapt as an amputee since hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is on his way to becoming a record-holding sprinter. Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields, an Army World Class Athlete Program sprinter and Paralympic hopeful, works out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. A below-the-knee amputee, Fields won a gold medal in the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 seconds at the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Okla., on June 13, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Airman, Wife Hope to Help Others

    07/22/2009 10:25:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 470+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 – A wounded airman and his wife plan to use the lessons they’ve learned about marriage and friendship through military service and adversity to help servicemembers who might be struggling after deployment or injury. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon – an explosive ordinance disposal technician who was severely wounded in Iraq – and his wife, Annette, hope to use their experience to help servicemembers and their families cope with deployment and injuries. U.S. Air Force photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon was wounded Oct. 24, 2007, while inspecting...
  • Wounded Warriors Tip Off at Basketball Tournament

    07/22/2009 10:44:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 735+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 – Sounds of dribbled basketballs and players’ shouts filled the Wagner Gym at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here yesterday, but absent were the thuds and squeaks of players running up and down the court. A member of the National Naval Medical Center team shoots during a wheelchair basketball tournament at Wagner Sports Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., July 21, 2009. DoD photo by William D. Moss  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Replacing them at the first City Wheelchair Basketball Tournament were the hissing of hands slowing wheelchairs and the clanging as...
  • Iraq veteran lets the games, and healing, begin

    07/18/2009 10:38:45 AM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies · 343+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | July 18, 2009 | By Kim Murphy
    Reporting from Spokane, Wash. -- Cpl. Anthony Alegre's unit knew the Humvees they drove through the streets of Ramadi, Iraq, were woefully under-armored. They stuffed sandbags in the doors, but when roadside bombs turned the sand into shrapnel, they began wedging pieces of metal and wood around their seats. No use. The car bomb that hit Alegre's patrol on May 29, 2004, killed three of his fellow Marines and left four pieces of metal in his brain. No one expected the 20-year-old infantryman to survive. The doctor in the Baghdad hospital, unequipped to reattach a piece of his skull that...
  • Iraq, Afghanistan Combat Wounded Participate in Wheelchair Games

    07/16/2009 4:28:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 155+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 16, 2009 – When Army Staff Sgt. John Bennett got shot by a sniper in Iraq in February 2005, his dreams of competition crumbled along with three vertebrae. Steve McGuire, a now-retired Navy petty officer second class disabled by a motorcycle accident after returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, said the National Veterans Wheelchair Games give him an opportunity to share with and learn from other disabled veterans. Photo courtesy of VA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Looking back over that day in Hawijah, Iraq, the Montana Army National Guardsman feared he’d lost far more than...
  • Tale of two boy soldiers who joined up together: Barely 18, on their first day of action...

    07/09/2009 4:36:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 620+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th July 2009 | Richard Pendlebury and Jamie Wiseman
    There is something in Danny Eaglesfield's pale blue eyes that wasn't there a week ago. He still looks ridiculously young. And, at only 5ft 4in in height, he seems barely tall enough to lift his rifle. But the wide-eyed youthfulness I saw when I first met him on the eve of battle last Friday has been replaced. A loss of innocence? Certainly. For Danny Eaglesfield has experienced a great tragedy this past week. His closest friend, Robbie Laws, was killed by a Taliban rocket as the pair of them travelled in the same vehicle, side by side to the last....
  • Wounded Warrior David Borden Jr. Meets His Weak &amp; Uncaring Commander In Chief

    07/02/2009 10:38:08 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 9 replies · 1,667+ views
    no-libs.com ^ | 6/30/2009 | unknown
    get many of these emails from readers and friends, and got this one below from my Floridian father Ray Jr, (I'm a third). He's a former Notre Dame Grad, Fortune 500 executive who's now a semi retired, Bonita Springs scratch golfing pro, selling real estate on the side down in Florida who's now taking an unwanted break from the field thanks to Obama's economy..
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Family Heals Together, Stays Together

    07/01/2009 3:50:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Wounded Warrior Dairies ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, July 1, 2009 – A retired Army captain who survived third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body while stationed in Iraq believes that through family, faith and a lot of hard work, anything can be overcome. Retired Army Capt. Alvin Eugene Shell Jr. survived third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body while stationed in Iraq. He credits his family, faith and hard work for his recovery. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Capt. Alvin Eugene Shell Jr., who served with the 16th Military Police Brigade, credits his wife, Danielle, his three sons, his mother...
  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    06/30/2009 6:36:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 643+ views
    Army.mil ^ | Holly Meyer
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 29, 2009) -- Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The Army’s wounded are welcomed back to the country by a team of three Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington: the Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team. Col. James Conaway, Master Sgt. Jon Taylor and Master Sgt. Juan Reyna act as advocates and liaisons for wounded Soldiers transitioning back to the United States. “We help to coordinate, communicate and just take care of all the...