“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.”
As many of you know but some may not I served in the United States Army for a number of years and cannot articulate the way it changed my life and the opportunities I was afforded because of that experience. However I’m not here to talk about myself today. I want to introduce you to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Quite simply this organization aims to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
A buddy of mine was on patrol in Iraq when his squad was hit with an improvised explosive device (IED). The attack left my friend severely injured and resulted in him having to be medevac’d to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. This is the nearest medical center for wounded soldiers coming from the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres of operation. Upon arriving at Landstuhl and trying to grip with the reality of his injuries my friend found himself figuratively alone. Of course the doctors and staff there were very welcoming and professional but they had other patients and couldn’t focus solely on him. Additionally his family hadn’t arrived and the brothers he had come to love in his unit were still on the front lines. For those of you who are not familiar with the military, your unit is like your second family, a family away from home. He had none of his belongings, everything that he had been given was standard issue, of course this was the least of his worries but what he told me next blew me away.
A representative from WWP came to his room introduced himself and spoke to him like nobody had before. Up until then the only interaction he had was with doctors and nurses, I hate to say this because doctors and nurses are phenomenal but it’s almost as if they have no choice but to interact with you. The WWP rep was a volunteer and for some reason made it all the more meaningful. Additionally the WWP brought a gift to my buddy, a backpack filled with (as he put it) “Awesome Sh*t!”
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I have to be honest, I try to steer away from conversations like these, I know I shouldn’t but it’s just my natural reaction. It’s hard to hear about someone’s misfortune and intimate feelings during that time. Who knows, maybe it’s not hard for you, but it definitely is for me. With that said, my friend looked me right in the eyes and told me this was one of the most meaningful gifts he has ever received because it was at a time when he needed encouragement the most.
One of my 2013 goals was to contribute $200 to the WWP. I recently purchased one of the backpacks my friend received and plan to purchase another one as my online income keeps increasing. I can only hope that the backpack I purchased has a similar effect on a servicemember in need.
Please let me be clear, I in no way shape or form am compensated for recommending the Wounded Warrior Project. I wouldn’t even accept money from them if they did approach me for advertising. I currently don’t have any advertisements on my site, I don’t engage in spamming you with ads (nothing against those who do) and don’t plan on posting any in the near future. My main goal has been to provide you all with great content and build a community. However, this is one endeavor that I truly believe in and have seen first hand the effects it has on our servicemembers.
If you are looking for a charity to contribute to for 2013 I highly recommend the Wounded Warrior Project. You can provide comfort for an injured soldier with a donation of $1 to however charitable you would like.
“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”
— Muhammad (570 – 632 CE)