I'd like to nominate Wounded Warriors as one of the charities for Foolanthropy this year. This organization supports families who have had a family member killed or wounded in military service, by offering the family a vacation and or retreat, which is something most of these families can not afford otherwise.Given this is a small organization, the impact from the support of Foolanthropy would be impressive. < I snipped most of this from their website at http://www.woundedwarriors.org/ >Wounded Warriors' mission is to provide morale support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways and, because of our generous supporters Wounded Warriors is able to mitigate the suffering by allowing families to find some peace and solace as a family once more.We have taken on this mission as many families of our young warriors who have been severely injured or wounded may never be able to afford what many of us take for granted. Wounded Warriors owns two fully furnished two bedroom condominium units in Orlando, Florida, and in Galveston, Texas, for use by qualified veterans and their families for a one-week stay. We also pay for theme park tickets for their dependents.A new endeavor on behalf of our soldiers, reserves, veterans and their families is to establish a Wounded Warriors' Retreat in Western Nebraska. Here's an article I read about the organization: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1636&u_sid=2262605 Here's a snippet from the article just in case it isn't available for much longer: Michele Reid of Palm Bay, Fla., said she, her husband and her 16-year-old son finally had a chance to "do a family thing again.""We had been torn apart emotionally, financially and - my husband - physically."Navy Petty Officer First Class Pete Reid, 51, who had been the family's breadwinner, is in a wheelchair and suffers from brain damage as a result of the May 2, 2004, attack.Stephanie Swisher, whose husband Marine Capt. Tyler B. Swisher, 35, died last year in Iraq, discovered the organization through Gold Star Wives, an organization for widows of fallen soldiers and Marines."It was our first vacation without their dad," said Swisher, who lives near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was our first time to get away."Wounded Warriors provided the Swishers, including children ages 16, 8 and 6, the resort condo and tickets each day for the Disney amusement parks. The condo resort was so luxurious, Swisher said, that the kids decided to forgo Disney for two days and splash in the pools.There were moments of sadness that Tyler Swisher was not there. He had been killed during a patrol Oct. 21, 2005, by a roadside bomb.Wounded Warriors' financial statements show the group had assets of $326,884 at the beginning of the year before the purchase of the two condos. It has no employees, and Folsom draws no fees.The most ambitious effort by Folsom is the creation of the Nebraska retreat. The 80 acres is under contract, and Folsom expects to close on the purchase by the end of the year. He hopes to build a lodge and a series of small cabins.Families of wounded or dead service members would find a more rustic escape on the property southeast of Crawford. Day trips would be provided to Mount Rushmore and Fort Robinson, Folsom said.And financial info from the website: Wounded Warriors is a Nebraska non-profit corporation. We are a 501(c)(3)tax exempt corporation. Our Employer ID# is 20-1407520.Please e-mail the Fund at JohnFolsom@woundedwarriors.org if you have any questions.Wounded Warriors is not connected or affiliated in any way with Wounded Warrior Project or its parent organization.I think this is a worthy cause which will support those who have served this country and paid the ultimate price with their health or their lives. Always ;-)Hunzi
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