Wounded Veterans’ Day on the Bay

Here’s a heartwarming story we received from the founder of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, an organization that provides life-changing opportunities for men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries…

As the sun came up very early over the San Francisco Bay last Saturday morning a sleek 113-foot Sailing Schooner named Eros quietly slipped her moorings and raised her sails once again carrying a National Treasure aboard her historic decks.

From left to right: Jason Deitch, Doug Conner, Mike Conklin (Founder), Brian Vargas

Five severely wounded members of our Armed Forces enjoyed the day for some much needed R&R aboard Eros, one of the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk’, who was used decades before to rescue the wounded and injured from the beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler’s army smashed through France in early days of World War II.

On this day, Eros had aboard her decks a new generation of injured veterans. There was Navy Ryan Sykes injured in Afganistan suffering a traumatic brain injury, United States Marine Brian Vargas who suffered a gunshot to the face, U.S. Army Ranger Dominic Annechuci who suffered a gunshot to the head just a few months ago, U.S. Army Doug Connor and U.S. Army Ranger Jason Deitch with equal unseen and hidden injuries.   Continue reading “Wounded Veterans’ Day on the Bay”

How to Help Our Wounded Warriors

Support Our Wounded WarriorsOn this Memorial Day weekend, here’s a way to remember and honor the brave men and women who protect us and our freedom. Their special sacrifices and hardships enable us to do what we do everyday. The Fisher House program supports America’s military in their time of need.

Per their website… Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Currently, there are 56 Fisher Houses located on 21 military installations and 17 VA medical centers. Twelve more houses are under construction or in design.

To help our seriously wounded soldiers during their long road of recovery, click here to donate online or call 1-888-294-8560. Join them on Facebook.