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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Washington, D.C.
President Obama was among the people who gathered in October 2014 for the opening of the first-ever memorial in honor of disabled veterans, those who suffer from physical injuries or emotional ones like PTSD. The monument, set on a 2.4-acre site near the Capitol, features a reflecting pool with a star-shaped fountain, glass and granite walls, and a grove of trees. It's an unusual and much-needed memorial, as it honors living heroes. Read More
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Debt of Honor
Philanthropist and veterans advocate Lois Pope expresses her profound gratitude to United States Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage for his service, at the screening of "Debt of Honor," a documentary on the history of disabled veterans in America by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and solely funded by Mrs. Pope, aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in New York.
(Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for Debt of Honor/AP Images)
American Veterans Disabled for LIFE Memorial
Just a reminder that we have military persons in very dangerous places, doing dangerous things...Remember to pray for them. The story is about Channing Moss, who was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol. Army protocol says that medivac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said damn the protocol and flew him to the nearest aid station. Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol. Here's a short video put together by the Military Times, which includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went to West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team. Moss has undergone six operations but is doing well at home in Gainesville , GA. I think you'll find the video absolutely remarkable.
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Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation
The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc. was formed to raise the funds necessary to design and construct the Memorial. It was established in 1998 through the combined efforts of philanthropist Lois B. Pope, Foundation chairman; Mr. Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans and Foundation President; and the late Jesse Brown, former Secretary of Veteran Affairs and the Foundation's first executive director. Current members also include Gene A. Murphy and Kenneth G. Musselmann.
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LIFE Summer Camp Program
LIFE proceeds go towards the LIFE Summer Camp Program. Millions of American school-aged children are living in poverty. Many of these underprivileged children will spend their summer without adult supervision - a situation that can have dire consequences if they become involved with drugs or crime. Most often this situation arises because parents or guardians simply cannot afford a summer day camp program. We urge each and every person who is able, to do everything in their power to help those less fortunate than themselves.
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