Friday, December 26, 2008

The New York Post

From Ralph Peters in the New York Post:

A YEAR ago this month, the Post ran a week-long series of columns on the courage and grit of our wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Their medical treatment was state of the art, but the "off duty" facilities serving them and their families were a shame.

Those who gave so much asked for nothing for themselves. Fortunately, others stepped in.

Brooke Army Medical Center staffers and benefactors in San Antonio, Texas, saw that the local one-room Warrior and Family Support Center that helped prepare badly wounded vets for their return to the "real world" was overwhelmed.

The good people of San Antonio needed four million dollars to renovate the facility to enable it to provide the services needed for out vets. Readers of the NY Post were invited to donate to this cause. And they responded.

When those profiles of our wounded warriors ran last December, you stepped up with contributions great and small. Post readers came through with about a million dollars - a quarter of the funding.

Despite the financial demands we all feel every holiday season, you gave to those who had given so much to us.

The result? On Dec. 1, military authorities received the keys to a magnificent 12,500-square-foot facility.

Instead of one crowded room up a flight of stairs, our wounded vets have a beautiful building specifically designed to meet their needs. The quality is impeccable - this "home" will be there for generations of vets. For once, our troops received a worthy thanks.

Congress, tax dollars and war profiteers didn't give it. You did.

[...]In these challenging times, it's easy to lapse into selfishness. We all have fears and worries. For some of us, this holiday season's a difficult one. But it's going to be a great deal better for hundreds of our wounded warriors because of what you did to welcome them home.

Amen to that and many thanks to the New York Post and it's many readers who saw the need and did something about it where others turned away.

For links to some of these articles go here, here and please check out the Wounded Warrior Project.

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