In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
Fifty years ago, I reported in to U.S. Naval Hospital, Charleston SC and, by Christmas, we admitted one of our first Vietnam casualties. Within a year, our census doubled as air-evac flights brought us wounded Marines, Seabees and hospital corpsmen. Looking back, all I can remember was living in the moment—doing what I was able to do each day. Our hospital wards were big open rooms in stilt buildings that were left over from World War Two. I never thought about how poor the environment was for patient care, nor did I ever know what happened to our patients after they left our unit.
I was reading a novel about wounded soldiers from the recent conflicts. Their post-hospital situations were dreadful. Compound that with what I had heard on the news about veteran’s affairs problems and I was sick at heart. I asked myself if our folks had it as bad fifty years ago? Then I ask myself what can I do to help this generation who could be my grandchildren? Within days, I received information about the Wounded Warrior Project from USAA (United Services Automobile Association).
Here is what USAA had to say:
Honor and empower wounded warriors.
The purpose of the WWP (Wounded Warrior Project) is:
- To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members
- To help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other.
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
If this issue calls to you as it did to me, Here is the LINK to more information about WWP.