Our wounded troops and vets need your help! Give thanks to our active duty troops and veterans by providing personal “Ditty Bags” full of the items requested by the VA and Walter Reed!
When bombs started exploding and terrorism brought confusion and panic to the streets of Boston, members of the Massachussetts Army National Guard snapped right to action to help the wounded.
1st Sergeant Bernard Madore was one of several troops present when the attack happened, and like his fellow soldiers, they showed why U.S. troops are the best in the world.
|1st sgt., fellow Guardsmen aid injured at Boston tragedy
April 20, 2013
By Meghann Myers, Staff WriterFirst Sgt. Bernard Madore spent most of the Boston Marathon doing what first sergeants do: keeping his men on track, joking around, playfully shouting at the other runners to “get up the hill!”The fun came to an abrupt end the afternoon of April 15, when two explosive devices went off near the finish line, killing three and injuring more than 180. That’s when Madore’s training kicked in.“I started looking up and around as soon as it went off to see where’s it going?” Madore told Army Times. “And then there was a secondary bomb, so we paused to look around, because you don’t know if somebody’s going to start shooting or what.”
Madore and several other soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard’s 1,060th Transportation Company had ruck-marched the 26.2-mile race to raise money for the nonprofit Military Friends Foundation. They were waiting in a medical tent for the last members of their group to catch up when the first blast went off around the corner.
The men rushed toward the scene and immediately began helping first-responders tear down a barricade that separated spectators from the marathon route. When the uninjured were freed, it was on to the next step.
“A medical assistant yelled at me, ‘Hey, Army guy! Go do triage!’ ” Madore recalled.
For his part, Madore, a 26-year National Guard veteran with two deployments to Iraq, has returned home to Derry, N.H., but not without a changed perspective.
“I’ve seen bombs go off and accidents and blood and gore,” he said. “Just to see that there – especially in the streets where I grew up – it was really devastating to me that this happened on our ground. And how dare they?”
We are thankful for the heroism displayed by Madore and his fellow Guardsmen. They ran towards the sound of violence, without hesitation, to help the innocent people harmed in this evil and senseless act of terrorism.
Their willingness to put their own lives at risk, not knowing if they might be running into an ambush, a hail of gunfire, or another bomb blast, shows the awesome and selfless caliber of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.
According to official reports so far, none of those injured in the blasts were reported to be military, but while we are lucky that no troops were injuried on that day, there are injured troops at Walter Reed receiving treatment who need your help! Please help us send Ditty Bags to recovering troops at WRMMC.
Give thanks to our active duty troops and veterans by providing personal “Ditty Bags” full of the items requested by the VA and Walter Reed!
The VA continues to make news this month targeted for lacking efficiency or expediency, thanks to the inneficiency caused by a failed domestic policy. Unfortunately, our troops often encounter too much difficulty trying to get the care they deserve.
The VA Hospitals suffer from having to deal with the inefficient and bloated federal bureacracy. Regulations interfere with their ability to provide care for our troops. As a result, Veterans who have nowhere else to go for healthcare have no choice but to deal with the long waits and vent their frustrations later.
They don’t have the resources they need to get our Vets the care they really need – we can help by providing bags full of useful items a Vet needs as soon as they check into the hospital – send one now!
|House Impatient with VA’s Disability Backlog
by Susan Crabtree
April 18, 2013
President Obama touts veterans care as a top priority of his presidency, but lawmakers increasingly weary of the long waits and hassles that veterans face in receiving disability benefits are pressuring Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinsheki to produce results.With thousands of service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and trying to transition to civilian jobs, Mr. Obama and Congress have expanded the VA budget each year since 2009, doling out $25 billion in extra spending every year and sparing it from sequestration while other agencies have seen their budgets pinched.But the extra money hasn’t solved problems that have plagued the agency for decades and been exacerbated by the wars. As thousands of new veterans have flooded into the system, they wait months sometimes years to have their disability claims processed.There’s a glut of nearly a million pending disability claims at Veteran Affairs, 630,000 of which have been in limbo for more than 125 days, up from 164,000 in October 2009.
Nearly a million claims still waiting for attention…if the government can’t provide for our troops…who will? Is there nothing we can do about this?
We can’t just stand by and let our troops suffer while we look the other way. We aren’t doctors or care providers, so unfortunately we can’t step in and do the government’s job for them, but we will do whatever we can to help our troops. We developed the “Ditty Bags” as a way to provide support and a little bit of care for our veterans and troops receiving treatment at VA Hospitals and Military Medical Centers.
It’s the best we can do to try to help our troops who, years after serving, continue to suffer from injuries they received in the line of duty. Won’t you help these veterans today? Click here to sponsor a ditty bag now.