San Antonio Post Continues SUPPORT TO WOUNDED WARRIORS
2013 once again was a great year for the San Antonio Post’s support of Wounded Warriors and troops.
The Post supported two San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo BBQ Cook-offs. On Jan. 26, the Post joined up with the Can’t Beat the Meat (CBTM) BBQ Team who worked for two days setting up and BBQ’ing for the first event at Sea World of San Antonio. The Post contributed $2,500 to CBTM BBQ Team as one of the sponsors to help defray the cost of the function and then provided 14 volunteers to man the serving line to feed over 150 wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families. On Sept. 26, the Post again helped CBTM BBQ at the second event held in conjunction with San Antonio Rodeo at the Freeman Coliseum. The Post donated another $2,500 and provided more than 20 volunteers to set up the serving line and serve wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families. In November, the Post received a letter of appreciation from the CBTM Team for its outstanding support throughout 2013.
On June 8, the San Antonio Post with the help of eight of its members sponsored 41 wounded warriors and veterans and their families from the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center for a San Antonio Missions baseball game. The special guests were treated to Fiesta Deck 3rd base seats, which included a buffet meal and drinks during the game. This was 10th year the Post has supported Wounded Warriors in conjunction with the Missions games. The Post received a certificate of appreciation for their continued support of WFSC.
On July 13, the Post for the second straight year supported Operation Float-A-Soldier at the Canyon Lake resort area. The Post provided 28 volunteers in two shifts to help in set up the beach and pavilion areas, man the gate guard post, serve food, help the Wounded Warriors and families at the beach and pavilion, and finally take down and store all the equipment for the next event. The Wounded Warriors and their families were treated to music at the pavilion; BBQ lunch; fun at the beach to include boating, skiing, tubing, kayaking, inflatable islands, fishing, jet skis and sunbathing. The Post also donated $1,000 to cover the side dishes and desserts for the luncheon and make a contribution to the Operation Float-a-Soldier events throughout the summer months.
At the November 12 Post meeting, DeEnna Jenson (Post Small Business Coordinator and Golf Committee Member) and Glen Turney (Past President/Past TEXOMA RVP/Post Fellows Director) presented a check for $2,929 to Darin Schartner from the Warrior and Family Support Center to help with their continued support of wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The donation was from the August 2013 Post Small Business Market Research Fair and carnival games held at the Oct 2013 Post E&M Fund Golf Tournament.
During the same November Post meeting, Don Gleason, a San Antonio Post Board Member and member of the local Red Cross, briefed attendees on the Christmas Cards for the Red Cross “Mail to Hero’s Program” for deployed troops. Post members provided 51 signed cards to support the program at the meeting and two Post member agencies and companies took back stacks of cards to get them completed by all of their employees.
The San Antonio Post capped off its support in 2013 at its annual Holiday Celebration Gala. The 130 plus attendees brought gifts cards from local area grocery and retail stores for Christmas donations to wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families through WFSC.
(Contributed by Dick Kochanek, F.SAME, 2014 San Antonio Post President)
On Jan 26, SAME High Plains Post hosted a fundraising gala to benefit wounded warriors. More than 150 attended, resulting with the Post raising almost triple their original goal.
The gala featured guest speaker Tech. Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers, USAF, and Quality of Life Plus (QL+) Executive Director Scott Monet. Tech Sgt. Deslauriers is an explosive ordnance disposal technician who was wounded in Afghanistan while conducting a post blast investigation. QL+ Executive Director Scott Monet gave a brief demonstration on improving the quality of life of wounded warriors using innovative techniques.
QL+ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster and generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life of those injured in the line of duty. Learn more about QL+ at www.qlplus.org.
The Post raised a total of $14,440 for QL+. Proceeds will be used for improving the quality of life of wounded veterans. To learn more about the SAME High Plains Post, visit www.highplains.same.org.
Dedicated High Plains Post members who organized the gala include Civilian Board of Director & Events Committee Chair Sean Sinclair; Post Secretary Brittani Metzger; Post Treasurer Sherrie Nymeyer; Civilian Board of Director Marianne Long; Post Vice President Shelly Schmidt; Post President Candis Hamilton; Military Board of Director Lt. Col. Anthony Figiera; First Lt. Carter Kunz, USAF; and Second Lt. Robert Frederick, USAF and Post Military Board of Director.
Go to www.same.org/woundedwarrior to find information about the SAME Wounded Warrior Initiative and what you can do to help our veterans.
Today, SAME is continuing its efforts to support Wounded Warriors. Through efforts at the national, regional and local levels, SAME members are actively working to provide support and service to our wounded warriors and their families.
To see what SAME Members are doing on the local level, or to find a Post near you, click on the links below.
SAME also is continuing to accept donations to help fund Quality of Life Plus (QL+), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that engineers adaptive technologies to benefit America’s wounded Veterans, first responders and other public servants. By harnessing the creative and engineering skills of students and faculty at Cal Poly, QL+ succeeds in developing innovative solutions that help our nation’s heroes live, work and play. The combination of engineering, mentoring future engineers, and supporting our wounded warriors made a partnership with QL+ an exceptional fit for SAME.
If you would like to donate to SAME and/or QL+ go to www.same.org/donate. You will be able to make a donation using our, secure online donation form, or download the Contribution Form and contribute via mail or Fax.
Additional resources on SAME’s Wounded Warrior Initiative:
On October 26, 2012, the Philadelphia Post held its 4th Annual Monte Carlo Charity Night. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Travis Manion Foundation whose mission is “to assist our nation's veterans and the families of Fallen Heroes.” This year, through the Travis Manion Foundation, the net proceeds, nearly $9,000, will be donated to a local family who has to endure a future with a family member who became permanently disabled while fighting to protect our freedom.
The event includes food, music, casino table games, food, and raffle prizes for the guests to win that were all donated by generous companies for such a worthy cause.
Approximately 6 percent of U.S. military veterans with limb amputations are classified as bilateral, above-the-knee amputees. Restricted movement of the leg at the knee joint while walking on inclined surfaces or stair cases adds unnecessary strain due to the individual's need to use his/her upper body to move up and down stair cases.
The Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift project will build upon the advances already achieved, further refining the design to maximize the prosthesis’ security and comfort, and reduce the weight of the design. A redesign of the device for a bilateral, above-the-knee amputee should focus on making it easier for the user to climb stairs and will enable these individuals to gain access to any location, including work places, regardless of ADA compliance. Click the photo below to see the Cal Poly student project team members. It is the team’s intent that the Prosthetic Knee – Leg Lift Project will be quiet, convenient, and helpful to amputees who want the same mobility that others can achieve.
Donations for the Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift and the Myoelectric Mouse projects were made to QL+ on March 28, 2012, at the Golden Eagle Dinner; no further donations are being accepted for these projects. However, SAME is accepting donations for the Universal Lift Program. Click here to donate today.
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H&S Environmental Inc.
ALLAN & CONRAD Inc.
Gulf Coast Architectural Group
Grumbach Consulting, LLC
Sandhills Utility Services, LLC
SAME-Washington DC Post
Coast Harbor Assoc, Inc. Employees
ASSET Group Inc.
SAME Detroit Post
ITSI Gilbane Company
SAME Kentuckiana Post
SAME Wichita Mountains Post
We have met our projected goal as of Jan. 13, 2012. Please keep the momentum going by donating today!