Wounded Warriors Task Force

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.

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. 

 

Myoelectric stimulation of residual limb(s) as soon and as often as possible after amputation helps retain crucial nerve endings in amputees, allowing for greater control of prostheses fitted at a later date. The Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas, is a rehabilitation center that uses nerve stimulation control to interface with software games. The medical technology currently in use by occupational therapists and physiotherapists, both there and elsewhere, is limited and outdated in comparison to current market technology.

This QL+ Project will develop a myoelectric control based interface for a standard USB computer mouse. Creating a rehabilitative experience that is engaging and fun will assist in improving the life of the patients. This rehabilitation serves as a precursor to prosthetic options.

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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Individual Donors:
William C. Allanach
John B. Swartwout
Charles J. Williams P.E., DBIA, PMP
Gary Basham
Dennis T O'Geary
Bob & Phyllis Wolff
Tony Leketa
Diana Dawkins
Harold Rosen
Daniel Palaghiuc
Command Sgt. Maj. William McDaniel Jr., USA (Ret.)
Rear Adm. Sven E. Rodenbeck
Jeff and Denise Sorenson


Organization Donors:
R.A. Burch Construction
MW Builders
H&S Environmental Inc.
SAME National
ALLAN & CONRAD Inc.
Gulf Coast Architectural Group
SAME Orange County Post
Sandhills Utility Services, LLC
SAME Washington DC Post
Coast Harbor Assoc., Inc. Employees
Farnsworth Group, Inc.
SAME Detroit Post
WT Resources
SAME Oklahoma City Post
SAME Tampa Post
Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc.
SAME Greater Kansas City Post
SAME Narragansett Bay Post
SAME San Antonio Post
SAME Omaha Post
SAME Cape Fear Post
SAME Dallas Post
2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
SAME New York Capital District Post

We have met our projected goal as of Feb. 24, 2012. Please keep the momentum going by donating today!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Leg-Lift-Team-10-11-Photohis/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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Individual Donors:
William C. Allanach
Rachel Brydon Jannetta
Marv & Julie Fisher
Lynden Peters
Joseph & Lynda Stuber
Charles J. Williams P.E., DBIA, PMP
Bob & Phyllis Wolff
David Dee
Elizabeth Koski
Greg Kuhn, P.E., F.SAME
William A. Daly
Col John R Wise (Ret.)
Michael Pavlides
LTC Stephen R Taylor
Tom Rath
Tom Conrad
Gary Basham
Dennis T O'Geary
Larry Janak
Bob Rush & Erica Ellis


Organization Donors:
Aarcher Inc.
R.A. Burch Construction
MW Builders
H&S Environmental Inc.
SAME National
ALLAN & CONRAD Inc.
Gulf Coast Architectural Group
STV
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!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There are many resources available for our wounded warriors, their families and supporters looking for ways to assist them. Following is some resource information that may be of interest to you. The list is by no means a full listing of resources available.

Hiring Our Heroes
U.S. Chamber of Commerce year-long nationwide effort to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment.

Army Wounded Warrior Project

Assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status.

Navy Safe Harbor

Provides  individually tailored assistance for recovery, rehabilitation, & reintegration activities for seriously wounded, ill, & injured Sailor s, Coast Guardsmen and their families.

Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment

The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and facilitates assistance to WII Marines, sailors, attached to or in support of Marines units, and their family members, throughout the phases of recovery.

Air Force Wounded Warrior

The AFW2 program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman & Family Readiness Centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury, through separation or retirement, for life.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA. Information and locations of VA services including Vet Centers, PTSD Program locator, Substance Use Disorder Program locator, may be found on the VA website.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD, but there is help available. 

Additional Resources

Wounded Warrior Project

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) –  Wounded Warrior & Family Support

Army Engineer Association (AEA) –  Wounded Warrior Website

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcoming Troops Home

In September 2010, the Dallas Post conducted a community service event to greet servicemen and women who were returning through DFW International Airport for their mid-tour leave. Anywhere from 150 to 250 troops come through DFW airport each day on their way home for a two-week R&R (Rest and Recuperation). One flight arrives daily at DFW and one departs each day. A small number of service men and women meets their families in DFW, but the majority catch connecting flights home. Volunteers gather each day to welcome these troops off their flight, thanking and encouraging them for their service to our great nation. The Post partnered with a local Girl Scout Troop and a local church youth group to assemble 250 goodie bags and make Welcome Home posters for soldiers returning through DFW Airport. Post Board Member Col. Billy Tollison met with the group and spoke to them about the importance of what they were doing and the challenges that are faced by men and women overseas. Post members along with the church group handed out more than 250 bags out on Sept. 18, 2011, at the airport. Please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMTAlUlI0fk for additional footage.

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Greater Kansas City Post

The Greater Kansas City Post and the Missouri River/Texoma Joint Regional Conference Planning Committee is donating $5,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Riley, Kan. A symbolic presentation of the donation took place at the Missouri River/Texoma Joint Regional Conference in August ; the formal donation will be made in a ceremony held at the base in November.

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L-R are: Christopher Prinslow, USACE,GKC Post President; Jerry Adams, BDY, Conference Tri-chair;  Julie Fisher,  Chair, SAME Wounded Warrior Task Force; Dave Brewer,  HydroGeoLogic, Conference Tri-chair;  Maj. (P) David Evers, Deputy Commander, USACE-KC District; Lt. Col. Gene Snyman,  Deputy Commander, USACE  Tulsa District; Lt. Cdr. Michael Garner, Public Health Service; Col. Richard Muraski , District Commander, USACE Fort Worth District; and Col. Aniello Tortora,  Commander Huntsville Center

Kittyhawk Post

Student members of Sigma Iota Epsilon from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio, partnered with the SAME Kittyhawk Post and Rebuilding Together to build their second wheelchair ramp for the local community.  The recipient of the ramp was Bill Elliott of Troy, Ohio, a wounded warrior who served with the U.S. Army.  The installation of the ramp at the Elliott house has allowed him to receive a motorized cart from the hospital.  The students used a unique design to allow for further modifications to the Elliott residence.  Future additions include a chair lift for second floor access and a bathroom on the first floor.  Having learned from their first project, the team made improvements in its work process, such as changing the ramp design to allow small crews to work on multiple phases of the ramp at the same time, thereby expediting its completion. The student team continues to modify the process in order to better use limited time and resources.

Photos:

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In 2011, the SAME Board of Direction established the Wounded Warrior Initiative to develop a strategy to support wounded warriors and families of fallen warriors. Chaired by Board member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Farnsworth Group Inc., the initiative focused on three key efforts to help wounded warriors through rehabilitation and their transition to the civilian workforce. [Please click on the focus areas below for details on each specific effort.]

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:

  • Letter to SAME Members from SAME President Rear Adm. Christopher J. Mossey, P.E., CEC, USN, regarding SAME's Wounded Warrior Initiative. Click here [PDF].
  • Article on SAME’s Wounded Warrior initiative and its support to the QL+ program featured in the summer 2012 edition of Innovation, the quarterly publication of the Industrial Designers Society of America. Click here to read the article [PDF].

Quality of Life + (QL+) is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization created to foster and generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty. QL+ accepts challenges from wounded active-duty service members and retired military veterans, members of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, first responders and other public servants injured in the line of duty. These challenges become projects at the state-of-the-art QL+ Laboratory, located at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

By harnessing the exceptional 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. You can read more about the QL+ initiatives and organization at www.qlplus.org. Click here to see a video on the QL+ Program aired by KSBY-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Contributing to QL+

SAME is collecting contributions for QL+ to enable the organization to continue its important work. [Scroll down for a list of donors and total dollars raised to date.] Donations may be made using SAME’s secure online form; members wishing to donate via check, may print the contribution form in PDF, complete the form, and mail it with a check to SAME.

Donations raised through SAME pay for materials, Cal Poly instructor time to mentor research teams, and on occasion, student stipends. Your contribution the QL+ efforts supports both Wounded Warriors and the education and mentoring of future engineers—one aspect of the SAME mission.

SAME and QL+ -- Partnering for Success

In 2011, the SAME WWTF recommended two QL+ projects to sponsor for the fall 2011 Cal Poly semester: the Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift; and the Myoelectric Mouse Control. In early 2012, SAME added the Accessible Cab Entry (ACE) Lift Project. SAME’s goal to raise $25,000 for each project was reached and all three projects were fully-funded.

Donations for the Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift and the Myoelectric Mouse Projects were made to QL+ on March 28, 2012, and donations for the Accessible Cab Entry (ACE) Lift Project were made to QL+ on March 27, 2013. Both presentations were made at the Golden Eagle Dinner held in Md.

Click here to make a donation today!

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Individual Donors:
Judy Wilson
James Bullock
Charles Szollosy
Scott Axelrood
Thomas Reynolds
Robert Green
Matthew Bray
Gregory Brown
Daniel Hambrock
Amed Munoz-Diaz
John Eaglin
Aaron Patrick
Fred Davis
Sidney Allison
Catherine Weber
Martin Jun
Michael Ray
Darrell LaRoche
Michael Scott
Craig Diffie
Christina Hamski
Jason Villemaire
Roger Young
Jeff Maack
Terry Montville
Timothy Smith
Anne Malewicz
Dwight Beranek
Michael Black
Eric Osaki
Samuel Stuart
Dennis Arnold
Maria Guerra-Stoll
William Barker
Lorenz Schoff
Elizabeth Halford
Allan Lucht
Ronald Thompson
Kirk Engelbart
Scott Willey
Jeffrey Brand
James Eckloff
Kari Weniger
Charles Dewey
Gregory Breerwood
Ben Hunter
Ann Erin Mercer
Stephanie Keller
Malini Glueck
Christopher Sorter
Sean Harmon
David Magnuson
Edward Munns
William James
Gregory Goepfert
Vincent Hock
Thomas Stallman
James Metalios
Don Crumbley
William Miller
Kenneth Miller
James McNeill
Henry Morehead
Lloyd Brown
Oleh Skrypczuk
William A. Smith
Alan Ruff
David Maurer
John Foster
Bertram Alexander
Jason Heering
Warren Stallings
Eduardo Alatorre
Daniel Proctor
Rose Forbes
Craig Ray
Kerry Degener
Roger Hargrove
Robert Adamski
Clarence E. Hall
Herbert Bell
Donald Englebreth
Carnegie Askins
Gordon Bratz
Denis Fewell
William Haight
Elijah McMahan Tyler Scharar
Raymond Holland
Stephen Shepard
William Vogel
Robert Bader
Individual Donors Cont'd:
James Doebler
Joseph Ahearn
Peter Bahm
Brian Branagan
Douglas Lehmann
Antonio Puller
Walter Smith
Klaus Rosenstern
Michael Johnson
Shiraz Tayabji
Raymond Willcocks
Allen Driemeier
Dwight Metcalf
Robert LoPinto
John Lai
Stuart Houck
Quincy Purvis
Hugo Via
Gary Calese
Christian DeLaRosa
James D'Agostino
Edward Ruinello
Fitz Chaviz
Michael A. Edgar
Samuel Florman
Carl Sims
Mary Bridgewater
Sven Rodenbeck
Lorance Lisle
Jesus Cacapit
Ardo Holmgrain
Leonard Soo Hoo
George Robertson
Nathaniel Crain
Eugene Hubbard
Eric Warner
Early Rush
Constance Roy-Fisher
Peter Dunn
John Oglesby
Jennifer Fogg
Stephen Showalter
Craig Rudy
Tiimothy O'Rourke
Melroy Brandt
Tom McCleave
Al Phelps
Peter Dunn
Jorge Villacres
Krescenty Nowacki
Daniel Larned
David Detwiler
Jesus DeLaPena
Peter Dunn
Guy Jester
Noelle Bomberger
Christopher Larson
Romona Barnes
Christopher Moore
Charles Heim
Michael Hanks
Elizabeth Nakagawa
Eric Wilson
Phillip Cyr
Victor Driskell
Adam Czekanski
John Saunders
Glenn Forrest
Kwame Boateng
Kevin Kaufman
Reginald Allen
Paul Spillman
Charles Livers
Matthew Modic
J. Barry George
Aaron Burger
Verna James
Glenn Daly
Ray Chandler
Darron Rolle
Neville Anderson
Christopher McClure
Eric Russell
James Blazek
Antony Person
Aaron Falkenmeyer

Individual Donors Cont'd:
Trudy Carr
Richard Moriwaki
Travis Carter
Newton Baker
James Bullock
Sal Nodjomian
William Kind
Walker Johnson
Arturo Arboleda
Norberto Castro
Michael Ellicott
Jeffrey Merz
Michael Reinhardt
Eric Russell
Jenifer Lewis
Eric Russell
Edward Cayous
Wilson Jones
Alvaro Villalta
Brian Trainor
Davie Herberger Jame Trautt
Glennda Luhnow
Thomas Julich
Thomas May
Ronald Lovell
Vincent Hock
Kathy Wilson
James Lyon
Linda Tegarden
Patrick Albritton
Jim Amy
Kenneth Steele
Phillip Brown
Douglas Taylor
Caroll Winslow
Larry Greep
Edmund Giering
Heather Wishart-Smith
Susan Mack
Jin Quin
Karl Schmid
Mitchell Kirkland
Coreen Cecil
John Callaghan
Roger Bush
Wallace Hirouji
Charles Sneeden
Marsha Mose
Charles Dierker
Michael Wright
John Lai
John Ford
Thomas Goubeaux
Raymond Ball
Brandon Martin
Daniel Bowen
David Spaulding
Todd Jackson
John Thielst
Dave Buemi
Alison Freiman
Adrian Kays
Leanne Holladay
Michael Langer
Robert Stromsted
Russell Barnes
Martin Snider
Floyd Currie
Floyd McCray
James Ellis
Johnny Shaw
Herbert Bell
Billy Frost
David Cotts
Spencer Colburn
Shawn Shuler
Benjamin Montoya
Stymie Doolan
Leonardo Flor
Carl Sciple
Donald Wuerz
William Brown
Frank Rodgers
David Tirrell
John Goga
Elbert Tschoepe
Ceasar Santucci
Joseph Zdaniewicz
Bulent Hatipoglu
Raymond Heinselmann
Doug Ament
Charles Larsen
Dwight Miller
Paul Quinn
Amelia DaCruz

 

Organization Donors:
SAME-San Diego Post
Advanced Intergration Group, Inc.
SAME-Robins Air Force Base Post
RMD Consulting LLC
CCI Solutions, LLC
RC&D, Inc.
ORB Architects, Inc.
Diaz. Yourman & Associates
SKE International
Dulohery, Weeks & Gagliano Inc. EDI Building Consultants, Inc.
iM STUDIOS, LLC
Gundersen Health Systems Lab Fund
Mobile Post
Atlas Engineering
Leesburg Concrete Company, Incorporated
Sheladia Associates, Inc.
Apogee Consulting Group, P.A.
Detroit Post
TDR Construction, Inc.
San Diego Post
Welsh Commissioning Group, Inc.
Keithline Engineering Group, Pllc
MS Consultants
Advanced Integration Group, Inc.

 

SAME is encouraging Post involvement in the support of rehabilitation and support programs for our wounded military engineers and their families and the families of fallen military engineers.

The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) has established Warrior Transition Units (WTU) at major military treatment facilities. WTUs provide personal support to wounded soldiers who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Wounded Warriors Regiment oversees two Wounded Warriors Battalions (WWB) whose mission is to  take care of wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families. Their reach extends across 23 locations from Landstuhl, Germany to Okinawa, Japan and throughout the continental United States.

The Navy has founded a similar organization, Navy Safe Harbor (NSH), which provides non-medical care of wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families. Through proactive leadership, NSH provides a lifetime of individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of shipmates' recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.

Finally, the Air Force established the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program ensures wounded warriors and their families are well-prepared for their transition to civilian life. The AFW2 program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman & Family Readiness Centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury, through separation or retirement, for life.

Click here for a list of Army WWTUs and Marine Corps WWBs and the nearest SAME Post.

Additional Resources

There are many resources available for our wounded warriors, their families and supporters looking for ways to assist them. Following is some resource information that may be of interest to you. The list is by no means a full listing of resources available.

Hiring Our Heroes
U.S. Chamber of Commerce year-long nationwide effort to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment.

Army Wounded Warrior Project

Assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA. Information and locations of VA services including Vet Centers, PTSD Program locator, Substance Use Disorder Program locator, may be found on the VA website.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD, but there is help available. 

Wounded Warrior Project

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) –  Wounded Warrior & Family Support

Army Engineer Association (AEA) –  Wounded Warrior Website

Many of our Wounded Warriors will have to transition to new military specialties or new post-Service careers and will need support as they transition into a new profession and a new life after injury. The SAME WWTF is looking to provide an avenue to support Warriors in Transition through our network of Sustaining Member Firms and Post members. Your ability to engage with organizations that support the transition of our Wounded Warriors and Veterans, and to support their career transition needs, can have a tremendous impact on their transition-related and developmental needs.

The areas you can provide assistance includes career development, resume building, skills and certification development, job opportunities, recreational activities, and so much more.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The SAME Board of Direction commends SAME Posts that have initiated outreach efforts supporting wounded warriors and would like to celebrate and share the successes of our Posts with other Posts and SAME members.  Efforts made in this outreach area have been significant and rewarding.  

Please submit information on your wounded warrior outreach activities here. Your events and ideas will inspire other Posts to further their efforts or perhaps start an initiative of their own.

Recent Updates


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.

Fort Jackson Awareness Ride
Show your support for FMWR by circumnavigating the Fort Jackson “Big Loop”! Three-12 mile laps equaling 36 miles or six-12 mile laps equaling 72 miles. Your lap and cumulative times will be recorded and posted at Strictly Running’s website.

High Plains Post
High Plains Post raised $14,400 for wounded veterans.

On Jan 26, SAME High Plains Post hosted a fundraising gala to benefit wounded warriors. Read More.

 


Philadelphia Post
Monte Carlo Charity Night to support a local family of a wounded warrior

On October 26, 2012, the Philadelphia Post held its 4th Annual Monte Carlo Charity Night. Read More.

 

 

 

Fort Worth Post
Providing comfort to veterans
The SAME Fort Worth Post donated a bench for the veterans at the Fort Worth Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More.

 

 

 

Northern Virginia Post
Building a recreation site for wounded warriors

On Oct. 27, 2012, SAME Northern Virginia Post members braved hurricane forecasts to assist with the Green Road Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Read more.

 

Carolina Regional Posts
Carolina Posts collaborate for veteran


SAME Carolina Midlands, Charleston, Coastal Carolina and Fort Bragg Posts teamed up to renovate the home of Sgt. Kelvin Woods, a wounded veteran in Gastonia, N.C. Read more.

 

Scott Field Post and St. Louis Post
Wounded Warrior Gala

On Aug. 30, 2012, Scott Field and St. Louis Posts hosted the First Annual Wounded Warrior Gala to increase awareness and raise funds for wounded warriors. Read more.

 

San Antonio Post
Operation Float a Soldier

pic_30The SAME San Antonio Post is making a difference in the lives of wounded warriors by partnering with Operation Float a Soldier (OFAS), for a day of relaxation, adventure and recreation at Lake Canyon, Texas. Read more.

 

Carolina Midlands Post
Improving Homes of Wounded Warriors

pic_30The Carolina Midlands Post makes a difference in the lives of injured veterans by helping them with home repairs. Read more.


 

Dallas/Fort Worth Post
Welcoming Troops Home

In September 2010, the Dallas Post conducted a community service event to greet servicemen and women who were returning through DFW International Airport for their mid-tour leave. Read more.

 

Fort Drum Post
Keeping the Wounded Warriors Active and Athletic

On March 2012, the SAME Fort Drum Post partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1231 Edward C. Seymour to host the two-day Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey Clinic and Game for soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division. Read more.



Greater Kansas City Post
Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

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The Greater Kansas City Post and the Missouri River/Texoma Joint Regional Conference Planning Committee donated $5,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Riley, Kan. Read more


Huntington Post
Connecting with a Wounded Warrior

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The Huntington Post paid a visit to Staff Sgt. Robert Geer, a wounded veteran who suffered a landmine explosion. The impact caused severe injuries to Staff Sgt. Geer's arms and legs. On behalf of the Huntington Post, Bill Graham, F.SAME, presented Staff Sgt. Geer a $500 donation. Read more.

Jacksonville Post
Wounded Warriors Donation

dscn0618During SAME Jacksonville Post’s 2011 Industry Day Workshop and Luncheon on Oct. 14, Capt. John J. Heinzel presented Dan Nevins of Wounded Warriors a donation of $3,500. Read more.


Kittyhawk Post
Building Wheelchair Ramps

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Student members of Sigma Iota Epsilon from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio, partnered with the SAME Kittyhawk Post and Rebuilding Together to build their second wheelchair ramp for the local community. Read more.


Northern Virginia Post
Wounded Warrior Outings

Northern Virginia Post held two outings for 12 wounded warriors and their family members on July 25 and Sept. 28, 2011. The wounded warriors and their families enjoyed food, camaraderie and great baseball at the Washington Nationals Park in Washington DC. The events were organized by Post member Kathy Reader.


Oklahoma City Post
Operation Homefront "Stuff the Bus"

StuffingbusThe Oklahoma City Post (OKC Post) held a diaper collection campaign to support wounded warriors and their families. Read more.

 



Philadelphia Post
Monte Carlo Night for Wounded Warriors

PhillyPostSince 2009, as an initiative of the Philadelphia Post Young Members, the Post has organized a Casino or Monte Carlo Night, the proceeds of which have been targeted to help Wounded Warriors and their Families.  Money is raised by admission sales, the sales of sponsorships and the auctioning and raffling of items donated by the Post's individual members and sustaining firms. 

The 2011 event netted $7,000 for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers. In 2010, the Post raised $12,000 and in 2009 it raised $6,500, all of which was donated to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.


Pikes Peak Post and Denver Metro Post
Gifts for Children of Wounded Warriors

Angel_Tree_in_SFACOver the course of several months,  the SAME Pikes Peak Post and the Denver Metro Post partnered with the Fort Carson Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) to collect gifts for the children of the Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion through the Angel Tree Program.

The Posts each donated $350 toward the purchase of gifts for the Warriors' Angels. Through the generous donations of SAME members, more than 100 children of wounded warriors received gifts. Sustaining Member firms CooverClark and Tepa adopted more than 25 children for the Angel Tree Program.


San Antonio Post
Year-Long Support to Wounded Warriors

Throughout the 2011 calendar year, members of the San Antonio Post volunteered their time and provided funds to Wounded Warrior support activities. The post sponsored and organized activities such as the Soldiers Cycling Run, CAM Week Events and Spurs Basketball Night to benefit wounded service-members and their families. More than 50 tickets were given out for the the Spurs Basketball Night and more than $1000 were provided in support of the CAM events week. Read more.


 
 
 
 
 

 

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