Updated 8:30 am PST, Sunday, November 11, 2018 In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, Ben Pfiffner, left, and Tom Hundt remove old siding on a Habitat for Humanity home in La Crosse Wis., as part of the Habitat for Heros program. Pfiffner is a veteran of the Air Force and Hundt is an Army vet. (Erik Daily/La Crosse Tribune via AP) less In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, Ben Pfiffner, left, and Tom Hundt remove old siding on a Habitat for Humanity home in La Crosse Wis., as part of the Habitat for Heros program. Pfiffner is a veteran of the Air Force ... more Photo: Erik Daily, AP In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, Bridget Johnson seals house wrap on the garage of a Habitat for Humanity home in La Crosse, Wis., as part of the Habitat for Heros program. Johnson is a veteran of the Army. (Erik Daily/La Crosse Tribune via AP) less In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, Bridget Johnson seals house wrap on the garage of a Habitat for Humanity home … [Read more...] about Habitat for Humanity program aims to help Wisconsin veterans
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Guido Filippone has already raised nearly $14,000 since May 16 for the remaining medical costs of a World War II veteran he met in his local Veterans Affairs (VA) office parking lot. Filippone was just leaving his appointment when he spotted an elderly man towing his walker through the parking lot under a blistering Texas sun. The Marine “immediately approached him and thanked him for his service” but remained concerned for the old soldier’s well-being. Mike Gazella was his name. “We got to talking and he told me he was drafted into the Army and he was stationed in Germany as the war was ending,” Filippone said. He also learned the reason for Gazella’s trek to the Veterans Affairs office. After numerous operations, Gazella hoped the VA would cover the costs that Medicare had not. The total was about $4,000. “If I had a checkbook, I would have given the money to him right there. I wouldn’t want a World War II vet to move on to the next … [Read more...] about Marine Raises Thousands to Help World War II Veteran
STRUGGLING NHS chiefs have been forced to rely on massive charity bailouts to cut a NINE month wait to treat traumatised troops, The Sun can reveal. Frontline doctors are so cash-strapped they have been forced to go cap in hand for the emergency measure to fund life-saving counselling. Forces charity Help For Heroes has shelled out more than £1m in the last year alone in grants to tackle PTSD and other mental health conditions that have afflicted Iraq and Afghan vets. The Sun’s revelation sparked fresh uproar among MPs last night, who dubbed it “quite extraordinary” that the Government is again failing its struggling war heroes. It comes just hours after PM Theresa May personally championed Mental Health Awareness Week in the Commons during PMQs. Help For Heroes awarded a £518,000 grant to Veterans’ NHS Wales, £431,109 to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and a further £178,000 to vets mentoring scheme Change Step Project. The charity agreed … [Read more...] about NHS chiefs forced to rely on £1m handout from Help For Heroes to aid traumatised veterans stuck on nine-month waiting list
Around the time Dreyvon McCray was relearning how to walk and talk and live in a world in which a kid can be beaten into a coma over a cell phone, Terin D’amico was jumping out of airplanes and pondering a life after the military.In 2016, their paths crossed in the cafeteria at Governors State University.D’amico, a middle-aged “nontraditional” student, approached a group of other students who were eating lunch and asked if he could join them. They said yes.You might say the friendship that subsequently formed between McCray and D’amico developed organically.“We both love science, particularly chemistry,” D’amico said.But there was more to the bond between the 52-year-old father of three and the 25-year-old survivor of a horrific attack that made headlines 11 years ago. They had a kind of rapport, a similar sense of humor and a shared need to help others along the way.Both men would spend the next few semesters attending class, hanging in … [Read more...] about An Army vet and a man who survived a coma found friendship through science. Now they’re graduating college together.
0 Comments Sunday Life Spirit of NI Awards 2018: Unsung heroes honoured at gala ceremony BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Unsung heroes who have made a difference to the lives of people across Northern Ireland were honoured at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/events/spirit-northern-ireland-awards/sunday-life-spirit-of-ni-awards-2018-unsung-heroes-honoured-at-gala-ceremony-36830003.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36833677.ece/0a055/AUTOCROP/h342/SM_SPIRIT73__1_.jpg Email Unsung heroes who have made a difference to the lives of people across Northern Ireland were honoured at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers. The star-studded evening, held at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast and televised on UTV this Tuesday at 8pm, was attended by stars of stage, screen and sport. But it was our 10 winners who stole the limelight. Guests at the awards on Friday night were moved to … [Read more...] about Sunday Life Spirit of NI Awards 2018: Unsung heroes honoured at gala ceremony