Wings for Our Troops “in loving memory of CPL Chad S Wade” has no immediate plans to financially support this cause, myself and husband are. I have a burden and heavy heart for the military service men and women suffering of PTSD as well as the family members that have to watch in desperation wanting to help and not feeling like they can.
I’ve blogged about this before, but I’ve been trying to educate myself more and more on the best way to help these special people and while I have so far to go, I do feel like I have had a boost without realizing it would happen. I read the book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Survivor-Incredible-Luttrell-Paperback/dp/B00GSCWFRA/ref=sr_1_44?ie=UTF8&qid=1391051182&sr=8-44&keywords=lone+survivor and it gave me an even greater insight to what these men and women see and experience in combat and the bond they create with their brothers and sisters in arms. I do plan to watch the movie, but I believe I need to wait until it comes out on paid per view as I don’t think anyone would appreciate a blubbering idiot sitting in the theater while they try to watch this very intense (from what I’ve been told) movie. Trust me, it’s best for everyone involved for me to wait and watch it from the comfort of my own home. I expect to cry. I mean, I cried through most of the book, so that won’t be surprising. I just want to feel the freedom to do so without being judged or asked questions. It will be sad, how can it not be, but I want to see two things, one, does it portray the book accurately and two, I want to see his true emotion, fear, sadness, and elation for myself visually. You don’t have to understand how I feel about this, because everyone has their own take on situations like this, but I only ask that you respect the way I feel. That’s all.
I will fulfilled the burden and heaviness on my heart to help these young men and women of our military as well as their families (moms in particular). I don’t know how I will do that yet, but I know I will. I love them. I love them all and while I haven’t met them all yet, I pray that one day I will.
If you know someone that has been in combat and now in civilian life, remember they are adjusting. They are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. We have many companies (I’m proud to say my company, Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of them) that are making large efforts to hire veterans. I work with many of them and they are all amazing. If you know one or have the honor of meeting one I would challenge you a couple of things. First, thank them sincerely and second, listen to them. They might just be ready to talk to someone and don’t know who to talk to. Some of them don’t want to burden their families more than they feel they already have (FYI veterans, you are not a burden to your family). Others just don’t know how to start, but you will be surprised how much more they are willing to open up if they have someone who truly care to hear them. You will be amazed at how far that will go. They don’t want you to “fix” the situation or “change” the situation, they just need someone to listen like they really care and offer some encouragement. That doesn’t cost you anything, but a little time, but it will be priceless to these men and women.
I’ve said it more than once, if you need someone and you don’t feel you have someone you can open up to, you can open up to me. I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. I love you and I respect all you have experienced and sacrificed for us as a Nation. I know there are more of me out there.
Now, one lsat thing, if you are enlisted and you need to get home before and/or after deployment to spend time with your family or if you have a family emergency please reach out to us. You have to know that if you are out there trying to scam on our foundation, we will figure it out and you will be stopped. Our mission is to help our enlisted military and we will jump through whatever hoops it takes to make it happen.
This is NOT a hand out. It is a thank you and a showing of gratitude to you from a thankful Nation for all you have done and continue to do for our freedom. It’s my prayer that we have someone else to send home soon. No strings attached. We want to help. We have raised money for this very cause and it is just sitting there waiting to help.
Wings for Our Troops is a non-profit foundation and any and all donations are tax deductible and we are here solely to take care of and hopefully repay our military men and women of all military branches for all they do for us. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.