The Wounded in Action Family Foundation will hold a fundraiser concert on May 22,nd at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, Md. 20852.) Nathan Osmond, Lonestar, Sarah Darling, Moi Navarro, Angel Taylor from NBC’s The Voice, and Maryland’s own rising female country star, Laura Bryna, join the evening’s emcee, Larry King. Osmond will launch a new album that evening, the album is titled “Homeward Bound Heroes.”
The event will raise much-needed funds for wounded warriors who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wounded in Action Family Foundation was established to help wounded veterans return to their homes and civilian life. The organization realized a need for wounded veterans and their families, especially those who have been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and are returning home. When WIAFF learned of the need of soldiers leaving Walter Reed, the organization sprang into action enlisting building partners and making all of the necessary physical changes to a local veteran’s home. The organization also established a vehicle partner to assist in providing the family transportation that is also handicap friendly. Assistance has included locating counseling and assisting with employment.
“The Wounded in Action Family Foundation was established to help with whatever these veterans and their families need,” stated Warren Elliott, CEO and co-founder of WIAFF. “Our support includes family counseling and job assistance.” Elliott further explained that government resources do not presently address the full measure of individual and family needs in the aftermath of a serious combat injury. Many donor organizations provide elements of support for our injured service men and women; however, no single organization is able to comprehensively address their full needs. The Wounded in Action Family Foundation has taken on a significant portion of the wounded warrior recovery journey and has found the costs, even with many in-kind donations, can run around $250,000 (and up) per family.
Studies have shown that up to 80 percent of families making the transition from a hospital environment to civilian life are unable to successfully accomplish this complex and intensive set of tasks. The result is often unemployment, a poor future outlook and significant family stress, leading to a breakdown of the family structure.
WIAFF was created to provide the much-needed support for wounded veterans as they make the transition from hospital to home. The charity’s mission is to help these families become self-sufficient by connecting them to local businesses and community resources that will give them a strong foundation for rebuilding their lives.
The May 22nd event will provide an opportunity to raise funds for wounded warriors while also saluting all who have served.
With the wars winding down, military personnel are returning home by the thousands, many of them wounded. “We salute our troops and our wounded warrior families,” Elliott added. “Our goal is to make sure that they are given every opportunity to return home and experience the American dream for sacrificing so much for our country.”
Famed American Tenor Antonio Giuliano will sing the national anthem and Lee Greenwood, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence and other famous guests will be part of a music video montage that pays tribute to the troops.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, go to www.homewardboundheroes.org or call 703-994-7911.
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