If you are looking for a gift that will mean something to the brave warriors wounded while serving their country then I would like you to consider making a donation to Combat Soldier’s Recovery Fund. Combat Soldier’s Recovery is the brain child of a good friend of mine who, five years ago, went with her next door neighbor (who happened to be a Doctor at Walter Reed) to visit some of the wounded soldiers.
Garland is your typical soft hearted weepy woman (okay, she actually is a very caring soul). She was so moved and shocked by the devastation she saw during her first visit to Walter Reed that she returned to her office resolved to do something to help those wounded kids. As a bookkeeper she was attuned to the need these kids had for spending money to cover personal activities, such as phone calls, plane tickets for relatives or car repairs.
Garland made a decision. She would collect money and give it directly to the soldiers. Drawing on her professional expertise as a bookkeeper (my company uses her) she quickly set up a Not For Profit (one of her lawyer clients did the work for free) and resolved to pass on 100% of the contributions. There is no overhead. She absorbs the costs herself and handles the taxes. There is no professional staff. It is covered by volunteers.
Here’s the news report about Garland’s program (thanks to Chris for getting this on YouTube):
I have agreed to serve on the board of her Non Profit. All money raised goes directly to the soldiers, marines, sailors and air force personnel who are wounded in action and wind up at Walter Reed. If you are looking to do something this holiday season that will really mean the difference in the life of one of our nation’s warriors then I would like you to consider giving to Combat Soldier’s Recovery Fund. It is the real deal.