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.

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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.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • armymom

    A big thank you to you and your friend. My son and his wife called the other day to see what my husband and I wanted for Christmas. We told him, since he is in the Army, to donate to Wounded Warriors instead. We’re at an age where we don’t need the material things and would much rather it go to our heroes.

  • Katmoon

    Thank you Larry, and please thank your friend Garland, from this soldier’s family. Thoughtful and needed, and very much appreciated.

  • Jackie


    Serving those who have given so much because they believe in us is a duty. One I always cherish.
    Thanks for the heads up to this and many other wonderful grups that support our Soldiers!

  • FLFem

    Good for your friend!! I would give money, but I already have a place to donate for support of the wounded soldiers. I support The Wounded Warrior Project, and have since I heard about a few years ago. They help the wounded and provide the comforts that mean so much to someone in hospital. When the wounded arrive in the States, they arrive with their underwear and not much else. All personal property, such as socks, razors, music players, etc. are left behind and not replaced by the military when the soldier arrives at the hospital. The WWP provides a backpack that is filled with the things a wounded soldier might need.

    Wounded warrior Backpacks contain essential care and comfort items including clothing, toiletries, calling card, CD player, and playing cards, all designed to make their hospital stay more comfortable. They are provided to severely wounded service members arriving at military trauma centers.

    A smaller version of the WWP Backpack, Transitional Care Packs are sent directly to Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate comfort during a warrior’s relocation to the U.S. military trauma center.

    The Wounded Warrior Project also helps provide transport back and forth to the hospital for the ones who are on outpatient treatment or need to have prostheses refitted. They have to take those trips at their own expense, the Army doesn’t pay or give vouchers. The Wounded Warrior Project has filled in many of the gaps left in by the military in caring for our wounded soldiers. And they help take the strain off the families, too. So, perhaps you can add them to your list of worthy organizations that help our wounded troops.

  • Ferd Berfle


    I can think of no better way to demonstrate real commitment to our soldiers than what Garland is doing–and on her own dime and time. You have a very good friend there, in every sense of the word. I, too will donate to this very worthy cause. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


  • Thanks so much for letting us know abt this important organization, and your role in it. It is so important to support our people in uniform, whether it be active (e.g, USO), or veterans (e.g., IAVA), and those who have been wounded in action, especially at this time of year.

    I am going to go make a donation right now. Thanks, Larry!