I want to tell let everyone know why First Capital continues to support the 911 HelpAmerica Foundation. We support the Foundation because it supports Americans soldiers who sacrificed themselves for their country and, as a result, need our help.
No matter how hard the U.S. Government tries to help all of the wounded veterans and the families of servicemen killed in action, some will fall through the cracks of the system and need more than normal Government assistance can provide. It is organizations like 911 HelpAmerica that help those families when government assistance is not enough. By supporting 911 HelpAmerica, First Capital is able to do what we can as a corporate community to make sure that financial and emotional support is provided to this group of most deserving, but still in need, Americans.
During these difficult and turbulent times I think it is important for all of us to remember “things that matter”. I believe what First Capital is doing to assist 911 HelpAmerica Foundation is a “thing that matters”.
Please join me in supporting this important organization. You can make a donation by going to this link and helping our wounded warriors and their families.
Below is a letter from Dawn Anzack-Ayers to the First Capital community telling us about 911 HelpAmerica.
Who is the 9/11 HelpAmerica Foundation?
What exactly is the 9/11 HelpAmerica Foundation? That was my first question when I learned of the foundation. Who are these guys? What are they trying to do? Let me give you the “reader’s digest” answer.
The 9/11 HelpAmerica Foundation is a 100% volunteer grassroots effort to support the families of our severely wounded and fallen servicemen and women (our “Beneficiaries”). The foundation’s model is simple: We commit to provide our Beneficiaries monthly financial support of $200.00 for a period of 18 months; we send flowers to the mothers on Mother’s Day; we send birthday and holiday gifts to the children; and we advocate on behalf of our Beneficiaries. The 18 month period allows us to get to know our Beneficiaries and to get a better understanding of their issues. The Mother’s Day flowers, cards and holiday gifts keep us connected and lets our Beneficiaries know that we care. In many ways getting involved with their issues is more beneficial than the money we send.
To quote our founder, Mike Talleda, “The most rewarding part of what we do is building our relationships, watching their recovery and building the fellowship. That’s really the deal. But you know what they say about money, “Money isn’t everything, but if you don’t have any, it’s right up there with oxygen!“
To date we have been honored to be of service to 38 families and we are in the process of adding additional families. Let me introduce you to a couple of our Beneficiaries:
Jeremy: Jeremy joined the Marines in 1998. After tours of duty in Saudi Arabia and Africa, he was deployed to Afghanistan. In December 2001 Jeremy was unloading ammo from a helicopter when the cargo net snapped and a 500 pound crate fell on him. Severely injured in this accident, he was medivac’d back to the US for rehabilitation. Almost one year after his accident, he was medically released and redeployed. In 2003, while in Iraq, Jeremy was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (“IED”). When he woke up he was stateside at Balboa Medical Center. The combination of these two injuries have left Jeremy 100% disabled and wheelchair bound. In addition to his physical injuries, Jeremy also suffers Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). In order to receive treatment for his injuries, Jeremy must travel 1 ½ hours (each way) to the Long Beach VA Hospital. The $200 per month that Jeremy receives from the foundation makes this commute possible as Jeremy could not afford the cost of gas needed for the commute. Jeremy has a wife and two small children.
Alroy: Was injured, including the loss of his arm, by an IED. Alroy is a Native American Indian with a wife and child. In late 2008, he and his wife adopted his wife’s two nieces. In addition to the foundation’s financial support, we advocated with another non-profit for Alroy to receive additional one-time funding to help with additional expenses resulting from the sudden growth of his family.
Manny: Just weeks after being discharged from the Marines, Manny was leaving a local restaurant when he was caught in gang-related cross fire. He was shot in the face with a shotgun and is now 100% blind. Since he was not in the military when he was injured, Manny receives no VA or military benefits. Although not wounded in action, Manny honorably served two tours of duty in Iraq and the foundation reached out to help this veteran.
Felipe: On his first tour of duty, Felipe was patrolling a Baghdad neighborhood when he was shot by a sniper. Felipe is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The foundation advocated on his behalf with another non-profit for the funding of a state of the art “IBOT” wheelchair. This wheelchair allows Felipe to be more independent, to the point of being able to go up stairs – unassisted! Felipe is one of four spinal cord injury Beneficiaries where the foundation has been able to obtain funding for these IBOT wheelchairs.
Claudia: Drove fuel trucks while in Iraq. An accident while hauling fuel left Claudia with severe TBI. Claudia cannot remember anything past a few days. She has a small daughter but does not even remember being pregnant with her. The foundation has advocated on Claudia’s behalf to obtain one-time funding and is currently in the process of helping her modify the current terms of her mortgage. As a result of TBI, our beneficiaries are unable to complete (or understand) complicated documents or applications.
I am so thankful for First Capital’s support of the foundation and our Beneficiaries. With First Capital’s support, the foundation is able to provide support to more of our wounded warriors and their families.
On May 7th, First Capital will be the Event Sponsor of the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. I would like to encourage everyone reading this article to support the 9/11 HelpAmerica Foundation by either registering for the Golf Tournament or donating money on line at the foundation’s website, www.911helpamerica.com.