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Why First Capital Supports The 9/11 HelpAmerica Foundation

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,

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