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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Survivor Corps

If you read this blog last year, you may remember the fundraising that I helped my friend Dave Folwell do to support the Wounded Warriors Project.  It was a subject that, after having been in Iraq, I felt very passionately about, and through this medium we were able to raise over $5,000 (when our goal had been a modest $1,500).

Well, the need to help wounded vets hasn't subsided.  I obviously didn't write anything about it while in Afghanistan this year, but suffice it to say that 2/7 suffered many, many wounded Marines.  Unfortunately, many of them were personal friends of mine, guys that were in my old platoon from Golf Company, guys that I often wrote about on here.  Many of those Marines are still in the hospital and the majority will have some form of disability for life.

Below is an excerpt from the Survivor Corps website, take the time to read it and visit their site.  Its important.

The successful reintegration of returning service members is an issue that will have a long-lasting impact on American society, and may become the single defining struggle facing this new generation of veterans. Survivor Corps and its partners are determined to avoid the mistakes made when veterans returned from Vietnam, which resulted in tens of thousands of post-war suicides and over 200,000 men and women living on the streets.

To head off this tragic outcome, Survivor Corps will build peer support programs at the community level that will bring service members and veterans together for mutual support and encourage both individual responsibility and collective action to help others in need. 

Survivor Corps is offering an alternative “treatment” that can be made readily available in all communities, regardless of proximity to traditional military or govern¬ment centers of support. Our approach is nimble enough to address the needs of individual survivors, while still broad enough to build a coalition of survivors and service providers working to effect long-term positive change.

This new program will help the recovery and reintegration of hundreds of thousands of returning U.S. service members at a critical time for them and their country.



  1. Jake, after reading about you and your friends fundraising, you inspired me and I also raised over $1000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund when I recently ran the San Antonio marathon (http://www.semperfifund.org/). Make sure your friends from 2/7 also know there's another place they can go to for help when they need it.