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Wounded Warrior

THE FOLLOWING WAS RECEIVED BY OUR PRESIDENT, DAVID BODKER:

From: Wounded Warriors Outreach

To: David Bodker

Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 1:48 PM

Subject: Thank you for your generous donation

 

Dear David,

 

   Thank you over and over again for your generous donation of $500 to our Wounded Warrior Outreach.  Those funds helped send Patrick Zeigler, who was shot in the head at the Fort Hood massacre, on an African safari.  As promised, to show our appreciation for your support, I have attached several photos from that disabled veteran trip for your chapter’s uses.  You may also view and copy photos from The Langenfeld Foundation’s Facebook page.

 

   In addition to the hunting, we visited a local school.  We donated a laptop computer and other school supplies.  You will notice in those pictures, we are wearing red shirts made special for this trip.  To recognize those who made the trip possible, we included logos of the supporting organizations.  Alamo SCI was prominently displayed on the sleeve.  We wore these shirts as our group of four traveled from Minneapolis to Johannesburg, and during the safari itself.  Many people who saw us, asked about Patrick and the mission trip we were on.  I was happy to tell of your chapter’s support.

 

   Because Patrick had been shot in the head and lost 20-30% of his brain, it was necessary to bring along his wife and caregiver: Jessica.  She cared for Patrick (as we traveled and stayed in camp) in a way I simply could not.  Her being with us meant more expenses, but it was worth every penny.

 

   (As a side note, we got a surprise flight upgrade to Business Class for Patrick and Jessica, when Jim Zumbo heard about the trip and made a personal phone call to Delta Airlines.  This REALLY helped relive “suffering-in-travel” for Patrick, on every leg of our roundtrip journey.  Thank you, Jim.)

 

   We also took a video journalist on the safari.  He worked 14 hour days and stayed up late into the night, editing footage.  (As promised, we will produce for you a short DVD, telling the story of the trip.  It will be a wonderful way to share this with your members.

 

   (We have bigger plans to produce a 30-minute TV show about this wounded warrior’s story and our trip-of-a-lifetime with him to Africa.  We will broadcast that program on community cable channels all around the Twin Cities; meaning 100,000+ subscribers can see this heartwarming story.)  Thank you again for participating.  You will be acknowledged in the TV show as well.

 

   As mentioned, there were significant costs in bringing Jessica and Kurt the Cameraman on this safari.  However, doing so now opens a world of opportunities going forward.  If your chapter can help us again to meet these expenses, we will be happy to continue recognizing your ongoing participation in our missions.  (I will leave the amount of support to your discretion.)

 

   Thank you one more time, for helping us honor those who we cannot thank enough.

 

Paul Scott Langenfeld

Founder and President

The Langenfeld Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) exists to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001.  With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injured in the two conflicts – nearly 32,000 injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and nearly 10,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom. For more information click HERE to visit the WWP website.

 

And for a story of how your Chapter has been involved, click HERE. And to learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project click the icon above to visit the WWP website. Know of a veteran or active duty member of our armed services that could benefit from the WWP? Contact Laura Troutz, alamosci@gmail.com.

 

FOR PHOTOS FROM PATRICK’S TRIP SEE OUR BRAGGING BOARD