DAV Reaches Out to Wounded Troops at Walter Reed
civilian life can be really hard for our wounded troops. That’s why the
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is working hard to bring these heroes all the
information and assistance they need to successfully make a smooth transition.
At a recent
lunchtime seminar, a DAV National Service officer brought that urgently needed
help to the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Frank Forsythe,
supervisor of the DAV’s National Service Office in Washington, D.C., updated wounded
warriors on all the rights and benefits their sacrifices have earned.
It was part
of a series of special outreach sessions to introduce participants to the services
that the DAV provides free to all disabled veterans and their families.
Forsythe at the event were members of the DAV’s Washington Headquarters staff,
who distributed comfortable clothing, computer games, international telephone calling
cards and other items made possible through a very generous grant from the GE
Forsythe spent an hour explaining the ins and outs of the various processes
wounded warriors could face as they move toward leaving the military and entering
the system of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Of all the
seminars and meetings I’ve sat through since arriving [at Walter Reed], this
was by far the most informative and interesting,” said Army Specialist Aaron
Rodriquez. “I really think this is going to help me as I prepare for my
attendee received a DAV backpack containing high-quality, moisture-wicking
workout clothing for physical therapy. The GE Foundation’s grant also purchased
portable gaming equipment that will help service members fight the boredom and
isolation that can go along with spending months recovering at a hospital. The
games will also help those working to rehabilitate memory and eye-hand coordination.
The international calling cards
allow patients to connect with family members living abroad as well as their
units still deployed.
The GE Foundation’s grant also bought
equipment Walter Reed staff needed to set up a culinary skill development
program for wounded warriors. In addition to teaching them how to prepare
nutritious food, the program seeks to lessen the fear that is often associated
with eating at a restaurant after suffering a physical injury.
“The DAV is pleased to help bolster
the morale and improve the quality of life of these wounded warriors during
their recovery and rehabilitation,” said DAV National Adjutant Arthur H.
Wilson. “GE Foundation’s generosity helps expand DAV’s services to our nation’s
defenders and honor their courage and sacrifice.”
DAV National Service Director Garry
Augustine added, “While spending time recovering at Walter Reed, soldiers can
endure monotony, long waits between appointments, loneliness and certainly
suffer from pain. The GE Foundation donation will work to alleviate some of
GE Foundation President Bob
Corcoran explained, “At GE we employ more than 10,000 U.S. veterans in our
workforce and continue to actively recruit veterans for their leadership,
integrity and commitment to hard work. By facilitating a more engaging and
active recovery, we are pleased to help soldiers with a more comfortable
Since 2007, GE and its Foundation
have given more than $2 million to the DAV. These grants have enabled a
significant expansion in the DAV Transition Service Program. GE has also been
named a top Military Friendly Employer for seven consecutive years by GI Jobs Magazine.
You too can help DAV reach more of our newly wounded — make a generous donation today!