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HELP IN A TIME OF NEED

HELP IN A TIME OF NEED

Major David spent over 12 years serving our country as a proud Marine, which included four tours of duty in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. During his time in military, he severely injured his back, which required five different surgeries to repair the damage. Compounding the family’s stress was his wife’s long term illness. … Continued

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EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS AT THE MOST CRITICAL TIME

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS AT THE MOST CRITICAL TIME

Army Sgt. Joe served during the OIF/OEF campaigns, both overseas and stateside.  During his service, Joe suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and a spinal injury, and due to his debilitating injuries, was medically retired from the Army.  While it is important to focus on the sacrifice Joe made for our country, there is more to … Continued

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FINDING A HOME FOR THE FAMILY

FINDING A HOME FOR THE FAMILY

Like far too many servicemen and women returning home from their tours of duty, Dayn had trouble escaping his past.   While his combat duty was recognized with a Purple Heart, Dayn was having less success receiving benefits from the VA.  Because the PTSD/TBI was preventing him from working, he was unable to cover the cost … Continued

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This is Me

This is Me

Army specialist Rogelio V. served six years in the Illinois Army National Guard, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His assignment in Afghanistan involved patrols in a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle.  Rogelio left the Army and returned to civilian life, but was still troubled by injuries … Continued

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SECURITY

SECURITY

Army Staff Sergeant Travis P. retired in 2014 after a long and distinguished career that included service in Baghdad and Mosul.  Due to the injuries sustained during his time in the Army, Travis and his family were receiving retirement and disability pay.  However, his government benefits account was hacked and his monthly pay was not … Continued

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A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP – PRICELESS

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP – PRICELESS

Forty -five deployed paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army were returning home to Ft. Bragg.  Away from base for many months, the soldiers were looking forward to a reunion with family and friends and a safe, warm bed to sleep in.  Unfortunately, the soldiers were in need of sheets, blankets and … Continued

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ORDINARY EXPENSES…EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE

ORDINARY EXPENSES…EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE

Purple Heart recipient Cesar G. was seriously wounded during his deployment by an enemy grenade which caused a traumatic brain injury leading to poor short term memory, loss of hearing in the left ear and partial hearing loss in right ear. After six years of service in the Marines, Cesar was compelled to retire due … Continued

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RETURNING TO THE WAVES

RETURNING TO THE WAVES

Nelson M.  proudly served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years.  Traveling around the world during his time in the Navy, Nelson suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the cumulative effect of explosive blasts onboard the ship. Nelson is now confined to a wheelchair, and is living with his wife and caregiver … Continued

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HOME SWEET HOME

HOME SWEET HOME

Marlin served in the U.S. Army for over nine years.  During his service in Afghanistan, he suffered wounds that left him disabled and unable to work due to PTSD and other injuries.  Returning home, Marlin and his family faced financial difficulties while awaiting his service connection pay.  When they contacted SALUTE, INC., the family of … Continued

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AN ANSWERED PRAYER

AN ANSWERED PRAYER

Roberto M. was deployed to Iraq three times during his 12 years of service in the Army.  Despite injuries suffered during his service, Roberto is currently working and enrolled in the V.A.’s Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program.  The VSOC program aims to help veterans succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits … Continued

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GETTING CLOSE TO FAMILY

GETTING CLOSE TO FAMILY

Chrishelle K. retired from the Air Force after six years of service as a Medical Services Journeyman.  Chrishelle is a 100% disabled veteran, due to traumatic brain injury and other injuries sustained during her time in the military.  Overjoyed by the birth of her new baby, but concerned about the physical demands a new baby … Continued

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

Chief Warrant Officer Tellys H. served 16 years in the Army, highlighted by his time as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.  After his separation from the Army, Tellys almost gave up his dream of flying until he found the PSA’s Rotor Transition Program.  This program is partnered with Sky Warriors Flight School and trains qualified … Continued

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SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO ASK…..

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO ASK…..

When SALUTE, INC. speaks with an injured veteran, they are oftentimes reluctant to ask for assistance.  Antoine P. was. In his words – “Reaching out for assistance has not been easy, especially when all my life I was the one seeking to give, in an effort to lift up someone else.”  Antoine (SFC, US Army … Continued

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ACHIEVING HIS GOALS

ACHIEVING HIS GOALS

Traveck R. (Navy, Petty Officer, Second Class) served in the Navy from 2003-2010, and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  After his discharge, Traveck searched for a career that would utilize his skills and provide a steady income.  He enrolled in a disabled veterans program at a local college and trained for a degree … Continued

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RESILIENCY

RESILIENCY

Columbus Day weekend, Major James Pradke and his wife were driving to their Indiana home with their two children, ages 4 years & 6 months. He had just completed a volunteer military assignment in Illinois. In an instant, their lives were forever changed when they were struck head-on by a drunk driver going 100 mph … Continued

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