SUPPORT FOR THOSE SEEKING HELP

SUPPORT FOR THOSE SEEKING HELP

Army specialist Brian served our country for over four years, including time in Afghanistan. Upon his return home, Brian noticed that although many things were going well in his life, he had residual psychological damage, as well as physical wounds from his time in the Army. He enrolled in a hospital-based mental heath program, and … Continued

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THE WILL TO WALK

THE WILL TO WALK

Navy Commander William S.  has devoted over 23 years of his life in service of our country.   While still on active duty, he began experiencing progressive weakness in his legs due to a rare condition causing herniation of the spinal cord. Surgical intervention was necessary but resulted in partial paralysis leaving him unable to walk … Continued

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A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS

A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS

After her service in the Army, Emily worked hard to return to her previous life and build a happy home with her daughter and husband. Unfortunately, Emily’s spouse was abusive and she needed to separate from him and find a new path for her and her daughter. Feeling overwhelmed by the stress, Emily sought mental … Continued

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BACK ON COURSE

BACK ON COURSE

Julia proudly served in the Navy for four years, and returned home suffering from visible and invisible wounds related to her military service. She was grateful to find a hospital-based mental health program near her home and enrolled in the next session. Barely making ends meet before her program, she reached out to SALUTE for … Continued

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PAYING IT FORWARD

PAYING IT FORWARD

After Army Specialist Derrick returned from Iraq in 2005 with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he faced difficulty transitioning back to civilian life. He pursued a career in law enforcement and was able to continue his passion of service with several municipalities,  later finishing college as well. Despite all of his successes, Derrick continued … Continued

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FINDING A WAY

FINDING A WAY

Travis served four years as an Army specialist, including a tour in Iraq.  Upon his discharge from the army, Travis found a job and worked hard to support his wife and four kids.  Lingering effects of his PTSD caused him to have an episode at work, which led to a mandatory time off from his … Continued

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THE POWER TO STAND UP

THE POWER TO STAND UP

Sept 11, 2019 update from Stephen:  “It is now coming up on a year since I spent approximately seven months at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.  While it seems like such a distant chapter in my life, I still think about it often, as well as the experiences that went along with it.  One of these experiences … Continued

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STEADY GROUND TO STAND ON

STEADY GROUND TO STAND ON

Soldier Ann experienced many challenges during her time serving in the Army. Suffering from PTSD and military sexual trauma, Ann was unable to work.  In need of mental health treatment,  Ann’s VA doctor put her in contact with a hospital-based mental health program, which was a perfect fit for her needs. However, Ann was still … Continued

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PEACE OF MIND

PEACE OF MIND

Military veterans are proud men and women who are reluctant to ask for help, even when the need is overwhelming. Erik knows how difficult it is to reach out for assistance. Serving seven years in the Army as a Black Hawk pilot and paratrooper, Erik was deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  … Continued

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LIFE AFTER THE ARMY

LIFE AFTER THE ARMY

Career Army Staff Sergeant Art was deployed with Operation Iraqi Freedom when he suffered a serious injury. Recovering stateside at the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Unit, Art contemplated his future after his expected retirement due to his injuries.  His civilian career had been in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a field he planned to return to … Continued

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BREATHING MORE EASILY

BREATHING MORE EASILY

After serving four years in the U.S. Army, Corporal Jason returned home and started pursuing a degree in Nursing.  Successfully accomplishing that goal, he found full-time work at a local hospital, but soon experienced some of the typical difficulties faced by returning veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.  Fortunately, Jason was able to find … Continued

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A LIFE OF SERVICE

A LIFE OF SERVICE

Sergeant First Class John has had a lifetime of service in the military and the police force.  Serving in the US Marine Corps for four years, John sustained several injuries before his return home.  John then started a new chapter in his life and became a police officer in a major metropolitan area.  He also … Continued

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CLEAN LAUNDRY, PEACE OF MIND

CLEAN LAUNDRY, PEACE OF MIND

Doing simple chores like laundry can be a big challenge for someone confined to a wheelchair.  Sergeant Kyle knows the reality of that challenge, because he was living in a home with a top-loading machine which he was unable to use because of his physical limitations.   Proud Army veteran, Kyle suffers from a degenerative spine … Continued

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MORE THAN A HELPING HAND

MORE THAN A HELPING HAND

Alfred devoted almost 20 years of his life to the United States Navy, serving in both the OIF and OEF campaigns.  During his transition to civilian life, Alfred sustained a serious spinal injury in which he lost use of his legs.  Not one to be held back, Alfred sought a way to maintain and improve … Continued

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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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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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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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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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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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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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AN ANSWERED PRAYER

AN ANSWERED PRAYER

Roberto 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 assistance … 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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PILOTING HIS OWN RECOVERY

PILOTING HIS OWN RECOVERY

August, 2017 Update: On July 17th, over 100 generous golfers joined the DISCOVER/Palatine Hills Golf Association (PHGA) to raise money for SALUTE, INC.  With the proceeds from that event, SALUTE was able to purchase a Rifton Tram for Shawn that provides daily assistance in sitting or standing transfers, as well as gait training. This sophisticated … Continued

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A SMILE IS WORTH…

A SMILE IS WORTH…

Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Adam T., served in the US Army including one tour of duty in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. During his service in Iraq, Adam was posted near a hazardous nuclear testing facility, exposing him and his fellow soldiers to a dangerous level of radiation. All fourteen members of Adam’s unit … Continued

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A LIFELINE FOR THE FAMILY

A LIFELINE FOR THE FAMILY

Matthew, a OIF veteran and former US Navy Diver, sustained multiple injuries during active duty, including a traumatic brain injury. The sole support of his family, Matthew was going through rehabilitation for his injuries. During this period, the family’s income was severely stressed and they reached out to SALUTE for assistance.  SALUTE provided gift cards … Continued

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