2019 Issue 3 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • And So, An Era is Ending
  • Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation
  • Unit Needs Continue
  • 2019 Sponsors (July—September)
  • Honorees for 3 rd Issue 2019
  • Shipping Statistics

You can also view and download the original form 2019 Issue 3 Newsletter PDF version here


LHCP Update

And So, An Era is Ending

Dear Friends, Donors, and Volunteers,

Since 2005, the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) has successfully provided comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured, or wounded in the service of their country and at VA facilities within the United States.

We have always striven to meet the needs of our military members and we could not have met our mission goals without the faithful and steadfast support of you; our friends, donors, and volunteers. Your generosity has enabled us to exceed our mission goals for the past 15 years. We are grateful to you.

The LHCP board has always made a priority of wisely using the resources entrusted to us by our donors to support our military service members. Unfortunately, due to declining donations for over a year now, the board members of LHCP has contended with finding and maintaining sufficient resources in order to continue to effectively and efficiently complete our mission.

This ever-increasing struggle to obtain new revenue streams, coupled with the difficulty of finding long-term volunteers to aid in the LHCP’s mission has led us to an inevitable conclusion. So, it is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announces that Landstuhl Hospital Care Project will permanently discontinue operations and close as a stand-alone non-profit organization effective December 31, 2019.

So, it is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announces that Landstuhl Hospital Care Project will permanently discontinue operations and close as a stand-alone non-profit organization effective December 31, 2019.

The sadness also comes with news that the LHCP mission to support our military members will continue on with the help of the Stafford American Legion 290 Foundation. The Stafford American Legion has been a supporter of the LHCP mission since 2004. If you are a donor who has an automatic draft set up to the LHCP, please consider stopping those payments effective immediately and changing it to the Stafford American Legion Foundation, PO Box 3151, Stafford, VA 22555. Karen Grimord will continue to run this mission as a volunteer of the Stafford American Legion 290 Foundation.

As we walk through this life, we pray that the lives we touch will be better for having passed our way. It is our hope that the military members we have served are better for having known the LHCP. This mission and the many service members we have served have forever changed our lives, and it has been our great honor to serve the men and women in the United States Armed Forces.

Sincerely, Karen Grimord

* For further clarification please see first comment below.


Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation

The Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation applauds Karen Grimord and her team for establishing the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and for their great work done for the past 15 years! Providing comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured, or wounded from their service is a high priority for the American Legion and falls within one of the American Legions four pillars of service – Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. There may be more than 1,400 miles between Stafford, Virginia and Landstuhl, Germany; but distance does not lessen our resolve to serve. The Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation stands ready to continue the LHCP and hopes we can count on your continued support.

Donations to provide comfort and relief items for our military members who become sick, injured, or wounded from service to our country will be accepted at P.O. Box 3151, Stafford, VA,  22555 . The Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation’s EIN is 82-0684448. Any financial support you can provide will be welcomed and used wisely.  All donations are tax deductible and a receipt and thank you will be sent your way. While a ‘use where most needed’ is appreciated, we will honor requests to restrict a donation to a specific program. 

The Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation is committed to: devotion to military service members, veterans, and their families; mentoring youth with focus on ideals that will develop citizens of the highest quality; sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities; advocating patriotism and honor and promoting a strong national security. With these goals in mind, the Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation, an IRS approved 501(c)3 organization, was incorporated to support the Stafford American Legion Post 290 family – Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and Legion Riders – in their efforts to conduct programs that support military veterans, encourage and recognize Stafford County students, and conduct numerous athletic and educational programs that emphasizes good citizenship and promotes the patriotic spirit.

The Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation offers a myriad of programs including Veteran Services/Programs, Comfort & Relief Care Packages, Temporary Financial Assistance Program, Memorial Day American Flag Project, Memorial Day and Veterans Day Lunch, and much more. To obtain more information about the Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation and its programs, please visit their website at staffordpost290.org.

We are looking forward to continuing the LHCP mission with the same integrity and zeal that the LHCP volunteers have shown for the last 15 years.

Thank you all!


2019 Sponsors — July, August, and September

Individuals and Families

Arseculeratne, R. & C., VAKelly, P., CA
Badgley, J., MILane, D., CA
Bonilla, R & L., FLMarion, D., TX
Boshen, P. WIMcCarthy, Dan, VA
Braband, R., MNMcKay, A., AZ
Eanes, L., VANelson, D., KS
Egerter, A., NJNunes, N. & P., FL
Franklin, S., VAPasternak, J & L, VA
Grimord, B & K., VAPineau, B., France
Grimord, D. & C., NCQuirk, C., WA
Guttelman, S., WARoberts, G., TN
Hansen, Dennis, VASeljeskog, M., SD
Hayes, G., TNSteinman, M., NV
High, T., TNStutts, T.&J., TN
Jones-Frenzel, E., MNWaddell, C., NC
Kelly, P., CAWaddell, M., NC
Lane, D., CA 

Businesses and Organizations

American Legion Mead Rath Gutke #339, WIHoly Family RC Congretation, IL
Benevity FundJoshua’s Hands, VA
Bucco For Assembly, NJMullany McTrusty Am Legion Post 428, WI
CFC FederationNetwork For Good, DC
Costco UW Campaign TruistOnion Creek Am Legion Post 326, TX
F.O.E. Ladies Auxiliary, VAUnited Way Central California Region
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN 

LHCP is Best in America!

Best in America
Best in America

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Best in America – Landstuhl Hospital Care Project


Honorees for 3 rd Quarter 2019 Shipments

September LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army CPL Marquis J. McCants

Died May 18, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marquis J. McCants
Marquis J. McCants

23, of San Antonio; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died May 18 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. Also killed was Sgt 1st Class Scott J. Brown.

Full Story


August LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua

Died November 12, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Shannon Chihuahua
Shannon Chihuahua

25, of Thomasville, Ga.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 12 in Watahpur district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Full Story


July LHCP Shipment Honoree

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.

Died June 6, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

DOYLE W. BOLLINGER
DOYLE W. BOLLINGER

21, of Poteau, Okla.; assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, Gulfport, Miss.; killed in Iraq when a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area he was working.

Full Story


2019 CFC Campaign

CFC
CFC

Once again LHCP is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign. Please consider giving this fall. Our agency designation code is 12282.

 


2019 July — September Shipping Statistics

COUNTRYWEIGHT(lbs)COSTBOXES SHIPPED
Germany10,083$869266
Qatar1,130$2,14139
TOTALS11,213$3,010305

MONETARY DONATIONS MADE EASY!

Now you can make a monetary donation easily using PayPal! Go to www.paypal.com and send your donation to treasurer@lhcp.us and type in Landstuhl Hospital Care Project when asked for a name. Please include your address. We will send a letter of thanks for your tax-deductible donation.


Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid, and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

Please mail your packages and/or checks to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

LHCP is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.


LHCP Board of Directors

Karen Grimord
president@lhcp.us

Donna Bolen
vicepresident@lhcp.us

James Spliedt II
secretary@lhcp.us

Newsletter Editor
Maria Waddell
lhcpnews@yahoo.com

2019 Issue 2 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • Spotlight on Volunteer Judy Badgley
  • A Little Piece of Home
  • Help Us Help Them
  • 2019 Sponsors (April – June)
  • Honorees for 2 nd Issue 2019
  • Shipping Statistics
  • Unit Needs Continue

You can also view and download the original form 2019 Issue 2 Newsletter PDF version here.


Spotlight on Volunteer Judy Badgley

The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) would be nowhere without its steadfast and loyal corps of volunteers. Some have been supporting LHCP for years! Judy Badgley is one such dedicated person.

One of Judy’s blankets.
One of Judy’s blankets.

Judy was active with the Patriot Guard Riders when she saw the Norwich, NY, American Legion Riders advertising their annual ride fundraiser for LHCP. She looked up LHCP and decided to join the group and see how she could help out. It wasn’t long before she began to sew for us! In her words, “I started to sew because the LHCP group needed sham pillow cases and Karen kept asking but all that was being donated was six here or a dozen there and she was asking for something like 1,500.  That was back in 2008. I started to make the pillowcases and THAT WAS ALL I was going to do.”

Well no, that wasn’t all she was going to do. The group needed more help, so she began sewing medicine bags, comfort pillows, and blankets. It’s now 2019 and she’s still hard at work for our military!

Some of our military happily posing with Judy’s pillows
Some of our military happily posing with Judy’s pillows

Her current item totals are:

  • 5,434 Sham Pillowcases
  • 2,705 Comfort Pillows
  • 554 (4×6) Fleece Blankets
  • 306 (3×5) Fleece Blankets
  • 81 (4×6) Flannel Quilts/Blankets
  • 256 Medicine Bags

Somewhere along the way, she got her mother involved sewing Christmas stockings! She’s donated well over 500!

Judy just recently finished up a large sewing project for LHCP, working with donations from the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. Last summer, for the second year in a row, the Girls Nation chose LHCP to support during their yearly mock Senate event. Two girls from every state headed to Washington, DC, and brought fabric as donations to LHCP. That fabric was then mailed to Judy, who spent the next four to five months making it into 302 sham pillowcases and 41 comfort pillows!

It’s been over ten years that Judy Badgley has been sewing for LHCP and our service men and women. Thank you, Judy, for all your hard work and serving the men and women who serve our country!


A Little Piece of Home

During the Korean Conflict, my Dad was in Korea. One year for
Christmas, Santa Claus brought me a bake set. My Mom and I
made a little cake, probably not much bigger than a cupcake. She
put the cake in a box and packed it with popcorn and sent it off to
my Dad. Many, many years later, I asked Mom if Dad ever got the
cake. She said yes he did. It was in crumbs, but he told her he ate
every bite then ate the popcorn it was packed in. He told her it was
the finest cake he had ever eaten. He was so happy to have a little
something from home.

So it is with shipments the LHCP sends to our troops. They are
thankful for every tube of toothpaste, boxer briefs, hoodie, sweats,
or protein snacks. In 2019, we have shipped approximately 35,000
items to support the men and women serving our country.
It is our hope that every item the LHCP sends to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines makes a difference and gives them a little
piece of home.

    — Donna Bolen


Help Us Help Them

LHCP would love to have you or your organization sponsor a fundraising event to support the LHCP mission to provide comfort and care items to sick, injured or wounded military services members overseas.

Or just start a Facebook fundraiser! Go to your news feed, click Fundraisers on the left menu. Click Select a Nonprofit, type Landstuhl in the search box. Select Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, then follow the Facebook prompts and create!

For more info, please contact Karen Grimord at 540-286-1512 or email at president@lhcp.us


With Gratitude to Our Generous Sponsors

2019 Sponsors—April, May, and June

Individuals and Families

Achley, P., VAKurzenknabe, G., PA
Adotta, Vito, VAMcKay, A., AZ
Arseculeratne, R., VANelson, D., KS
Blevins, A., VAOsgood, J., APO
Boffardi, A., VAPineau, B., France
Bonilla, L., FLPriska, G., NC
Breidel, G., MNRoberts, G., TN
Driskill, T., TXSeljeskog, P., SD
Hansen, L., VASteinman, M., NV
Hazelwood, W., MEStockstill, J., MS
Heal, R., VAStutts, T., TN
Hembrough, W., TNTomaszewski, V., VA
High, T., TNTreadwell, R., VA
Jones, E., MNTunstall, I.Y., VA

Businesses and Organizations

  • American Legion Post 189, NY
  • Benevity Fund, Calgary, AB
  • Grace Chapel Inc., TN
  • Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
  • National Sojourners Inc., PA
  • Network for Good, DC

    LHCP is Best in America!

Best in America
Best in America

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Best in America – Landstuhl Hospital Care Project


Matching Funds for Nonprofits

Ask if your company has a matching funds program for nonprofits. Or straight out ask them to support LHCP. Tell them how good it feels to support those that sacrifice to keep our country free!


Honorees for 2nd Quarter 2019 Shipments

June

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3nd Class Brian K. Lundy Jr.

Died September 9, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Brian K. Lundy Jr.
Brian K. Lundy Jr.

25, of Austin, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died while conducting a dismounted patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9.

Full Story


May

Army Cpl. Rachael L. Hugo

Died October 5, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Army Cpl. Rachael L. Hugo
Rachael L. Hugo

24, of Madison, Wis.; assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, Jackson, Mich.; died Oct. 5 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire.

Full Story


April

Army CPL. Tony Carrasco Jr.

Died November 4, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Tony Carrasco Jr.
Tony Carrasco Jr.

25, of Berino, N.M.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Nov. 4 in Ad Dawr, Iraq, of a gunshot wound sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit.

Full Story


2019 CFC Campaign

CFC
CFC

Once again LHCP is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign. Please consider giving this fall. Our agency designation code is 12282.

 


2019 April — June Shipping Statistics

COUNTRYWEIGHT (lbs)COSTBOXES SHIPPED
Germany5,623$9,867170
Iraq165$3377
Qatar1,004$193835
TOTALS6,792$12,142212

MONETARY DONATIONS MADE EASY!

Now you can make a monetary donation easily using PayPal! Go to www.paypal.com and send your donation to treasurer@lhcp.us and type in Landstuhl Hospital Care Project when asked for a name. Please include your address. We will send a letter of thanks for your tax-deductible donation.


Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid, and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

Please mail your packages and/or checks to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

LHCP is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.


LHCP Board of Directors

Karen Grimord
president@lhcp.us

Donna Bolen
vicepresident@lhcp.us

James Spliedt II
secretary@lhcp.us

Newsletter Editor
Maria Waddell
lhcpnews@yahoo.com

2019 Issue 1 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • In the Eyes of a Foreign Missionary
  • Troop Thanks
  • 2019 Spring Events
  • 2019 Sponsors (February-March)
  • Honorees for 1 st Issue 2019
  • On Facebook?
  • Unit Needs Continue

You can also view and download the original form 2019 Issue 1 Newsletter PDF version here.


In the Eyes of a Foreign Missionary

Who is Now a Friend

The story of how I met Karen Grimord, and by extension, working with The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, is inextricably linked to the story of my voyage to America. Between the years 2011 to 2013, I opted to serve a volunteer mission for my church.  I was assigned to labor in the Northern Virginia area. A quiet boy without much in terms of years and experience, I was excited at the prospect of living so far away from my native Durban, South Africa.

I still remember the first day I met Karen. I’d been in the neighborhood for barely a week when we got an urgent phone call from a member of our congregation who said that, “a lady needed help packing boxes.” It was a Monday, the only day we got to ourselves from our busy schedule.  We reluctantly agreed and headed over to the address I had hastily penned down on the wrapper of my Chick-fil-A sandwich.

We actually found Karen in her backyard, digging what looked like a hole for a fireplace. We told her who we were and why we had come. She looked skeptical, and with good reason; we weren’t dressed for the part! White shirts, ties and dress pants don’t inspire confidence in the kind of work we would be doing. But we won her over by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. And that was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.

Karen’s house (more particularly her garage) became something of a second home to me. We spent hours in there packing boxes, taking orders and sending off shipments to the local post office. It wasn’t until my third visit, tape gun in hand and sweat on my brow, as I worked on the next box that I asked who all of these care packages were meant for. She looked up slowly and responded: “It’s for soldiers that served our country and are now wounded and need taking care of in Landstuhl, Germany.” That was a sobering moment. I saw the passion in her eyes, the fire in her gut. I felt it deeply and I wanted to know more.

Everyone back home always asked me what my first impression of the United States was and my answer always took them by surprise because it’s not the typical response that they expected. ‘Til this day, I’ve emphatically stated that Americans have a level of devotion and patriotism that I’ve never seen before. It is rarely loud or boastful, but clearly felt and visible in quiet acts of service. It is the needle to their fabric, thread woven carefully into their symbol red, white, and blue. America has no existential crisis; they know exactly who they are and what they stand for. That is something to be admired.

It didn’t take long for Karen to take me on trips to D.C. proper and show me all the sights and monuments. I don’t think I quite got over the fact that this was the kind of stuff I only saw in movies; and dramatic ones at that-I half expected an alien invasion to take place starring yours truly! But on a serious note, two places of interest stood out to me more than the rest. The first was Arlington Cemetery. When I went there I was shocked into silence. I didn’t speak for the whole day that day. Not only was it the reverence of the sacred ground that was Arlington, but it was the evidence of commitment and sacrifice for the greater good. My tears were matched only by the row upon row of pearly-white marble. The second place was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Whereas before I had seen those who had died for what they believed in, here I saw what the living were willing to do for one of their own. Their dedication and precision were equaled by the passion in their eyes and the fire in their gut- the exact same that I saw in Karen when we were packing boxes in her modest garage. That left an indelible mark on me, one I will never forget.

Since that day, I was never the same. And working on care packages took on a different meaning. I knew who it was for, and why they chose to serve. I even felt a connection to them all in some small way; though we hailed from different countries and speak in different tongues, we all were far from home, serving and working for an ideal that we believed in, trying to make this world just a little bit better. It’s been six years now since I was last in America, but if I close my eyes I can still see Karen’s garage, I can still smell the mulch on the warm summer’s air, I can still hear the screech of the tape gun as we worked on yet another box. The cardboard all stacked up neatly in a row from floor to ceiling and the table which had the laptop and phone, ready to take another order and send out the next shipment. All told one simple story: the nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

Sphelele Mngoma


Troop Thanks

The LHCP is an incredible group of people donating to a good cause. While I was deployed, I worked in a program that helped to ease the transition of combat airmen returning home. That process would have been very difficult without LHCP support. On the first day out of a combat zone, the airmen were able to collect and utilize many of the donations made. These items included, sweaters, jackets, umbrellas, and hygienic items. After seeing the items available to them, there eyes would light up and there seemed to be a sense of relief—that they didn’t have to worry about not having anything. The LHCP is pivotal in easing the transition of our airmen returning from deployment. Karen and her team were phenomenal in ensuring the needs of many were met.

MSGT Air Force


2019 Spring Events

May 18, 2019 The Norwich American Legion Post 189 will hold their 14th annual motorcycle ride fundraiser for LHCP. Without such hard-working, dedicated individuals and groups like these, LHCP would not be able to continue. We thank you for your many years of support and look forward to seeing the pictures! Maybe this year we can get one of Brian and Karen Grimord!


2019 Sponsors

Individuals and Families

Adkins, E., MN
Arseculeratne, R., VA
Auman, C., FL
Barnhardt, C., MI
Bath, D, AL
Bath, M., AL
Breidel, G., MN
Bolen, D., SC
Broeker, J., FL
Burkel, D., MN
Byrnes, E., PA
Casali, L., FL
Daniels, B., OK
Dennis, T., FL
Eanes, L., VA
Ellsworth, L., TN
Hansen, L., VA
High, T., TN
Hurley, P., FL
Kelly, P., IL
Kosele, D., FL
Lambert, R., MD
Lienczewski, E., MI
Marion, D., TX
McKay, A., AZ
Osgood, J., APO
Payton, B., FL
Roberts, G., TN
Sann, R., DC
Seljeskog, P., SD
Smith, B., FL
Steinman, M., NV
Stutts, T., TN
Waddell, C., NC
Waddell, M., NC
Wolford, C., PA
Zimmerman, R., PA

Businesses and Organizations

American Legion Post 74 SAL Squad 74, FL
American Legion Riders Post 189, NY
American Veterans Post 21 General Fund, FL
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 21, FL
Benevity Fund, Calgary, AB
Beyond the Call of Duty Ministries Inc., FL
Carlie Lynne’s Inc., FL
Carrollton Zilwaulkee VFW Post 1859, MI
Cheyenne MNT Chapter, CA
Crosspointe Church, MS
Euclid Veterans Association, OH
Forty and Eight Voiture 880 Inc., FL
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
Holy Family R. C. Congregation, IL
Cheyenne MNT Chapter, CA
Crosspointe Church, MS
Euclid Veterans Association, OH
Forty and Eight Voiture 880 Inc., FL
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
Holy Family R. C. Congregation, IL
McPhail’s Auto Sales, FL
Network for Good, DC
Sebring Benefit, FL
Sons of AMVETS Squadron 21, FL
VFW Post 4300, FL
VFW Post 4300 Riders Inc., FL
Veron McCune Post NO 132 Auxiliary, OH

Honorees

January

Army Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini

Died January 11, 2008, Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini
Richard J. Berrettini

21, of Cranston, R.I.; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 23 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.

February

Army 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez

Died September 12, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Emily J.T. Perez
Emily J.T. Perez

21, of Cranston, R.I.; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 23 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.

March

Marine Lance Cpl. Minhee Kim

Died November 1, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marine Lance Cpl. Minhee Kim
Minhee Kim

20, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Lansing, Mich.; died Nov. 1 while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq.


On Facebook? Want to help LHCP?

You may have noticed friends on Facebook holding a fundraiser for their favorite charity on their birthday. LHCP has been so honored in the past few months by two young children, asking for donations to LHCP for their birthday! Please consider doing this as well!

Also, go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/theLHCP and follow us there if you haven’t already. Share the posts to let your friends know about us! Thank you


Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid; and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

and mail to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

Thank you.

2018 3rd Issue Newsletter

Volume 15 Issue 3

Inside this issue:

  • Goodbyes are Never Easy
  • Troop Thanks
  • Donation Challenge
  • LHCP Welcomes New Treasurer
  • 2018 Sponsors (Sep— Dec)
  • Honorees for 3 rd Issue 2018
  • 2018 Sep-Dec Shipping Statistics
  • Unit Needs Continue

View and Print PDF Version


Goodbyes are Never Easy

It is with saddened hearts, but much love, that we say goodbye to our steadfast treasurer, Sharon Buck. After fourteen years of service to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, Sharon has decided to step down.

Sharon came to LHCP in the beginning and has been the one and only treasurer all these years. She lent her expertise and effort in getting LHCP its non-profit status. She kept up with the special registrations needed for certain states. Basically, LHCP would never have been able to help all the people it has helped without Sharon working in the background!

The LHCP board will truly miss Sharon’s presence! “[Sharon’s] skills as a Treasurer are the best I have ever seen. She has been so faithful about keeping LHCP on the good side of the IRS. She stays up to date with the state registrations and all of the financial data… I would not have been able to complete the Annual Report each year without her attention to detail. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her during my time with LHCP,” commented Donna Bolen, Vice President, when asked about Sharon. Karen Grimord, LHCP President, says, “It is a sad day. She has touched more lives than we can imagine.”

On a personal level, I worked with Sharon on the board for five years. She was so helpful and welcoming when I came in, knowing nothing. She’s such a lovely person, always giving of herself—above and beyond what is asked.

There is a silver lining in this cloud of goodbye, she’s not going far, Sharon will still stay a part of LHCP and continue to support our mission. Sharon, for all you’ve done, all you’ve given these many years, all of us at LHCP thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Maria Waddell, Editor


Troop Thanks

How are you? Happy holidays!! I wanted to let you know that we have received all of your recent packages. It was a nice treat to receive the fleece blankets, coffee, flags and additional care packages. The soldiers and myself truly appreciate all of your team’s efforts with putting these together. If there is anything we can do in return to show our gratitude, please let me know. Thank you again.

Platoon Sergeant, FBS
DUSTOFF in Iraq


Donation Challenge

One of LHCP’s largest sponsors has set a challenge for all supporters. Through February 28, 2019, they will match every dollar contributed up
to $15,000! Please be generous in your donations! The amount of good that LHCP could do with $30,000 is unimaginable! See page 4 for where to send checks or how to donate online. Tell all your friends and family!

LHCP would love to have you or your organization sponsor a fundraising event to support the LHCP mission to provide comfort and care items to sick, injured or wounded military services members overseas. If your organization is interested, please contact Karen Grimord at 540-286-1512.


LHCP Welcomes New Treasurer

As we must say goodbye to our long-time Treasurer, Sharon, we get to say a big hello and welcome to Sherry Karlson! Sherry has been a supporter of LHCP for many years, but now she is stepping into the position of Treasurer.

Sherry grew up in Clinton MD, the oldest daughter of a Navy Veteran. She graduated High School in 1979 and met her husband in 1985 when he was stationed at the Pentagon. They married in March 1987. She moved around the world with her husband while he was stationed in Naples Italy, Travis Air Force Base (AFB) and Keesler AFB. At each duty station, she was involved in a variety of organization activities and was a mentor to younger families. In the summer of 1998, her husband retired from the Air Force and they settled in Woodbridge, VA

Looking for the sense of belonging that comes with the military lifestyle, she joined the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in 2002. Sherry quickly became active and served as the 2nd Vice President where she was responsible for fundraising and was named as the “Lady of the Year” for the Auxiliary Unit. She subsequently served as 1 st Vice President where she was responsible for membership, and then the Unit President for the 1st of five separate terms of service. She has also been named the Auxiliary Lady of the
Year for the Department of Virginia in 2007-2008. She went on to serve as District President and Chairwomen of the Americanism committee for the Department of Virginia.

It’s obvious that Sherry has the fortitude and experience to be a tremendous support to LHCP as she steps into the position of Treasurer. Please be sure to send her a big welcome! You may reach her by email at treasurer@lhcp.us.


With Gratitude to Our Generous Sponsors

2018 Sponsors—September through December

Individuals and Families

Anderson, G., IN
Anderson, S., IN
Apycholski, C., MS
Arseculeratne, R., VA
Badgley, B., MI
Badgley, J., MI
Bath, M., AL
Bolen, D., SC
Breidel, G., MN
Buck, S., AL
Bujorian, R., TN
Burkel, D., MN
Byrnes, E., PA
Chan, C., CA
Clawson, D. & D., WI
Crist, M., TN
Driskill, T, TX
Eanes, L., VA
Elledge, C., MS
Gittelman, S., KS
Granquist, K., SD
Grimord, D., NC
Grimord, K., VA
Hansen, L., VA
Howard, R., VA
Jansen, S., MO
Javor, TN
Jones, S. & M., WI
Kelly, P., CA
Kuckuk, C., WI
Kurzenknabe, G., PA
Lambert, R., MD
Lane, D. & F., CA
Lienczewski, E., MI
Mann, A., NY
Marion, D., TX
May, D., KY
McAlister, J., TN
McCarthy, W., VA
McKay, A., AZ
Nelson, D., KS
Nichols, H., TN
O’Brien, B., PA
O’Neill, M., Unk.
Osgood, J., APO-AE
Ownby, L., TN
Pasternak, J., VA
Pemberton, J., MI
Pineau, B., France
Reynolds, M., OK
Rivers, C., AR
Roberts, R., TN
Sanders Family, Unk.
Sann, R., DC
Seljeskog, M., SD
Serafini, M., CT
Smith, E., FL
Waddell, C., NC
Spiedlt, J., ID
Waddell, M., NC
Stanley, L., MN
Steinman, M., NV
Weaver, J., TN
Wolfe, F., CA
Stutts, T., TN
Wolford, C., PA
Vasquez, S., T

Businesses and Organizations

Amer Leg Aux Unit 62, AZ
Amer Leg Aux Unit 180, VA
Amer Leg Aux Unit 290, VA
Amer Leg Aux Unit 364, VA
Amer Leg Aux Unit 428, WI
Amer Leg Aux Unit 1976, VA
Amer Leg Post 2, WI
Amer Leg Post 326, TX
Amer Leg Post 521, WI
Amer Leg Riders Post 189, NY
Benevity Fund, Canada
Betty Crocker, VA
Beyond the Call of Duty Ministries, FL
Brandl Farms, WI
Daughters of Amer Rev, TN
Doc’s Harley Davidson, WI
Gateway Technical College, WI
Girls Nation, IL
Goodshop, CA
Grace Chapel LLC, TN
Holy Family R. C. Congregation, IL
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
IHL Services Inc., TN
Network for Good, DC
Sons of American Legion Squadron 189, NY
Standard Textile, OH
United Way of California Region, CA
Wolf River HOG Chapter, W

Honorees for 3rd Issue 2018 Shipments

SeptemberOctober
Army Spc. Emilio J. CampoArmy Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis
Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo
Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Died 6 June 2011 while serving during Operation New Dawn. 20, of Madelia, MN., assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Field Art. Reg, 2nd HB Combat Team, 1st Infantry Div., Fort Riley, KS.; died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire in Baghdad.

Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis
Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Died 15 July 2011 while serving during OEF. 40, of Rapid City, SD.; assigned to 1st Squad, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brig. Combat Team, 4th Inf Div, Fort Carson, CO; died in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

NovemberDecember
Army Spc. Mark J. DownerArmy Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt
Army Spc. Mark J. Downer
Army Spc. Mark J. Downer

Army Spc. Mark J. DownerDied 5 August 2011 while serving during OEF. 23, of Warner Robins, GA; a combat medic assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Inf Reg, 3rd Brig. Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; died in Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Army Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt
Army Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt

Died 30 May 2004 while serving during OIF. 23, of Lowell, MI.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Musayyib, Iraq.


2018 Sept-Dec Shipping Statistics

CountryWeightCostBoxes Shipped
Afghanistan328.93$593.45 11
Germany3,064.03$3,150.80249
Iraq274.60$449.408
Qatar1,121.26$1,868.5535
Syria793.50$1,612.8034
Other111.72$113.523
Total5,694.04$7,788.52340

MONETARY DONATIONS MADE EASY!

Now you can make a monetary donation so easy using PayPal! Go to PayPal.com and send your donation to treasurer@lhcp.us and type in Landstuhl Hospital Care Project when asked for a name. Please include your address. We will send a letter of thanks for your tax-deductible donation.


Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid, and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

Please mail your packages and/or checks to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

LHCP is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

3rd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

3rd Quarter 2015 Newsletter
3rd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

Our 3rd Quarter 2015 Newsletter is out. Please download a copy for yourself, family, friends, and community. In this issue we have the following:

  • SGT Harris Memorial Ride
  • Upcoming Events
  • Troop Thanks
  • LHCP Sponsors
  • 3rd Quarter Honorees
  • 2015 3rd Quarter Shipments
  • Unit Needs

3rd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter
2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

Our 2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter is out. Please download a copy for yourself, family, friends, and community. In this issue we have the following:

  • Troop Thanks
  • Upcoming Events
  • Healing Heroes Benefit
  • 10th Annual Poker Run
  • LHCP Sponsors
  • 2nd Quarter Honorees
  • 2015 2nd Quarter Shipments
  • Unit Needs

2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter

1st Quarter 2015 Newsletter

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1st Quarter 2015 Newsletter

Our 1st Quarter 2015 Newsletter is out. Please download a copy for yourself, family, friends, and community. In this issue we have the following:

  • Troop Thanks
  • Upcoming Events
  • Stitches of Love
  • 2014 Youth/Scout of the Year
  • LHCP Sponsors
  • 1st Quarter Honorees
  • 2015 1st Quarter Shipments
  • Unit Needs

1st Quarter 2015 Newsletter