LHCP has Some SweetheartsBy JULIA LeDOUX [email protected]
Landstuhl Hospital Care Project felt a little post-Valentine’s Day “love” Feb. 16, thanks to the American Legion Post in Woodbridge.
The non-profit raised thousands of dollars during a Sweethearts for Heroes dinner dance at American Legion Post 364.
“We are proud to help those who help the troops that defend our freedom on a daily basis,” said Post Commander Thom Karlson. “Supporting our troops is what the American Legion is all about.”
The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured, or wounded due to their service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Donated items are distributed to patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany, the largest American military hospital outside the United States; to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to VA facilities throughout the United States.
“Many people ask why the government is not doing more in supplying the needs that we are providing our troops,” said LHCP president and founder Karen Grimord of Stafford. “Most of these comfort and care items are not contained in the Army classes of supply.”
When wounded service members arrive at Landstuhl, they are issued a $250 voucher for personal items by the Department of Defense, she continued.
“They receive the voucher and think it is a wonderful thing,” Grimord said, “who would not think that $250 is great? But when they walk into the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center and see all the items that have been sent to them by their fellow countrymen, a look of amazement comes over their faces. They cannot believe that people still care enough to send them comfort and care items.”
Dozens of couples attended the fundraising event, which featured a buffet dinner and dancing to the tunes of The Radford Brothers Band.
“I have recently moved to the area and a friend asked me to attend the Sweethearts for Heroes dinner/dance benefit for LHCP,” said Tom Spice. “I am a Vietnam veteran and was a patient at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Anything that I can do for my fellow veterans, I am there. It is great to see the support the American people and nonprofits like LHCP are giving our soldiers today.”
“I can say everyone there had a big heart,” said Karen Monk. “I will let our soldier’s know that they are appreciated, in my prayers and in my heart through my participation in LHCP.”
I wish to thank all those that shared their heart with me in supporting our troops on this special night.