A group of Leathernecks from Marine Corps Base Quantico was honored Dec. 12 for their volunteer work on behalf of the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.
Lance Cpl. Marcela Cavalcanti, Lance Cpl. Amber Goodman, Lance Cpl. Victor Solis, Master Sgt. Kevin Murphy and government employee Mindy Yurkonis were among the volunteers who packed 1,288 pounds of supplies last month at Stafford American Legion Post 290. The donated supplies were then shipped to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and to 18 units in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The day that we packed turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day somewhere, but not here in Virginia,” said Landstuhl Hospital Care Project President Karen Grimord before she presented the volunteers with certificates of appreciation at Lejeune Hall. “We had torrential rain, tornados and downright miserable weather.”
The Quantico group got involved in the effort after Grimord contacted Master Gunnery Sgt. William Nix to see if he would be able to provide volunteers to help pack the project’s November shipment.
“He contacted Master Sgt. Kevin Murphy who in turn sent out an e-mail and received several replies,” she said.
During the several hours it took the Marines and project volunteers to complete the packing, Grimord said she never heard, “are these supplies going to Marines?”
“Our service men and women are from all branches of the military, and they are all members of one big family. Family takes care of one another,” she continued. “During these times it is necessary for members of the family to draw together and support one another. These dedicated volunteers proved their active role within this extended family unit.”
Since founding the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project in November of 2004, Grimord and her husband, Brian, have spearheaded sending personal care and other relief items to Landstuhl and field hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan for war-wounded patients. The items include sweats suits, tennis shoes, CD players, skull caps, socks, phone cards, house slippers, break-away pants, winter jackets, board games, hand-held electronic games and decks of playing cards.
Each shipment that LHCP sends is sent in honor of a military member who has made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his or her life in service to the country. For more information on the project or to make a donation, LandstuhlHospitalCareProject.org.
Marines help Stafford post with care packagesBy JULIA LeDOUX Patriot Editor
More than 1,200 pounds of personal care items are now on their way to injured and sick troops overseas, thank to the efforts of the Stafford based Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.
Marines from Headquarters Battalion, marine Corps Base Quantico and American Legion Post 290 in Stafford packed hundreds of blankets, scrub pants, sheets, towels and snacks into card board boxes on Nov. 16 for shipment to Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“If it hadn’t been for these guys coming in, I would never make the post office today.” said Karen Grimord, LHCP president, of the Marines.
The Landstuhl project is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured or wounded due to their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donated items are distributed to military patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American military hospital outside the United States, and to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“We’re not there. We’re here to do what we can,” pointed out Lance Cpl. Marcela Cavalcanti.
Spending the time packing helped Lance Cpl. Amber Goodman also feel closer to the area she now calls home.
“i love to volunteer,” she said. “I love getting out and meeting the community.”
Grimord explained that the purpose of the program is to enhance the morale and welfare of the wounded service members by contributing quality of life items.
“I think it’s a great cause,” added Master Sgt. Kevin Murphy.
The Landstuhl project’s monthly shipments are sent in honor of a service member who has been killed while on duty.
The November honoree is Marine 1st Lt. Frederick Pokorney, 31, of Tonopah, Nev. Pokorney was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade when he was killed in action along with eight other Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based Marines on March 23, 2003, near An Nasiriyah, Iraq.
The volunteers honored Polorney with a moment of silence before they began filling the boxes in his honor.
By Cpl Sha’ahn
The American Legion Post 290 in Stafford, VA., honored a group of Marines from Quantico Dec. 12 on behalf of the Landstuhl HOspital Care Project in recognition of their hard work and help volunteering to make care packages to send to field hospitals around the world.
From junior to senior enlisted, the marine volunteeers packed 1,299 pounds of supplies last month in Stafford. The donated supplies were then shipped to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and to 18 units in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The personal care items support all service members in need and were packed during downright miserable weather, said Karen Grimord, president of the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.
“It was a sunny day some where, but not in Virginia,” Grimord said. “it really would not have gotten done without the help of these Marines.”
The Quantoco gorup got involved after Grimord contacted master Gunnery Sgt. William Nix, manpower chief at Quatioc, to round up volunteers.
After the calls and contact was made, the Mariens formed a small team and went to work.
During the time it took the Mariens and other volunteers to complete the packing, Grimord said the Marines never asked if the supplies were going to other Marines.
“A Famiy takes care of one another,” se said. “Our service men and women are from all branches of the military, and they are all members of one big family.
“These dedicated volunteers proved their active role within this extended family unit,” Grimord said before presenting the Marines with their certificates of appreciation.
“It’s good to help out and do something like this because they need us,” said Lance Cp. Amber Goodman, a legal clerk here.
Sent monthly, each shipment that the LHCP sends is in honor of a military service member who has lost his or her life in service to the country.
Since 2004, Grimord and her husband, Brian, have worked hard to send personal care and other relief items to Landstuhl and field hospitals overseas for war-wounded patients.
Items include clothing, phone cards, electronic games, CD players, jackets and sheets.
FOr more information about the project, or to make a donation, viist the Web site at www.LandstuhlHospitalCareProject.org