Soldiers get sweat pants and shirts from Stafford resident and veteransFredericksburg.com By JODI BIZAR
Wounded U.S. soldiers undergoing treatment in Germany are in the thoughts of a Stafford County woman who, with the help of contributors and area veterans, is making sure these soldiers get something they need–warm, comfortable clothing.
Karen Grimord, who has seven family members serving overseas, is sending shipments of sweat pants and shirts to wounded soldiers.
She found out that the wounded soldiers needed sweats several months ago while visiting her daughter, who was stationed in Germany.
Medical personnel have to remove wounded soldiers’ uniforms, and they don’t have anything comfortable to wear while receiving treatment, Grimord was told.
The only requirements on the sweats, she said, is that they be new and sized large or extra large.
“We’re just trying to do something to help them,” she said.
So she and her family set to work saving money and buying up as many as she could find.
“I probably spend nine or 10 hours on the phone doing this,” she says.
She also appealed to area veterans associations, including the American Legion in Stafford, which contributed $1,600.
Post Commander Fred Miller said all overseas soldiers are sent to Germany for treatment these days, and when Grimord ap-proached the legion with her request it was quickly granted.
Others have chipped in, too, and Grimord said she has raised $3,200.
That’s enabled her to buy more than 30 boxes of sweat pants and shirts totaling about 700 pairs.
And she’s not done. “I’ll keep doing it as long as the money keeps coming in,” she said.
She said word of what they’ve been doing has spread, and she’s getting donations from all around the country.
One of the shipments will be dedicated to Petty Officer Daniel Martin Caballero, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Grimord said a friend of his who is helping with the effort to collect the clothing asked that it be dedicated to Caballero.
Miller said there are other efforts afoot to help soldiers, including shipments of snacks.
The American Legion has been collecting lightweight, nonperishable snacks for soldiers to carry around in their pockets.
Anyone interested in helping out with these efforts can call the American Legion at 659-4461 or Grimord at 286-1539.
To reach JODI BIZAR: 374-5000, ext. 5627 [email protected]
Packing Sweats for Wounded Troops
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