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FAMILIES OF THE WOUNDED FUND INC
March 11, 2010

My name is Bill Haneke, US Army (Ret). I was an Army Military Advisor to the South Vietnamese in 1968, when I was severely wounded in combat and evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During my extensive treatment & rehabilitation, my wife served as my caregiver and stayed at a civilian motel near the hospital. We went through every penny of our limited savings to keep her at my bedside which was essential for my treatment and survival. The Department of Defense paid and still pays little or nothing extra to these caregivers to help offset their extra expenses for lodging, meals, medical care, child care, etc. The casualities from the current War on Terror being treated at McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA, are some of the most severely combat wounded and are all still on active duty while undergoing treatment there. There family caregivers come from all over the U.S. and the majority have given up jobs to spend time caring for their loved ones, thereby severely reducing the family income. The presence and support of these family members is vitally important to the successful treatment of these wounded heroes. Consequently, the financial assistance given by the Families of the Wounded Fund to these caregivers is badly needed and an important factor in allowing these family members to remain with their injured loved one.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The extensive interaction I have had with the patients and family caregivers that Families of The Wounded Fund has been able to assist.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

We provide assistance and support for these family caregivers and their patients while also giving them hope and encouragement for their recovery and future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Military Veterans, their family members, community volunteers, McGuire VA Hospital Staff & Volunteers, and the many volunteers at Village Bank in Central Virginia. They are all committed and unselfish in their efforts to provide their support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the level and amount of assistance that we are able to provide to our qualifying family caregivers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I am a co-founder of the Families of the Wounded Fund and visit with almost every patient and family member who request our assistance.