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Review for Luke's Wings, Inc., Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son was wounded in Afghanistan on May 8th. We received word of his injuries shortly thereafter. At first we were in shock that our son had lost both legs, the right leg just below the knee and his left leg at the knee. He had sustained other injuries, but the report led us to believe that Colton was in critical but stable condition in a medical facility in Afghanistan. He was transported to three different facilities in Afghanistan and finally flown to Landstuhl, Germany. After the initial shock, my wife and I spent a few days crying. Our hearts were broken until we heard our sons voice from a hospital bed in Germany. He assured us that everything would be alright. He even said that when he returned home he was going to be "patient, kind, and nice." We were amazed at his perspective and attitude. After talking to him we became a little more hopeful. Colton arrived at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center on May 13th. We flew out on the 15th and were so glad to see our son. He was still alive. HIs injuries could have been way worse. He had both his hands and his mental faculties. It was during this five day visit that we learned of the Semper Fi Fund, Luke's Wings, and other non-profit organizations that help families of wounded warriors. Through SSgt. Lippold we were introduced to Jennifer Magerer, who works with Luke's Wings. As I stated before we were greatly encouraged and given hope when we heard my sons voice from Germany. He was alive. The same is true with Luke's Wings. When we heard what they were able to do for us in providing travel expenses and making reservations for our travel to and from the Bethesda area we were given hope and in turn Colton would be given hope and greatly encouraged by family members and friends who would be able to visit with him. To date, thousands of dollars of airfare have been provided to my family. Both sets of grandparents from Colorado have been out to see Colton. Colton's girl friend has flown from Florida to see Colton numerous times. A friend from the Marine Corp from California was supplied funds for travel. Colton's immediate family has been provided airfare for many, many airplane rides across the country from Colorado. Colton has even had the joy of tossing his little niece in the air on two different occasions. I just got back from Walter Reed this past weekend (9/14-9/17). My son and I were participants in the Navy 5-miler. Colton and I completed the race. We didn't set any records, but all were amazed that just four months after being severely wounded Colton was able to walk five miles with his prosthesis. Incidently, my daughter and grand daughter accompanied me on this trip provided by none other than Luke's Wings. Thank God for his healing touch in Colton's life. Thank God for a great supportive and praying family. Thank God for our kind, generous and praying friends. Thank God for Luke's Wings and all their kind, caring, and hardworking staff. Jennifer Magerer has been our contact. Thank you Jennifer for all you do. You all have made a tremendous difference, giving us hope and many wonderful times together with the family and with Colton. This time spent with him has sped up the healing process (mentally, physically, emotionally). Because of all of this Colton will be coming home soon. Thank you Luke's Wings.

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