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Ursula_P

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Review for Angels of Americas Fallen, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Angels of America's Fallen is a wonderful organization that supports children of the fallen. What it's so important about this organization is that helps the surviving parent cover extra-curricular activities which no other organization does. For us, it has been a Godsend because otherwise, it would be very difficult to afford activities that keep my child safe, occupied and learning additional skills. Thank you, Angels of America's Fallen!

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Links To Freedom, Lorton, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Why I give to Links to Freedom:

It was January 1st, 2008. My husband was only one week away from coming home from a 15-month long deployment to Afghanistan. He asked me to expect his call that night, but the phone never rang.

January 2nd, 1:32pm: the phone rang and at the other end of the line someone introduced himself as LTC... and after that rank I didn't hear anything else. I fell to my knees. I just knew that nothing would ever be the same. Three days later, I was at a hospital in Texas, with my husband severely injured, trying to find the words to explain to our 3-year-old daughter what was happening.

March 14th, 2008, 1:03am. After 15 surgeries, and a relentless battle for his life, it was time for him to go. Then, it was time for my daughter and I to go back home, alone, to try to figure out how to continue to live.

Then, something happened. Several organizations lend me their hand reminding me that we were not alone. One of those organizations is Links to Freedom. Links to Freedom provides injured service members and their families, as well as surviving spouses and children the opportunity to rehabilitate and restore their emotional, physical and social well-being through the game of golf.

As a survivor, I was invited to participate in their program. I said: great! I get to learn a new sport, I get to meet some wounded warriors. It should be fun. Well, it wasn't just that. It was not just about playing golf or about a few men and women with physical injuries. Actually, many of them did not have any visible injuries at all.

One day, I started to talk to one of them, and she told me her story. How a traumatic brain injury left her unable to perform almost any activity, how she started to suffer from epilepsy, and how she felt that she wasn't going to able to carry on with her life any longer. But, then she said, Links to Freedom saved my life.

It is true: The invisible wounds are taking the lives of 20 veterans a day. Links to Freedom and the holistic approach the game of golf provides by including the participants' families and caregivers has been proven to positively and exponentially aid the mental and emotional rehabilitation of our participants. So, when you contribute to Links to Freedom, you could potentially be saving a life.

Just remember one thing: that there is someone behind that click of a mouse. Someone who you will probably never meet, but someone who -like me- will be forever grateful -to you- because of the help they received, probably in the most difficult time in their lives.

Please give, and give generously.

Thank you.

Ursula Palmer

Role:  General Member of the Public