The American military continues to make technological and medical advances. As a result, soldiers at war are more likely to survive when injured. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 30 percent of injured World War II soldiers died from their injuries and only 10 percent of injured soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq have died. This increase in injured military members has resulted in the growth of non-profit charities designed to help wounded veterans.
Fisher House Program
The Fisher House program began in 1990 and in 2009 alone served over 10,000 military families. The program provides lodging for wounded service members' families through 43 Fisher Houses located at all major military medical centers. There is no fee for the family members. The houses are gifted to the military by Fisher House Foundation and are managed by a staff person. All other house duties are performed by volunteers. Fisher House Foundation 111 Rockville Pike Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850 (888) 294-8560 Fisherhouse.org
Warriors to Work Program
Warriors to Work, a program of the Wounded Warrior Project, provides support and resources to military members injured in the line of duty. The program recognizes that finding meaningful employment is one of the most difficult things for a wounded service member when he is leaving the military. The program offers job training and job placement services for no fee. In conjunction with the Department of Labor, Warriors to Work administers the Transition Training Academy to train injured veterans in the fast-growing information technology (IT) field. Warriors to Work Wounded Warrior Project 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy. Suite 100 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 296-7350 Woundedwarriorproject.org
American Veterans with Brain Injuries
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) began in 2004 out of grassroots efforts to help military members who suffered traumatic brain injuries. The organization's website offers a forum that helps veterans and their caregivers meet others experiencing the same injuries. AVBI also offers information and links to useful resources. Finally, the organization provides a free medical alert dog tag and identity card to help in case of medical emergency. The dog tag contains personal information such as name and address. The identity card contains medical information and general suggestions for first responders. Perhaps most importantly, the card identifies the person as a military veteran that has suffered a traumatic brain injury. American Veterans with Brain Injuries 4960 Hwy 90 Box #173 Pace, FL 32571 firstname.lastname@example.org avbi.org
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