Too often we forget that our military is an all-volunteer force—no required recruitment, to conscripted drafting. Our men and women in uniform actively choose to be our surrogates in warfare—to fight and defend the rights and freedoms we enjoy every day of our lives.
But with military campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and other conflict zones, many of our soldiers are returning dismembered and beset with traumatic brain injury. Most embrace a positive outlook and are hailed as decorated heroes. Nevertheless, this new generation of maimed veterans remains saddled with critical needs that overwhelm existing care facilities and devastate their families.
That is the situation Miles of Giving wants to help alleviate.
Combat amputees have a saying: I didn’t “lose” my leg; I “gave” my leg in the service of my country. We at Miles of Giving believe it is our duty to give back to them and let our soldiers know that not only are they appreciated, but most importantly, they are not forgotten.