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Friday, February 12, 2010

INJURED VET HONORED

Injured veteran honored on talk show

 
Richard "Sunny" Farrand, California's Heroes to Hometowns
chairman, helped Julio "Alex" Guzman receive
a Sears charitable donation and 
an appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show.

The American Legion's Heroes to Hometowns program was created to support severely injured servicemembers in their transition back to society. Often, arranging support can be as simple as picking up the phone and making a few phone calls.

This was exactly the case two days before Veterans Day on Nov. 9, when Phil Riley, director of the Legion's National Security division, received a phone call from another Legion employee who told him that The Bonnie Hunt Show was looking to provide support to a wounded warrior. The syndicated talk show, through sponsorship from Sears Holdings Corporation, was arranging a "Heroes at Home" special to air on Veterans Day, during which an impaired servicemember would receive a $15,000 gift card from Sears.

Riley didn't know anyone who could appear on the show on such short notice, but he did know an individual who could find someone. Riley phoned Richard "Sunny" Farrand, the Legion's Heroes to Hometowns chairman in California. 

Farrand, who had just finished delivering comfort items to wounded warriors at Balboa Military Hospital, promptly located Julio "Alex" Guzman, a Marine Corps lance corporal who had served two tours in Iraq.

Guzman, who was injured in the plot to capture Fallujah, was in a pinch. He had recently lost his job, his wife was pregnant, and he was attending college full time working toward a degree in human services. His combat-related injuries only complicated matters further, as he has traumatic brain injury and nerve damage in his right leg. He struggles with PTSD, as well.

That made Guzman the perfect candidate for Sears' charitable contribution.

"It was perfect timing because he just lost his job due to PTSD, and his wife was about to have a baby," Farrand said.

Farrand continues to support Guzman and work with him on dealing with PTSD. Guzman's wife delivered their son last December.

That same month, Guzman ate lunch with National Commander Clarence Hill at Legion Post 255 in National City, Calif. Guzman used the meeting to express his thanks to The American Legion.

"It was a nice surprise for both of them," Farrand said.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION


AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION

100% Per Capita Banner Program

Each post, unit, squadron or salon donating at least one dollar for each member during the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation's award year will receive a beautiful banner/streamer.

To qualify a post, unit, squadron or salon must donate one dollar per member based upon its official membership total as of June 1, 2009. The post, unit, squadron or salon has from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010 to complete its donation to the Child Welfare foundation.

For more information
contact the American Legion
Child Welfare Foundation
PO Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
317-630-1202 or 317-630-1369 fax

WHAT IS THE CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION?

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created in 1954 (1) To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and (2) To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.