Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Last week I emailed you about a special Fourth of July opportunity to change the life of a hero severely disabled in the war on terror.
I haven't heard back from you. But I know you are a patriotic American and you've been a loyal friend to our brave troops and veterans. So I wanted to make sure you had another opportunity to give . . . before it's too late to help a suffering hero.
The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is conducting a 2014 Fourth of July Emergency Aid Drive to help the heroes who came home from the war on terror alive, but broken . . . burned, blinded, paralyzed, brain-damaged, or suffering from other disabling injuries.
My request is URGENT because the wounded heroes who ask us for help are at the end of their rope.
They're afraid the car they use to get to their doctor's appointments will be repossessed. They have received notice that the bank is foreclosing on their home. They don't know how they're going to feed their children. And they have nowhere else to turn.
So I'm hoping that this Fourth of July, as you celebrate our freedom and our nation's birthday, you'll make a generous, patriotic gift to our 2014 Fourth of July Emergency Aid Drive to help a disabled veteran who has nowhere else to turn.
A disabled hero may ask for emergency financial aid for many reasons - from avoiding eviction or foreclosure to keeping the lights on or putting food on the table.
But whatever the specific need, I do know one thing: By the time a service member or veteran turns to the Coalition for help, he or she is truly desperate.
The brave men and women who serve in our military are proud and self-sufficient. They're known for defending others (even in the face of danger) - not asking for help themselves.
So I know by the time a disabled hero comes to the Coalition for help, he or she has run out of options. And I'm horrified to think of even one serviceman or woman with a debilitating injury ending up homeless or going hungry as a direct result of his or her service to our country.
Consider this: When our brave servicemen and women go off to war to defend our freedom against the terrorists, they are strong and healthy. Then, disaster strikes. An IED explosion blows away arms and legs or causes a traumatic brain injury - or the horror of war leaves them with crippling PTSD.
Suddenly they go from the peak of their prime to broken and suffering - and no longer fit for service.
As I'm sure you've heard in the news, many of these heroes are waiting months or even years to see a doctor and receive treatment for painful injuries and crippling disabilities. Because of their financial struggles, they can't afford private care -- so they're forced to wait at the mercy of a bureaucracy that is deaf to their suffering.
And these heroes haven't just lost their physical strength - their limbs, eyesight, or ability to walk. They've also lost their ability to provide for their family. Wounded troops and veterans receive disability payments from the government, of course. But as I've shared with you many times, bureaucratic delays have our troops waiting an average of ten months - and sometimes over a year - to receive their first check after leaving the hospital and separating from service.
And in the meantime, these once healthy providers are struggling to feed their children. Hoping they'll be able to keep buying gas to get to and from the hospital for treatment. Desperate to keep a roof over their heads. And wondering if they'll be able to make it until those checks start to arrive.
That's where the Coalition comes in - thanks to the generous giving of faithful friends like you. No matter what the financial emergency, we are there to provide help, encouragement, and peace of mind to a frightened disabled service member.
But we can't do it without your help. So I hope you'll take a moment to honor the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform by making a patriotic Fourth of July gift today.
Please don't wait to make a gift to the 2014 Fourth of July Emergency Aid Drive. Our struggling disabled heroes need your help now - and it would be heartbreaking to turn away even one frightened veteran who is facing financial disaster and has nowhere else to turn. I'm confident you won't let that happen.
With gratitude and patriotism,
General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. You've been such a faithful friend to the Coalition and our disabled heroes in the past. That's why I knew I could count on you to come through once again for our struggling troops and veterans.
Your donation to the 2014 Fourth of July Emergency Aid Drive will change the life of a hero in need - a hero who has already sacrificed so much to protect both of our families. Thank you for your patriotism and your generosity.
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes | PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | www.saluteheroes.org | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.