VIDEO: Washburn’s Wounded Warrior Project

Michael Vander Linden / Washburn Review

 

The Washburn Human Services Coalition is seeking help from the students and staff to honor those who have served for America and came back wounded. The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that is designed to benefit those whose lives have changed since serving for the country.

This project helps veterans adjust to economic problems, education, PTSD and loss of limb/physical injury. Although there is a large organization based in Jacksonville, Fla., it is just not enough to deal with all of the veterans returning that need help.

On Dec. 5-6, the HSC had a booth set up in the Memorial Union to collect donations to help the project.

“Every cent goes straight to the veterans and their cause,” said Rick Anson, president of HSC. “From the booth we set up, we raised about $200.”

The coalition is looking for anybody to help earn more money to support the project as they have done more than enough to contact resources. E-mails and phone calls have been sent out to faculty, staff and various student organizations to ask for donations.

Although the booth is not physically in the union anymore, donations are still being accepted by the HSC through the end of the semester. Donations may be given to [email protected]

“I’m willing to do anything to help raise money for these deserving people,” said Anson. “I will make arrangements with anybody to get a time where we can meet and I can accept the donation.”

There is another way to donate online, too—www.woundedwarriorproject.org is an easy way to go online and donate any time or money. HSC is recognized on this website, as well, for being a donor to the project.

“You can go to donors and donate directly to our project or donate straight to the project itself,” said Anson. “The money goes to the same place either way.”

This project also has a special meaning to Anson as well. Rick Anson is a veteran himself and knows the problems some could have adjusting back into “normal” life.

“These young men are coming home after doing service for each of us,” said Anson. “Now they’re hurt and they need our help.”

Another important part of the booth included a large poster to sign for all of those who donated to sign and write a simple message.

“This poster is our simple way of saying ‘thanks,'” said Anson. “It says ‘you gave us your services, now we give you ours.'”