Remember Those Who Served

Dear Friends,

If you have explored this site already you may have some idea of the work that Aid for Wounded Soldiers is doing and how we are honoring our remaining veterans who served in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Through the ever increasing programming that the Foundation offers to veterans, we hope to give back to our veterans the honor and gratitude that they so quietly deserve.

It’s a fact that over the next three years most of the World War II generation will fade away. According to recent U.S. Veterans Administration figures, every 90 seconds a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s.

We are losing what many call our greatest generation – the men and women who served this nation so selflessly during World War II – at the astounding rate of more than one thousand each day. Think about that for a moment. Before the sun sets today, we will have lost the equivalent of a regiment of veterans who helped confound Hitler’s plans for world domination and exposed the ugly reality of Nazi racial and religious genocide. We will have lost more than a thousand of the people who kept imperial Japan from world conquest following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. Another sad fact to contemplate in all this is that most of those who laid it all on the line for us in World War II will go to their final rest without ever having told their stories to a nation that desperately needs to hear them. They will have died without the closure that helps them make sense of their sacrifices.

To this end, The Aid for Wounded Soldiers has taken it upon itself to honor the sacrifices of those who have fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. Our programs are designed to preserve and perpetuate the legacies of our nation’s heroes to the younger generations who will soon take on the responsibility of safeguarding the freedom for which they fought so long ago.

Finally, our support on the ground is growing strong. Aid for Wounded Soldiers is now making a positive difference in the lives of more than 180,000 veterans throughout the country, while impacting thousands of young Americans every day. Those of us who have worked tirelessly to honor our veterans of all conflicts by preserving the freedom for which they fought and the patriotism that they epitomize continues. To find out what part you can play in helping continue these veterans’ legacies, click on the “TAKE ACTION” button.

Thank you again for all your support. We encourage you to join us in this important and urgent cause, while remembering those who served.

We hope the war against terror will be over soon and all our brave sons and daughters, wives and husbands can return home safely. Until that time, and perhaps even long after, there will still be seriously ill servicemen and women undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at Walter Reed, Bethesda and elsewhere. We will not abandon them. We will not forget them. They are our heroes and we will stand with them in their suffering, pray for them in our private moments and provide for them to the utmost of our ability.