I got an email this morning. It was sent by the still-deployed first sergeant of the soldier referred to in the email.
I cannot post the wounded man's name and I've redacted some of the details, but he's in the Northern/Central California area and if I know you personally or know someone who can vouch for you and you would like to help him, I will give you the rest of the details and contact info.
I know a young man who is in desperate need of help. His name is PFC [redacted]. He is [redacted] years old and hails from Texas. He was in my company and was wounded [in May in Iraq]. He received a very serious injury to his face [details redacted, but it's very bad].
Hunter was transferred to a VA hospital in [redacted], where the best care for his vision would be available. He is a true fighter with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, I received some bad news from the hospital doctors. Lately, he has been resisting treatment and being somewhat combative with the hospital staff. He has had a few outbursts and the staff is real worried about him. It seems like a serious case of depression is setting in. Although his wounds on the outside may look bad, they may never compare with the wounds he has on the inside.
I spoke with him on the phone this evening, and he seemed real down. The reality is that he still has a long road to recover and may never see again. This young man has everything to live for and is a true inspiration. He is exactly the kind of person we would all want in a brother, son, or friend. I feel obligated to try and rally some support for him.
I know we have a lot of caring people out there who would love to do something special for an outstanding American who gave his all for his country. If you know of any church groups, school room classes, or other benevolent organizations that would be interested in assisting this brave young man, please forward this message on to them as well.
He is a pretty typical young man [very young], so he likes sports and other typical young men stuff. A small care package with some goodies and such would mean the world. Again, please forward this message to as many people as you know. It would be so great if we can all give way together and show him that his country will never forget his sacrifices or service. He is down and needs our help.
Thank you for your support...it means everything.
If you'd like to help, please let me know.