Veteran Love provides assistance to wounded and disabled
“War on Terror” servicemen and women.
Anthony “Tony” Larson, injured in an IED (improvised explosion device) explosion, October 2005 resulting in a right leg below the knee amputation. Tony also suffers from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and has since retired from the Army. Veteran Love & Appreciation assisted Tony by purchasing special furniture for his home and assisting with the new home mortgage while he waited for his disability pay to begin.
SPC Shane Vincent, 22 years old, was critically injured when he sustained a
traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and abdominal wounds during an IED (improvised explosion device)
blast, and subsequent vehicle rollover on May 24, 2007. The Army will only pay for one family member to
travel during a soldier’s recovery period and Veteran Love & Appreciation made it possible for the family to be
together at his bedside at the Tampa VA Hospital.
Special Forces soldier Joseph Briseno, 24 years old, received a spinal cord injury due to a gunshot wound to his neck. He remains dependent on a ventilator.
Thank you card quote “Dear Veteran Love, Thank you so much for your kindness and assistance while our son was hospitalized at the VA in Tampa, FL. Your assistance made it possible for our family to be together. Again, thank you and God Bless Us All, The Briseno Family”
2LT Ray Fleig, platoon leader, TBI (traumatic brain injury), a result of a mortar attack. He remains at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa recovering from the TBI. Veteran Love & Appreciation assisted this family in September 2007 by providing airline tickets for his wife and newborn daughter.
SSG John Borders, injured during an IED (improvised explosion device) explosion and remains at Walter Reed Army Medical Center since January 2006. In the past 18 months, he has had to endure over 50 surgeries. His injuries include the amputation of lower leg, crushed leg, shrapnel and burn wounds as well as TBI (traumatic brain injury).
Excerpt from his thank you note: “I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for the grant and for the gifts to my children. We can’t tell you how much it means to our family that you were able to help us. I don’t even know how to thank you for your generosity, care and concern. I have no regrets about what has happened to me simply because I know that by making the small sacrifice I made that I kept good people like you safe and free. Thanks so much for everything! Keep up the good work!
John Borders SSG, USA”
Roderick Harrison, Tampa, FL-VL supplied SGT Harrison with air conditioning for his home. We purchased two window a/c units to meet his immediate needs.
Our appreciation to Veteran Love, Inc., but also to Charlene Riggs and Craig McMahon. Our appreciation for you kindness really can’t be stated enough. Thank you all so much. We have had to go without air conditioning for 6 months. And just when we were suffering so much you answered our prayers. God’s blessing and grace is surely on our family, and we pray that you all will be blessed to as well as your families. I have yet to start receiving my GI Bill benefits but with Senator Nelson corresponding with the VA I am sure I will be reimbursed soon. He is also aware of your organization’s kindness. If there is any way for us to repay you, please let us know. Sincerely, Roderick Harrison SGT, USA, Retired
SSG Sualauvii (Suala) Tuimalealiifano
is a Special Forces staff sergeant who sustained a spinal cord injury responding to an ambush in Afghanistan February 2007. The U.S. Army will only pay for one family member to travel during a soldier's recovery period, Veteran Love made it possible for both his Mother and Father to be present at his bedside in Tampa's James A. Haley VA Hospital.