Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Krueger returned home from his tours in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan with chronic pain, numbness and fainting. After seeking medical care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Krueger was diagnosed with a broken neck, three brain aneurysms and nerve damage.
On Krueger's behalf, a VA representative contacted the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation's (VFW) Unmet Needs program, which assists with basic needs such as food and clothing, as well as more substantial support, including mortgage relief. VFW issued a grant to Krueger to assist him.
"The financial help I received couldn't have come at a better time," said Krueger. "I am so grateful for the help that I have received and hopefully will be able to recover and regroup."
Tracing its roots back to 1899, the VFW fosters camaraderie among U.S. veterans of overseas conflicts and advocates on behalf of all veterans. The organization ensures that veterans and their families are respected for their services and recognized for their sacrifices.
Annually, the 2.1 million VFW members and its auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community.
Army National Guard Spc. Jesse Clark also relied on the VFW after he was injured jumping from a helicopter during his tour in Afghanistan. Clark's medical expenses started piling up, and his family began to search for support. Turning to VFW, the Clarks received a grant that allowed them to pay for their outstanding bills and focus on recovery.
"The last thing any military family should have to worry about is having health coverage benefits, especially once they're a combat veteran," said Stephanie Clark, Jesse's wife.
How to Help
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation is one of the organizations supported by The Fund in Support of Our Troops, a Raytheon employee-sponsored, donor-advised fund that benefits nine armed services organizations.
To learn more about the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation visit www.vfw.org.