Article – Wounded Soldier Participating in Car Give-Away Needs Your Assistance

*** VOTE CANDIDATE # 2 : WOUNDED SOLDIER ***

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UPDATED:
Due to a loop in the rules from the car lot you are capable of voting more then once. You have to change the email address to another address and you are allowed to vote more then one time. Go to http://www.woodhouse.com/difference/vote.htm to vote for candidate #2 : wounded soldier.


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Vote CANDIDATE #2 : Wounded Soldier & His Family
A supporter of Operation Ward 57 has asked fellow supporters and from veterans communities in general for their assistance! A wounded soldier is participating in a car give-away that is determined by a voting system. You can help the soldier by doing the following:

The voting contest ends at the end of the current month with a winner being determined then by number of votes received. You can read more about the wounded soldier in the bio listed below.

Please take a moment to cast this vote! It is power how one vote, which takes just a few seconds, can truly make a difference in another individuals life.

UPDATED:
A few questions were asked by the general public and so we contacted a representative of the auto dealership. Before any candidate is able to participate in this contest, the candidate is checked out and screened to make sure they are in legitimate need. We are unable to provide the identity of candidate #2, the wounded soldier, at this time due to legal and contest rules but it will be revealed upon the end of the voting period of time although *WINK WINK* you might want to check out this public blog to a soldier that matches the annynmous candidate. http://patrickjessica.blogspot.com/

Candidate 2
This candidate was at Fort Hood, TX Army Base Soldier Readiness Center checking in after returning from a second tour in Iraq. He was 5 days away from going to Officer Candidate School and pursuing a long time dream of becoming an Officer in the army. That all changed that day when one man that this candidate had never met, came in and started shooting. The gunman’s goal was to kill as many Americans as he could and then take his own life.

This candidate saw the laser pointed at his head and was shot 4 times.

This candidate’s fiancé was an undergraduate senior at Boston University, one semester away from graduating with a degree in Psychology. She had just been on the phone with him an hour before and knew what area of the base he was on. She later found out that her fiancé had been shot in the head and was in critical condition and probably wouldn’t make it through the night.

When she got to the hospital he was alive, but in very serious condition. Most of his skull on the right side had been shattered and a part of his brain had to be removed from bullet and bone fragment damage. Later the next day, he awoke and asked her how she got there so fast. His next sentence was, “Will you still marry me even though I got shot?” Without hesitation she replied with a kiss and a, “I most definitely will.”

It was truly a miracle he survived. His left side was completely paralyzed, leaving him unable to walk or use his left arm. After just a few short weeks he was able to be moved to the Neuro Rehab Center in Austin. After hours of extremely painful therapy every day, he was beginning to walk.

January 8th was his next surgery, to reconstruct his skull and fill in the missing piece. Immediately after the surgery he had a bad reaction to the material used and his condition worsened. Because of many serious complications, the piece put in 10 days earlier had to be removed. A week later a shunt was put in because of fluid building on his brain. All of the progress he had made was lost. This candidate was unable to eat and had lost about 50 lbs. His kidneys were starting to shut down. He had problems with his liver function; and because of several other complications, he was hospitalized for over a month.

On February 24, this candidate was able to go back to the Rehab Center in Austin and start over with his therapy. He was unable to walk, his muscles had wasted away, and he was weak from not being able to eat. But his determination was stronger than ever and within a few days he was beginning to walk again.

There have been many challenges and setbacks for the both of them in the past 5 months. His fiancé has been there day and night, by his side, since the shooting. They gain strength from each other and have overcome many difficult obstacles. In reality, they will have a lifetime of obstacles, but I have never seen two people so committed, so determined and in love

He was shot that day because of his decision to put on that uniform and fight for his country, a decision he made without doubt or regret. This candidate will never be the same, his life – their lives, have taken a much different path than they had originally planned. But they don’t dwell on that; they just simply have agreed to take a different path, knowing together they can accomplish anything.

He will have at least one more surgery to reconstruct his skull and will probably be hospitalized for an additional 2-3 months after that and then have several months or years of outpatient therapy.

Because this candidate wasn’t injured in Iraq, and because he was shot on a US Army base by another soldier, the Army doesn’t recognize his injuries as combat related, so the army/government doesn’t offer the support or help for them that a soldier injured in Iraq or Afghanistan would have received.

The vehicle they have is a small car that she has to cram and twist and push his wheelchair into the backseat. It sits down low to the ground so it is hard for him, being 6-1 to get in and out of. They wanted to get something bigger but know that they can’t afford to get anything right now. A bigger vehicle would make life a bit easier; it would be very much appreciated.

They are both excited and optimistic about what the future holds for them. While they cannot control every aspect of his recovery and they don’t know what the future has in store for them, they do know that the strength and bond they are building through this experience will prepare them for whatever lies ahead.

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53 Responses

  1. ManuelaDILLARD October 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    One remembers that modern life seems to be high priced, however we require cash for various stuff and not every person earns enough money. Therefore to get good loan and just small business loan should be a correct way out.

  2. Susan Doremire-Boyd August 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Voted for you, Scott, and passing the info to all my Facebook, Myspace and family/friends! (my sons and their friends are voting as I type this! lol) You and your fiance are in my prayers (as are all our soldiers and veterans!) I hope you win this and that you get all you need for healing and for your future. You are so appreciated! God Bless and keep you!!

  3. Stacy Rodolff August 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Thankyou for your service to our country from mom of two in the military, one of which who just PCS from Ft Hood. May God continue to Bless you with healing and GET THAT CAR!

  4. +Shannon August 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    He needs our votes here is what the numbers where when I voted.
    Thank you for your vote! Current Standings (Click Here to Vote)
    Candidate 1 (6037)

    Candidate 2 (4498)

    Candidate 3 (141)

    Candidate 4 (6144)

  5. SHIRLEY August 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I TOO WISH THAT WE COULD VOTE MORE THAN 1 TIME.THIS MAN NEEDS OUR VOTES. I SEND THIS TO ALL MY FAMILY FRIENDS. GOD BLESS YOU SOLIDER. I PRAY THAT YOU WIN.
    GOD LOVES YOU I LOVE YOU AS A HUMAN BEING. IN MY PRAYERS

  6. Tina August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Scott, (?)
    Can you please contact me at my Email or at my gals fb page? I have some questions for you to see if there is any chance we can assist you.
    Tina Book
    tinabook68@yahoo.com
    if you can email me your phone number that would be FAB.

    PROUD ARMY MOM (Ft. HOOD) Crewchief currenty deployed to A-Stan :(

  7. Diane Kerley-Long August 23, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    If there were a way to vote more than once, I certainly would! The next best thing I can do is to forward this to my FaceBook Friends & post to my wall for all to see! Our family was at Ft. Hood from Dec. 1980 through Sep. 1982. My only child was born at Darnell Army Hospital & I attended college at Central Texas College, as did her father. I have fond memories of Ft. Hood due to the birth of my wonderful daughter. I wish the best of luck to this young couple & may they some day be as happy there as we were!! HOOOAH!!

  8. Don Scott Cameron August 22, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Please vote canidate #2. And could we get a law changed to accomadate this and any future situation like this. This was a terrorist attack on our soil! The man was a terrorist traitor who shouldn’t even be identified as having been a real soldier!

    Please give all canidates a new car and throw in a house, and if there isn’t enough cash use some we found at the start of the war!

    • Diane Kerley-Long August 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

      @ Don Scott Cameron/ What kind of monetary award was given to the families of those who lost a loved on as a result of 9/11? I know this young soldier did not lose his life, and there is hope he can partially recover from his injuries, but I would think there should be a plan in place to help the families who lost loved ones as a result of this terrorist attack as well, in addition to those with severe injuries as suffered by Candidate #2. Then again, I can’t believe nine years after the fact we are still dilly-dallying about providing medical care for first responders after 9/11. Deplorable! How many of them have to die from breathing who knows what?

  9. Renee August 21, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    First let me say Thank you for all that you do and stand for.
    I wouldn’t have all the freedoms that I do, if it were not for people like you, who puts themselves in harms way. THANK YOU!
    God Bless to you and your fiance.

  10. Tonie August 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    I pray that your needs will be met by God, who definitely cares more for you than the government. I thank you for serving your country and I pray for your healing and for peace in your soul.
    Tonie

  11. Vericona Mathews August 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I think my vote went through.

  12. Diann foti August 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    God bless you & be with you always win or lose

  13. Byrde Harrison August 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    No one more deserving!!! God protect and keep you well!

  14. Katie August 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Hope you win it!!!

  15. Kissey Brown August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Voted for you soldier, no one more deserving… God Bless!!

  16. Andre August 20, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    God bless you both. I am happy to be able to vote for you after all you have done, thank you.

  17. Hilwa August 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    I voted!!! And passed it along to my friends via Facebook.

  18. Jeremy Baker August 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for all that you do! My pleasure and happy to cast my vote for you! :)

  19. Kim August 19, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Sending some Navy mom love your way and voting for you!! I asked a few other Navy moms from Molly’s Adopt A Sailor to vote for you. http://www.mollysadoptasailor.com

  20. Luke Johnson August 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    I voted. Its a shame how piss poor the military treats its veterans. I also donated $20. Thank you for all the work you guys do.

  21. Debbie August 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Vote for Candidate #2.
    Bless you, the words thank you are not enough.

  22. Sherri Skoien August 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    What an AWFUL thing to happen! God bless you and I sincerely hope you recover quickly. I know you have a long road ahead but you are strong and Just keep hanging in there and no we support you 100 percent.

  23. Patty Termini August 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    Good luck!!!

  24. Cindy Moody Justice August 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Thank you for all you have done to keep us free. I will be spreading the word.

  25. Barbara Friesner August 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Thank you soldier for your service. Very happy to place my vote for you!

  26. Amber Lovell August 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    If you haven’t voted yet, you should.

  27. Theresa Walsh August 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    I hope you win this contest it is sad that the government does not help the ones in need. Thank you for your service. My son is going to basic in October. God bless you and your family.

  28. Patricia Cline August 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Thank you for your service to our country. Because of you we are the land of the free because of the brave. I do hope you win this contest and you have a wonderful life ahead of you. God bless you and thank you again for your service.

  29. Anonymous August 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    God Bless you both. You are the epitome of what love and determination can do. You inspire us all; beyond all reason. Go with God.

  30. Melinda Schafer August 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Praying for you to get every dadgum break that comes your way! “Thanks for your service to our country” is just not enough.

  31. Amber Lovell August 18, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    If anyone deserves a new car, it’s this hero! I shared the link on Twitter, Facebook, and Digg. http://digg.com/d31Zp79?t

  32. Wayne Robinson August 18, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    My vote is with candidate # 2 GOD speed cause the Government will turn their back on anyone they can.

  33. brat August 18, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    Voted and shared! Good luck, Scott, and thank YOU for your service……..:)

  34. Cindy Salem-Daniel August 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    My husband is a VietnamVet & I understand how you feel about the goverments lack of support or help.It does’t matter if you were shot on USA soil or Iraq or any other soil. Being injured on base by a man bent on killing as many soliders as possible ,should qualify as a Vetran Disability.I have a nephew who has had 2 trips over there & thankful he is back on USA soil. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for fighting for our freedom & God Bless your finance (name not mentioned). You don’t come across too many angles like her. I will pray & pass on your story to my family & friends on FB.
    God Bless you both.

  35. Jennifer August 17, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Scott, the army can be stingy sometomes, but know that there are people out there that appreciate everything you have done in the military. I wish you the best of luck, and my vote is for you.

  36. Claudia Ochsner August 17, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    It’s a little bit shameful for the goverment – but I VOTE No.2 and share …. all the best for you Scott and thank you so much ! Take good care of you ….

  37. Harvey Porter August 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    It dosen’t matter where he was shot he is Army veteran and the army should treat him so.
    God bless him and his and I’ll pray for him to have a great life with his girlfriend.

  38. Susan Seckendorf August 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    please vote for candidate #2 he has enough struggles in life right now we can make it 1 step easier for him and his fiancee’

    • Scott Cameron August 17, 2010 at 3:47 am #

      Thank you for your vote Susan!

      • SHIRLEY August 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

        PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS MAN AN AMERICAN SOILDER WHO WAS WOUNDED BY ANOTHER SOILDER. PLEASE ALSO KEEP HIM AND HIS FIANCEE’ IN YOUR PRAYERS BY US VOYTING AND PRAYING FOR THEM. IT SHOWS WE HAVE RESPECT FOR OUR USA MILITARY VETS. WHETHER WOUNDED HERE OR ABROAD. SHOULDNT MATTER. ITS A SHAME THAT THE USA GOVERMENT CAN’T OR WON’T HELP THIS COUPLE. I HAVE A BROTHER THAT WAS IN VIETNAM WAR HAS FLASBACKS. HE IS NOW IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW. MAY BE SENT TO PRISON. BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS STILL IN VIETNAM ONE NIGHT. THE LAW HAS NO TIME FOR OUR VETS. BUT I DO.
        THANK YOU VET FOR ALL YOU DID FOR US IN THE USA. YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON HOLD AND ON THE LINE OF DANGER FOR ME THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  39. Laura Murray August 16, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    Vote for candidate # 2.

    • Cheryl Martin August 17, 2010 at 2:24 am #

      The government should just give them a nice van to accomodate him. This is so sad that our wounded soldier needs to participate in a car give away. He has my vote. God has something special planned for these two wonderul people.

  40. Laura Murray August 16, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    God Bless!

    • Scott Cameron August 17, 2010 at 3:46 am #

      Thank you for your vote Laura! =D

      • Anonymous August 17, 2010 at 5:03 am #

        No thank you young man, thank you. God Bless you

      • SANDY PATTON August 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

        Thank you . no words can express my graditude for all you have given up for us

    • Anonymous August 19, 2010 at 12:15 am #

      good bless you and thank you for serving!

  41. Scott Cameron August 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Alright! lets hear it for Retweet Train!

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