Viet Nam Veteran Gives Back to Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan
BARDONIA, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Barry Fixler, Marine Veteran from Viet Nam, touches the lives of returning wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan through his Million Dollar Challenge/Semper Cool Campaign. All of the royalties from Semper Cool, a Marine’s fond memories of Viet Nam, are being distributed directly to wounded troops and their families
Fixler was one of the small group of Marines who fought the Siege of Khe Sanh, and his memories from that historic battle are among the many dramatic, harrowing and sometimes humorous stories that he shares in Semper Cool.
“My goal is to raise at least $1 MILLION for wounded combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Fixler. “Well meaning individuals have cautioned that publicly stating a goal may be perceived as naive or pretentious — or both! I say ‘You’re under estimating America!’ It may be MY goal today, but I’m not doing it alone. I have already, with the help of the great Americans and patriots in my home county, raised more than $100,000 for one wounded warrior. When America gets behind this entertaining book and this great cause Our One Million Dollar goal will seem too low.”
Fixler has helped wounded troops across the country. Brendon Morrocco (ARMY) needed $60,000 for his house, Fixler was there to help. Brendon was the first quadruple amputee to survive such a horrific battlefield trauma. Brendon lost all four limbs on the battlefield. Sgt. Eddie Ryan (USMC) needed funds for travelling expenses to run in the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. Eddie was a Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who was shot twice in the head in a friendly fire incident. Eddie completed the Marathon in a specially modified bike/hand-peddled-trike that was pushed by a USMC Staff Sergeant. Unknown Soldier from New York returned home from Afghanistan to discover that his wife had left him and their two young children. He had no idea how to cope and with the emotional, financial and logistical challenges he suddenly faced and was contemplating suicide. Colonel Jack Hussey (ARMY) called Fixler. The Colonel had a check from Fixler in his hand that afternoon. There are more stories like the ones listed above.
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