Group provides travel for injured vets families
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- Date Nov 11, 2012
Group provides travel for injured vets families
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All about remembering those who've worn the uniform of the US military in service to our country.
Looks -- -- an organization lending a helping hand to our wounded warriors.
For being up providing families with airline tickets so that they can get to the -- to their soldiers when they need it most joining us now co-founder of loose swings Fletcher gal.
And also with us Scott and Leslie karlson and actually those -- help them when their son.
A marine Lance corporal Colton was wounded in Afghanistan.
This past may welcome to all of you always great to have you.
-- -- -- I thought Leslie -- wanna start with you what did it mean for you to be able to have this transportation -- to be with your son when he was recovering.
If it meant a whole lot to us.
A -- was wounded in May.
And I've made numerous trips through the summer to see him but not a lot to him and not a lot to us as parents to be with them.
And I'm sure it helped him.
In his recovery process and it -- is just a wonderful opportunity and and privilege for us be able to.
To be with and if it had his bedside.
Yeah unless they wanted to ask you about that the impact do you think it had for Colton on -- and mentally emotionally to have the -- -- actually physically having there with him.
-- it's been tremendous I I went out.
As soon as we could after he was injured and down.
I've been out there with him for the past 6 months with my am ten year old daughter Emma.
And every time that he's been able to have a visitor from our family he's got four siblings.
So his Brothers and sisters able to come out and seeing him his dad.
It's it's just boosted him every single time it's been wonderful.
And -- you guys really have been on a mission from the beginning to make sure that people half keenly supported have a transportation help.
Tell us about Howell looks things is doing how people can get involved and help and I know ahead of the holidays you have some special efforts going on.
We do thanks for having us as always and before I begin I just -- to say Scott.
It's great to see you here today and it's been an honor helping you in your family.
Thank you thank you for as long as Colton is.
Recovering we will be here for you we will provide you with flights.
Free for both of -- for his girlfriend for.
The entire families so you just call us and -- From now on Colorado is down the street and then I didn't -- -- you're under my eyes are there with him.
Every step of the way and that'll be our little little way of thanking you for.
From being wounded -- family and operators and service thank you for that thank you athletes thank you welcome.
So to answer question -- swings was founded in 2008 to reunite families with our wounded warriors to help the recovery.
We have provided almost a thousand airplane tickets since -- with almost half of those in fact little more than half of those in this year alone.
A lot of fundraising this this holiday season we'd like to send 1500.
Wounded warriors home to be with their talents on Christmas morning -- with their children.
We anticipate the cost -- that'll be half a million dollars so we're looking to everybody -- you know help out a little bit.
We have a great program.
That allows people to get a Christmas ornament and a gift card in case you wanted to send a wounded warrior home on behalf of a loved one.
And so if you go to our website and donate 350 dollars which is about the costs of flight.
We'll send you -- gift card and -- Christmas ornament you can present that.
To your loved one as you know as a token and your love for them so it's a really special thing -- there's more information website about.
Yeah we've got an -- right now Luke swings dot org so that people can get involved -- now and it is such a great gift giving idea because for the giver and a receiver.
There's against all the way around.
Yeah in fact I have one here for you 08 Lafayette I I brought it it's.
Are loose -- Christmas ornament and on the back it says the bear -- this -- Helped to -- -- wounded warrior.
With his family on Christmas morning so that's for you.
Beautiful yeah thank you so much for I was so we we love to just be as small latest to shine a spotlight for folks in -- ornament here's beautiful and it's a great guest.
The -- begin the city's families and we we think across this for sharing their story we know there -- still so many other families like that.
That a benefit from this so we encourage folks to go to -- -- dot work.
And really just changes help the holidays for a wounded warriors and their families thank you for the work you're doing and you -- good to see you there.
I think -- -- -- as well.