I just returned from DC last night and want to share first hand how amazing the support is that we are given by the hospital and also by the charity foundations who devote themselves to helping military families in need.
On site at the Hospital there is a Marine liaison office that has been more helpful than is imaginable. These Marines who are assigned to take care of us will drive us anywhere we need to go, provide clothes, toiletries and anything we could have possibly forgotten. Most importantly, it feels as though they are just as concerned with the improvement of Sam’s condition as we are. When Sam gave us a scare with his heart rate at 5 am, a Marine was sitting next to us in the waiting room in his pajamas waiting to hear an update.
An Organization called Soldiers Angels has been such a blessing to us in this time of tragedy. Soldiers Angels was started by an ordinary mother of a war veteran who expressed his concern that some soldiers did not receive any mail or support from home. This organization has been paying for all of our flights to DC and is also willing to pay for rental cars, food and any other expense need. Other organizations such as The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society will be paying for Erin and Sam’s monthly bills for as long as he is hospitalized and possibly longer. Another charity, The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, is also helping to pay for flights and $64 a day for food and everyday expenses for any family members who go to visit Sam .
I hope this can motivate people to make contributions to these wonderful programs that have made our crisis their own.
My sister expressed to me that half the time she is crying, she is thinking about the overwhelming support she is receiving from everyone around her. She would like everyone to know that she is overwhelmed and thankful for the support and prayers that are directed toward her and her husband.
Allison (Erin’s sister)