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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

After devastating injuries, Coalition supporters helped veteran's family survive


Heroes thanking heroes story: SPC Louis Dahlman

Change the life of a wounded hero - help today I'm so grateful for your faithful support for our severely disabled veterans and the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. And I wanted to take just a moment to share with you an uplifting story from our Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) program.

The story below is about SPC Louis Dahlman, his wife Laura, and their three-year-old daughter Stella. It's written in Louis's own words, because he wanted to share with you how the Coalition, generous supporters, and the innovative HTH program saved his family from hunger.

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"I was the gunner on the lead gun truck for a lot of convoy escorts in Iraq. As we got to the other side of an overpass, an EFP (explosively formed penetrator) went off. A copper plate from the bomb caught me in the face, and pretty much took off my whole jaw.

I was knocked out temporarily. I came to my senses and woke up surrounded by fire. I didn't panic. My jaw was hurting so I tried to touch it, but all there was to touch was the roof of my mouth. That's when I knew I had problems.

It has been a long reconstruction process, I have had numerous surgeries including 5 surgeries that have been over 12 hour procedures.

One year my wife Laura went to check our stock of meat, and she panicked. There was hardly anything left. We live on a pretty strict budget and she knew it would be a bad couple of months.

She turned to a support group with other wounded warrior wives and told them what was going on. [Coalition Spokesman Donny Daughenbaugh] came over to our house the day after and talked to her about the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.
    We are the type of family that always tries to find a way to make it work, no matter what. My wife was hesitant because she knew I didn't like to ask for help. But Donny assured her that we weren't asking for help. It was being offered to us.
The next month my wife was hired on with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes in their Heroes Thanking Heroes program. It is a part time job from home, and she still is able to take me to appointments I need to go to and care for our daughter while I am in school. The extra income she receives really helps us get through our paycheck to paycheck situation. We are so thankful for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes."

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I hope you can hear in those heartfelt words how important your generosity is to families like Louis Dahlman's. And I hope you find his story as heartwarming and inspiring as I do.

The innovative HTH project employs wounded veterans or their spouses/caregivers to make phone calls thanking another set of heroes -- our wonderful supporters like you!

As you know many of our disabled heroes are struggling to rebuild their lives that have been forever changed by war. Many can't even buy groceries or pay urgent bills. Sometimes this is because they can't hold down a job due to severe disabilities. Sometimes it's because a spouse had to quit his or her job to provide 24/7 care for a disabled hero. But whatever the reason, inability to provide has these families on the brink of disaster.

HTH helps by providing flexible, work-from-home income. HTH allows spouses to care for their wounded hero while providing for their family and building job experience. And HTH's flexibility also helps disabled veterans who struggle in a traditional work environment.

Our disabled troops and their families gave so much to defend our freedom and safety. And now your support and sacrifice are helping them rebuild their lives. So this heartfelt "thank you" doesn't just come from me. It also comes from the families of severely disabled heroes -- like Louis, Laura, and Stella Dahlman -- who you are helping with your faithful generosity.

Sincerely,

David W. Walker
David W. Walker, President and CEO
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

P.S. If the Dahlman family's story touched your heart, I hope you'll consider making another gift today to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes and their families.

Change the life of a wounded hero - help today

Providing Emergency Aid to Troops Severely Disabled in the War on Terror
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes | PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | www.saluteheroes.org | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

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