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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.

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Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes
Dear Kevin,

Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes As a loyal supporter of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, I know you recognize -- perhaps more than most people -- that our troops severely disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan are truly heroic.

But at the Coalition, we think you're a hero too, Kevin.

My name is David Walker, and I'm president of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

Today I wanted to give you an update on our Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) program -- another way your donations are improving the lives of our troops severely disabled in the war on terror.

This innovative program offers part-time, flexible employment to our wounded veterans and their spouses by allowing them to work from home to make phone calls to thank another set of heroes -- our wonderful supporters, like you!

Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroesKevin, I've shared with you many stories of wounded servicemen and women who are so disabled their spouses have to quit their jobs to take care of them. Often this means giving up their family's only income, sending them into a financial tailspin. Soon they're struggling to buy groceries and pay urgent bills.

HTH helps by providing income in a flexible atmosphere and allows them to build job experience working in a "virtual call center."

Today I wanted to share with you the story of Juan and Christy Perez, a struggling military family whose lives are being made easier, right now, thanks to the HTH program. As you read their story, I hope you're encouraged to know how your generous donations are helping our wounded heroes provide for their families and learn new skills.

Retired Army Sgt. Juan Perez was injured while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was preparing ammo cans for a mission when an industrial-sized bungee cord broke, hitting him in the eye and knocking him unconscious. When Juan came to, he learned he had sustained a severe blunt force trauma to the head and was evacuated to Germany.

Juan returned to the United States for care, but he never recovered full eyesight due to extensive nerve damage. He also suffers from seizures and extreme headaches which can only be controlled through the use of shots and oxygen.

The transition was difficult for the Perez family. "My wife at first had to take care of me and dress me for the first three months [of my recovery]," Juan says. "She had to endure a lot from me due to my TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] and PTSD. But she continued to stay my rock during the process. She was always encouraging me to be the best at whatever I did in life."

I've shared before how many military families suffer while waiting to receive their government benefits -- and that's exactly what happened to the Perez family. Because of the long delays, they struggled to pay their bills until a TBI coordinator put the Perez family in touch with the Coalition.

Not only were we able to help them with emergency financial aid, Juan joined the Heroes Thanking Heroes team, allowing him to provide for his family. Today Juan and his family are thriving, and he has moved up the ranks of the HTH program to become a Senior Team Leader.

"We are in a better place now," Juan told us. "Being with the HTH program has allowed me to work from home, saving on child care and other expenses. Because of the HTH program I was also able to purchase my 1st home this year, so I feel blessed."

At the Coalition, we know your generous donations are changing lives every day. But I want to make sure you know it too, Kevin. I hope this happy ending story from a grateful wounded veteran means as much to you as it does to me.

Our wounded troops sacrificed so much -- and now your support and sacrifice is helping them rebuild their lives. Thank you!


Major General John K. Singlaub
David W. Walker, President & CEO
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

P.S. Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes.

Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes

Please consider giving again right now to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes

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 | | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

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