Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors Project at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

Democrats Abroad regularly visits patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest US military hospital outside the US. All first- wounded military (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other theaters) make a stop at this hospital to be stabilized before returning to the United States.

In keeping with a tradition begun at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in 2006 during a Democrats Abroad DPCA meeting in Washington, D.C., Democrats Abroad has been showing support and bringing comfort and cheer to wounded, ill and injured military warriors. Walter Reed was the first long-term convalescent center for amputees wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. At this meeting, DA UK donated toffees, DA Germany Kinder eggs, DA Israel dates and DA France chocolates.

Since then, Democrats Abroad has been visiting patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, BAMC (Brook Army Medical Center) in San Antonio and the new Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda. This service project was initiated because of the relationship with the 10th Mountain Division Association who has a very active wounded warrior program. The 10th Mountain Liaisons (LNO) are always happy to receive visitors, gifts, chocolates and cards. The 10th Mountain Division is one of the most deployed divisions in the US Army and is known for its rapid responsiveness in Somalia as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Second World War, the 10th Mountain Divison was the unit of ski troopers in the US Army.

Here's a quote from Michael M. Phillips's book The Gift of Valor: "If you make it to Landstuhl, you're good to go. It was an article of faith among the Marine infantrymen in Iraq that if the corpsman plugged up the hole to keep you from bleeding out...and the Air Force got you all the way to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then you’d live...you'd survive and eventually get home."

Continue to help us SUPPORT OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS with warm heartfelt greetings and donations. ... Besides making cards for the caregivers and the wounded, injured and ill military patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to wish them either a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas or a Happy Valentine's and thanking them for their service, you can also send donations.

Thanks for caring!
For more information, contact Anna Marie Mattson,
Steering Committee, DA Veteran and Military Families Caucus