Winter 2006 Vol. 2
The Yellow Ribbon Fund’s What a Difference a Year Makes
Mission: Welcoming our
Last year at this time many of us who live in the Washington, D.C. community were wondering what
Injured Service Members
we could do for our wounded service members. How could we show our thanks for the volunteers we
into our Community
sent to war to protect our freedom and who lost arms, legs and eyes?
We learned about our community’s military hospitals, and about the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s role
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
• We passed by Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center with little
JAMES S. BUGG, SR., CHAIRMAN
thought of who was there, what they did, what they needed, what we could do—until this year.
EDWARD J. QUINN, JR.
• We learned that many organizations helped the servicemen and women while they were in the
DAVID J. BRANSON hospital but not many helped them get out into the community — we decided to make that the role
JOHN L. ADAMS of the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
DOUG COPPI • We learned that businessmen and women in our community wanted to help these brave young men
and women make the transition to success in civilian life — that’s the role of the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
We have learned how to show our thanks this past year
DAVID J. BRANSON
• We hosted Opening Day and other D.C. Nationals games, duck hunting, outdoor events, dinners,
lunches, sporting events and other opportunities for our community to show its appreciation.
JOHN L. ADAMS See inside, page 3.
VICE PRESIDENT • We showed our thanks with free rental cars, taxicabs, hotel rooms, apartments — all to welcome
THOMAS BOOTH injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen into our community. See inside, page 4.
SECRETARY • We decorated Christmas trees, rooms at the Fisher House homes, and rooms at other Walter Reed
CHARLES TATE buildings; we provided babysitters, companions, friends. See inside, page 5.
TREASURER • We offered mentors and internship opportunities to many soldiers and marines to help them
transition from military life to civilian careers while they are still at the hospital. See inside, page 6.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We learned a lot more about our troops, and about ourselves
MARIE R. WOOD • We learned that many service members are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
No one recognized PTSD in my brother Bill when he returned from Korea many years ago. I only
DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS wish I had known then what we are learning now, because I am sure that I could have helped him
DENNY CLEMENTS more, and we both would have been better for it.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund celebrates its first anniversary this February. What a difference a year makes!
Please submit your comments Your generosity both in time and money is greatly appreciated — and will continue to be needed — as
to Marie R. Wood, Editor, we carry on our mission of welcoming our injured service members into our community.
at 301-706-9498 or via email at
Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc.,
10415 Armory Ave.
Kensington, MD, 20895 Contents
Profile: Specialist Nicholas Boutin (picture left) ....................2
Profile: Lance Corporal Joshua Cooley ..................................7
Pictured above: Servicemen and women enjoy outdoor events and
Kate Branson at her fundraiser
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P R O F I L E S
A Soldier’s Story: Nicholas Boutin
magine the be attributed to the
concern of helmet he continued to
knowing your wear after he entered
only child is serving his Bradley. Usually
his country in Iraq. this is not the case.
Now imagine your According to his
husband is also parents, the heat in Iraq
serving there at the is unbelievably intense
same time as your — 130 degrees
son, and they are Specialist Nicholas Boutin (left) with Private First Class Brian Hager Fahrenheit — rising to
both attached to the in Iraq. 140 degrees inside a
same brigade — the Bradley. Add to this the
Third Infantry Division from Fort Benning! heavy gear and a flack vest weighing nearly 40 pounds,
and soldiers usually can’t wait to shed their helmets the
This is what Robin Boutin lived with last year, as her minute they climb inside the Bradley. Miraculously,
husband, Sgt. Major Peter Boutin, and her son, Specialist Nicholas didn’t. Thus the explosion pierced his helmet,
Nicholas Boutin, headed from Fort Benning, Georgia to not his skull, with the helmet saving his life.
Iraq in January 2005. It was the second tour of duty for
Peter, who had already spent seven months in Iraq in Nicholas’ grandparents Marjorie and Randall Burt made
2003, as well as six months in Kuwait. two trips from their home in Bath, NH, to care for their
grandson. The Yellow Ribbon Fund provided free hotel rooms
Both father and son returned to the United States, but for them at the Bethesda Clarion Hotel, close to the National
not under the circumstances they would have chosen: an Naval Medical Center.
injury in Iraq caused Nick to spend five and a half weeks
in the ICU at the National Naval Medical Center in Slowly Nicholas is coming back. He doesn’t realize all the
Bethesda, Maryland last summer. time he has been sick, having spent 32 days in an
induced coma. With therapy he is gradually regaining use
Nicholas was severely injured when a parachute grenade of his right arm and leg. He faces months of speech
exploded in his Bradley fighting vehicle in Samarra, therapy, for his speech was affected by the stroke.
causing him to lose his left eye. Even though he was Recuperating from severe trauma can seem agonizingly
airlifted in twelve minutes to safety, the trauma to his slow for a 22- year old who loves sports, especially
body continued. The air pressure from the blast caused soccer.
him to develop a slow bleed in his brain. A small stroke
followed and he sunk into a coma. Doctors performed an Nicholas continues to recover with his parents at their
emergency craniotomy on him. Later he also suffered an home at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. He is
acute respiratory infection in his lungs, probably caused scheduled to return to Washington for reconstructive
by bacteria in the Iraqi soil. surgery this March at Walter Reed.
The Boutins were grateful that Nicholas was still alive
despite his condition. The fact that he wasn’t killed can Specialist Nicholas Boutin gave us permission to publish this
story and the accompanying picture.
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Soldiers, Sailors and Marines A Note from Jim Bugg
A missing left arm and a right eye does not make for a level
Enjoy Duck Hunt playing field if one is attempting to bring down a fast flying
duck, but it didn’t stop Sean Locker. Nor did a wheelchair
keep Kansas soldier Chad Kueser, a bi-lateral leg amputee,
from being the first to bag his limit.
Jason Kukkola also doesn’t let war injuries cramp his style.
In spite of losing both kneecaps to three grenades dropped
from a window while he was on patrol in Baghdad last year,
Jason persevered. While hunting Jason traded his
wheelchair for a cane and was able to join the group. With
his trusty 12-gauge shot gun he bagged the first duck of the
You may wonder what duck hunting on the Chesapeake
Bay has to do with making the playing field level. Listen to
what one soldier told Barry Yancosek, who runs the
firearms training as well as the fishing and shooting sports
therapy program for Walter Reed’s injured service members:
“This is the first time in years that I forgot about my
wounds and outside world and just enjoyed myself.”
There are many ways that we can help level the playing
field for our wounded service members. Let’s take the men
and women who are wounded out of the hospital if they
are able. Take them to the beach, to the country, take them
Enjoying a duck hunt at Poverty Point are (kneeling from left) Don Huff, father fishing, skiing or hunting. At a meeting with Secretary of
of SGT Brandon Huff, U.S. Army, James S. Bugg, Sr., Chairman, Yellow Ribbon Defense Donald Rumsfeld in December, I learned that Mrs.
Fund, (standing from left) Jason Burr, (U.S. Army), Jose Ramos, (U.S. Navy), Rumsfeld had just taken a group from Walter Reed skiing.
Barry Yancosek, (Director, Firearms Simulation Program at Walter Reed), and
They will have a good time and you will too!
Sean Locker, (U.S. Marine Corps), and (in the foreground) Gunner, Dennis Roe’s
Yellow Lab, who enjoyed retrieving the ducks as much as the warriors enjoyed
In a letter
addressed to I work c
patients sely with the am
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and Opera rom Operation Ira tee
Bugg, Sr., Chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, invited tion Endu q
Barry program a ring Free i Freedom
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several young servicemen to enjoy a duck hunt at Poverty Yancosek warriors helping t om in a
t he wounde
Point, his farm in Maryland (see photo above). wrote: military o regain the abi d
injured o ervice weapons us ty to shoot
The group arrived Friday, November 11, 2005, and shot some r i
prosthese remaining limbs ng their
sporting clays, fished a little, enjoyed a great dinner, and told s. and
stories throughout the evening. They also played pool, with big part
partners Jim Bugg and Sean Locker besting all comers, although offering f the advanced t een a
hunting o herapy by
Sean’s new arm was only two weeks old. The following day, at 4:45 combat wo
a.m., it was up for coffee. Then shooters, dogs and guides were warriors nded patients. Th s to
love the e wounded
assigned to duck blinds for a shoot of a lifetime. Everyone enjoyed t t
320 ducks hem, and they ha ies you’ve
using a firearm and shooting at ducks instead of enemy targets. ! ve shot
Each of the men agreed that there could not have been a more w
program i Ribbon Fund int
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welcome way to enjoy the Eastern Shore of Maryland. the young some oppo rnship
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prepare t nity and business eintegrate
A final note: Thank you Ducks Unlimited members! The Ducks selfless em for life afte leaders to
service t r
Unlimited National Capital Chapter hosted several soldiers, sailors and o our co their
Thanks ag untry.
marines at its annual 2005 Sportsman’s Dinner at Columbia Country wounded s in for all you d
ervice me o for th
Club. The entire membership of Ducks Unlimited greeted the injured mbers. e
servicemen with a standing ovation. Ducks Unlimited member Dan ,
Callahan decided that the members could offer an even better welcome to Barry Yan
the families of the injured service members. Dan held his auction card up WRAMC Firearms
and pledged $100 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Soon chaos broke out when n Program
50 DU members matched Dan’s pledge.
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A CommunitySteps Up—
with Money, Resources,
ver 300 individuals, companies, foundations, and other Corporal Ryan
organizations in our community have contributed over $250,000 Groves and his
to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to benefit injured soldiers, sailors, mother Terri at
airmen, marines and coast guardsmen during 2005. Nextcar Rentals in
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation and its Executive Director Cheryl with Nextcar
Kagan provided a generous grant and very important mentoring and manager
guidance for the Yellow Ribbon Fund as we learn the principles and Tim Christian.
practices of good governance of a public non-profit organization.
Other generous donors have given the Yellow Ribbon Fund resources that
enable us to meet the needs of the families of injured servicemen. Several
of these “in-kind” contributions stand out:
Jack Fitzgerald — Fitzgerald AutoMalls/Nextcar Rentals
Jack’s generosity in offering cars to the Yellow Ribbon Fund for almost The Pankeys of
nothing has enabled us to give them free to the families who would Louisiana, family
otherwise be stuck at Walter Reed or Bethesda Naval Hospital. Because of members of the late
Sgt. Wayne Pankey,
Jack, over 200 families have been able to go to the grocery store, go to a
stayed in the
movie, drive to the country with friends — “start to live a normal life,”
Holiday Inn of
in the words of a grateful mother. Georgetown in
Donohoe Hospitality Services — Holiday Inns of Georgetown September 2005.
General Managers Linda Eagon and Bob Gaither have generously
provided over 200 free room nights at their Holiday Inn properties for
families of injured service members who would not otherwise be able to
come to our community to care for their injured soldier.
John Freeman — Rock Creek Springs Apartments Richard Doyle and
John Freeman has arranged for Rock Creek Springs Apartments in Silver Melissa Rogers, with
Spring to provide a beautiful, fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment on Ana Magee, Manager,
Eastern Avenue, close to Walter Reed. Thirteen families have stayed in this in front of Rock Creek
apartment in the past year. Springs Apartments.
Bill Everngam — Corona Apartments
Bill Everngam has arranged for Corona Apartments, on Sligo Avenue
in Silver Spring, to donate a beautiful two-bedroom apartment to the
families of injured service members at Walter Reed. Six families have
stayed in the Corona Apartments.
I just want to let you know how much I appreciate
Charles Travis, a
all of the help and support that Richard and I received Hurricane Katrina
from you and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. You all are an evacuee from New
inspiration, and Richard and I both appreciate everything Orleans, whose son
is at Walter Reed,
that you all have done for us. Keep up the excellent work stands in front of the
of helping our soldiers and their families, and I know Corona Apartments,
they will be as thankful as we are! We love Marie Wood where he stayed for
and the Yellow Ribbon Fund! Thank you all so much several months
Sincerely, Melissa Rogers and Richard Doyle
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Kevin Byrd, a senior at How You Can Help
Georgetown Prep in
Rockville, Maryland, Think of the “Minutemen,” the patriotic
interned at the Yellow civilians of Massachusetts and several other
Ribbon Fund during New England colonies, who were ready at a
the summer. Here he minute’s notice to serve. Let us have a cadre
plays with Preston of our own volunteers ready to act on short
Stewart, son of Brandy
Stewart and Spec.
notice to help our veterans and their families
Mark Stewart, a in whatever way is necessary – whether it be
patient at Walter Reed. shopping, driving a family member to the
airport, giving young parents a few hours
of time out or taking a soldier hunting.
–Jim Bugg, Sr.
Deck the Halls Photos by Beth Hendricks
The Yellow Ribbon Fund needs volunteers
to provide help to families and mentors,
through the Community Internship
S anta’s elves came early this year when Yellow
Ribbon Fund volunteers helped to brighten
several Fisher Houses and the soldiers’ barracks
Program, to offer our service members
guidance and an opportunity to use their
at Walter Reed, as well as a two-bedroom free time to learn job skills with a local
apartment on temporary loan to the Yellow company. Please fill out and detach the
Ribbon Fund in the Corona Apartments in form below and mail to:
Silver Spring. Carol Bugg, wife of Yellow Ribbon The Yellow Ribbon Fund, 10415 Armory
Fund Chair Jim Bugg and co-owner of Interiors
Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
by Decorating Den, headed up a committee of
or fax to 301-692-1990
decorating mavens who set to work sprucing up
Walter Reed’s Fisher Houses I and II. In the
blink of an eye Micki Scarff and Jan O'Neal The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. is a not-for-
decorated Fisher House I while Cynthia Ziskie, profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Bea Hessick and Kathy Everngam applied their
magic to Fisher House II.
Carol led the team determined to bring Name: ____________________________
Santa’s magic to Walter Reed’s soldiers’ barracks. Her elves included Marie Wood
and Beth Hendricks under the direction of Captain Katie Yancosek of Walter Address: ____________________________
Reed. Captain Yancosek organized the building’s staff and publicized a night of
decorating that included hanging up wreaths, putting up a tree, and trimming __________________________________
the main living area with garlands and Christmas cards. The Christmas
decorating party grew quite popular as over thirty soldiers arrived to mingle with __________________________________
one another and taste the treats Carol Bugg brought to the event. Each soldier
had the opportunity to write his or her name on a Christmas stocking which
was hung up in anticipation of Santa’s arrival.
Finally, a team of decorators came to brighten up the two-bedroom apartment Email address: ______________________
occupied by the Garrett family: father Staff Sgt. Peter, U.S. Army, wife Bethany,
and daughters Madeline, Annabelle
and Savannah. The crew included I want to help the Yellow Ribbon Fund as a:
Molly McNamara, Marie Wood and
Kathy O’Brien. Kathy included the ❑ Mentor
girls in creating kid-friendly paper
decorations which were hung on ❑ Community Volunteer
the tree while Molly was careful to ❑ Donor
purchase ornaments and decorate
the apartment with the children’s
Enclosed is my check for ______________
safety in mind. Long-time YRF
volunteer Kathy Neill also
contributed immeasurably to
decorating the apartment by
purchasing many of the decorations.
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COMMUNITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM UPDATE
Denny Clements Joins soldiers at their initial orientation at Walter Reed Army Medical
the Yellow Ribbon Center. Last fall, Yellow Ribbon Fund Chairman Jim Bugg, Sr.
Fund described the Community Internship Program to Maj. Gen.
Denny Clements Kenneth L. Farmer, Commanding General, North Atlantic
enhances the Yellow Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical
Ribbon Fund with Center. At that time General Farmer was directing the
outstanding reorganization of the transition assistance program, and he
accomplishments. After suggested that we meet with the management of the Transition
21 years of honorable Employment Assistance Management Service (TEAMS) to
service in the United determine how our community could better offer its services to
States Air Force, Denny soldiers while they are in long-term rehabilitation at Walter Reed.
ran his own successful After planning meetings over the past two months, TEAMS
insurance and Director Terry Quattlebaum met recently with Denny Clements to
investment business. finalize his plans to offer transition planning opportunities to all
Unexpectedly, a tragic soldiers. Denny Clements will join Mr. Quattlebaum and other
accident found Denny government officials in the orientation sessions on transition
at Walter Reed, first as a programs.
resident and now an
participates in physical The following service members have made successful transitions
therapy every day with into civilian jobs as part of the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s Community
the injured service Internship Program. SGT Alisha Pegeron has just joined the
Denny Clements, Director, Community Affairs Operations Center of the Department of Homeland Security as an
members, where he has
developed a deep appreciation for their sacrifices and the intelligence analyst. SGT C. Blake Kent, accepted a position with
importance of their families to their rehabilitation. Denny’s Creative Associates International, Inc., is using his experience in
knowledge of the workings, patients and hospital personnel makes providing support to Iraqi media in Mosul to participate in
him the ideal choice to be the Director, Community Affairs. In this planning international development assistance programs for the
role, Denny will direct the Community Internship Program and U.S. Agency for International Development. LT Eivind Forseth,
provide outreach to the business community in our area. He will an Army Ranger, will soon join former Ranger Bobby Jackson at
join Marie Wood in providing principal liaison to the two hospitals the National Safety Council. SPC Preston Routh, who repaired
whose patients we serve. Blackhawk helicopters in the Army, served as an intern with the
aviation section of the Maryland State Police before returning to
The Yellow Ribbon Fund joins TEAMS Mobile, Alabama, where Jim Bugg developed contacts with former
The Yellow Ribbon Fund is the only non-governmental military officers in aviation companies to help SPC Routh find a
organization that has been asked to make a presentation to all similar job in Mobile.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund was conceived as an all-volunteer
organization, but we found early on that we needed a THE YELLOW RIBBON FUND APPRECIATES THE INTERNSHIP
committed employee to assure that families get free rental
OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY:
cars, taxi and hotel rooms. We found Marie Wood, and no
one could do a better job. We later realized that we could
not perform our principal task—mentoring servicemen and
women in transition to civilian life—with volunteers alone, CRISWELL CHEVROLET • FITZGERALD AUTOMALLS
no matter how willing. We found Denny Clements, and we CREATIVE ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
are convinced that no one will do a better job in this area.
Our other volunteers and I will continue in the Community IMPACT ENTERPRISES, INC. • MARYLAND STATE POLICE
Internship Program, assisting Denny in all his endeavors.
D.C. COMMUNITY OF HOPE • NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
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P R O F I L E S
A Marine’s Story: Josh Cooley
hen Christina Cooley first Office, he as a sheriff’s deputy where he
arrived at the National volunteered for the SWAT team and
Naval Medical Center in she as a courthouse bailiff. While a
July 2005, she experienced the same detective in 2002, Josh received the
stress shared by many military family Sheriff’s Medal of Valor.
members whose loved ones have been In July 2003, Josh took a leave of
injured in Iraq. Her husband, Lance absence from the sheriff’s office to join
Corporal Joshua Cooley, a third- the Marine Corps. He married
generation marine, suffered a severe Lance Corporal Joshua Cooley Christina and became a step dad to her
head injury in Iraq when a roadside three-year-old daughter shortly before
bomb exploded near his vehicle. He sustained shrapnel being shipped out to Iraq in December of 2004.
in his head, a double fracture to his right forearm, and
burns on his face, hands and arm. She was told he might During the time Cooley was in Bethesda his friends and
remain in the ICU unit for four or five months. co-workers held numerous fundraisers in two different
Florida counties, including car washes, a steak dinner
For three and a half months Christina stayed at the Navy and a silent auction. Another fundraiser was held last
Lodge in the same room as her mother-in-law and father- November when Pasco deputies organized a motorcycle
in-law. Ironically, Josh’s dad Ed Cooley himself suffered a ride called “Cruisin’ for Cooley.” In addition, fellow
traumatic head injury while serving as a marine in employees in the sheriff’s office donated sick hours to
Vietnam. Christina Cooley so she could stay by her husband’s side.
Last summer was a time of multiple operations for Back home, Christina says that “the VA has really stepped
Cooley, including one involving removing part of his up to the plate.” The VA offered the Cooleys $11,000
skull to relieve pressure from his brain. Later in August towards a brand new vehicle and $50,000 for a new
doctors at the Naval Hospital removed a piece of house to make their existing home handicapped-
shrapnel the size of a credit card from his head. accessible. The money from the VA for home
During this time the Marine Corps Commandant came to improvements won’t be necessary, however, for attorneys
Josh’s room and promoted him, but Christina didn’t think at the Pasco County West Judicial Center in Florida
Josh understood what was going on. Then in July raised enough money from private donors for the
President Bush visited and awarded Josh the Purple Cooleys to build a new home.
Heart. In spite of support both in the Washington, D.C.
After three weeks of Josh’s hospitalization Christina heard community and in their home state of Florida, no one
about help available from the community in which she ever said it would be easy. “It’s tough, but you adjust
was residing. After a social worker alerted the Yellow anyway you can,” says Christina. In October Cooley was
Ribbon Fund about their plight, the Cooleys became one transferred to the James Haley VA hospital in Tampa,
of the first families staying at the Naval Medical Center to Florida. He still cannot walk or talk yet, but he is making
benefit from the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s free car rental slow but steady progress in therapy.
program. “We’re not greedy people,” she told the YRF , Christina remains optimistic as well as grateful for the
“but we could really use a car to go to the grocery store.” help she has received. “Being a police officer you deal
For weeks the Cooleys were eating only one meal a day with bad people all the time,” Christina noted. “It’s nice
due to the limited options of available eating facilities on to know that there are so many good people in all our
the Naval Hospital base. communities.”
Their hometown hasn’t forgotten the Cooleys either. Both
of them had strong roots in their Florida community of
Lance Corporal Joshua Cooley’s wife Christina gave us
Pasco County. Before Josh enlisted in the Marines both he
permission to publish this story and the accompanying picture.
and Christina worked for the Pasco County Sheriff’s
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PA I D
Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc.,
10415 Armory Ave.
Kensington, MD, 20895
What We Do
We want to thank the more than 300 200 free rental cars to these service WAY S of GIVING
individual contributors welcoming our families, thanks to Fitzgerald
injured service members into our AutoMalls and Nextcar Rentals. Lance Corporal Christopher Dyer, USMC,
community. 3. The Fisher houses at Bethesda and was killed in Iraq in August 2005
We also want to recognize the Walter Reed are full to capacity, as are when a roadside bomb exploded near
contribution of the Carl M. Freeman the other accommodations offered the amphibious assault vehicle in which
Foundation in helping us to develop there. So the Yellow Ribbon Fund he was riding. Dyer was only 19, the youngest
our resources. Your money is spent on provides hotel rooms and apartments. of 14 Marines killed in the explosion that day
the following activities: Over 90 family members of injured and one of nine in his Columbus, Ohio-based
soldiers have stayed at hotels Lima Company to die in the attack.
1. The service members and their
families told us their most immediate provided free by the Yellow Ribbon
His mother, Kathy Dyer, is a franchise
need is transportation to break the Fund. Donohoe Hospitality
owner of a Decorating Den International in
isolation of the hospitals. The Yellow Services and the Holiday Inns of
Ohio. Kathy asked that in lieu of flowers a
Ribbon Fund has issued over 1,400 Georgetown and Arlington/Ballston
contribution be made to the Yellow Ribbon
taxi vouchers for service members have given families of injured
Fund in her son’s name. To date over $5,000
and their families. This free service members over 200 free
has been contributed in honor of this young
transportation allows service nights. Your contributions pay for
marine to help wounded service members
members to go to restaurants, rooms at other hotels.
during their stay at Walter Reed Army
movies and sightseeing. 4. We have a one-bedroom apartment Medical Hospital and the
2. Mothers and fathers often travel long and a new two-bedroom apartment National Naval Medical Center.
distances to care for their injured for use by family members of the
sons and daughters. Many suffer wounded service members. Nineteen If you wish to make a contribution to the
serious economic hardship because military families have stayed at our Yellow Ribbon Fund, this is one way you can
they must leave their jobs to stay here apartments. honor the memory of someone you love.
for long periods. The YellowRibbon
Fund has provided the use of over
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