After Donna Davis’ son was injured serving in Baghdad, he needed special treatment for his traumatic brain injury upon returning to the states.
However, living in Anchorage, Ala., the nearest traumatic brain hospital was in California. Unable to afford flying he and his family of three to California, Davis didn’t know what would happen to her son who was slowly going blind.
Davis’ son was injured when an 8-inch armor plate was inadvertently dropped on his head during shelling.
Fortunately, Soldiers’ Angels, a national volunteer-led nonprofit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the military and their families was able to help.
Soldiers’ Angels offered airplane tickets for he and his family and Davis’ son was able to get treatment.
In Payson, a number of nonprofit organizations like Soldiers’ Angels and the Supply Line are committed to helping service personnel year-round.
With Veterans Day right around the corner, here are several ways to honor those who have served or are currently serving overseas.
On Nov. 11, Soldiers’ Angels is holding a fund-raising event at Chili’s. For every person who brings in a flier (available at the front desk of the Roundup), Chili’s will donate 10 percent of the sales from that order.
Davis, who became a local organizer with Soldiers’ Angels after her son received treatment, said the organization uses the money to help military families in various ways.
“We do everything,” she said, “send boxes over, offer support, help baby sit — whatever they need — we do it.”
For more information on the organization or for a flier, call Davis at (928) 472-8485.
The Payson Supply Line is another nonprofit working to help troops.
Nearly every day, Butch Klein sends several 30-pound care packages to troops overseas.
The boxes are full of food, candy, books, toiletries and anything else that would brighten a soldier’s life. The operation is run solely on donations year-round.
For more information, visit www.paysonsupplyline.com or contact Klein at (928) 474-6968 or Lud Kaftan at (928) 474-6981.