'Hope For The Warriors' seeks to help Alabama family this holiday

PHENIX CITY, AL (WSFA) - Hope For The Warriors, a national, nonprofit organization that helps support wounded U.S. service members and their families, is kicking off its Holiday Giving Initiative by asking for help with donations for two families, one from Tyler, TX and one from Phenix City, Ala.

For the Holiday Giving Initiative, Hope For The Warriors is looking to match military families in need with donors wanting to "give back" to the families of wounded or fallen service members.

The Phenix City, Ala. family is caring for their soldier who was injured in Afghanistan in 2010. The soldier suffers from nerve damage, traumatic brain injury, herniated discs in his back and neck as well as arthritis, torn triceps and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The soldier is now medically retired and living with his wife and three children who are 7, 6 and 2. There is a delay until his retirement pay can be dispersed, so the family is living off of the soldier's spouse's lower income and trying to catch up on the many medical bills that accumulated during his time in military medical centers.

The Tyler, TX family was homeless for almost six months while their veteran tried to find employment. The former specialist in the Army suffers from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hope For The Warriors and a local nonprofit, Texas Wounded Warrior foundation, helped this service member by getting the family into an apartment and fixing his vehicle. This veteran now has a part-time job and both organizations are working hard to help him and his wife find full-time employment. The veteran has three kids, ages 14, 13 and 12.

While Hope For The Warriors says both families are both in great need, interested donors can specify through the donation form which family they would prefer to receive their assistance.

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