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Local Rotary Club begins new 'Wounded Veterans' project

Posted: June 29, 2009 1:57 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2009 8:00 p.m.
 
The Santa Clarita Rotary Club will take on a new project to assist wounded veterans returning from service in Iraq and elsewhere.

The Rotary's "Wounded Veterans' Project" will also assist family members who are now caring for these young men and women who have sacrificed so much in order to keep our country safe.

These Purple Heart veterans have been severely injured and now seek to become productive members of the community once again. Many of them have parents who are now caring for them, and these aging parents have had to give up dreams of retirement and financial security to now care for their dependent adult children.

The Rotary Club will raise funds to help with housing repairs, job skills, and other needs not covered by the government. The club has applied for a $25,000 grant, and will seek private donations as well.

Headed up by Santa Clarita resident and businessman Jim Lentini, the committee also includes banker Bart Aikman, veterinarian Dr. J.C. Burkhartmeyer, and Internet marketer Connie Ragen Green. The group has the full support of all members of the Rotary Club, and will continue to move forward as long as is necessary.

The group has connected with a young wounded veteran who has undergone more than 20 operations after his tank was blown up last year. This man spent six months in Walter Reed Hospital before returning to the Valley. He now works as a liaison between the local wounded veterans and groups that wish to assist them.

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