Tennis, dolphins, and kitchen kits — they are all helping combat veterans make their way in civilian life. Matt McCarville put together a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project at the Salt Creek Grill on Wednesday. The Wounded Warrior Project provides basic comfort items for wounded soldiers, stages adaptive sporting events and clinics to foster independence among those with severe injuries, transports soldiers and their families between homes and hospitals, and offers peer-mentoring programs.
Along with sumptuous food, and a silent auction replete with many treasures, guests learned about how recovering veterans get help from the United States Tennis Association and, locally, the National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton which introduces skills and love for tennis in both the vets and their families. Dolphins? the Florida-based Dolphin Research Center offers swimming with dolphins as a therapeutic pleasure.
One of the stars of the evening (other than the food!) was John Fernandez, a West Point graduate (U.S. Army First Lieutenant, retired) whose lost his feet in Iraq. He considers himself the lucky one, because those with him — his gunner, his driver, his first sergeant — lost their lives. In the photo at top, McCarville (far right) speaks with the three Wounded Warriors at the event. From left;
Extra note: The third annual Patriot Salute raised $30,000, as announced by Matthew McCarville in the comment below. He also notes: