SSG Robert Canine "Pays It Forward" By Raising $100,000 for Homes for Our Troops
Army SSG Robert Canine was a truck commander returning from a patrol in
northwest Baghdad in May 2009 when an Explosively Formed Projectile
(EFP) blasted into his vehicle leaving him with injuries so severe that
both of his legs required amputation.
Homes for Our Troops built a specially adapted home for Robert and his family in Columbia, MO at no cost to him. There will be a key turnover ceremony on June 26th.
Now Robert has raised over $100,000 for Homes for Our Troops so another severely injured veteran can receive a home!
The following letter was written by SSG Robert Canine after reaching his goal today:
Dear Friends and Family,
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you all for helping me reach my
fund raising goal for Homes For Our Troops.
As you know, this started about 6 months ago when I learned that HFOT
was building me a handicap accessible home in Columbia, MO. At first I
was shocked to hear that some one cared so much to do this for me. My
second thought was that I had to somehow pass this gift on to another
severely injured soldier. But, I didnt know how to do that. Thankfully, I
have some of the best friends and family that anyone can have.
People ask me how I raised the 100k. I tell them I didnt, my friends and
family did. All I did was ask for their support, and they came through
in a big way. Not just for me, but for an injured soldier they may never
meet. That is truly amazing, and the best thing I can say is Thank You!
You might have seen from HFOTs website that they have taken on many more
projects. The need for these adapted homes is great, because there are
serious injured soldiers arriving at Walter Reed every week. I dont know
if HFOT will identify a specific project that all of our donation will
go to, but I think we can look at the map of homes they are working on
and know that we helped HFOT build those homes.
If you have seen me at home in Missouri trying to get around in any home
then you know how important a handicap accessible home is to a severely
injured veteran, many of which are hurt much more than me. So, thank
you for helping me reach my goal, thank you for wanting to help someone
else, and thank you to Homes For Our Troops for taking care of soldiers.
I am eternally grateful!
They say, "God bless our soldiers". I say, God bless the Americans who
take care of them.
I cant thank you enough for your support,
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