I sent an email to Home for Our Troops
, which helps to build specialized homes for injured troops.
They sent me an email today that they have been informed of Sam's plight and are looking into it!!!!
I really hope they can help Sam. A true American hero.
Donate if you can. It's organization's such as this that make the difference in the lives of our soldiers and their families.
...to help this 22 year-old soldier who was blinded in Iraq.
His name is Salvatore "Sam" Ross, Jr. and all he wants is help from his local community in Dunbar, Pennsylvania to help him build a house and perhaps go to college.
His father is in jail and his mother is not around. He has an aunt, a few cousins and a girlfriend nearby - but they work all day - and he spends his time alone - in a trailer with no transportation services at all.
The article was posted today around 5 p.m. by the Associated Press (on CNN.com and MSNBC.com). I contacted via email the Hines Blind Rehab Center in Chicago thinking they might be willing to point me in the right direction to contact this soldier (he was with them for 6 weeks after his injury).
In desperation, I even contacted the Oprah Show - hoping that someone returning from the holiday will read my email request and find it in their hearts to have Oprah help this young hero.
If anyone has any idea how to coordinate assistance, or if you have contacts in western Pennsylvania, please let me know. I'm sure there's something we can do if we band together, to at least show this young soldier that we appreciate his service to our freedom.
To my computer geek friends - can't we at least get together a computer for the blind to send him?
Here's the article
. I looked up Yahoo! 'people search' and found a phone number - but I haven't found my nerve yet to call, because in reality, I have nothing to offer him...yet.
Let me know your ideas. We must do something for this brave hero. We can't just let him sit and hope without results.