Mission Alert! We have a beautiful young family that has been separated and needs our help. The husband, a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne, was critically injured on April 28th in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was in was targeted by a remote controlled IED. The explosion and shrapnel caused numerous internal injuries including a broken back, a collapsed lung, and a severe traumatic brain injury. Although not initially expected to survive, he is making a miraculous but gradual recovery and is now undergoing advanced rehab here in Richmond. Here’s where we come in. Andy has a wife and three young daughters. While his devoted wife has been at his side nonstop since the tragedy, the girls are still at home in North Carolina being cared for full-time by grandma. Due to the financial strain, Andy and his wife have only been able to see their girls one time since he was hospitalized. The walls of his room at the VA polytrauma center are practically wallpapered with pictures of their young daughters. In addition to desperately missing their children, learning to become a father figure again is also a crucial part of Andy’s recovery. With at least three more months of intensive therapy remaining in Richmond, our original goal was to bring the girls and grandma to Richmond for the summer. However, Andy’s physical condition has just improved to the point where his doctors are encouraging him to attempt going home on the weekends, which will be tremendously therapeutic if his body can handle the trip. This would also be greatly preferred to uprooting the girls from their home and familiar surroundings for such an extensive period of time. Our goal is now to provide the transportation necessary to get Andy & Kendra to Fayetteville and back on the weekends in order to bring this loving family together once again. To donate, click here.