Please help the family of an injured McChord Airman

By RangerKen on June 1, 2011


The situation:

An Airman and his family from the 627 Civil Engineer Squadron on McChord Field needs assistance. 
The 627 CES received word on Friday morning, one of their EOD members, a SSgt, was injured in an IED explosion.  The blast severely damaged his lower legs and he was MEDEVACed quickly to Kandahar for surgery.  The docs did a great job and was able to save most of one leg while the other leg sustained multiple fractures.  He is now at Brooks Army Medical Center.  His wife, 4 kids and a family member is with him.  Tentatively the member is scheduled to remain at BAMC for an extended period of time for immediate treatment to his amputation.  The process through Tyson and the Casualty Affairs here has been pursued to its fullest, which is the travel and per-diem for 3 personnel.  The family elected to pay out of pocket for the air fare for the other three people (2 kids + family member).  The reason for the family member accompanying the Airman's wife is that their oldest child, age 7, is autistic and requires a familiar face and someone knowledge to the child's condition.  

The EOD community does have a wounded warriors program which they were able to provide a grant to the family to cover partially the out of pocket expenses for getting the family to San Antonio.  The unfortunate fact is that the program does not cover the expense of a rental vehicle, and with four children with medical needs they will need transportation while they are in San Antonio.  The timeline for his stay is very fluid right now with even discussion of possible PCS to BAMC.  Pending that decision the family will have a very hard time staying financially capable and is one less expense that they need on top of the care and recovery.
A current plan is to get their vehicle over to them so a rental car expense is taken out of their life.  The cost to get the car there ranges from $850.00-$1250.00 to move the vehicle.  
PLEASE HELP THIS FAMILY.  CONTACT US AT (, or mail donations to 627 CES c/o The NW Airlifter, P.O. Box 98801, Lakewood, Wa 98496.