The owners and employees of several VARA member businesses and automotive recyclers from surrounding states are supporting injured service members through the Wounded Warriors Project. For years these recyclers have had tradition of exchanging holiday baskets. Last year, Joanie Brown of Brown’s Auto Salvage in Bomoseen looked at all the goodies and thought, “We could do better than this.” She proposed to the group that in lieu of gifts to each other they support our brother and sisters who have served our country and are in need of services. The response was unanimous and this December the group presented the Wounded Warrior Project with a check for $21,000.
More than 50,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service member live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic brain injury while on deployment.