Defending our world from terror has an enormous cost 

A cost that is seldom realized unless you, your loved ones

and community are directly impacted

In reality, it is a cost that only a nation united can bear

It is not the responsibility or capability of a single institution alone  

In reality,  it is OUR concern, OUR nation's sons, daughters, parents and spouses  

These are OUR defenders... 

the unexpected is everyone's concern  


Since 2001, American Servicemen and Women

 treated for injuries in the ongoing wars on terror is more than

Jasmine C*

I am one

of the estimated 53, 000

US soldiers who have

suffered a polytraumatic injury making me eligible for breakthrough therapy

beyond my afforadbility 


John R*

I am one

of the estimated 200

US soldiers whose face is so severely disfigured I am

now eligible for

a face transplant 

 JOHN  32

Carlos J*

I am one

of the estimated 1, 400

US soldiers whose genitals have suffered devastating injury 

making me eligible for

a genital transplant 


  Juan D*

I am one

of the estimated 1, 500

US soldiers who is an amputee, one of several who have lost multiple limbs making me eligible for new limbs.  



 "I felt I would come back from war but never expected it would be in pieces"


The Task at Hand by the Numbers*


More than 2, 000, 000 Americans sent to Iraq or Afghanistan

More than 6, 000 killed  

More than 50, 000 wounded in action

Diagnosed with Catastrophic Injuries who would have died on the battlefield a generation ago

exceeds 16, 000 


One in five returning with post-traumatic stress, major depression or traumatic brain injury


 Highly specialized surgical/clinical care costs for catastrophic injury exceed $500, 000 per soldier and

an estimated $2, 000, 000 for long term care per soldier 


Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury exceeds 43, 000


In 2013 The VA reported taking on about 4,000 new cases of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each month

In 2016 the VA reported between 11-20% of those who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year

Estimated health care bill for the wounded could exceed half a $1,000,000,000,000 over the next few decades. 

Unlike Social Security, there is no money set aside to pay for future veterans’ health care costs

For the most part, veterans are dependent on appropriations approved by the U.S. Congress annually

*(Sourced using data from the United States Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) and United States Department of Defense (US D.o.D), Harvard and private non-profit 2013 - 2017)

* No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), is intended or should be inferred.


In these numbers are also stories of people who learned to cope with, sometimes overcome,

and some who even manage to CONQUER the heartbreak and Wounds of War...


How YOU can help by the Numbers

 ONLY 1% of Americans are trained to Protect and Defend US all  

It will take a grateful nation’s entire effort to help meet the unanticipated long term costs of caring for the wounded

Please help heal the wounds of war suffered by those willing to sacrifice life and limb

2.6% of all Americans helping with just $1.00 = $8, 000, 000 = 4 injured soldiers long term care