by Phil Hicks. Tyler Morning Telegraph - Friday, June 19, 2020
The Roberts Family and TXWW Foundation members.
The Roberts' Family new truck.
From left to right: TXWW Foundation Chair Dick Goetz, Veteran John David Roberts, and Tess Roberts
San Antonio veteran, John-David "JD" Roberts thought his trip was a routine visit with the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Committee.
The retired Captain and his wife, Tess, had been in discussion with car dealerships about converting a truck to help Roberts, who is confined to a wheelchair and has suffered other injuries, mainly a result of 20 years in the service. But when Roberts arrived in the Rose City, he was greeted with a big surprise---a new red Chevrolet Silverado.
Roberts who served in both the Air Force and the Army with tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is a motivational speaker was almost speechless on Thursday. "I had no idea (about the truck)," said Roberts, whose son, John also traveled to Tyler. "I was extremely emotional. Words cannot express...with the way things are in the world today; it is a positive thing. It's hard to describe it. All your life you are independent and then suddenly your injuries... This helps me be more mobile."
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation along with Hall Buick GMC worked together for the gift. "We wanted to present JD with the truck to help him get around," Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Chairman, Dick Goetz said. "He is one of our wounded warriors from San Antonio who has lost a leg and has had some difficulty getting back to health. He is one of the true American Heroes."
The VA has provided a 400lb battery-operated wheelchair and a lift installed in the truck.
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, in conjunction with the Dew Boys golf group of Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, presented a $20,000 donation for the Richard and Madeline Lewis Scholarship at UT Tyler. The two groups have given to this scholarship annually for the past six years. Gifts total nearly $130,000. Scholarships are awarded to veterans.
88% of all donations are used to support Wounded Warriors and their Families. For more information visit our Financials page.
The mission of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is to raise awareness, to honor, and to empower our Wounded United States Military Warriors who live in Texas and surrounding states, enabling them to assimilate back to daily life upon their return from combat. We seek to provide Wounded Veterans injured from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with funding to defray the basic costs of living incurred, as a result of the short and long-term care of those injuries.
Our focus is to support programs and services such as the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio at BAMC. Additionally, huge gaps commonly exist before VA benefits begin for Wounded Warriors who return from Iraq or Afghanistan following combat injuries. The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation assists wounded veterans and ensures that they and their families receive private sector support to help fill this gap. We also work closely with other agencies to provide needed services such as handicap upgrades to housing, transportation to and from medical appointments, and other needs.
We support our Warriors by hosting golf Events, Golf Schools, Weekend Retreats, Hunting, Fishing, & Comradery.
The horrors of combat can only be imagined by those of us who have never had these experiences, yet these imaginations can’t remotely compare with actual realities. Warriors are forced to endure these hardships, not to mention the strain of family separations and multiple deployments. Physical wounds can be widespread, encompassing traumatic brain injury, burns, spinal cord injury, and amputation, just to name a few. Emotional and mental injuries are even more numerous where the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is alarmingly high with almost one in five Warriors returning from combat being diagnosed with this condition.
Additionally, suicides have increased dramatically in the last few years and are significantly higher in Warriors of recent war theaters compared with other veterans from previous wars (www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html). To view an excellent additional resource reviewing this crippling condition, click here. While there are many government and non-profit institutions that perform wonderful services for these heroes, their needs continue to be paramount—many Wounded Warriors are still falling through the cracks and not receiving the help they deserve, despite widespread efforts. It is the desire of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation to seal as many of these cracks as possible and to be a significant resource for those Warriors in need.