Sgt. McLaughlin sustained a head injury and swelling to the brain during his second tour in Iraq. As a result, he is suffering from hearing and vision loss. He lives four hours away from the VA Polytrauma Center and unable to drive to the hospital for treatment. Sgt. McLaughlin says the new Defenders Lodge will help with morale as he and other veterans fight to recover. “Soldiers who have housing and transportation issues have one less thing to worry about so they can concentrate on their appointments and help themselves to get better and back on track with their lives.”
The PenFed Foundation is raising $11 million in private donations to cover the cost of building the Defenders Lodge, a $17 million public-private partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The lodge will serve as a free hotel for veterans undergoing medical care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California. Construction is already underway and is slated to be completed in late 2013.
In 2011, almost 11,000 patients had to find temporary housing; many had to drive 50 miles to find an affordable hotel while they waited for treatment. This lodge will solve the problem.
We know you would gladly open the door to your home to a wounded warrior in need. Instead of hosting a veteran in your home, we are asking for your help in building a lodge that will be a home-away-from-home for wounded veterans.
The Defenders Lodge Campaign Committee Honorary Co-Chairs (as of 11/30/12):
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
The Honorable George P. Shultz
The Honorable William J. Perry
The Honorable R. James Nicholson
The Defenders Lodge Campaign Committee Co-Chairs (as of 11/30/12):
Lee R. Anderson Sr.
General John P. Jumper, USAF (Ret)
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi
Help us ensure these patriotic men and women have free lodging at the hospital. With concerns about their health, finances and transportation, the last thing they need to worry about is where they will sleep. Contact us about supporting our new project at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Center.