Wounded Warrior Regiment’s Visit

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MarineThanks for Local Help With Wounded Warrior Regiment’s Visit

Published: Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 3:28 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 5:44 a.m.

Approximately 40 combat-wounded Marines came to Tampa to attend Super Bowl XLII from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2.

Since 2006, the Cleveland Browns have donated tickets to the Marine Corps for the big game.

The tickets are given to Marines who were wounded in combat during either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, and medical attendants/escort group.

Injuries of those making the trip range from gunshot wounds to injuries caused by improvised explosive devices to amputees.

Making this year’s trip were Marines from the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Tampa Poly Trauma Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, Boston, Pittsburg, Cleveland, and the Wounded Warrior Battalions West at Camp Pendleton, CA and East at Camp Lejeune, NC.

The Wounded Warrior Regiment was established in April 2007 as the successor to the Marine For Life – Injured Support program.

Its mission is to provide and facilitate assistance to wounded, injured or ill Marines and sailors attached to or in support of Marine units, and their family members, throughout the phases of recovery.

The mission of the Marine For Life (M4L) program is to provide transition assistance to all Marines who honorably leave active service and return to civilian life.

I would like to thank the following organizations for making this trip possible by donating gifts, time, resources and funds: Watson Clinic, Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostics, Mobility Specialists, American Legion Unit 72, and students at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary.

Semper Fi,

CAPT. GRETCHEN CERANIC

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Marine For Life Program

Lakeland

 

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