To most, Thanksgiving connotes a joyous time of household, meals, and celebration. But for Marine Sergeant Gabriel Martinez, the holiday marks a traumatic occasion that led to the lack of each his legs due to an damage he sustained whereas serving the U.S. overseas.
Martinez was on his second deployment when he stepped on an improvised explosive machine (IED) within the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2010, inflicting the amputations of each of his legs.
After an intensive restoration course of, Martinez, now medically retired, has teamed up with Semper Fi & America’s Fund to give again to his fellow veterans this holiday season.
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“Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund has been part of my family now since the injury and I’m just one of the millions of veterans that they’ve been helping in mind, body, and spirit,” Martinez advised “Fox News Live” on Thanksgiving Day.
“Since I was wounded, they have provided assistance with just about any aspect they have. So many generous Americans are willing to provide monetary value and support, so this time of year is specifically not only is it special for me, but for the fund,” he mentioned.
The non-profit 501 group offers quite a lot of packages to help wounded veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The ‘Double Down for Veterans’ initiative, a dollar-for-dollar match system from the The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, is at the moment energetic till the tip of the 12 months, Martinez mentioned.
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“It is a big deal to help American veterans such as myself,” he advised host Arthel Neville. “Like I said, in mind, body, spirit. It’s more than just a fund, they really are family.”