Unique fundraising effort kicking off to help vets
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Perhaps one of the most original cross-country fundraising efforts ever will kick off next week to benefit wounded veterans.
The man behind the idea is an Army veteran from the Valley injured in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.
Now his new mission is to help heal the unseen wounds of today's warriors and how you can be part of that healing.
Justin Bond, along with his wife and children received an amazing gift last year: a new home built by GJ Gardner and Homes for our Troops.
The disability-friendly house brought a new chapter into the life of the Army veteran.
He lost a leg while serving in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.
"After a nice fire fight took a bullet right through both knees and 32 surgeries later a ended up losing a limb," Justin Bond said.
His recovery was long and his mobility limited even with a prosthetic limb that he can't all day.
This former staff sergeant discovered the Segway and it gave him daily mobility.
Soon he'll ride that Segway across America to raise money for Our Heroes Dreams, a non-profit he founded to help veterans struggling with war demons.
They find a week of healing for themselves and their families on California's Central Coast and a variety of other non-profits are there to offer one-on-one counseling.
"We help them to find that new mission in life. We give them, we help them find that reason to wake up the next day," Bond said.
In the military you have a mission and that, says Bond, is what struggling veterans need to return to life without war.
At the same time, Bond says he needs help to keep the program funded. $30 dollars from 6,200 people would fund the program for a year.
"We help them find that new mission in life and they're doing good," Bond said.
Military estimates reveal that eighteen vets a day commit suicide, totaling around 6,500 a year.
Segs Across America hopes to help bring those numbers down, one veteran at a time.
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