Affinity Projects provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population. Affinity Projects mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. We do this in a variety ways including: Emergency Phone Cards for troops to call home from hospital beds overseas, Guidance on Navigating the Assistance Maze from other organizations and the government, Education about caring for the wounded and the caregiver, Financial Assistance with small grants for travel, equipment and other necessities, and Connections to local resources as well as national resources to improve the lives of the wounded and their caregivers. It’s our way of saying, ‘Thank You’ for their dedication and loyalty to the United States and the citizens they have pledged their lives to protect.
SURVIVING THE BATTLEFIELD
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in world wars I and ii, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In operation Iraqi freedom and operation enduring freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
in addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.