In many of the families we meet here at the Boot Campaign, the wife is the primary caregiver for her injured husband and their young kids. It’s just the way it is with the number of troops wounded in combat. Brian H., a retired Marine and current Army Reservist, was lucky to complete his tour in Iraq unharmed, and settled with his family in northern Illinois. Life took a bit of a turn when his wife injured her shoulder on the job and needed surgery to repair the damage. It was Brian who stepped up to care for his wife during her recovery, but despite nearly two years working for his company, he wasn’t eligible for paid vacation and the absence cost him a full week’s pay.

The Boot Campaign knows how important compassionate care is for veterans on the road to recovery, and their loved ones deserve the same support in their time of need. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we were able to provide a grant to cover Brian’s lost wages as he helped his wife heal from surgery. Instead of falling behind on their expenses, they focused on resting and getting well again. We’re so glad we could help.