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Have you received a phone call from a wounded hero?

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Dear Friend,

Heroes thanking heroesHello my name is David Walker, and I'm president of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. I want to thank you again for your kindness and patriotism.

Let me ask you something: Have you received a phone call from a wounded hero, or their husband or wife, who was just calling to say "Thanks for your financial support?"

If not, stay tuned, because that could happen soon.

The "thank you" phone calls are actually part of the Coalition's Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) program. This innovative project offers part-time, flexible employment to wounded veterans and their spouses by enabling them to make phone calls from home thanking our wonderful friends - like you!

HTH also gives participants experience working in a "virtual call center," preparing them for other jobs requiring similar skills.

Today I'd like to share a heartwarming story about Jim and Antoinette Batchelor, a struggling military family whose lives are being made easier by the Heroes Thanking Heroes program right now. That's their photo below!

Jim was injured in 2004 in Sadr City, Iraq, in a conflict referred to now as Black Sunday. It was April 4, 2004 and he had only been in the country four days when he was shot between the eyes. He stayed fighting another six hours.

Later, on a Black Hawk helicopter he was declared dead and while being zipped into a body bag he woke up. A possible overdose of morphine caused his heart rate to slow and his breathing to become undetectable. Jim was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany before returning home.

Heroes thanking heroesJim has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of his injuries. The PTSD combined with his constant headaches, memory loss and light sensitivity have made it impossible to work. Jim's ex-wife, unable to accept the changes in him, eventually filed for divorce.

Years later, Jim was given a disability rating, allowing him to receive retirement disability pay and begin the long process of putting himself back together.

Jim and his new bride, Antoinette, were married in 2008. They have one son and recently welcomed a new baby to their family. They discovered the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes in 2010, and soon Antoinette joined the Heroes Thanking Heroes team.

She had to leave her previous job because of the hours and because of Jim's impulse control problems and inability be left alone for long periods of time. Antoinette now works as a Team Lead for the HTH, and enjoys the chance to speak with and thank donors.

"Heroes Thanking Heroes means I can stay home and look after my husband while still feeling like a contributing member of our family," Antoinette says, "I don't have to worry about him getting lost on the way to appointments or injuring himself attempting to do things he no longer has the ability to do."

Look what other wives who participate in Heroes Thanking Heroes are saying . . .

"CSAH has given me a breath of fresh air. Even if it is 2 minutes on a phone call with someone who had lived with some of the same struggles or even those who appreciate them, you have another reason this all wasn't for nothing.

"Sometimes life and the struggles that come along with being a wounded family member seems like it's a dark tunnel. CSAH gives you that glimpse of light at the end to keep you going. It is just the beginning to what lies ahead."

--Taryn Esco

"I just thought I should share the great call I just had with a donor. She was great and easy to speak with. She went on to explain her husband was in the Korean War.

"And because of my call she will up her donations and continue to support Coalition to Salute America's Heroes!!! She even looks forward to receiving Heroes Thanking Heroes Newsletter."

-- Denys Wells

I hope you appreciate hearing firsthand about another way you're improving the lives of our troops severely disabled in the war on terror - and their families - by helping to fund Heroes Thanking Heroes.

By the way, the second "hero" in Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) program refers to you, Friend! Thanks again for your moral and financial support.


Major General John K. Singlaub
David W. Walker, President and CEO
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

PS: Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) has employed over 100 veterans or their spouses since 2006 and made over 410,000 thank you calls and personalized voice messages.

We'd also like to extend a warm welcome to Gamal Awad, Danielle Klobnak, Karar Alabsawi and Taryn Esco, our newest representatives in the Heroes Thanking Heroes program!

PPS: Please consider giving again right now so we can continue changing lives together.

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The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is a registered 501(c)3 organization. As such, donations made to CSAH are tax-deductible.

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