LRMC patients give thanks for donations

Sgt. Joe M. Battle
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

***image1***Patients from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Medical Detachment at Kleber Kaserne presented a framed T-shirt, with more than 500 signatures from Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to the World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation during a show in Frankfurt Oct. 9.

The T-shirt was presented to the WWE in gratitude for their donations of more than $25,000 worth of wrestling merchandise to the patients of LRMC, said 1st Lt. Rob Biron, LRMC nurse.

The donated merchandise included T-shirts which were distributed to patients from Iraq or Afghanistan who come to LRMC without a change of clothes.

Along with the merchandise, 20 patients were treated to a live wrestling show by some of the WWE stars, including Rick “Nature Boy” Flair, Chris Benoit, Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels and Triple H.

After the show, the patients went backstage to get autographs from some of the wrestlers.

“The show was great,” said Spc. Kevin Sparks, a patient in the LRMC Medical Detachment. “The other day, when I was in Baghdad, I would have never guessed that in a few days I would be in Germany watching the WWE and meeting the wrestlers.”
“I cannot believe the great way that the WWE has been supporting, not only the troops in LRMC now, but all of the troops here in Germany and downrange,” he said.

The donations from the WWE began when Lieutenant Biron e-mailed the WWE homepage asking if they wanted to do anything for the Soldiers.

“The next thing I know, I received a box full of T-shirts direct from the WWE,” said Lieutenant Biron.
And the boxes just kept coming and we kept handing them out, he added. The only thing that the WWE had ever asked was, “Do we need to send more boxes of merchandise? We can if you need us to.”

“For the past few months, the WWE have really shown us that they care about the servicemembers,” said Lieutenant Biron. “They have provided more than anyone could have imagined and have asked for nothing in return.”