Soldiers and their family members often give back to their military community by volunteering. Whether it is donating supplies or time, volunteering with various organizations is a way to help those in need. One NCO recently enlisted the help of his Soldiers and their families to help a local nonprofit organization.
Sgt. 1st Class Glenn DeSimon Jr., 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade operations NCOIC, coordinated a food donation and service for the Fisher House on Wilson Barracks Jan. 16.
DeSimon, who hails from Canon City, Colo., is an NCO who is always looking for ways to give back to the community, particularly with the Wounded Warrior Project. He recently expanded the range of his volunteering and began working with the two Fisher Houses on Wilson Barracks. The Fisher House Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides comfortable homes for military and veterans’ families at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.
DeSimon said he considers his experiences “rewarding.”
“We are able to give back. Right now these families are hurting and separated from home, and we are trying to make their hardship a little easier for them and to let them know someone is there for them,” he said.
DeSimon used his 11 years of military experience, including three tours in Iraq, to enlist the help of Soldiers and family members in his unit, motivating them to get involved in volunteering by preparing food for families currently staying at either Fisher House. Soldiers and family members prepared the dishes at home and brought them to the locations.
In addition to the dishes, the 95th’s MP Bn. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment contributed various food and cleaning items. Children at a local elementary school also donated nearly $500 in gift cards and more than 100 electronic and media devices, including video games and DVDs, which will go to the Wounded Warrior Project via the 95th.
For the wounded warriors receiving medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, having the support of their families is “extremely important,” DeSimon said.
“We’re supporting our fighting forces’ families and the wounded warriors returning and struggling with the loss of a limb or limbs,” he said. “We want them to know we care and to ease their hardship they are currently facing.”