CAMP HILL, Pa. - In 2005, Helen Sajer and her late husband decided to start Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc.
"We said well our son came home, but what about all the wounded warriors? So, we committed ourselves to helping wounded warriors," said Sajer.
In the last ten years, she and a group of volunteers have been able to help nearly 5,000 veterans.
”The requests are always the same. It’s help with just everyday living expenses," she said.
”Anybody that’s out there that needs help, you know, don’t be afraid to get with the PA Wounded Warriors. They can really help you out a lot," said veteran Mike Zink.
Zink is a 20 year Army veteran who served during Desert Storm. He suffers from PTSD .
" It’s an honor and a privilege to have an organization like this to help you out," he said.
Zink was one of about 200 wounded warriors who attended the fourth annual Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. Gala Saturday night at the Camp Hill Radisson.
"To have a night out that doesn’t cost anything and then, to be with their buddies, others who have served, so this is a night that they really look forward to," said Sajer.
Barbra Benard attended the event as an ambassador for the cause. She is a gold star mother. Her son, Sargent First Class Brent Adams served in the PA National Guard for 18 years. He was killed overseas about ten years ago.
"There’s no more that I can do for my son, but there’s many things that I can do out there for out veterans and out wounded warriors," she said.
Ninety six cents of every dollar donated to PA Wounded Warriors Inc. goes to help veterans. It is a fact they are very proud of, but the gala is truly about giving the men and women who served our country a great night out.