From Desert to Jungle Memorial

From Desert to Jungle Memorial

From David Perry

We are going to be building a mobile memorial dedicated to those military members lost in US wars since Vietnam. This fundraiser is for the initial set up expenses. 100% of the money raised will go to the project.

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Did you know since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, 7478 American Troops have lost their lives fighting for their country? That is 7478 fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters that never made it home. Do you know who they were? Does anyone outside their family remember them? With the exception of hometown memorials and the National Desert Shield/Desert Storm Memorial being planned and built in Washington DC, these brave heroes are not recognized.

A 2010 Study by Nicholas Watkins, Frances Cole and Sue Weidemann found that visiting the Vietnam Wall multiple times can help Vietnam veterans better cope with PTSD. Therefore, though indirectly, the memorial plays a key role in the recovery of the veterans and their families.

On average there are 22 veteran suicides each day. These are individuals who could no longer handle the struggle of PTSD, the never-ending pain from injuries or survivor's guilt. If it is known that memorials help veterans deal with their mental struggles, do we want to continue waiting to build a memorial? If that memorial can save even one veteran from joining the 22, is that not worth it?

We are going to be building a mobile memorial dedicated to those lost in the following conflicts:

Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedoms Sentinel.

This memorial will have a memorial wall similar to the Vietnam Wall for each Operation. It will be built inside a trailer with handicap access to keep it out of the weather. Outside the trailer will be displays explaining each Operation and photos. There will be an area with information about suicide prevention and receiving help.

Most veterans of these wars consider them the forgotten wars and the people lost, the forgotten heroes. The goal of this undertaking is to not only assist with the healing process, but hopefully cut down the number of veteran suicides. Hopefully, veterans will see that their wars are not forgotten and the sacrifices were important.

We want to do this all with donations. We don't want to have to charge an appearance fee. We want to go to small town fairs as well as major sporting events and air shows. Not every veteran can afford to go to Washington DC or a large city to see memorials, so we want to be able to bring it to them.

Thank you for taking the time to read all this. We are working to set up a website that will have updates on where we are in the project. The website will be www.fromdeserttojungle.com. I hope you find this to be a worthwhile cause and can help us get this off the ground.

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