Fundraiser to Support Wounded Warrior Project Dedicated to Veterans

March 08, 2018 09:04 PM

(ABC 6 News)--For many months, a Rochester veteran has been hard at work pulling together resources in an attempt to raise local funding for the wounded warrior project.

Air force veteran Dylan Blade is one of the thousands of veterans who haven’t been the same since coming home from deployment in Iraq.


“Yeah, it’s a struggle but it’s kind of something you have to deal with, it’s something that a lot of us have to deal with," said Blade.

In Dylan’s case, he is battling combat PTSD and anxiety and finds comfort with the help of his service dog Farris.

“So he helps me if I ever have an anxiety attack or anything like that out in public, he makes sure that I’m comfortable and pulls me out of that anxiety attack," Blade added.

Dylan's story and so many others like it inspired veteran Satin Latimer Bush to do more for her fellow service members.

"Our military communities suffer a lot with combat losses, PTSD, getting out and suffering the lack of belonging," said Bush.

 She's pulled together businesses and support from the Rochester community to help put on a fundraiser she's calling, Diamonds are forever.

Money raised will ultimately benefit the wounded warrior project, but the event, which includes an adult prom, will hopefully provide new, better, memories.

"I want to implement that change in them, I want them to look in the mirror and try on that dress and try on that suit and feel like oh I got this, and be amongst people who understand in a community that is ready to embrace them that’s important."

The event will be held at the Kahler Apache on April 13. 

For information on how to get tickets go to featured links.



Lynnette Miller

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