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Thursday, February 26, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven How Veterans Help Other Veterans (NAPS)--A look at one man&apos;s story may inspire many people, veterans or not, to help others overcome difficulties such as blindness. Consider the case of First Sergeant Danny Wallace (Ret.). He enlisted in the Army as an infantryman, completing one-stop training that included basic airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served for a total of 20 years as a rifleman, radio transmitter operator, team leader, squad leader, ranger instructor, platoon sergeant, company executive officer, and company first sergeant. During a tour in Iraq, Wallace's ]ife changed forever. Two weeks before Christmas, a car bomb attack in  Afar left him totally blind. After multiple surgeries---to attach both retinas, replace the cornea in his right eye, and stitch severe wounds to his face and neck--he was still blind in one eye but had lim- ited vision in the other. Wllce remained on active duty for two years after his injury. Upon retiring, he struggled with the transition to civilian life. "I felt distant and unwilling to participate in any veterans organiza- tion," he recalled. Finding Help This isolation lasted about eight years. Then, he at- tended the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hos- pital just outside Chicago. Danny Wallace, a blinded veteran, learned how to help others like hknself enjoy pro- ductive and fulfilling lives. There, he found out about the Blinded Veterans As- sociation, or BVA. Soon after that, BVA invited him to par- ticipate in its Operation Peer Support initiative. It con- nects combat-blinded veter- ans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam with the newly blinded who have been wounded in Iraq or Afghani- stan. Operation Peer Support activities also provide infor- mational seminars that touch on topics such as education, rehabilitation through sports and recreation, technology, and career development. It helped Wallace redis- cover purpose in his life and the experience had a ripple effect as he now serves as a BVA peer mentor for newly blinded veterans such as Mark Wilson, who lost his sight as a result of a gun- shot wound to his face. Wilson's mother says that meeting Wallace through BVA has literally "trans- formed" her son. Over the past two years, Wallace's eyesight has begun to decline even further. Nevertheless, he remains driven to serve. And he is once again a Sergeant, this time for BVA. "Early in 2014, ! had the privilege to be selected as the Sergeant- at-Arms for the Blinded Veterans Association," he ex- plained. "Words cannot ex- press how grateful I am. Now it is my turn to help other veterans feel that they belong as well." What BVA And Operation Peer Support Are All About Founded in 1945 by a group of combat-blinded vet- erans of World War II, BVA was and is the on]y veterans service organization exclu- sively dedicated to serving America's blind and visually impaired veterans. Mem- bership is not a requirement to get help nor does vision loss have to have occurred during military service. The organization also rep- resents the interests of blinded veterans before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages them to partici- pate in VA blind rehabilita- tion programs and VA national sports events. BVA counsels blinded vet- erans and links them with benefits, services and job opportunities. It also advo- cates for blinded veterans in the VA claims process. Learn More For further information about BVA, visit www.bva. org. FUNDRAISER for JERRY JONES PLEASE JOIN US! WHEN February 28, 2015 WHERE Carlisle United Methodist Church Family Life Center 405 School St Carlisle IA 50047 In 1997, Jerry was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (congestion heart failure). On December 18, 2014, Jerry underwent a nine hour surgery to place a heart pump in his left ventricle which will help with blood and oxygen flow. The pump is a bridge to transplant to keep his body functioning until a heart becomes available. Jerry is just beginning this part of his heart journey. Unfortunately, even with insurance, the medicine, medical and travel expenses to Iowa City are astronomical. We are holding an auction for Jerry to assist with these expenses. All help, support and suggestions are GREATLY appreciated! TIME Luncheon: 11am-2pm (free will donation) Silent Auction 11am to lpm Live Auction starts at 1:30pm Some of the auction items include - tickets to Knoxville FVP Nationals, 360 Nation- als, Late Model Nationals!!! Ride in a push truck at a sprint car race. Tickets to an Iowa Wild game, Drake women's basketball, Des Moines Symphony, Gift Certificates such at Johnny & Mikes, Spaghetti Works, Dairy Queen, Deer Run Golf Club, Fareway, Juline Repair Service and Deery Brothers. Painting by Rosemary Fee, framed art- work; Ducks Unlimited, ceramic ducks, bears, wildlife prints and plaques, etched Harley Davidson crock. Baskets filled with items like; Bath and Body works soaps & perfume, school supplies, women's work out gear, health lotions and creams, and items for a girl, boy and dog. Tools, such as angle grinder, laser level. Table top grill and we even have a Craftsman riding lawn mower. Furniture items include antique desk, chairs, couch, table, blankets and handmade quilt. Please note credit cards will not be accepted, cash or check only. 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