Semper Fi Fund Brings Wounded Veterans to German Hospital Where Recovery Began
After the weeks, months, even years it can take to heal, the hospital isn’t the first place you’d expect a wounded veteran to want to visit—let alone cross the Atlantic to get there. But last week the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund flew seven service members from Team Semper Fi to Heidelburg, Germany, back to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the hospital where their road to recovery first began. Semper Fi Fund hosted an ice cream social for the entire hospital, a lunch and a dinner in honor of the ICU staff, and a special dinner with the Marine liaisons.
Landstuhl is an overseas military hospital operated by the United States Army and the Department of Defense and is the largest military hospital outside of the continental US. When asked how Semper Fi Fund could be of help, they had only the request to “please bring back those who have come through the ICU so that we can see them come through that door.” Semper Fi Fund was only too happy to oblige. This trip is the fifth in as many years, and will be the first made specifically to honor Landstuhl’s medical staff.
Flights were made possible by a generous donation of airline miles by Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need.