Salute The Armed Forces

$790 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 36 months
In 2006, Ed LeTourneau was involved in a serious car accident and sustained multiple injuries – injuries that involved a long recovery time. He still experiences after affects from the broken neck and back injuries.

While visiting a doctor for his back and neck pain, Ed was told that they saw a tumor on his spine and there was a very high possibility that he had bone cancer. He was devastated. He didn’t know what to do or where to turn for help. After getting other opinions that agreed with the first doctor, he went to the Mayo Clinic to see if they could be of any help. Fortunately, they were and Ed has been cleared of any chance of bone cancer.

This was a very scary time for Ed. He didn’t want to talk to anyone about what he was going through and he kept many of his thoughts and feeling to himself. It also made him take a good, long look at his life. He began to think about his legacy. How would people remember him if he were to die? What had he done to leave his mark on the world and help others?

During this introspection, Ed discovered the one thing he truly felt he missed out on and that he would change, if he got the opportunity. He wanted to serve his country. Once medically cleared of life-threatening illness, he knew he couldn’t enlist, so he started thinking of ideas for what he could do. This is where Salute the Armed Forces was born.

Salute the Armed Forces is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping veterans transition from military to civilian life. The organization’s mission is to help develop the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our great nation’s history. Their 5-Star Program® was designed to meet the needs of veterans returning to civilian life, have them help each other, to raise public awareness and to provide aid for the needs of our veteran heroes.

One of the biggest needs Ed has discovered while helping veterans is help with learning a new trade. Nearly fifty percent of participants show a distinct aptitude for the building and construction trades. To fill that need, Ed is opening Veteran University.

The curriculum at Veteran University is designed to take students from the classroom to work site job readiness in a matter of weeks using state-of-the-art training techniques and facilities.

Ed has put all his resources into driving this project forward. Now it’s time to invite others to help keep his legacy of helping veterans alive. Ed needs help in supporting our nation’s everyday heroes. Donating to Veteran University lets everyone become a part of history and know they are making a difference to the men and women who were willing to put their lives on the line for our freedoms.

We need your support now to make sure Veteran University can continue to grow and provide training for our veterans. Show your support for our military and please help now.
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We have raised a little over 6% of our goal. We truly appreciate your donations. We need your support to help veterans transition. Anything to support the ones that risked their lives for ours is incredible. Thank you.
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Tim O'Brien
20 months ago

Ed LeTourneau took advantage of me and my friends when he came to us with a wounded vet. The young man had sever PTSD and he needed a car and and an home .He was being evicted. Ed gave us a personal guarentee he would make good if any thing went wrong. well every thing went wrong within 5 days . It took nearly a year to remove this guy and months to repair all the damage to the house we put him in. also the car we gave to this wounded vet was ticketed and impounded and crushed. Ed personally took custody of the car title and said ( I will personally transfer this title tomorrow into his name) Well My friend who donated this car had to pay the City of Chicago nearly $1,000.00 in fines and late fees. Ed's word is GARBAGE and so is the word of Salute the armed forces. He has ducked and dodged me for years and just last year said he will NEVER pay for the damage's he personally guarenteed . DON'T GIVE THIS MAN A DIME .

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$790 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 36 months
Created December 9, 2015
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DC
$50
Daniel Christine
33 months ago

God bless our veterans and those currently serving.

CC
$50
Chris Curtis
34 months ago
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GoGet em Ed!

DT
$50
Diane Tarqueno
35 months ago
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Wish I could do more. Thanks for all you help with our soliders.

ET
$100
ed turner
36 months ago
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God Bless you for all you are doing for our brave veterans!

JC
$100
Jacqueline Camacho
36 months ago
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Let's support our veterans

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Anonymous
36 months ago
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Tim O'Brien
20 months ago

Ed LeTourneau took advantage of me and my friends when he came to us with a wounded vet. The young man had sever PTSD and he needed a car and and an home .He was being evicted. Ed gave us a personal guarentee he would make good if any thing went wrong. well every thing went wrong within 5 days . It took nearly a year to remove this guy and months to repair all the damage to the house we put him in. also the car we gave to this wounded vet was ticketed and impounded and crushed. Ed personally took custody of the car title and said ( I will personally transfer this title tomorrow into his name) Well My friend who donated this car had to pay the City of Chicago nearly $1,000.00 in fines and late fees. Ed's word is GARBAGE and so is the word of Salute the armed forces. He has ducked and dodged me for years and just last year said he will NEVER pay for the damage's he personally guarenteed . DON'T GIVE THIS MAN A DIME .

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