Disabled war vet with a mission to give back!

44180266_1576724892524053_r.jpeg44180266_1576724465697406_r.jpeg44180266_1576724482936559_r.jpegThank you for opening this proposal. I am organizing this fundraiser to support my fiancé- a disabled war veteran with a heart to help his fellow service members. 

What is needed: 
Bryce became a pilot after his return from the Iraq war and manage to save up for a small aircraft. At this time, Bryce’s quest is to continue his education within aviation to obtain a license to become an instructor. With his instructor license he would be able to make his own schedule freeing up time to pursue his dream in volunteering more for Angel Flights which transfers Veterans and other sick individuals and their family members via air to important medical services at no cost to them. Maintaining a “regular” 9-5 job has been hard to keep up with due to his combat injuries but flying has provided him a sense of purpose and joy.

Why he deserves it:
After the attacks on September 11th, 2001, Bryce enlisted in the Army to fight for his country.  During his time overseas, he became a decorated soldier fighting for what he believes in...America. 

Freedom is far from free. As a result of his combat time the government has deemed Bryce 100% disabled. When enemies fired mortar rounds into his barracks he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Every day he manages normal day to day life with PTSD and painful skin issues due to the toxins in the burn pits. He wears sunglasses indoors and often gets dirty looks from people- the people who fail to realize he has a severe sensitivity to light as a result of the traumatic brain injury. He often has headphones on listening to music- not to ignore others but because of the constant ringing in his ears from combat blasts. 

After his time in the military Bryce had to learn how to re-acclimate to his new normal. The years following his service have been spent adjusting to life being the sole parent to two young boys and learning how to navigate life unable to hold a “normal” career due to his disabilities. In an effort to find pride and direction in life he pursued his passion with aviation and became a pilot. Bryce was able to purchase his own small plane and flies his family around locally for fun. 

At this time, Bryce wants to open up a new chapter of his life and give back to those who have also served. Through the use of his aircraft and your donations towards his continuing education Bryce can make his dream a reality of flying wounded warriors to service appointments throughout the state. 

Since I met and fell in love with Bryce- he never wants to accept accolades and recognition for his service. He is proud of what he stood and fought for but he always says his “other brothers’” who lost the fight made the real sacrifice and they’re the real heroes. However, what he fails to realize is he, and the millions of others in the service, who are brave enough to step up and fight the fight let us civilians live in peace and have a freedom of choice. Our four children can become whoever they want to be because their freedom and purpose was/is protected by the brave and proud who were willing to risk it all- heroes like their dad. 


Thanks for reading, 
Julie

Donations

  • Will Thompson 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Debbie Bahn 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • A O 
    • $200 
    • 6 mos
See all

Organizer

Julie Holcombe 
Organizer
Elk Grove, CA
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