$127,584 of $100,000 goal
This GoFundMe site has been set up for the direct benefit of Harry Bologna, a permanent Virginia Beach, Virginia resident who is currently based at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Harry is recovering from a tragic event in Afghanistan on October 21, 2015. Harry was there as a contractor with a U.S. national defense agency and stepped on a land mine; as a result of the explosion, he lost both of his legs and suffered a broken pelvis and internal injuries. Yet as with his prior 23 year career as a US Navy SEAL, Harry continues to exhibit a no quit, only move forward attitude that is a source of incredible inspiration.
The campaign was initiated on November 1, 2015 by CBRE | Hampton Roads as part of its annual “No Shave November” effort. That initial “Get Hairy for Harry” campaign ended on November 30, 2015 with $116,255 raised ! That money will be put to good use to help in his recovery and rehabilitation at home after he is released from the military hospitals; while his care to date has been excellent and paid for by the government, there are expected to be gaps in coverage for care beyond his actual hospital bills while he learns to get back on his “new feet”.
Harry has requested that the GoFundMe site be kept open after December 1, 2015 so that he can stay in touch with those that have supported him already and so that he has somewhere to refer people in the future who say they would like to help also. All funds raised after December 1, 2015 will continue to help Harry provide financial support for his family.
Harry and his wife Julie have 2 young daughters enrolled in Virginia colleges (one at JMU and one at Virginia Wesleyan). Harry is working now with his medical team to get stronger and be in position to be transferred in early 2016 from Walter Reed to the Center for the Intrepid in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Center for the Intrepid is known for its state-of-the-world technologies for amputee care and rehabilitation.
Harry is committed to more than walking again; he wants to go out and help others also !
Harry is continuing to make strides in his recover! Check out this latest picture!
Thank you for the continued support of Harry during his recover. Harry has progressed to the next stage of his recovery process and has moved to the Center for the Intrepid in Houston, Texas which specializes in extremity injury rehabilitation.
This amazing video shows Harry taking his first steps with his new prosthesis!
After I first woke up after the accident and had tubes in my mouth, my first thought was am I going to live. Then it was can I see my family, and then can I support my family.
I'm getting a little bit better each and every day, and all the prayers are definitely helping.
I'm absolutely astonished at the go fund me campaign. I had no idea it would blow up like that ! I'm just absolutely amazed!!!!
It's so moving to me that people who know me are willing to give and also that people that don't know me are willing to give. It makes me proud to be an American.
Thank you so much, thank you so so so so much. I can't tell you how much this means to me and my family.
This was written by a friend of ours Zach Farkas: I know I don't post to Facebook often, but I can't think of a better reason to share this. I met Harry a few years back when he joined the Sig Sauer Family. I was still in College and just found out I'd branched Infantry for the Army. Harry immediately took me under his wing. Over the summer, I went to a Rifle Instructor Course in Richmond, Virginia. I was extremely under-qualified compared to the caliber of shooters I was surrounded with in the class. Before each shooting drill, Harry would take me to the side and work with me. He wanted me to succeed and prevented me from embarrassing myself in the course. I had just met the man and he truly cared for me and my future. Through out my short military career, Harry has followed up with either me or my family every step of the way. There's really no reason for him to do so except for the fact that he truly cares for other people. I love everyone in the military like they are my brother or sister, but some people stick out. Some are bold, and as a retired US Navy Seal who continued to fight for our country even after his retirement, Harry is special. I can't thank him enough for what he has done for this great nation, and for me personally. When my father called and informed me that Harry was in Walter Reid and he had gotten both his legs blown off, I couldn't believe it. Harry seemed like Superman, literally like he was made of steel and the loss of even a hair on his head would have astonished me. I recently made my first donation to GoFundME for the surfer on the North Shore who had gotten his leg bit off. To me, a life without legs seems unfathomable so I wanted to help the 25 year old surfer Colin, whom I'd also bought a surfboard off of. Colin is determined to walk again and so is Harry. In just 8 days, Harry has raised over $75,000, of the $100,000 goal. I say we crush that goal, raise a couple million and make the first "Million Dollar Man," or terminator, whichever you prefer. To a true bad ass, thank you Harry.
Many many blessings Harry!!! We are honored to contribute to your fund. My Son was also injured while on a mission in Afghanistan 12-2012. Took the blast to his right side mostly on the face, he lost his right eye. After two years and many, many surgeries he is back on active duty. No stopping a SEAL!
I have been here before jus outta curiousity but I must say I have never saw such a out pouri g of Love n gifting I will say. U have to b a Wonderful peron in general n not jus because u have served Our country. I hope u have a speedy recovery n get well soon. so sorry this hsppened to u. prayers to u n ur family.
Harry you're a true Warrior! Godspeed brother
Hey brother, it was an honor and a privilege to be a new guy corpsman under your instruction, and even more so to work together again in Ramadi years later. My family has been praying for you, and seeing you in good spirits is a blessing in itself. Take care brother.