The Impact of Support
To those who have donated, volunteered, sponsored and believed in us, we want you to know that today, a warrior is finding peace because you cared. Whether you have supported us in the past, present or both, the Combat Wounded Coalition would not be where it is today without the generosity we receive from each and every one of you.
We aren't the only ones grateful for your support, though; our warriors are so appreciative of your dedication to our mission. One CWC warrior who has been greatly impacted by your generous contributions is Marine CPL Shawn Lopez.
Shawn joined the Marine Corps in 2007 and left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2009, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On March 14, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Helmand Province, he volunteered to go on a resupply run as a driver for the Company Gunnery Sergeant. In a mounted convoy his vehicle was struck by an IED with detonation occurring directly underneath him.
The IED strike caused severe damage to his back and legs, a grade three concussion and ruptured tendons in both legs and his right shoulder. Shawn now lives with an implanted spinal cord stimulator and has had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder. Additionally, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and struggles with survivor guilt. He was medically retired in March 2012. Shawn greatly deserves all of our support and you have been there for him in his time of need.
Despite these struggles, Shawn’s interactions with CWC have helped him to accomplish great strides in life. Since 2013, he has received a Wounded Wear clothing kit, participated in skydiving at Jumping for a Purpose, attended our annual Toast to the Heroes gala and was an original graduate of the Overcome Academy. This was all made possible because of you.
Shawn shares how his time as a CWC warrior has impacted him: “CWC has played a major role in bringing me back to life. I’ve been thrown out of perfectly good airplanes, all to be given my most peaceful moments in life. You even managed to give me a sense of pride through my wounds and injuries by helping me to remember that I fell down doing a job I love for a country I love more than anything and yet, I still got back up to carry out my mission in life.
“CWC gave me a sense of power in knowing that as long as I maintain discipline and am relentless in anything I pursue, I will accomplish it. However it’s done, whether I go over it, under it, around it or through it, I will get to the other side. You have given me my true purpose that I thought I would never find again. I want to be the very best version of myself and to teach others to do the same.”
One of Shawn’s most recent accomplishments was graduating with Class 001 of the Overcome Academy, CWC’s newest program. Says Shawn, “I was honored to be a part of the Overcome Academy course. This leadership coursework is like no other; it was intensely, mentally challenging, exhausting and, at times, overwhelming. Teaching us to analyze our true selves, define our new personal and professional missions, and to get out into society with a goal of becoming the next greatest generation is no easy feat. It sounds impossible when you first think about it but when you take the time to define the mission at hand, set goals and strategies to execute them individually, and have accountability to others and yourself, it can and will be done.”
Shawn currently works as a government contractor for Knight Federal Solutions and helped to create its Purple Knight Initiative program, which provides combat-wounded veterans with paid internships as they learn a new career. Shawn is proud to spread the word on wounded warrior awareness and he is incredibly grateful for your support.
Shawn’s story is just one of many stories that you helped to make possible. In 2019, CWC expects to graduate 24 warriors from the Overcome Academy, conduct two Jumping for a Purpose events and distribute 200 Wounded Wear clothing kits. We hope we can count on your continued support of our warriors.
Please help us reach our year-end goal of raising $75,000 by making a donation today!
Your generous donation will impact CWC warriors in the following ways:
- $25 will provide a Purple Heart polo to a warrior
- $50 will provide three meals to a warrior while attending the Overcome Academy
- $100 will provide one night of lodging to a warrior participating in Jumping for a Purpose
No donation is too small! Click the button below to donate now and let our American heroes, like Shawn, know how much you appreciate the sacrifices they made. Donations can also be made by check and mailed to our office:
Combat Wounded Coalition
1220 Executive Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Your support means everything to our warriors. Please donate today!