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Thank you packages arrived today at the thousands of homes nationwide. The Appreciation Packets were mailed on December 19, 2013 to the people who donated to the Homeward Bound Telethon Supporting Veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are known as Invisible Wounds, because they leave no external scars to indicate the terrible damage they have caused.

But the terrible damage is there just the same. On average, one American veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes. The telethon is trying to change that.

As of today, the Homeward Bound Telethon has raised $400,990 to support veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI. And it isn’t too late to donate. All you have to do is:

  • Send a check payable to Haven From the Storm and mail it to:
    Haven From the Storm
    P.O. Box 24770
    Los Angeles CA 90024

It’s a great way to wish Merry Christmas to America’s combat veterans.

Each Appreciation Packet contains a Homeward Bound Telethon T-shirt, a Homeward Bound Telethon cap, a Homeward Bound Telethon lapel pin, and a thank you note from the Telethon’s Executive Producer Gary Smith and Producer Lee Miller.

The thank you note reads:

We thank you sincerely for your generous contribution & continued support. Please accept this commemorative pin and MP3 as token of our appreciation.

Please follow the link to enjoy the MP3:

The lyrics of the song say it all.

When I turned my head, I saw him
He was staggering around - looking lost
But maybe he was found.

He was hurt, but he couldn't be broken. He would never give in!

"His Name Was Freedom" by Karen Sokolof Javitch & Friends.

On the way to work one morning, at an outdoor cafe
Sitting down to drink my coffee, something made me look away
When I turned my head, I saw him
He was staggering around - looking lost
But maybe he was found.

So I offered him some water, and he quickly drank it down
He said he'd been in battle in that beautiful, new town
Then he showed me what he held onto - it was red, white, and blue
And I knew he was fighting for me and you.

His name was, "Freedom' in America - Freedom
He was hurt, but he couldn't be broken. He would never give in!
His name was, "Freedom" in America - Freedom
And he'll live on and on...

I asked him, "You from around here?" Said he lives in every land
From the heights of Colorado, to the depths of Florida's sand
And I thought he looked familiar - like a long lost high school friend
And I knew he'd be with us to defend.

Then he told me of his story - wouldn't believe what he had seen
From the best of human kindness - to the worst of human beings
But he felt his life transforming, right before his very eyes
Seeing hope, through the dust and darkened skies.

His name was, "Freedom' in America - Freedom
He was hurt, but he couldn't be broken. He would never give in!
His name was, "Freedom" in America - Freedom
And he'll live on and on...

And I thought about this day
How the world would never be the same
Through my prayers, I heard him say
"We're so lucky to live in the U.S.A! The U.S.A!"

And I begged him not to leave us
He said he had to be movin' on
There were lots of people needing to feel the strength of his lovin' arms
So I thanked him for giving us courage - he said we'd had it deep inside
Through my tears, my heart was filled with endless pride!

His name was, "Freedom" in America, Freedom!
And he'll live on and on!
His name was, "Freedom" in America, Freedom!
We'll always sing this Freedom's song

Merry Christmas to every American combat veteran, where ever you may be.

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