This year, SCCE is inaugurating a charity silent auction at our annual Compliance & Ethics Institute. Our CEI Silent Auction will benefit America’s Fund, a charity dedicated to providing resources and financial support to critically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
America’s Fund was an easy choice after hearing how they helped Compliance Officer, Kim Lansford, and her son, Staff Sergeant Justin Lansford.
On April 23, 2012, SSG Lansford was severely injured when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle, while he was in the gun turret. The vehicle was completely flipped, with SSG Lansford trapped underneath it for more than 30 minutes, while his fellow soldiers worked to lift the truck off of him. As a result of the explosion, SSG Lansford suffered the loss of his left leg above the knee, crush injuries to his right leg and ankle, a ruptured spleen, damage to his liver and pancreas, two collapsed lungs, a broken back, burns to his right arm, as well as other injuries. Justin spent four months in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering, and pushed through another two years of physical therapy.
During the course of his recovery, Justin and his family received tremendous support from America’s Fund. After being injured, Justin was flown from Afghanistan to Germany for treatment. America’s Fund made contact with Justin and his family in Germany, just days after his injury. They provided support and necessary items that that the family left behind in the United States due to their rapid departure to be at Justin’s bedside. America’s Fund also provided assistance with maintaining the family’s Pennsylvania home during the months they were at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, assisting with Justin’s recovery and rehabilitation. Their involvement didn’t stop after Justin’s discharge from Walter Reed.
They have been an integral part of his recovery ever since. They have provided needed support, adaptive equipment and have sponsored therapeutic trips to aide in Justin’ recovery – including a trip to Germany to personally thank the doctors and nurses who saved his life.
With the help of America’s Fund, Justin is thriving. He’s currently working on his bachelor’s degree, majoring in political science, with a minor in Islamic world studies. He’ll be marrying his high-school sweetheart in October, and he has taken up hand-cycling as an alternative cardio exercise. To date, Justin has hand-cycled the Army 10 Miler, Chicago Marathon, and the Boston Marathon.
To hear Kim and Justin speak about their incredible journey, and the help America’s Fund has provided them, click here.
Please consider supporting our Silent Auction by donating an auction item.
Donations can be mailed to:
6500 Barrie Road, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55435
As a donor, you’ll be helping continue the important work America’s Fund does for our service members and their families.
Questions? Please contact Kortney Nordrum at 952-405-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org