Monday, November 3, 2008
Southland Gift drive will help those wounded in service
The Rev. Rodney Reinhart was moved to action after watching a commercial featuring a U.S. senator helping a family deeply impacted by the Iraq war.
The commercial shows U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) giving aid to par ents whose child was wounded.
"We we're so impressed by that, we just had to speak up and take action," Reinhart said.
Reinhart, who serves St. Joseph's and St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Blue Island, is organizing a gift drive for local veterans who were wounded.
"They're forgotten," Reinhart said. "The government often times keeps sending them back to the war. They keep fixing them up, getting them to the point where they can return back to the battlefield. If they're wounded again, the government sends them home, and oftentimes they're not given the kind of health care services they need to really get better."