While visiting Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox recently, I noticed many wounded Warriors with canes. Seeing patients using canes is nothing out of the ordinary for a military base hospital with a Wounded Warrior Transition Unit just a few blocks down the road. In fact, the canes are completely ordinary; simple black, standard issue military gear. Those soldiers using canes are so representative of our wounded Veterans returning from war. They are making a comeback, getting up on their feet again with a little help, but taking it one step at a time.
There is an excellent organization that has taken canes for Veterans a step further. The Eagle Cane Project provides 'presentation canes' to post-911 wounded Warriors who have leg disabilities from combat. The canes are works of art, personalized by woodcarvers in the same state as the recipients, and created with a majestic eagle head design.
Eagle Cane Project founders Jack Nitz and Stan Townsend were inspired by ABC News coverage of post-911 disabled Veterans and decided their woodcarving hobby could show support to so many who have sacrificed so much.
Today, Veterans in 28 states have received these beautiful canes. Let's rally together so that wounded Warriors in every state can be honored.
Visit the Eagle Cane Project online, http://www.eaglecane.com, or email founders Jack Nitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stan Townsend (email@example.com). Nominate a wounded Warrior, find a carving club in your area, or print a poster for your community bulletin board.
Special thanks to Soldiers' Angels for publishing information about these heroes.