SSG Pearce & Family Helped by Wounded Warriors Family Support
In September of 2006, SSG Pearce of the 172nd Striker Brigade in Mushada, Iraq was escorting a convoy when it was hit by an IED. SSG Pearce was critically wounded by shrapnel hitting him in the head resulting in a traumatic brain injury with both vision and hearing loss. He was airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, and then to Walter Reed Army Hospital where he spent several months in a coma. He fought hard to regain his life with his wife and 2 children. And his family has fought hard for him.
Recently, SSG Pearce’s wife needed to have a medical procedure on her ankle and foot, which left her unable to do her usual family and household chores. She was unable to go up and down the stairs of her two-story home, and was unable to drive. With SSG Pearce unable to drive as well, this left the responsibilities to their teenage daughter.
To complicate matters further, just as SSG Pearce wife’s recovery began, he developed an infection in the shunt that regulates fluid and pressure on his brain, and had to be hospitalized. As always, Mrs. Pearce wanted to be right by his side.
That’s when Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) stepped in. They provided housekeeping, some meal prep and assistance with getting groceries and medications. Also there was supervision and support for the kids, that allowed them to stay focused on school, finals, and graduation.
WWFS allowed SSG Pearce’s wife to be at the hospital without trying to get back and forth, as her own injuries healed.
Respite is always important for caregivers when they need it. WWFS takes great pride and feels very honored to be able to jump in and help when there is a need.
Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Learn more at WWFS.org.
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