For the troops who return home with one of war's cruelest injuries, genital wounds, the recovery process continues long after the initial surgery.
Doctors at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where the wounded first arrive from Iraq or Afghanistan, said that they saw a threefold increase in genital wounds from 2008 to 2010, the Huffington Post reported in October. The injuries -- typically sustained from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) -- have become so widespread that troops suffering from such wounds recently became eligible for the VA's traumatic-injury life insurance.
"We recognize that these types of injuries are
devastating and can have a long-lasting impact on the
Servicemember's quality of life," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki in a
While the VA provides health care for genitourinary problems and disability compensation, these veterans still require additional healing after leaving the hospital bed.
It is at such moments, when a veteran is fighting to regain his health and sense of self, that nonprofits step in to supplement the VA's services and give the wounded warriors the holistic recovery they need.
Learn about the organizations that are helping to complete that mission below and how you can get involved with the cause.
Medical Help For the injured warriors who have undergone major surgeries, but still need more reconstructive work they can't afford, there’s Iraq Star. This nonprofit steps in to give injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars the continued surgeries they need to heal and improve their self esteem.
Learn how you can help Iraq Star here.
Consider donating to Hope for the Warriors here.
Find out how you can contribute to the Coming Home Project here.
Learn how you can donate to a wounded veteran in need here.
Consider donating to the National Veterans Foundation here.