Magazine article VFW Magazine

Unmet Needs Aids Struggling Families

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Unmet Needs Aids Struggling Families

Article excerpt

More than $1 million has been provided to military families through this worthy program created by Vermont American Tools.

When John Housenick of Stewart, Minn., was wounded in Iraq in September 2005 while serving with the Minnesota Army National Guard, his wife, Teresa, knew that what was most important was to be by his side.

He suffered second- and third-degree burns on his hands and face and also had severe inhalation burns. Teresa stayed with John for two of his five months at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

While she was away, her kitchen faucet leaked, causing serious damage. She also wanted to install automatic garage door openers because John will have limited use of his hands, preventing him from ever manually opening the doors.

She was given a list of Web sites to visit, all of which could provide potential help. VFW's and Vermont American Power Tool's Unmet Needs program, which falls under VFW's Military Assistance Program, was where Teresa found the help she needed.

The Unmet Needs staff provided the Housenicks with more than $1,200, which they used to purchase the garage door opener and a new faucet.

"This makes things so much easier for John," Teresa said. "He can finally back the car out without needing me to open the door."

She added that he's now thinking of going to school to study computers. For now, he's concentrating on getting well.

"All things considered, John is doing good and coping very we'll," Teresa said. …

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