Magazine article VFW Magazine

Reward Their Courage

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Reward Their Courage

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Since 2015, members of VFW Post 1308 in Alton, Ill., have uplifted sick and terminally ill children - more than 500 in the U.S. and even one in London, England.

According to member Wayne Able, the Post presents the Courage Inspiration Determination (CID) Medal to children in hospitals in nearby states. On July 19, Able said "several" children at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., received CID medals. (See November/ December 2016 Checkpoint for more on the CID.)

Able, co-creator of the CID program, said that wherever Post members travel to present a medal, he calls the local Post to participate in the ceremony as well.

The thought behind this gesture, Able said, is to recognize the battle each ill child faces and reward their courage.

"While their brothers and sisters are getting trophies, they'll have a medal that's the same size and same dimensions as the men and women in uniform," said member and co-creator Bill Perkins.

Able said after he read about a dying child named Cody Green and Marine Sgt. Mark Dolfini, the Post presented a CID to the child's family in 2016.

In 2012, Dolfini had heard that Green wanted to grow up to be a Marine. He went to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis to visit Green, who was already unconscious. Dolfini made the decision to stand watch outside Green's room until he passed, which turned out to be eight hours later.

After a nurse told Dolfini that Green's end was near, Dolfini presented the 12-year-old with his navigator wings before leaving. …

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