T.A.M.P.A. has been helping wounded warriors since we learned of "Maxwell's Hall" at Camp Lejeune in December of 2005. Here are just some of the ways that we keep involved....
We are currently assisting the Tunnel To Towers Foundation with the upcoming Lt. Dan Band Concert in Tampa, Florida on May 10, 2013
During the holiday season we chose to help out 4 families at the Tampa VA by collecting donations for Christmas Baskets. What a joy it was to deliver them in person and have a chance to visit and share with the families.
Update June 2011: Wilson's WW Florida Vacation Happens!!!On June 1st the Wilson's arrived in Tampa for their weeks stay. Through the donations of numerous supporters, organizations and businesses the trip was a wonderful success. Dinosaur World, Lowry Park, Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Beach, spa day for Ashley, hunting trip for Jonathan and many sunny hours spent splashing and having fun in the pool were just some of the highlights of the trip.
In the fall of 2010 we made the
Wilson family our newest wounded warrior project. Funds were raised for
a complete 10 day Florida vacation for the family; USMC WW Veteran
Jonathan, wife Ashley and sons Preston & Hunter. Generous
donations provided hotel accommodations, visits to many local
attractions, hunting trip for Jonathan, spa day for Ashley, meals and
spending monies. Unfortunately a few days before there arrival Preston
had an accident (jumping off the couch) and broke his leg. The vacation
had to be postponed, but ALL monies and gifts for the trip have been
put on hold until the family can come in the Spring.
Special thanks to the following organizations & businesses
for their contributions in making the Wilson's trip a complete success: Black Dagger Military Hunt Club, Dave WintersGreg HolmbergAtlantic Blue, Arnie - Rowdy - CameronVuzix Corporation, James Donnelly & Steve Glaser Wyndham Tampa Westshore, Connie PaulInterContinental Tampa, Deborah GuchThe Catering Company, Sharon SilverPat SchenckRiverview Memorial VFW Post 8108, Laura Copeland - CommanderRiverview Memorial VFW Post 8108 Ladies Auxiliary, Norrine Forest - PresidentRiverview Memorial VFW Post 8108 Mens Auxiliary, Dave Schenck, PresidentArmed Forces Military Museum, Nadine Piazza
We were able to purchase, through the FL Braive Fund grant, the new book "Our Daddy Is Invincible" by Shannon Maxwell. T.A.M.P.A.'s very own Celine D. (sister of ww Adam) wrote a small excerpt for the book about her brother and is featured with other ww families.
T.A.M.P.A. members preparing books for distribution
Through the FL BRAIVE FUND we were able to offer these handbooks
FREE to OIF/OEF central Florida wounded warriors and their families.
As of June 2011 over 1000 handbooks have been distributed!
Co-Authored by one of T.A.M.P.A.'s members; Janelle Hill
CWO Chris Hedgcorth, WWBn East Lejeune, & Veteran Adam Sardinas, both wounded warriors, represented T.A.M.P.A. at the Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament in Tampa on November 16th. T.A.M.P.A. covered travel and lodging expenses for CWO during his trip.
Cyd, Adam, Pro Golfer Jim Thorpe, Chris & Kym
at the "Combat Zone" hole. Cyd spent the day
helping teams in and out of their flack jackets and kevlars in order
to get the idea of how it feels to golf in gear.
On October 24, 2009 Wounded Warriors and their families were special guests of honor at the
Florida Marine Corps League state convention held at the Safety Harbor Spa.
Cyd, Adam & family attend Maxwell's retirement
Founder of Wounded Warriors retires, leaves his mark
7/2/2009 By Pfc. Jahn R. Kuiper, Marine Corps Base Quantico
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. �
The crowd rises and applauds him one final time, their praise echoes throughout the hall. Each person wears a smile or grin on their face but there he stands stoic, holding his emotions behind a stone face. For those in crowd who knows of his incredible journey they can’t help but let their emotions flow.
Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell, one of the founders of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, retired after 22 years of dedicated service on June 26 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Maxwell deployed six times and on his final deployment, in Iraq, he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury October 7, 2004, when his forward operating base was hit by a mortar. Shrapnel tore though the left side of his brain.
While recuperating he found his recovery was made easier when he was around other wounded warriors. He began advocating for wounded warriors and their families and worked diligently to establish the Wounded Warrior Barracks.
After all he has accomplished, Maxwell feels its time to step down.
"I’ve decided its time to go because a year ago I went for surgery to pull out piece of shrapnel near my brain stem, said Maxwell. "It crippled me on my right side. Now I can’t represent the Marine Corps like I should. Marines are known for looking good in their uniform and when I can’t look good in my camies it’s time to go."
"[Assistant Commandant] General Amos approved the idea, Col. Kelly (a friend and fellow WW advocate with Maxwell) was the one who developed the idea, but it was Lt. Col. Maxwell who planted the seed for the Wounded Warrior Regiment," said Lt. Col. David J. Lofgren, the Executive Officer for the Wounded Warrior Regiment. "He got the wounded warriors together so they can heal together. The worst thing for a wounded warrior is the isolation. You feel like you’re sandbagging it when the rest of your unit is out there fighting."
At the Wounded Warrior Barracks we are able see most of the problems people have so we can fix and prevent them from happening again, said Lofgren.
"There are 10,000 plus people who can attest to how the [Wounded Warrior] Regiment has affected them positively," said Master Sgt. Kenneth R. Barnes, a Staff NCO for WWR. "Those guys would have been lost without Lt. Col. Maxwell."
"He’s iconic because he has been severely injured – his wounds are visible," said Laughlin. "People know him and what he has done. He’s a real person to relate to. He’s a walking miracle."
"The biggest hero of my life," said Barnes. "It amazes me the way he has fought and persevered and still coming up with great ideas."
"His legacy is the barracks and that Marines get taken care of," said Lofgren. "Marines won’t fall through the cracks – we’ll get a hold of them."
"His legacy is not stopping now," said Barnes. "The Wounded Warrior Regiment will always have his name on it."
Maxwell’s job is not complete. He has more goals for wounded warriors everywhere.
"I want to expand it to the entire DOD," said Maxwell. "The solutions are out there. The problem is that wounded guys don’t know about it. I have to spread the word."
"I would like to be an advisor outside of the Marine Corps for Wounded Warriors," said Maxwell. "I’m still trying to find a way to make it work exactly."
Maxwell left everyone at the retirement ceremony with on final message. "Do me a favor and don’t frown on me – don’t feel sorry for me. It is what it is."
- Correspondent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Jernigan is at it again. You can't miss these video clips about the Brainport and sight restoration!
Cpl. Matthew Sondermann (far left) and the rest of "Team Semper Fi"
at the first Run4Chance on February 21, 2009.
It took place as part of the 28th annual "Race on the Base" held at the
Joint Forces Training Base at Los Alamitos, California.
The Run4Chance initiative is a partnership between HBO
and The Chance Phelps Foundation.
Cpl. Matthew S. is the brother of one of our T.A.M.P.A. members.
Our very own ww Mike J.appeared all over the Tampa Bay area with "Brittany" advertising for
Paws For Patriots.
Mike is the son of T.A.M.P.A. members Tracey & Bob.
This photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows Jordan Pierson, front left, of Sturgis, Mich., and other comrades cycling past the marker noting the southernmost point in the continental United States, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Key West, Fla., to end the Florida Keys' segment of Soldier Ride. The event was staged to raise public awareness and support for the needs of severely injured members of the military. The organization's bicycle trips provide rehabilitative opportunities for injured soldiers. Pierson lost his leg after being wounded in Fallujah, Iraq, Dec. 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Dan Baker) February 19, 2006
Jordan is the son of one of our T.A.M.P.A. members.
Wounded Warriors at T.A.M.P.A.'s 2006 USMC Family Birthday Ball Celebration
Cpl Mike Jernigan, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell, Cpl Phillip Tussey & LCpl Adam Sardinas
Adam is the son/brother of T.A.M.P.A.'s Presidents family.
In 2008 T.A.M.P.A. had the priveledge of helping the Goddeau family.
Laura, Roman and their 2 children come to Florida
to stay at Shades of Green and visit Disney.
Through generous contributions from T.A.M.P.A. members
we were able to purchase their park passes for the Magic Kingdom!
T.A.M.P.A. had the priveledge and honor
of having Lt. Col. Maxwell (now retired) as our guest of honor
and speaker at our 2nd annual Marine Family Birthday ball.
To learn more about what he and his wife Shannon do
and their love for our wounded warriors
visit the website: www.sempermax.com
*WW Handbooks distribution per Florida Braive Fund Grant guidelines
*Our Daddy is Invincible distribution per Florida Braive Fund Grant guidelines