Proof Positivity: Walsh Case Closed

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Finally, the Walsh case has closed.  Since the tragity of  the murder of John Walsh’s  son  a lot of good has come from it.  John Walsh started America’s Most Wanted because of it  by 1995 350 profiled criminals have been captured and stronger child laws are in place.  John Walsh and his family are strong advocates for children and he is a good example of turning a horribly bad thing into a positive thing.  The Walsh family advocated for Missing Children Act of 1982  and the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984.    The Walsh family also founded Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to legislative reform.  Previous to the Amber Alert we had Code Adam.  On July 27, 2006 the  Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act  was signed into legislation.

 

Honoring America’s Heroes

 

This week, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, brought more than 150 severely wounded veterans, their families and  caregivers to the 5th Annual Road to Recovery Conference & Tribute, Sunday Dec. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL.

 

The all-expense-paid event featured medical and career counseling, an adaptive sports clinic, motivational speakers, musical entertainment, and an opportunity to share inspirational success stories and form a lasting network of support.

“Tens of thousands of American troops have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan severely wounded, struggling to heal from physical and mental wounds, pay for medical and other bills, and re-enter civilian life,” said Dan Vargas, director of the CSAH Family Support Network.

Highlights of the Road to Recovery Conference included:

Adaptive Sports Clinic –  included adaptive skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and mountain biking, was adapted for use by amputees, the blind, and those with traumatic brain injury, not only served as a form of physical, but also psychological therapy.

Career Fair – Helping attendees transition from a military to a civilian lifestyle, the conference featured a job fair, resume writing and interviewing skills classes, and an employment panel, which led to successful job placements for veterans.

Entertainment – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, the Vandel-Snook Band, and artist Dan Dunn wowed the crowd, while up-and-coming country music star, wounded veteran and conference attendee Stephen Cochran surprised his fellow veterans and their families with a performance at the closing ceremony. Veterans were also given tickets to Walt Disney World, where they were able to share much needed quality time with their families.

Counseling Sessions – CSAH and a team of counselors from the Department of Veterans Affairs provided counseling sessions for the veterans, their spouses, caregivers and children to enable interactive conversation and facilitate the creation of a lasting support network to aid in the recovery process.

“There’s nothing the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes won’t do for a disabled vet,” said Ssgt. Matthew Keil, a disabled Army veteran who attended the conference with his wife Tracy. “This is the only place where we have been able to meet others who understand what we’re going through and find the right kind of support that we need. I’m with 150 families here that understand me and get it.”

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