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Hawai‘i Wounded Warriors Program

Hawaii Wounded Warrior Program patchThe Hawai‘i Wounded Warrior Program assists Marines who have been injured in combat or are seriously ill with the sudden transitions they face physically, mentally, and professionally.

Dad lost his voice box among other injuries. At night, his son hugs his neck, closely inclining his ear to hear Dad whisper bedtime stories.

Who We Are

A wide range of injuries requires a wide range of services, including surgery, therapy, training and education. These Marines and Sailors and their families come to our beautiful islands during a very stressful time, facing new challenges and an uncertain future. While working hard to recover and rehabilitate, much of their time is spent on base involved in the extensive services provided there. Volunteers provide the link to our community by organizing social events, finding career internships, and introducing the program to local businesses and organizations.


Still in the Fight

Getting out in the fresh air and sunshine, despite their injuries, is a great way for our Wounded Warriors to experience Hawai‘i and have fun!

Our Marines get to have some much needed relaxation either in the water or riding along in the boat. Activities like this allow our Wounded Warriors to refresh their spirits and provide a special place for families and friend to celebrate life. Your support helps fund group trips to see the islands from land, sea and air. If you or someone you know can help sponsor a trip, please contact Chaplain Steve Jensen.


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A group of Wounded Warriors visit Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A group of Wounded Warriors visit Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Quarterly trips to the Big Island and Kaua‘i for warriors with most severe PTSD allows them to unwind and discover the treasures of Hawai‘i.

What You Can Do

You can help our Wounded Warriors add relaxation and enjoyment to their list of experiences here in Hawai‘i. It’s all about connections and opportunities!

Supporting our program helps connect Wounded Warriors and their family to the community by providing opportunities for them to meet people and explore the splendor of our islands outside the barracks. The Hawai‘i Wounded Warriors Program connects local community groups and organizations with opportunities to serve and support these men and women and allows local businesses to show their appreciation by providing their services.


Get Us There—We’ll do the Rest

After 12 surgeries to remove shrapnel, this warrior tires with his crutches and a fellow Marine carries him

Whether hiking, sailing, or golfing, these special men and women find ways to make it work. Getting away from the base is as therapeutic as the services on base. Socializing often helps open up people struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and group trips provide a safe place to begin reaching out again. If you, your organization, or your company would like to donate funds or services, these Marines and Sailors are ready to go no matter how rigorous. Their abilities determine which outings they go on—not their disability—so don’t hesitate to offer a group trip. Contact Chaplain Steve Jensen to learn more about how you might be able to assist our Wounded Warriors.


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Occasionally restaurants treat a group of Wounded Warriors to a meal.

The Way to a Marine’s Heart

Let’s face it, Hawai‘i’s ‘ono grinds are unbeatable. Going to restaurants is definitely a fantastic treat for our Wounded Warriors, and local restaurants often generously donate meals at their facility. However, on long therapy days, just relaxing at the barracks on base is preferred, so having a home-cooked or catered meal is the best of both worlds. We coordinate with churches, community groups, and restaurants to bring delicious meals to the barracks, even grilling with the Marines and Sailors. If you, your organization, or your business would like to provide meals, please contact Chaplain Steve Jensen to get the details.

St. John Lutheran in Kailua, the LCH, and other organizations cook BBQ meals each month at the Wounded Warrior barracks.


A group of Wounded Warriors head out on a snorkeling tour.

Offer Your Aloha and Support

Not all Wounded Warriors are male, and not all have been injured by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); some are laid low by cancer and other diseases. As you can imagine, being infirm and away from home can be a lonely time, and our program brings people together. Friendships, mentorships, and other types of support from the community mean a great deal to these Wounded Warriors. Getting involved is a great way to meet these extraordinary people and open their eyes to the possibilities all around them right here in Hawai‘i.


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Charitable Needs Opportunities

Local community groups and individuals can help our Marines enjoy their time here, learn new skills, and explore career fields by offering their time, resources, and monetary support to our program.

Instruction

  • Academic Tutors
  • Weekly cooking class instructor
  • Guitar instructor
  • Kite surfing/standup paddling lessons

Recreation

  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Kualoa Ranch events
  • Sailing
  • Sea Life Park, Wet & Wild, Polynesian Culture Center, etc.
  • Dinner cruises and Helicopter Tours
  • Neighbor island trips
  • Movie tickets

Gifts and Gift Certificates

  • Taxi Vouchers
  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Prepaid Phones
  • Frequent Flyer Miles
  • Commissary/MCX/NEX Gift Cards
  • Build Storage Facility for Recreation Items

Services

  • Golf Cart Maintenance and Repair of Current Cart
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Interisland Air Tickets for PTSD Groups
  • Suits for Interviews
  • Provide Dinners at Barracks (groups/restaurants)
  • Babysitting

Internships

  • Law and Law enforcement
  • Homeland Security
  • Fire Department
  • Search and Rescue
  • Nursing and EMT
  • Music Production

Volunteer Your Time and Talents

Contact Chaplain Steve Jensen by email at <kaneohesj@aol.com>

Contribute to the Hawai‘i Wounded Warriors Program

  • Send your check made payable to “Lutheran Church of Honolulu” with “Wounded Warriors” in the memo line to:

    Wounded Warrior Fund
    Lutheran Church of Honolulu
    1730 Punahou St.
    Honolulu, HI 96822

  • Make a secure online contribution via PayPal by clicking on the button below. You will be taken to a secure LCH donations page on the PayPal site. There you may make a donation of any amount using your credit/debit card or PayPal account. (On the final screen of the process, where you review the details of your donation, you will have an opportunity to mark your donation “in memory of” or “in honor of ” an individual or organization.)
  • Make a recurring monthly pledge via PayPal that will be charged to your credit card or PayPal account by following the steps below. If you do not have a PayPal account, you will need to create one during the setup process to enable recurring payments.
    • Select the amount of your monthly pledge.
    • Press the Pledge button to go to the secure PayPal site to enter your credit card information to be charged for the amount selected above.
       
      Your recurring pledge will remain in effect until you change it with the Church Office or modify/cancel it using the Modify Pledge button below. Please make a note of the user name and password you use to make this pledge. You will will need them to modify/cancel your pledge.
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    • Use the Modify Pledge button to go to the secure PayPal site to change or cancel your recurring pledge using the user name and password under which you made the initial pledge.

The Lutheran Church of Honolulu is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. At the end of the current calendar year, a statement for tax purposes will be sent to the address provided when you make your donation.

If you have problems or questions about making a donation via PayPal or a donation that you have made, please contact LCH’s financial secretary.

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