OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER is an initiative developed by Vietnam veteran and author Cym Lowell to support the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom in the Armed Forces. Lowell donates 100 percent of the proceeds from Lowell’s books to support the Soldiers’ Angels Valour-IT program and the Patriot PAWS Service Dogs organization.
SOLDIERS’ ANGELS VALOUR-IT raised approximately $17,000 and donated 100 adaptive laptops to wounded warriors. These voice-activated laptops help wounded warriors who are healing from amputations, paralysis, eye injuries, burns and brain trauma to stay in touch with their family and their units during their recovery and afterward. Lowell presented one of these specialized laptops to US Army Capt. James Van Thatch (Ret.) in New York City on the USS Intrepid, where the story was covered by TV’s Fox Today. Lowell told the people on board, “I am so honored to be sharing the stage with these fine men and women of the armed forces.” After seeing the impact on the wounded warriors he was able to help, Lowell was inspired to expand OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER into a bigger mission.
PATRIOT PAWS SERVICE DOGS is a new addition to the ONC initiative and supports wounded warriors by training service dogs. Lowell learned about the great need for specially trained service dogs after talking with the wounded warriors he met through Soldiers’ Angels. These service dogs help our returning heroes healing from mobile disabilities and PTS regain physical and emotional independence. For wounded warriors working through PTS, this program has become another area of support for veterans, but is a program that goes unfunded by the Veterans Administration. Cym is excited to support Patriot PAWS and continue helping wounded warriors across the country.
Did you know…
- More than 1.6 million military personnel have served in Iraq and Afghanistan following 9/11 and hold veteran status.
- 253,330 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.
- Estimated 22 veterans commit suicide each day.