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Sikh Americans of Chicago participate in "The Disabled Patriot Fund" Cause
Everyone noticed our presence at the event, that in itself created an awareness about us as Sikhs
Chicago, Nov. 01, 2013
A group of Chicago Sikh Americans participated in The Disabled Patriot Fund's 2nd Annual fund raising dinner on November 1, 2013 at Gibson's Steak House in Chicago, more than 180 total donors attended.
The Disabled Patriot Fund (D.P.F.) is a volunteer charitable organization located in Orland Park, Illinois to help wounded veterans and their families. The funds raised are used to help those that have been injured in
the "War on Terror."
"Because of our mistaken Sikh identity, we are always trying to do things that capture the attention of the mainstream? It was a wonderful outreach on behalf of our Sikh community. Everyone noticed our presence at the event, that in itself created an awareness about us. You never know where these relationships will take us and it is the natural growth of these kinds of connections that we're trying to develop between our community and the mainstream American communities. Because really we are just one American community," said Rajinder Singh Mago.
"Men and women who are protecting our freedom are coming home with varying levels of disabilities and may receive minimal financial assistance from existing governmental agencies. We hope that you feel, as we do, that they deserve our support. What better reason to give back to the community than to help those within our communities who have sacrificed so much? Please join us in thanking these young men and women, " said Patrick McShane the President of D.P.F.
"We can connect the work of our Sikh Organizations or Gurdwaras with such efforts on behalf of veterans. This has a mainstream appeal, and assisting veterans is something all of us in America need to do more," said Hardial
At this event several veterans were honored and a select few given grants of $5000. each.
U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Mapson,, served in the Army from 2002 to 2005. In 2004, Nick's Humvee ran over two IED's (Improvised Explosive Device) resulting in one fatality and three survivors. One of those survivors being
Nick. Nick suffered 3rd degree burns over 30% of his body. He lost 40% vision in one eye, lost part of his left ear and developed hearing loss. He also suffers from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and herniated discs in the spine. He is 100% disabled.
Jonathan Jans served in Ramadi, Iraq from September 2005 to April 2006. OnMarch 9th, he was driving a Humvee on patrol and was hit by an IED and knocked unconscious. Jon was awaken by his Team Leader, only to find the
Turret Gunner slumped over on him (the Turret Gunner survived). Jonathan suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD; as a result of the IED blast, he suffered a concussion and has been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain
The Disabled Patriot Fund was formed in 2004 by a group of area business people and local officials who came together because of a common interest ~ to help disabled American veterans who have fought in the War on Terrorism.
Their common goal is to "provide financial relief for local U.S. military families who have been adversely affected by the War on Terror". Many of the directors and committee members are local businessmen and associated with
the home building industry, and the current president is also the president and CEO of a Chicago bank.
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