My name is Dillon Richey. I am 16 years old and a junior at Liberty High School in Brentwood. Like many kids, I am involved in sports. I am on the Liberty High football team and also play lacrosse. But as I look around and I read the news, I realize that there is much more going on in the world outside my school and my town.
One issue that worries me is what happens to the soldiers who fight for our country when they come home. Oftentimes, sacrifices made by the heroes of America's armed forces are overlooked by today's youth. These sacrifices include leaving loved ones behind and the risk of being injured while serving our country.
What ways do we support our wounded veterans? After researching this topic, I found that wounded veterans don't have that great of a support system when they get home. There is a great need to fund more services to help wounded veterans.
As a member of our country's younger generation, I feel it is my as duty as an American citizen to get involved. I will make the effort to ensure that our wounded veterans get the resources, care and respect they deserve.
Although I am 16, I am taking a leadership role with organizing and fundraising for the Inaugural Golf Tournament for Wounded American Heroes to take place Sept. 8 at the Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is a direct recipient of the proceeds from this golf tournament.
If you are interested in helping wounded veterans with a donation or sponsorship, please e-mail me, Dillon Richey, at email@example.com or call 925-487-0636. I am a member of the organizing committee and am trying to raise $20,000 or as much as possible to help our returning soldiers.
I hope my efforts will benefit a wounded veteran, as I am interested in attending a United States service academy for my college education (possibly West Point). My main goal is to raise as much money as possible for wounded veterans, in case I one day walk in their shoes.