Dear Friends and Family,
We received Dennis Cabanting’s story below, and would like to pass it on in light of the holiday weekend. We hope you and your families have a great 4th of July! Thank a Soldier or a Veteran and have a Happy Independence Day!
–The Staff of Purcell & Amen, L.L.C.
I’m not asking for money, just a donation of your time to welcome a soldier to St. Louis. Please read this story before you say you can’t make it. His story may change your mind
Dennis Cabanting was injured by an IED 11/2006. He suffered Traumatic Brain Injury known as TBI. Many of our wounded military, you can not see their injuries but they are there. Dennis’ injuries you could not see was causing liaisons to form on his brain, from these liaisons he now has progressive MS. This energetic happy fun loving young man has been losing his mobility and sight.
Right now Dennis lives in his home state of Hawaii with his wife. His children are not able to come to Hawaii to see him. So Julie Ann is bringing him home to her house and will travel to bring his children to see him, maybe the last time he will actually get to see their smiling faces.
How about coming to the airport to be a part of a welcoming to Dennis? Help show him that his sacrifice is not forgotten and that in the hearts of friends and strangers he is loved and supported. Dennis and his mother will be arriving in St. Louis via American Airlines Flight 1258 from LA on Saturday 7/2/2011 at 12:50pm.
Dennis and his mother hold a very dear place in my heart. Dennis’ mother is Julie Ann Najar, founder of A Soldiers Wish List. When Dennis was deployed in 2003 to Iraq he had asked his mother to send care packages not to just him but to some of his men who would not be receiving any from home. She did it but Julie Ann does not just do it, she does it with her whole heart. A Soldiers Wish List (ASWL) was born. I can’t keep up with how many deployed men and women have passed through ASWL, I would not doubt if it is over 200,000. Last Christmas over 12,000 individually wrapped with a bow Christmas Presents went out to our deployed. A soldier asked for pizza from home, Julie Ann found a way to send him not just one pizza, how about 50 Imo’s pizza. She has touched the lives with many special requests and taken simple requests to turn them into very special moments.
Please consider coming to the airport for a soldier who thought you and I were worth fighting for when he didn’t even know our names. This is 4th of July weekend; why not celebrate it by honoring one who helps keep our Independence alive and well.
I look forward in seeing everyone there and as usual, please pass this along to people you know.
Home of the Free…Because of the Brave