A LIFETIME OF DISABILITY
Whatever is the price that one should pay for one’s
country becomes a moot point after a battle related injury or death. Therefore,
the real question is what projects— in addition to our nation’s efforts —should charities and citizens undertake
to support our nation’s protectors and their survivors?
People joining our all-volunteer armed services enlist for
a specific tour of duty. Sadly, for many wounded, that tour becomes a lifetime
of disability. For survivors of fallen heroes, it is an eternity of irreplaceable
“Support Our Troops” has to be more than a slogan...
and more than a magnetized ribbon to place on a vehicle.
The Increasing Need
Though we are at war, the public has oddly been told to “go
about its business.” Still, the medical, mental, and societal needs from
this war are increasing. Further, the greater survivability of “woundeds”
is further stressing the system, Today, even older veterans are in jeopardy of
losing benefits. Legislators need hear the public’s concern.
Therefore, besides the government, it takes charitable organization,
grass-roots efforts, and citizen volunteers to truly “Support Our Troops.”
The Myth vs. The Reality
Most Americans believe that all veterans are
fully covered by the Veterans’ Administration. This is not the case.
Disabled veterans are classified by their needs. The most severely wounded are identified, treated, and supported by the federal government. However, many other vets, unknowingly, often “fall through the bureaucratic cracks.”
It may be seem incomprehensible, but due to HIPPA privacy requirements, it is not even possible for the local veteran’s office to
know of a returning veterans needs… or those of a surviving family.
Death and casualties are not unintended consequences of war.
They are the ugly part of war! Yet despite the “proud” rhetoric of
our nation, it budgets funds as if the casualties -- immediate and long term -- are an unexpected result.
Our troops need everyone’s
After The BuglesTM
“Whatever the war, whatever the politics, whatever the injury or loss, After The Bugles moves to the needs of the veterans disabled by war and survivors of fallen heroes.”
After The Bugles Organization
A Public Charity in support of Wounded Veterans & SurviVors
of Fallen TRoops
After The Bugles
125 Moose Hill Parkway Sharon, Massachusetts 02067
After The Bugles Corporations is a non-profit organized under Massachusetts General Laws.
After The Bugles has been approved its 501c3 public charity status by the Internal Revenue
Service. EIN 41-2231275. All donations
of cash and kind are tax deductible to the extent of laws
After The Bugles is founded, initially funded, and run by
Larry Babb and John David Sottile. The organization has a Board of Advisors whose
members have been chosen for their concern about
disabled veterans and survivors needs.
After The Bugles work directly with the public for our charitable
purposes as well as a co-charity that assists other non-profit veteran organizations.
Our contribution to these groups is creativity and talent, which leads
to donations that help our causes.
After The Bugles is non-political. We neither endorse candidates nor sponsor legislation. Through
our efforts, we hope to inform and motivate citizens to become involved with the support of disabled veterans' / survivors
care and benefits.
After The Bugles TM
to unify the awareness of challenges faced
by disabled veterans plus survivors of fallen troops and to create an annual fundraising day
focused around a yearly national telethon
in support of veterans and survivors needs.
MEANING & MISSION
After the "ruffles and flourishes" of drums and bugles —
providing either a sorrowful good-bye to a fallen hero, or a heartfelt "Welcome Home" to a wounded veteran — have faded...
the survivors of a fallen
hero are left with both the devastating loss of the loved one and the on-going after-shocks of that loss plus the additional burdens which deployment also brought… and
the disabled veteran
is left with possible uncertainty about his/her wounds; guilt over being away from his/her comrades; flash-backs from
his/her war experiences; anonymity with even the local veterans office... and perhaps a very difficult time re-integrating
his/her injured self into a family, with friends, and -- if physically/mentally
possible -- into a job.
After the bugles it is
not a happy time for far too many heroes.
Our goal is to lessen this