Chief Warrant Officer Second Class (CWO2) David Ortiz, US Army helicopter pilot, was completing a combat mission in Khost, Afghanistan on June 21, 2012 when his OH58D Kiowa Warrior experienced engine failure. David was one of just a few unit members to have survived the helicopter crash. Six days after the accident, David arrived at Walter Reed and was hustled into emergency surgery, and has been in and out of the hospital ever since working through a spinal cord injury.
“I was broken but I was alive – given a second chance that very few aviators ever get…I was told by the neurosurgeons that I had a complete spinal cord injury and that I would likely never walk again. From the moment I began navigating through the recovery, America’s Fund became a critical part of the process.”
America’s Fund – a program of the Semper Fi Fund – was there from day one to assist David and his family and alleviate financial pressure. Thanks to the added support, David’s family was able to take time off work and be at David’s side during this most challenging trial. America’s Fund also assisted with necessary renovations and upgrades that were necessary at David’s house so that he may be able to return home and continue life safely and comfortably.
“Yet what proved more critical than the monetary aid was the compassion and understanding that the America’s Fund case manager brought to me and my family. She would often sit with me and my family to spend time with us. Her smile, determination, understanding, and optimistic disposition served as a constant source of strength for me and my family.”
The Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund are proud to have an amazing network of staff and volunteers who care deeply for the men and women we serve. We wrap our arms around our service members like we would our own family. This is why we are so invested in the success of the heroes among us, and so grateful for your support in “serving those who preserve our freedom!”
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