Hero Story: Cpl Roy Vanwey

Marine Corporal Roy Vanwey was burned when his vehicle struck an IED in June, 2006 while he was conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Roy suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 70% of his body, face and extremities. Roy also suffered very serious inhalation burns to his throat and lungs, and fractures in his back.

Semper Fi Fund Hero Vanwey painting
Cpl Vanwey painting

For over three months, he was an inpatient at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and he endured a long and difficult recovery, many operations and hours of physical therapy. Roy was eventually medically retired due to his injuries in May, 2008.

The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) has been with the Vanwey family since Roy arrived at the hospital — assisting with support grants to offset loss of income as they stayed at Roy’s bedside, funding travel for all five of Roy’s brothers to visit him and helping with the purchase of a therapeutic bed.

The SFF was also able to help Roy get set-up to take part in a Therapeutic Art program. Although Roy had lost several fingers on each hand, he has become a very talented painter and painting has now become his passion. Just ask to see his portfolio!

Thank you Roy for your service to our country and for sharing your amazing talent with the world!

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