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Warrior Foundation Freedom Station provides a place to heal

CBS 8 has been a proud associate with Warrior Foundation Freedom Station and helps to elevate money for warriors to begin a new starting.

SAN DIEGO — Military veterans and wounded warriors had been honored throughout America.

CBS 8 has been a proud associate with Warrior Foundation Freedom Station for years and helps to elevate money to assist warriors begin a new starting and ship them dwelling for the vacations.

From thirtieth Street in South Park, brilliant yellow cottages shine on the road; The within the cottages shines much more brilliantly at Freedom Station II.

“It’s been a miracle. A gift. I don’t know what I would be doing without the Foundation,” stated Cpl. Nick Voss, U.S. Marine veteran.

For a little over a year, he is lived in one of many Warrior Foundation Freedom Stations II’s cottages.

He medically retired in 2021 after a spinal wire harm in a helicopter accident whereas serving within the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion.

“The Foundation being able to provide me with a new wheelchair when I showed up in a broken one that was being held together by duct tape that was huge,” stated Voss. 

U.S. Marine Gunner Sgt. Dana Cisneros gave CBS 8 a tour of the legacy home that is a momentary dwelling for her and her mother and father whereas being handled close by at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

She underwent a below-the-knee amputation in August after an harm from a damaged foot.

“We were looking at hotels and Airbnb’s. And it’s so hard to find something ADA compliant or even has just, it is just handicap accessible period,” stated Cisneros.

Not all the wounded warriors’ accidents are as seen as a number of the residents.

“I went through five combat deployments. I’ve been blown up 21 times; not every day is easy,” stated Sgt. David Scott, U.S. Marine veteran. 

On the skin, you solely see his listening to aids, however Scott suffers from a number of brain accidents whereas serving from 2003 to 2014 within the 1st Battalion fifth Marines and third Battalion fifth Marines.

“It’s just one little step at a time,” stated Scott.

One of these steps occurred in June when the freelance photographer and his service canine Noble moved into one in every of eight cottages at Freedom Station II with different wounded warriors.

“It’s a great place for veterans to learn independence and how to live independently and create a structure,” stated Voss.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station has two villages, and one other one is within the works designed for in poor health or injured service members to transition into civilian life.

Warriors keep for a median of 16 months, they usually pay discounted lease, and after they transfer out, it makes manner for one more warrior to begin a new starting amongst comrades who get them. 

“They may not all have gone through the same thing that I’m going through. But we’ve all been through our own thing in our way. And we understand each other,” stated Cisneros.

That understanding may be the perfect medication to assist these wounded warriors heal.

“Somebody doesn’t always have the same mentality as you, but as a veteran and what they’re going through, they can always come back to you and build you up. And that’s super important,” stated Scott.

CBS 8 is a proud associate of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station’s nineteenth annual give-a-thon this Thursday, November 10.

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