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President Obama Hosts Wounded Warriors Taking Part in the "Soldier Ride" at the White House

By Rosye B. Cloud

Thanks to your courage and your resolve, we've been able to end one war, and begin winding down another. But for you, and for all our wounded warriors, coming home doesn't mean that the fight is over. In some ways, it's only just begun — President Barack Obama, April 17, 2013

Today we are privileged to celebrate the upcoming journey of some of our amazing Wounded Warriors. These inspiring Veterans will accomplish the daunting task of riding over the next three days and inspiring us all. For these combat-wounded veterans, Soldier Ride uses cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds of war. It’s a wonderful connection as they return to an active lifestyle.

President Barack Obama gives a high-five to a rider as he and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama is committed to caring for our wounded warriors by expanding access to the best health care available and helping them to overcome their injuries, assisting in pursuing employment, and connecting them to the best education available to meet their personal goals. The Administration understands that a successful recovery requires access and connection to quality care and services. That is why in August of last year the President signed a Military Mental Health Executive Order that increases the number of VA mental health professionals and peer-to-peer support counselors.

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From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/17/president-obama-hosts-wounded-warriors-taking-part-soldier-ride-white-house

Veteran Organization Refuses Christian School’s Donation

By B. Christopher Agee

army soldier1 Veteran organization refuses Christian schools donation

After ponying up a $100 fee for the ability to raise money for the nationwide Wounded Warrior Project, staff members of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Florida were stunned to receive an email declining their effort.

Claiming the group could not accept donations from the fundraiser described as “religious in nature,” the WWP passed up funding needed to provide outreach services as well as the chance for students in the school to feel the joy of helping out the organization.

The church’s pastor said everyone involved was “heartbroken,” noting fundraising organizers “had to tell our children and parents we can’t give to the Wounded Warrior Project.”

He said the incident has made them feel like “second-class citizens now because we are people of faith.”

The news came as such a shock that the school secretary contacted the non-profit organization to make sure the original email was accurate. To the dismay of those hoping to donate, including about 460 students in the academy, a WWP representative upheld the group’s previous refusal to accept any proceeds.

According to the pastor, organizers expected to collect up to $50,000 for the group, noting he was forced to break the news to his congregation in “one of the saddest letters I have ever had to write.”

One sixth-grade teacher said her class was so anxious to give to the cause many had already forfeited their lunch money, adding one class had raised $400 before the fundraiser had even officially begun.

Sadly, we will never know how successful this effort would have been since, as the pastor explained in his letter to congregants and parents, “we … are being discriminated against.”

All money already donated was returned to the donors, he said; and the search continues for another veterans organization – hopefully one that would actually accept the generous donations of selfless students.

WWP refunded the church’s registration fee, effectively ending any relationship between the two entities; and parents say they are left with the unenviable task of explaining the situation to their children.

“We teach that our country was founded for religious freedom,” one parent said. “and then to find out that we couldn’t even support the Wounded Warriors because we are Christians – it was hard to explain to them.”

With so many charities already firmly in the leftist camp, it is extremely disappointing that a veterans services group would join them in derision toward faith-based donors.
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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism