On February 24th, Army Lt. Bergan Flannigan lost her right leg below the knee in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. She is recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but people who know Bergan say she can do it.
But she is going to need a lot of support and so is her family. Many people are reaching out to help Bergan and her family. I'd like to highlight some of these efforts.
This past Saturday the The Veterans Organization of Tupper Lake, along with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Marine Corps League, ARISE and Big Tupper held a fundraiser to benefit Bergan and her family. The money raised will allow her parents, Billy and Amy Arsenault to spend as much time as possible by their daughter's side.
This is a link to a YouTube video describing the fundraiser which raised $25,000. Congratulations to the people who particpated in this great community effort!
Tupper Lake, NY has a Facebook page and if you fan them, you can read more about this great community reaching out to help one of their own.
Bergan also has the love and support of her husband Tom who is also in the Army, he is an MP (I am unsure of his rank) and a fellow alum of Norwich University - where they also have Bergan's back.
But Bergan and her family have a long road ahead of them, so donations will be needed in the future too.
Donations can be sent to:
PO Box 1200
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
This is a link to pics of Bergan's Purple Heart presentation ceremony.
Good luck Bergan, a lot of us are pulling for you!