Veterans are some of the most important heroes of our American society. They have fought for our freedoms and risked their lives whether or not society realizes it or appreciates it. We know as descendants of Revolutionary War veterans that we would not have the freedoms we have today without the sacrifice of these courageous men and women. We know veterans have served ALL of us in some way, shape or form and have changed our lives because of it. Because of the intensity and violence of war, we know many veterans also struggle to adapt to regular life once they return home from service.
This year, Ohio C.A.R. partnered with Save a Warrior, a not-for-profit organization based in New Albany, Ohio. Save a Warrior specializes in working with active duty military, returning veterans, and first responders experiencing psychological trauma. The Save a Warrior program has changed countless lives through its “war detox” program which supports healing from post-traumatic stress.
This year Ohio C.A.R raised funds for a scholarship to save one life. Our goal was a hard challenge, as it is $3,500 to “Just save One” through the Save a Warrior program. This scholarship, to “Just Save One” is given by Ohio C.A.R., in memory of our friend and fellow C.A.R. member Carl Lewis, who greatly admired our military and veterans. Carl was a member of Mary Van Cleve society C.A.R. and an officer on the Ohio State board. He was fun loving and always smiling at any C.A.R. event. Although we could not save Carl, we are able to honor Carl’s memory by making a difference in the life of a veteran.