Bill O’Reilly to present wounded Veteran with All-Terrain, Tracked Wheelchair alongside longtime partners The Independence Fund at Huntington event
Best Selling Author, Radio, and Television host will present an all-terrain tracked wheelchair during Sunday night’s “Understanding Trump” show at the Paramount Theater in Huntington NY.
CHARLOTTE, NC (December 13, 2019) – New York Times Best Selling Author and renowned Television and Radio Commentator Bill O’Reilly along with The Independence Fund Chief Executive Officer Sarah Verardo will be presenting a catastrophically wounded Army Veteran an all-terrain, tracked wheelchair onstage at the Paramount Theater in Huntington on Sunday evening. The relationship between Mr. O’Reilly and the Veteran nonprofit began nearly a decade ago when the political commentator toured Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC and saw firsthand both the trauma caused by war and the incredible spirit of the Nation’s wounded warfighters.
“There is no greater responsibility for loyal Americans than to help veterans. I consider myself fortunate to have formed an alliance with The Independence Fund so I can spread the word about helping our severely wounded men and women by providing them with the amazing high-tech wheelchairs, which are life-changing for them,” said Mr. O’Reilly of his support of the Independence Fund.
Wounded U.S. Army Veteran Michael Minard will receive the life changing gift from Mr. O’Reilly and Ms. Verardo on Sunday night. On Oct. 1, 2008 Army Staff Sergeant Michael Minard of Grand Junction, Colorado, was serving his third deployment in Iraq with the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment. While on a reconnaissance patrol in Baghdad, north of Sadr City, SSG Minard was hit by a roadside bomb and he was catastrophically wounded. The blast resulted in the loss of both SSG Minard’s legs. After several surgeries and rehabilitation, he was medically retired from the Army. Mike currently lives in Union Beach, NJ and is pursuing a degree. The Independence Fund, a national non-profit dedicated to help rebuild the lives of the nation’s most seriously wounded Veterans and their Caregivers is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and since its formation in 2007 has given over 2,400 all-terrain, tracked wheelchairs to Warfighters around the country who have suffered catastrophic wounds and illness as a part of their service to the country.
“Mr. O’Reilly has been such a blessing to The Independence Fund and the Veterans we serve,” said Sarah Verardo, CEO of The Independence Fund. “From weekly segments on his show to nights like this one, Mr. O’Reilly has always been there for these men and women and truly shows his heart for our Nation’s heroes like Michael.” Donations can be made at www.independencefund.org/billoreilly
About Bill O’Reilly
Bill O’Reilly is a trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and in writing fifteen national number-one bestselling nonfiction books. There are currently more than 17 million books in the Killing series in print. Mr. O’Reilly does a daily podcast on BillOReilly.com. Also, his daily radio program, the O’Reilly Update, is heard on hundreds of stations across the country. He lives on Long Island.
About Sarah Verardo
Sarah Verardo is a national advocate for wounded Veterans and their Caregivers. Her husband Michael was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, in two separate IED attacks that took his left leg, much of his left arm, and left him with polytraumatic conditions that have required more than one hundred surgeries and years of speech, visual, physical and occupational therapies.
Starting as a volunteer with The Independence Fund, Sarah’s steadfast devotion, experience, and drive led to her eventual selection as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. Sarah continues carrying on the legacy of The Independence Fund’s founder by providing all-terrain, tracked wheelchairs to Veterans and has provided over 2,400 chairs to date. She also created the nonprofit’s Caregiver, Family, Adaptive Sports, and Advocacy programs, and recently developed a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs that will combat Veteran Suicide through reunions of some of the hardest hit units of the War on Terror. This revolutionary program, Operation RESILIENCY, works with VA and DOD to recall units for peer support, relying on bonds formed during war and keeping the commitment of shared experience and brotherhood alive back home.
Sarah advises Administration officials and members of Congress on the experiences of the families of our severely wounded Veterans and has been instrumental in shaping national policy for our Warfighters and their families. Regularly appearing on cable news to commentate on the sacrifice of Veterans and Military families, Sarah is a respected subject matter expert in the field.
About The Independence Fund
Established in 2007, The Independence Fund is a national Veterans Service Organization dedicated to meeting the unmet needs of catastrophically wounded Veterans, Caregivers and their families through a variety of programs. To learn more, visit www.independencefund.org.
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