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Sears? Yeah that's right. Sears!Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Rebuilding Together and Sears' Heroes at Home program assists veteran with critical needs.
(CLEVELAND) - Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, is working with Sears and Samsung Hope for Children on a Heroes at Home project, serving an Iraq War veteran. Heroes at Home projects serve the nation's military members and families by addressing their critical housing needs.
Danielle, a 34-year-old Iraqi war veteran, suffered serious injuries while serving in Baghdad. She was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade that severely injured her left side, damaging her leg and resulting in the amputation of her left arm. A graduate of Notre Dame University on a basketball scholarship before joining the army, Danielle returned home to obtain two master's degrees and currently works helping other combat veterans who suffer from mental illness.
Dozens of Sears, Samsung and local volunteers will complete critical home upgrades in a Heroes at Home project, creating safety and independent mobility to ensure the home meets veteran Danielle's needs. Construction includes handicap-accessible upgrades, a new doorway, attic and stabilization of the rear porch, along with necessary updates to help improve her living space.
In addition to Sears' cash donation for the rebuild, Samsung will donate new appliances and electronics. The Samsung contribution is part of its Hope for Children program, which represents the company's ongoing philanthropic commitment to help children live smarter, healthier and more sustainable lives.
These services and products, at no cost to Danielle, will allow her to live independently and safely.
Sears? Yeah that's right.Sears!
We moved into our first home January 1987,
My wife and started out with the toddler in tow,
Washer, dryer & frig was the Sears Kenmore name,
Solid, reliable, quality, my parents shopped at Sears,
Found out something today that I truly did not know,
No wonder fighting service men and women are nervous,
However, how many times do we find this is not the case?
Hoo-ray! There is United States Company quiet as it is kept,
What a shame, in this country we have to search near and far,
Shoppers, buckle your seat belts, firmly hold on to your hats,
Surely, the greatest sacrifice our young men and women can make,
Paying the difference in salaries while maintaining all benefits,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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