WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

Play associated audio
Maryland Adjutant Gen. James Adkins speaks at the launch ceremony for Montgomery County's "Serving Together" program Aug. 1.
Jessica Palombo
Maryland Adjutant Gen. James Adkins speaks at the launch ceremony for Montgomery County's "Serving Together" program Aug. 1.

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Lorrie Knight-Major's son, Ryan, was serving in the Army in November of 2002.

"He was in Ramadi, Iraq, and they were on foot patrol at about 2:30 in the morning, and the bomb was planted underground, and he was about 2 feet from it," Knight-Major says.

At age 22, Ryan Major lost both his legs when the roadside bomb exploded. He was then brought to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. There, a social worker handed his mother a 10-page list of services for injured veterans.

"Out of all those numbers and e-mail addresses, only one organization actually called me back," Major's mother says.

Frustrations like these are why the Mental Health Association launched Serving Together. The program will provide peer advisers to better connect military families with support services. On Monday, County Executive Ike Leggett said Montgomery can do better for its veterans.

"Veterans are sleeping on grates, under bridges, standing on corners looking and begging for food," he says.

The project is funded with a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matching funds from local groups.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 24

You can see a creative dance group perform a physical ode to the natural world or check out an indie-soul singer who uses music to pay tribute to her roots.

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
WAMU 88.5

Environmentalists Turn To Campaign Finance Reform To Advance Cause

Frustrated by the lobbying power of oil and gas companies, environmenalists are joining the call for campaign finance reform in Washington.


FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules

On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.