Nonprofit Supporting Injured Servicemen in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Guillermo Tejada served in the United States Marines for 15 years, but nothing could have prepared him for what happened during his time in Afghanistan.

“On November 11, 2010, I was on deployment in Afghanistan and was hit by an IED,” Tejada said.

Tejada lost both of her legs in the explosion. His life was changed forever.

“The mental aspect is probably the most difficult. We go from walking giants to now having to be looked after 24/7,” Tejada said.

Since his arrival at the house, Tejada’s wife, Veronica, has not left him. She supported him with each new challenge.

“The transition from hospital to housing, a house that is not wheelchair accessible, was the hardest part,” Veronica said.

This weekend was his turn to relax. The non-profit association, Semper Fi and the American Fundbrought her and dozens of other Guardians to Tucson’s Starr Pass Resort as a way of saying “thank you”.

“A lot of service members and their families feel isolated. They feel like they’re the only ones going through hardship. It’s a chance for them to come together and realize they’re not alone,” said Carrie Grose of Semper Fi and America’s Fund. .

Semper Fi and America’s Fund have provided more than $277 million to 28,000 injured service members and their families. The association’s help allows families to focus on what matters most.

“If there’s a need there, they fill it. They fill that void,” Tejada said.

It is a gift that Tejada will always be grateful for.

“From the time I was in the bed in the hospital until now. They continue to help,” Tejada said.
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