We are proud to announce that Malden Catholic has been named the inaugural Catholic School Award winner from iPods for Wounded Veterans, a veterans' service organization founded by U.S. Military veterans to serve wounded American servicemen and servicewomen from the Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
This award recognizes the dedicated service of Lancers-in-Action to our wounded U.S. servicemen and women through their longtime involvement with iPods for Wounded Veterans.
This year, Lancers wrote hundreds of letters to veterans, packed gifts for veterans, visited veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and volunteered at Barnes and Noble Book Fairs in Burlington on Veterans Day and Memorial Day Weekends.
Dave Sarno '18 and Nick Scarpello '19 serve as the Lancers-in-Action coordinators of these volunteer opportunities.
iPods for Wounded Veterans – a group made up entirely of volunteers – was founded in 2011 after U.S. Military veterans Paul Cardello and John Parker learned that recovering veterans wanted to listen to music to "make their days brighter." Cardello and Parker got to work immediately, putting together a collection of iPods that they brought to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
"Malden Catholic has been dedicated since 2011 in helping injured service men and women and I'm proud of MC. You took it upon yourselves to do something about it instead of standing on the sidelines," said Chairman of iPods for Wounded Veterans Mr. Paul Cardello.
Today, iPods for Wounded Veterans provides iPods, iPads, eReaders and other materials to improve the quality of life for wounded U.S. Military Veterans, especially those who have returned from the Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Many of these Veterans are single, double or triple amputees, have traumatic brain injuries, and/or suffer from PTSD, and often need intensive rehabilitation which can require extensive hospital stays.
iPods for Wounded Veterans provides a diversion, which can ease the boredom and repetition of the recovery process.
Malden Catholic commends the members of Lancers-in-Action who gave their time and energies in service to this vitally important project. For more information on iPods for Wounded Veterans, please visit ipodsforwoundedveterans.org or contact Campus Ministry at 781.475.5319.
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