The statistics are grim: More than 40,000 brave men and women have returned wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan. They must now face the daunting challenge of recovery. Rebuilding America's Warriors (R.A.W.) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to recently wounded and disfigured active service and veteran status warriors. Disfiguring scars can remain as a result of shrapnel, burn and artillery wounds. Shrapnel itself is often left in the wound site.
Disfiguring wounds can interfere with the veteran's ability to seek social encounters and reenter his or her pre-war life. It is this Foundation's objective to aid the veteran, or active military soldier, in more readily advancing in his profession and in the social arena. Looking one's best also increases self esteem and will help give our soldiers the confidence to seek their ultimate dreams.
R.A.W. has formed a network of 357 surgeons in 47 states, soliciting their services across the country to provide reconstructive surgeries on a national basis to our wounded and disfigured warriors.
Publicly solicited donations go directly toward the soldier's transportation, hotel accommodations, food, surgical costs, medical supplies, hospitalization, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare. Rebuilding America's Warriors Foundation does not want to allow the wounds of war to permanently disfigure promising young lives. R.A.W. is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.
Click a thumbnail image below to meet and hear the stories of a few of our wounded warriors. Also, on the far right, our tribute to our returning vets: Hero. R.A.W. is supported by individuals such as yourself--PLEASE donate.