Fallen And Wounded

We Specialize in looking out for the People who look out for YOU!!!

The Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded Incorporated is a New York State 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Organization. We are registered with the Internal Revenue Services Charitable Organizations, the New York State’s Attorney General’s Office for Charitable Organizations, and we are registered with the Department of Consumer Protection, Public Charities Unit with the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.

The purpose of The Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded is to donate money to the Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded U.S. Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen since The War on Terror began after 9-11.

The President, and Founder of this Organization, is a Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. The Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded was started after his Best Man, and Former Partner in the United States Marine Corps, was Killed in Action in 2005 while serving in Iraq.

The Organization raises money for these Families and Friends through Door to Door and Business to Business Fund Raising Promotions with local businesses. We also put together Raffles, Benefit Concerts, and Golf Outings in order to raise money for these Families and Friends.

Our Candle Fund Raisers

Instead of having “Car Washes” or “Spaghetti Dinners” (we just do not have the staff to do this), we make all of our money to Donate to the Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded through our Door to Door / Business to Business Fund Raising with local businesses, our Golf Outings, our Web-Site Donations, our Candle Fund Raisers, and our T-Shirts donations. Thank you for YOUR HELP. Also see our “Upcoming Events” page for Fund Raising events.

As well we are pleased to announce that a three year business relationship with one of our suppliers has turned into a way to help out. We donate a portion of the profits from any purchases from our associated websites, or Team membership commissions and overrides, to this cause as well. Our supplier has been in business for over 50 years, and now has International recognition with professional sporting event sponsorships and teams, as well as relationships with numerous well known companies. Many VFW’s. American Legions, and Marine Corps Leagues, as well as other such organizations, use this source for their consumable products, as they are auto shipped every month and are very cost effective. Now through our sites they help our cause.

T-Shirts come in Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large. There are two styles, one is with an American Bald Eagle Head, and the other is with the United States of America Flag. They both say “Support Our Troops” on the top and “Spring Fling” on the bottom. They are white shirts with Red and Blue lettering. Please specify how many, and sizes in your email. The T-Shirts are $8 each, 2 for $15, and 3 for $20. The link is below.

We Have 2 Sizes for our Candle Fund Raisers. They are 10oz for $10.00, and 16oz for $15.00. These are our Premium Candles and the 10oz’s will Burn up to 60 hours, and the 16oz’s will Burn up to 120 hours!!!

The Scents are:

  • Cinnamon Sticks,
  • Mountain Berry,
  • Mountain Lake,
  • French Vanilla,
  • Lemon Pound Cake,
  • Fresh Cotton,
  • MacIntosh Apple,
  • Fresh Flowers,
  • Sugar Cookies,
  • Chinese Rain,
  • Strawberries & Cream, and
  • Caribbean Breeze.

The Scents are:

  • Christmas Cookie,
  • Holiday Wishes,
  • Bayberry,
  • Christmas Memories,
  • Pumpkin Spice,
  • Christmas Tree,
  • Cranberry Delight, and
  • Cinnamon Sticks.

We also have another group of Candles where the Pints will burn for 90-100 hours, and the half pints will burn for 45-50 hours. The prices are Full Pints for $14.00, and Half Pints for $8.00.

The Scents are:

  • Black Cherry,
  • Cake Bake,
  • Christmas Berry,
  • Cinnamon Berry,
  • Cinnamon Apple,
  • Flower Shop,
  • Honey Dew Melon,
  • Honeysuckle,
  • Mulberry,
  • Peach,
  • Peppermint Candy,
  • Rain,
  • Sugar Cookie,
  • Red Hots, and
  • Vanilla.

Deployed Troops Wish List

We also put together and donate packages to our Troops on Active Duty deployed for The War on Terror. We send the packages to those Units who have suffered Casualties and Fatalities while Protecting us back home in The United States of America.

The Men and Women deployed GREATLY appreciate any letters or packages sent to them. However, many people want to send packages, but don’t know what to send. This is a short list of requested items. We can pick up the packages for you if any of us are in the area, or we will send you an address you can send them to.

International Phone Cards, Batteries (mostly AA), “123A” 3-Volt Lithium Batteries (SureFire type preferred), Baby wipes (small portable packages), Blistex or Lip Balm, Saline Solution (for eyes), Hand and Face Lotion, Alcohol Hand Sanitizers (small bottles), Foot Powder and Gold Bond, Gatorade Powder Drink Mix, Red Bull Energy Drink, Power Bars / Energy Bars, Trail Mix, Multi-Vitamins, Beef Jerky, Instant soups (no cans, preferably dehydrated bags), ZipLock 1 Gallon (and other sizes-sandwich) Freezer Bags, BLACK Electrical tape, Zip Ties (cable ties) BLACK-all sizes, Chewing Gum, Hard Candy, Chewing Tobacco, Cigarettes, Socks (thick hiking socks for patrols), gel insole for boots, books (soft cover) and magazines. NO chocolate bars-they melt. No Glass- it will break in their packs.

Just keep in mind if you are going to send a package, that most of these Men and Women do not have much space to store or carry these items. You want to think small and light. “Travel Light, Freeze at Night”.

Freedom Ride

The 2009 Fallen And Wounded Freedom Ride was just an absolutely amazing event. Thank you to Robin for doing such an amazing job of orchestrating everything behind the scenes, and on the front lines. John “Mad Dog” Scanlon, Tammy, Maria, the VFW Commanders and Members, the Silver City Mamas and Silver City Marine Corps League, and the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club all went above and beyond the call of duty to help make this a success. Thank You. There were so many others who where instrumental in this event, and we can not say thanks enough. Here are some of the pictures from the event. any others can be sent to us,and we can try and figure out how to open them and load them.

This is just a small taste of the event:

Old Saybrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10153 custom made sign.

Your Business can Help

Greetings:

My name is Christopher Demanski. I am a Proud United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran, and a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9929, as well as The Marine Corps League and American Legion.

Eight (8) more Servicemen were killed last week protecting us in The War on Terror. This brings the Killed in Action total to 4374. There are now 30 from Connecticut. There are now 189 from New York. Wounded in Action 31,557. Of the Wounded, 248 of them are from Connecticut, and 1480 of the Wounded are from New York .*

On January 28th 2005 we buried the Best Man for our wedding. He was Killed in Action. On August 11th, 2005 we buried another close personal friend of ours who I served with in The United States Marine Corps. He was also Killed in Action. This all means that there are now over 35,931 additional families who need help since our Nation was attacked on September 11 of 2001. All of these families need our help.

I am as well the President of The Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded Incorporated. We are a 501(c)(3) New York State Not-for-Profit Organization. We put together events such as Memorial Golf Outings, Raffles, and Benefit Concerts to help establish scholarships in the names of the Men and Women who have been Killed Protecting us so that they are NEVER forgotten. We also help the Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded with different expenses that may come up such as traveling to and from hospitals, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, car repairs, groceries and anything you can think of that may come up as a hardship for these Families. We also send “Care Packages” to our deployed Units who have had losses and casualties.

Your Business can Help

Greetings:

My name is Christopher Demanski. I am a Proud United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran, and a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9929, as well as The Marine Corps League and American Legion.

Eight (8) more Servicemen were killed last week protecting us in The War on Terror. This brings the Killed in Action total to 4374. There are now 30 from Connecticut. There are now 189 from New York. Wounded in Action 31,557. Of the Wounded, 248 of them are from Connecticut, and 1480 of the Wounded are from New York .*

On January 28th 2005 we buried the Best Man for our wedding. He was Killed in Action. On August 11th, 2005 we buried another close personal friend of ours who I served with in The United States Marine Corps. He was also Killed in Action. This all means that there are now over 35,931 additional families who need help since our Nation was attacked on September 11 of 2001. All of these families need our help.

I am as well the President of The Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded Incorporated. We are a 501(c)(3) New York State Not-for-Profit Organization. We put together events such as Memorial Golf Outings, Raffles, and Benefit Concerts to help establish scholarships in the names of the Men and Women who have been Killed Protecting us so that they are NEVER forgotten. We also help the Families and Friends of the Fallen and Wounded with different expenses that may come up such as traveling to and from hospitals, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, car repairs, groceries and anything you can think of that may come up as a hardship for these Families. We also send “Care Packages” to our deployed Units who have had losses and casualties.

Bottom line:

WE NEED YOUR HELP. We have a-lot of Families to help, and we need the people and businesses to help us with Sponsorships and getting the word out to help these families. We are looking for people who are willing to help out their neighbors.

When we needed them, they answered the call. Let us not allow these families of US Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen to be left in need. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Christopher Demanski

 

Testimonials

“I would personally like to thank your company for the fund raiser which has helped myself and my family. It is greatly appreciated.

I am from A Co. 4-31 10th Mountain Division. We were sent to Baghdad Iraq for 15 to 18 months. I was only over there for 3 months before I got injured. When I got injured I was North of Baghdad at Taji. We were doing a Traffic Control Point in the middle of the morning when my vehicle got hit. As a result, myself and 4 other Soldiers got hurt.

Now, and probably the rest of my life, I’ll be walking with a cane.

So, myself and my family appreciate what you have started for us Veterans. We are greatly thankful for people like you. Thank you very much.”

Sincerely, SPC Blakeslee and Family (Little Falls New York)


“Higher Education is within all our grasps By Cathy Merkel, UA Registrar)

Through the gernerocity of the Fallen and Wounded, the National Labor College is able to provide two $500 scholarships each year to those that meet the requirements. In August 2007, Vinnie Valente UA Local 777 Instructor, graduated from the Instructor Training Program and Washtenaw Community College with an Associates Degree. Vinnie is currently enrolled in the Bachelors Program at the Naitonal Labor College, and will graduate in June of 2008. Vinnie was awarded the first Annual Sergeant David Coullard scholarship in the amount of $500. This scholarship was set up in memroy of Local Union 777member Sergeant David Coullard who was killed in Iraq while serving our country.

Pictured from left to right are Frank DeCato Local Union 777 Training Coordiantor, Phil Martin UA Training Specialist, Bill Turner UA International Representative, Cathy Merkel UA Registrar, Vinni Valente, Combat Veteran Marine Sergeant Chris Demanski, Anita & Greg Dziedzic (parents of Sergeant Coullard), and Hubert Barnes Local Union 777 Business Manager. On behalf of General President Hite and Director of Training Mike Arndt, we extend congratulations to LU 777 Apprentice and Journeymen Instructor Vinnie Valente for his dedication to education and training. Vinnies accomplishements were honored at a luncheon hosted by John Barasso and the MCA of Connecticut. Special Thanks to John Barasso and the friends of the MCA Connecticut for hosting the celebration.”


Hey D-Man,

Just letting you that I’m home and been doing alot of traveling, vacationing of course. Well, I’ll go back to work being a probation officer again soon. Here are some more pics for you to enjoy. Again, thanks for all you did for me.

(then later) Thanks for everything you did for us!!! I ‘ve been back at work as a probation office for a month. I am still adjusting, but Ok. Hopefully one of these days I will come up there and do some rock climbing and drink beer. Again, thanks for what you done for me while I was in Iraq.

– Bolanos


D-MAN,

Whats up brother? Things have been good here in the “sand box”, although it is just as shitty as I remembered it. Guess its a good place to prepare for the next shit hole were going to. Got that package and passed out the contents. Pass along our thanks to your Doc for sending those vitamins. The boys are good. 6 days at a time out in the field, one day off, so it wears on you. But, all is well and motivation is high. Thanks again for looking out for 2nd platoon. We really appreciate all the support. In response to yur request, below is a “top 10” list so to speak of items we need/ want. Again, thanks. Will try to send pictures out to you so your organization and its supporters can see who they are helping. Not too good with the computer, so I’m not promising anything. Take care bro, talk to you soon.
Semper Fi!

HERM USMC

– AA batteries – Gatorade powder drink mix-Baby wipes (a lot)-“123A” 3 volt lithium batteries (SureFire type preferred)

– Alcohol hand sanitizer (small bottles)-Hygiene items-Magazines (all types) – Black electrical tape-Zip-lock 1gal freezer bags-Hard candy-Power bars/ energy bars-Red Bull engergy drink-International Phone Cards-Zip-ties (cable ties), black, all sizes


DMAN, MY BROTHER from another MOTHER!!!!

Just a quick line to say “Thanks” for all the gear you sent us. It was greatly appreciated. Also wanted you to know that I talk about you all the time, and all the $%!# that we went through!!!! I have a picture of you, Vito and Andrews up on our wall for motivation. Sorry about Vito. Nothing like VD Vision (Vito +DMan Vision)!!! Don’t worry, were getting ours!!! Wish you were here!!!

Tell you organization thanks from all of us. Semper Fi

SB 3RD Special Forces Group


I want to thank a former Marine Staff Sgt traveling thru Fulton, NY – my son has 4th stage colon cancer and we had been holding a fund raiser garage sale to help with his medical expenses but had closed the sale due to a downpour of rain – this SSgt (I do not know his name) saw my sons Marine picture and took time to come to the door to make inquiries! LCpl Scott Snyder was in – thank God for the VA as his health insurance thru his employment as a utility locator had not gone into effect yet. Scott and the family are most appreciative of the donation made thru your organization. Thank you and this SSgt so much! Words cannot express how uplifting it was to have him show up at our door in our lowest moments. Pls keep LCpl Scott Snyder in your prayers.

Thelma Snyder


I just wanted to say Thank you very much for the money that you sent myself and our family. It was greatly appreciated. My name is Sergeant DeLeon. I was Wounded in Iraq on August 11 2007 by a Mortar Attack. I received shrapnel to my head and my ribs, and I have hearing loss in my right ear. I was diagnosed with TBI and was sent to Ft. Bragg to continue treatment only because I had family near by. My wife and kids were still in Fort Carson. I sent for them out of my own pocket. My wife had to put our things in storage, put our kids in our car, and drive from Colorado to North Carolina. I had to still pay for my rent in Colorado for about three months. I am still paying for storage because I have not been able to get transportation from the Army to ship my household goods. We have our home now, just with no furniture, except for a big mattress in which we all sleep on, a washer that I have been renting since I got hurt. Thank you for your help. It is appreciated more than you know.


hello Chris, Its been awile I hope all is well with u and ur family. I was e-mailing u to see if this year there was any help for the Christmas this year, things r pretty tight again, i have been in rehab dealing with some issues from being blown up in Irag. So ****** has been holding the fort down so to speak, while Im away. Doing the best she can so I hate to ask if u can help with the holidays, it would be tremendously appreciated as usual. Im so greatful for all u have done for all of u thru out the years. So give me a call. Again thank u !!!

H&J B. US Army

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