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Students collect for war’s injured

Effort starts with tonight’s hoops contest

— High school staff and students are raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, and you can help.

One of the fund-raising events is tonight’s basketball game at 7 p.m. at the high school.

The Wounded Warrior Project honors and empowers America’s war wounded. Wounded Warriors serves veterans and service members who have suffered physical or mental wounds in combat since Sept. 11, 2001.

“Sunnyside High School believes the staff and students of our school need to understand the importance of being committed to something greater than themselves,” leadership instructor Christina Peabody said.

With advancements in battlefield and body armor, Peabody said, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries.

For every soldier who died in World Wars I and II, 1.7 were wounded. In Operation Iraqui Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, seven soldiers were wounded for everyone killed.

“We are looking for a cash donation or a donation for a silent auction or raffle,” Peabody said. “The money raised will be used to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.”

The school Will have a Veterans Day Assembly Nov. 8, and Peabody said the community is invited.

In addition to physical wounds, about as many as 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 300,000 have experienced traumatic brain injury.

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