Retired Army leader joins Wounded Warrior board
By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 4, 2018
A Fayetteville native and Army veteran has been named to the Wounded Warrior Project's board of directors.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith brings 33 years of military experience to the board, according to a spokesman for the charity organization, which offers free programs and services for wounded or injured veterans and their families. He joined the board in January.
Smith joined the Army in 1984 and retired last year. His last assignment was at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as III Corps' senior enlisted leader.
He spent nearly a decade of his career at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star and other awards and honors.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith brings a long, decorated military career to Wounded Warrior Project's board," said organization CEO, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington. "His combat service as an enlisted leader of young men and women brings unprecedented experience to the board, which will enable us to better serve warriors and their families."
A spokesman said Smith's decorated career, military experience and personal experiences dealing with injury and post-traumatic stress will enable the organization to better serve veterans and their families.
Smith was severely injured in 2010 in Afghanistan, leading to numerous surgeries, prolonged hospital stays and extensive physical rehabilitation. At the same time, he "dealt with depression from his wounds and the uncertainty of recovery."
Officials with the Wounded Warrior Project said Smith is a registered alumnus of the organization.
"He is a role model for all warriors and openly shares his personal experiences with post-traumatic stress to encourage warriors to seek help during recovery," according to his bio.
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