Benefit for double amputee soldier to help with home repairs

By JON BUSDEKER | Orlando Sentinel | Published: January 11, 2013

Semper Fidelis America and local veterans organizations are hosting a benefit Jan. 12 to help with a home improvement for a wounded U.S. Army Green Beret.

A double amputee injured in Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class Josh Burnette is in need of a new driveway at his home near Eglin Air Force Base, according to the benefit's organizer Mary Ingrassia.

Burnette purchased the home before deploying overseas, and now the soldier's injuries and his use of a wheelchair make it difficult to navigate his sand driveway. The benefit at the VFW Post 4287 at 3000 South Goldenrod Road in Orlando will include a three-hour rock 'n' roll show featuring a oldies music, a doo-wop group and an Elvis impersonator.

Tickets start $20. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m, and the National Anthem is at 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Ingrassia at letsneverforgetthem@yahoo.com or the VFW Post at 407-273-6581.


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