by Kathie Costos
Wounded Times Blog
December 31, 2012
It has been a crazy, busy, year. In May I finished Valencia College Digital Media Certification. Not bad, ended up with a 3.1 GPA.
The top post this year as well as last year was For Those I Love I will Sacrifice with a total of 35,038 views.
In November I re-released For the Love of Jack, His War/My Battle the book I self published in 2002 trying to warn families about what they were facing with combat and PTSD.
Last month I started a new book, The Warrior SAW, Suicides After War, because of requests from families needing help when someone they love committed suicide. I hope to have it finished next month.
I need your prayers while I get through this because it is emotionally draining.
Up until I was done with college, I didn't want to ask for donations because it just didn't seem right.
In August, I finally received my tax exempt from the State of Florida and was able to start getting donations. Up until then, all the work I did, the travel, equipment, food, phone and everything else was coming out of my husband's pocket. Usually it runs between $1,000 and $2,000 a month depending on how much traveling I have to do. While this is really low for a charity, what I do does not cost much at all, but when you are talking about taking the money out of your personal budget, it hurts!
Donations for 2012
August 24, 2012Lenny $25.00
August 25, 2012Rofkens $20.00August 26, 2012Fearless $10.00Theresa $50.00August 27, 2012John $10.00August 28, 2012Ed and Sue $50.00Veterans Multi-purpose Center $100.00Thomas $25.00September 4, 2012Ivy $25.00Aaron $50.00September 18, 2012VFW $1,000October 13, 2012Judith, $10.00November 2, 2012Richard $50.00November 12, 2012Kim $20.00November 13, 2012Steve $100.00November 14, 2012Michael and Patricia $200.00November 27, 3012Brian $20.00December 6, 2012Lenny $20.00December 16, 2012Nam Knights $200.00
This is what your money helped me do and I thank you very much for your support. You helped all of these groups get some attention for the work they are doing.
Videos filmed for veterans around Central Florida for 2012January 22
Stunt Show Motorcycle Crash
Orlando Bikers Against Child Abuse
Memorial Service for John Michael Barrett
WWII Four Chaplains Service
WWII Montford Point Marine
Veterans Walk of Honor
Memorial Service for Daniel Hurley
DAV Dinner for Wounded Warriors
Nam Knights Bike Week Party
Three Wounded Veterans
Orlando Marines Come Home
Dannis Bish Memorial Service
Vietnam Wall Escort
Guitarists Plays With One Hand
Medal of Honor Sammy Davis
Combat? Talk About It
Nam Knights Homes For Our Troops Fundraiser
MOH Sammy Davis Shenandoah
Ocoee Memorial Day
Vietnam War Museum Memorial Day
Glen Haven Memorial Day
Orlando DAV Volunteers
DAV Convention Candy Man
Member of the Year Award I ended up filming myself getting the Auxiliary Award
Home Depot Helps DAV
VFW Military Awards
Orlando DAV New Officers
Rebel Rider Magazine Anniversary
Funeral for Capt. Bruce MacFarlane
Purple Heart Day
Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter about Spiritual Healing
DAV Van Dedication
Orlando Marines Fundraiser
Orlando US Navy Chief Petty Officers
Renewal of Vows Ambush
Nam Knights Memorial Dannis Bish
Nam Knights Memorial Eternal Chapter
Healing PTSD with Horse Power
Giving Thanks for Veterans
Coast Guard Fill the Boat
Coast Guard Fill the Boat Wrap Up
Brothers in Bras
Videos created for 2012
All of these videos from this year, as well as videos done going back to 2006, were all done for free! The donations above, while deeply appreciated, were not enough to cover the cost of going to these events during the year. The editing program to turn footage into videos is $2,500. Camera equipment along with everything else is very expensive. My car is getting old on top of everything else, so if you want to see more veterans events covered next year, I'm counting on you to carry me through!
Remember, your donations are tax deductible and also cover spiritual counseling I do with veterans and their families.