A father’s testimonial
The request from Christian’s Father on 10.10.09:
Dear Luke’s Wings,
My son, Christian Hughes, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was shot in Afghanistan a week ago and has just arrived at Walter Reed. I am writing to request travel for myself, and later for my wife and three daughters to visit Christian. I would like to fly this Sunday, if possible.
Last week, Christian was on patrol with a group of Afghani police; with whom he fought side by side for two days straight. After securing the perimeter for the night and setting camp, Christian and his team removed their flack jackets and fell asleep.
Shortly afterwards, one of the Afghani policeman crept up on them and opened fire. Two US Soldiers were killed; and two others (including my son, Christian), were severely injured.
Christian was shot twice in his left leg and twice in his right leg. He has fluid in his lungs and suffered traumatic brain injury. The doctors tell us that it is too soon to talk about his recovery.
Please let me know if you can fly me to DC to see him. I appreciate your help.
Luke’s Wings Response:
First, please allow us to express our deepest sympathies. We reacted to your son’s story with profound sadness when we heard of it in the news; but it has also moved us to act – and quickly.
Today, Saturday, October 10, Luke’s Wings will be joined by our Partner, Veteran Tickets Foundation, along with over one hundred of our closest friends and allies at DC’s Public Bar on the corner of 18th and Connecticut. There, we will tell your son’s story to our faithful supporters; and there, your son will be honored.
With the support of those expected in attendance on Saturday, we are pleased to inform you that we will be able to finance your entire family’s travel from California and Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital so that you all may visit with Christian as soon as your family is able. We will also fly you tomorrow, Sunday, October 11. Please contact our travel agent at MacNair Travel Management. Your plane tickets will be waiting for you, sir.
We hope that this small measure will comfort you and your family in this time of need. Please also convey our profound gratitude and respect to your son Christian; as his injuries are a tragedy; though his service is an inspiration; and we hope that the presence of his family will give him force and motivation for a prompt and full recovery.