PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and Vietnam Veteran Rocky Bleier wants to help bring awareness to the wounded warriors project.
He joined NewsRadio 1020’s Rob Pratte to talk about the project, and the struggles veterans deal with after war.
Bleier talked with Pratte about his experience after Vietnam as a wounded warrior.
He said he was wounded in his left thigh during a fire fight near Hiep Duc, Vietnam.
He believes the Wounded Warrior Project is “a way to reach out to these soldiers’ home fronts and raise the awareness of the troubles that veterans struggle with daily.”
This project “gives the public the perception of the invisible wounds that soldiers carry with them after war, such as post traumatic stress disorder,” according to Bleier.
You can listen to the rest of Bleier’s interview below:
Pratte also talked with Afghanistan veteran, and West Point Grad Sam Johnson.
During Johnson’s time in Afghanistan he was caught in a heavy fire fight.
He was shot in the leg, but says he didn’t quit.
Johnson said, “there was a need for the team to succeed and he had to help them even though he was injured.”
As for the Wounded Warrior Project, Johnson said that “it is an organization that brings wounded warriors to the public’s attention so they can find a place to live back in society.”
He also added, “we as a nation need to help take care of our veterans, people should never forget our push wounded warriors to the side or look at them as inferior.”
You can hear more of Johnson’s interview here:
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