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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Soldier Needs Help

"Mom' over at Mom in America 2 has a post about Eddie Ryan, who was wounded and has been going through a tough recovery ~ as Mom says:

"He has had an incredible journey and continues to fight everyday of his life but he's getting there. "

By Paul Brooks
Times Herald-Record

"Ellenville - Not here. People here will not leave wounded Marine sniperEddie Ryan with no home to go to.
A story in yesterday's Times Herald-Record reported that Ellenville
native Eddie Ryan's home needs $90,000 to $100,000 worth of work to
accommodate him once he's discharged from the hospital.
Ryan took one bullet to the brain and a second to the jaw while
fighting in Iraq in April. Doctors expected him to die. He's still
going, battling through rehabilitation, learning to walk again,
improving his halting speech, recapturing his life.
Doctors at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw told the Ryans
he might be able to leave in six to eight weeks.
But his family's three-bedroom ranch outside Ellenville needs wider
halls and a bigger bathroom. Eddie's dad, Chris, applied to ABC-TV's
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in hopes the show would do the work.
It's a long shot at best. And the government is offering only $10,000 to
help. But the family is not alone. Offers of help poured in yesterday from
individuals, groups and businesses alike. More are expected. "I'm a
carpenter," Gerard O'Donnell of New Windsor said. "I want to see what I
can do to help the family out."
Johann Huleatt of the Bruderhof, a religious group with a number of
communities in the region, said his organization wanted to help the
family. A&E Advertising and Web Design in Monroe is donating a Web site
that will be up and running soon. Lan Associates of Goshen offered its
architectural and engineering services to the Ryans at no charge. "We
want to donate to Eddie," said Colleen Murphy, office manager.
Others offered money. "I will make the first pledge. Five bucks," saidMickey Guarino in an e-mail.
The offers of help surprised Chris Ryan.
"That's beautiful. I can't believe it," he said. "This is Middle
America. They work. They pay taxes and they are taking this burden on
themselves to help a wounded warrior."
Here is why: "It could easily have been my family," said O'Donnell.
"I don't want anything in return. I just hope somebody would do the
same thing if I were in the same situation."

"UPDATE: Bloggers, tonight getting the word out is the most important thing we can do for Eddie. First thing in the morning I will be contacting Paul Brooks at the Record to find out exactly what to do and where to send on this. At present, there is no website that I know of but I will be verifying on all of this in the morning.

God bless!


Will be doing updates as 'Mom' finds out more ~

UpDate: Please go to for information on how you can help get Eddie home.