This shirt is for one of Ranger Up's best friends, Veteran Advocate stud, and lover of green grapes, Mike Schlitz.
Mike was Wounded in Action (WIA) on 27FEB07 when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) struck his HUMMV while conducting road clearing operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Mike was the lone survivor of the vehicle when he thrown from the vehicle on impact. He was burned on 85% of his body, lost both hands due to the burns, and has limited vision.
As of August 2012 he has had 79 surgeries ranging from skin grafts, facial reconstruction, and stuff that we have no idea what it did to him, but it sounded like it sucked.
Mike serves as a Veteran Advocate for several Veteran organizations such as Gallant Few, Tunnel to Towers, The Gary Sinise Foundation, and Soldier's Angels. He is always looking to improve the quality of life for those who have served in the Armed Forces.
Now Tunnel to Towers is working to help Mike build a disabled Vet friendly home and Mike asked us to help him have a kick ass shirt as he runs at the end of the month to continue to bring attention to Veteran issues. We thought it was the least we could do.
If you'd like to donate directly to the construction of Mike's House, you can do so here: http://www.buildingforamericasbravest.org/houses/?id=12
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