Date: February 28, 2013
Prince William, Virginia – Azalea Charities, Helping a Hero, and the Quality of Life Foundation conducted a groundbreaking ceremony today to begin construction on a new home for one of our Nation’s most severely wounded warriors. Army Reservist, Jay Briseno was shot in the back of his head at point-blank range in Baghdad in 2003. His wound left him with a spinal cord injury, an anoxic brain injury and paralysis from the shoulders down. The home, which is being constructed by Classic Concept Builders, Inc, was designed by George E. Nuber, P.E and Helping a Hero, and is estimated to be completed by summer 2013.
Since 2011, Azalea Charities, Helping a Hero, and the Quality of Life Foundation have raised funds and formulated plans to build a home to help meet the demanding medical needs of Jay who requires 24/7 care resembling that which he would receive in a hospital setting. The new home includes a master suite with sufficient space for Jay’s life sustaining medical equipment, a ceiling mounted track system for easy transport to and from an accessible bathroom and therapy room, wide doorways and hallways for easy transport, and a second master suite proximate to Jay’s for his parents Joe and Eva who are his primary care givers.
According to Jay’s father, Joe Briseno, "My wife and I are grateful for the persistence displayed by the partnership of Azalea Charities, Helping a Hero, and the Quality of Life Foundation in bringing this new home one step closer to being complete for our son."
The positive response from the community is evidenced by a host of donations. Contributors to this effort include INOVALON, Inc., Prince Leopold d’Arenberg; Dumfries District Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan, Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia- Haymarket Charitable Fund, Chenega Corporation, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church of Woodbridge, VA, Manasseh Lodge #182 A.F. & A.M. of Manassas VA, Becksure Moose of Manassas VA, Carl R. Gagliard of Woodbridge VA, Gail Y. Lee of Oakton VA, Mary Ann James of Manassas, VA, East Coast Harley Davidson, Quantico, VA, the employees of the Dumfries Health Clinic, Woodbridge, VA, and Frank Schwarz of Manassas VA.
Frank Lasch, Azalea Charities founder and Chairman of the Board states, "Jay laid down his ability to live independently on a battlefield in Iraq – a warrior’s sacrifice. At that moment, his parents’ lives were also changed forever. Their own plans and dreams for their only son turned into the reality of a lifetime of care giving. They have forfeited their jobs, their income, and drained their retirement savings to care for their son, Jay. I am proud to be able to bring the efforts of Azalea Charities, together with Helping a Hero, and the Quality of Life Foundation to lend our support to Jay and his family.”
About Azalea Charities
Azalea Charities is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 2000 and staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time, talent and money. Since its inception in June 2004, Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors program has distributed more than $1 million in funding, 1.2 million phone card minutes and $30,000 in comfort items to veterans from as far back as World War II. For more information about Azalea Charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors, please visit www.azaleacharities.org
About The Quality of Life Foundation
The Quality of Life Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose Wounded Veteran Family Care Program focuses on meeting the needs of caregivers and other family members as they focus on caring for catastrophically wounded, ill, or injured veteran at home. Please visit www.qolfoundation.org.
About Helping a Hero
Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Please visit www.helpingahero.org.
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Chairman, Azalea Charities, Inc.