ASHLAND, Va. (July 12, 2018) –Growing up camping with his family, Army Sergeant Michael Costanzo has had a lifetime connection to the outdoors. Since retiring from the Army, Costanzo has been searching for a new way to still enjoy his favorite pastime with his family that is more accommodating to his combat injuries.
Now, thanks Hope For The Warriors® and its A Warrior’s Wish® program the father of three can once again enjoy the freedom to camp with his family with his 2015 Keystone Summerland 267BH-ISL travel trailer.
In addition, American Truck and Trailer in Manassas is gifting Costanzo a hitch and calibration allowing him to transport the travel trailer with his current truck.
Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families.
“This was such an amazing gift,” said Costanzo. This is much more that getting a trailer, it has brought the family and my wife and I together. We are planning trips that we can afford and actually go out and do.
“Hooking up and heading out is not a country song anymore, it is my life. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate Hope For The Warriors,” he added.
In 2000, Costanzo enlisted in the Army and was recruited as a Counter Intelligence Agent. Prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he sat in an office handling intel reports. Following 9/11, in December 2003, he deployed to Tall A’far, Iraq for one year serving as an interpreter and gathering intelligence. His mission was to gather information in person from local Iraqis.
In 2004, his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) and rolled over resulting in back injuries. Costanzo was treated for his back in Kuwait and sent back to limited duty in Iraq.
Upon returning home, he was sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for multiple back surgeries and also began seeking mental health treatment. He was reassigned to Fort Belvoir and served as recruiter for the Counter Intelligence.
After more than eight years in the Army, Costanzo retired from the military. Since retiring, he has worked for a nonprofit assisting veterans find employment.
“Due to injuries survived while in combat, it makes it difficult for some veterans to enjoy beloved pastimes,” said Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Therefore, we’re overjoyed that Army Sergeant Michael Costanzo will once again be able to enjoy time spent outdoors and creating lasting memories with his children.”
In 2018, 20 wishes will be granted through Hope For The Warriors. The wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
Since the program’s inception, A Warrior’s Wish has granted 185 wishes.
For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the A Warrior’s Wish program, contact Chrystal Keilers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (832) 776-9379.
To apply for a wish, visit https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/a-warriors-wish/ and register online.
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About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.