In January 2009, DSA President Ernie Carrillo and Adah Mathias delivered ten webcams, six video games and an all-in-one printer to the Naval Medical Center San Diego next to Balboa Park. The items will be put to good use by wounded soldiers, sailors and officers currently rehabilitating at the hospital.

In December of 2008, the DSF asked DSA members members to donate a small amount towards purchasing webcams for the wounded warriors as admission to its annual Children’s Christmas Party. Overall, over $2000 was raised, which allowed the DSA to not only provide the requested webcams, but the printer and video games as well.

In years past, the DSA asked members to bring canned food or toys to the Children’s Christmas Party, but this year, we’ve changed things up quite a bit. For the first time, we are asking for a monetary donation as admission—whatever you can spare, from your family to the Wounded Warrior Program at Balboa Hospital, Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Of all the things we can do to support service members fighting overseas, one of the most important is making sure that those who arrive home wounded receive the care they deserve. Balboa Hospital strives to provide not just adequate care for sailors, marines, and soldiers, but to ensure their comfort and well-being throughout treatment.

During their stay at Balboa Hospital, service members receive more than just medical care. They have the opportunity to participate in training programs to prepare them for jobs both in and out of the military. These programs help the wounded transition back into daily life and start to take care of themselves and their families again. Other programs encourage becoming active again after an injury.