Anonymous Donor Gives Home To Wounded OK Veteran

Tuesday, November 10th 2015, 12:57 pm
By: News 9

An anonymous donor has given an incredible gift to an Oklahoma soldier, who has been dealing with turmoil since wounded overseas.

The donor, participating in Soldier’s Wish with Oklahoma Subway sandwich locations, came to the rescue after hearing the story of Oklahoma National Guardsman Sgt. Greg Vanarsdel.

Vanarsdel served more than eight years with the National Guard. But during a deployment to Iraq, he was hit by a mortar, which caused traumatic brain injury.

Vanarsdel developed a life-threatening tumor that caused him to temporarily lose his vision. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor, however was with impaired vision, constant bouts of short-term memory loss and a permanent inability to work. Vanarsdel also lost his home and is currently 100% disabled from the military.

That’s when the anonymous donor stepped in, and through Soldier’s Wish will give Vanarsdel a 3-bedroom mobile home to help relieve some of the burden on his family.

Soldier’s Wish is a national public charity whose mission is to say “Thank You” and provide for unmet needs by granting wishes to active duty service members, veterans and their families in all five branches of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Now through November 16th, a customer can go to any Oklahoma Subway and donate to Soldier’s Wish. In addition to this campaign, a surprise wish will be granted at 2:00 p.m. to a local Hero at the Subway Location at 548 E. Memorial Road, OKC OK.