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106th Security Forces Squadron Supports Wounded Warrior

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  • By Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy
  • 106 RQW

4/25/2012 - NEW YORK, NY - -- Security Forces Airmen from the 106th Rescue
Wing traveled to New York City to provide support to the Wounded Warrior
Project on April 16, 2012. The Wounded Warrior Project alerted their
volunteer network looking for help for Angelo Bencivenga. Bencivenga, a
previously homeless Iraq War Veteran, lost the use of his legs while
supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Bencivenga earned a Bronze Star,
three Purple Hearts and an Iraq Campaign Medal during his time overseas. The
Wounded Warrior Project found Bencivenga an apartment in the city, but there
was a need for furnishings to meet Bencivenga's unique needs.

Major Celestino J. Martinez, Commander of the 106th SFS put forth the
request to his Defenders, many of whom who have served in Iraq and
Afghanistan. These Airmen took a collection of donated furniture from within
their Squadron and met the Wounded Warrior staff directly to donate the
items. "I am so proud of these Airmen," Major Martinez states, "who without
hesitation did not fail to recognize the importance of the bonds that are
forged and shared with all of our nation's warriors. They saw a wounded
warrior in need and responded--a day that won't be forgotten by them and
everyone else who was there, especially the warrior in need of assistance."

Representatives from the 106 SFS included Master Sergeant Dominic DeLorenzo,
Master Sergeant Charles Knapp, Staff Sergeant Brian Hammel and Staff
Sergeant Keith Mangels, in addition to the Wounded Warrior Project personnel
who assisted with moving Bencivenga in. The Wounded Warrior Project is a
nonprofit organization whose main objective is to "honor and empower wounded
warriors" of the various military branches, and aims to raise awareness and
the public's support for the needs of those service members.