New AU group collecting funds to benefit injured local Marine
Beacon-News Staff September 12, 2012 11:22AM
Kyle Moser and his wife Alexandra in Bethesda, Maryland,where the Oswego Marine is recovering from wounds he received in Afghanistan after an IED exploded.
Updated: September 13, 2012 3:26PM
AURORA — Aurora University students have formed an organization to raise funds to support military veterans.
The new Aurora University Veterans and Military Service Association will have its first fundraiser during the home football opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, when the AU Spartans take on Alma College.
All donations collected will benefit a local veteran, Marine LCpl. Kyle Moser of Oswego, who lost both legs and part of his right hand in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan last November.
“We want to help Kyle with his future living needs,” said Mary Bellomo, an AU graduate student and co-founder of the new organization. “His greatest concern is being able to make his home wheelchair accessible and we hope to assist him with that.”
Moser’s father, Bob Moser, said Wednesday that his son is making progress at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The 20-year-old is using temporary prosthetics until his legs are healed sufficiently enough for permanent ones.
Because his injuries required amputation of both legs well above the knees, the rehab process is much longer and more difficult, Bob Moser said. He expects his son to be at Bethesda for at least another year.
“He is on the path to recovery but it is a long path,” Bob Moser said.
There have been setbacks along the way, he said, but both Kyle and his wife Alex continue to “stay positive,” he said.
AU’s head football coach, Mark Walsh, said the football program is “pleased and proud” to help in supporting Moser and the VMSA.
“The sensitivity we have for all of our veterans and the debt of gratitude owed to them is tremendous,” Walsh said. “Having the ability to help such a worthy cause is humbling for our program.”
The Veterans and Military Service Association plans to have annual service projects and fundraising events at AU. The group hopes to assist a different veteran each year.
“Raising awareness about the unique needs of veterans is extremely important,” Bellomo said. “Transitioning from military life back to a civilian life is often very difficult, so awareness is essential for communities to help their veterans transition successfully.”
Anyone interested in contributing to the VMSA effort can mail donations to: Aurora University, ATTN: Kristie Brendel, Alumni Hall 113, 347 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, IL 60506
For more information, contact the VMSA at email@example.com.