A group of cartoonists from the National Cartoonists Society visited Brooke Army Medical Center yesterday. The NCS sponsors several trips to VA and active duty military hospitals around the country each year to give back to those who have served us so honorably. Travel costs are funded by donations from the Gannett Foundation (Gannett owns the Military Times Media group), the USO, and several individual donors.
On the trip: Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez, Steve Moore (In the Bleachers), Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara, Cleats, Buzz Beamer), Tom Stiglich (Disconnected), Bruce Higdon (Army vet, Punderstatements), caricaturist Rob Smith, Jr., illustrator and Navy veteran Milburn Taylor, Rob Harrell, (Big Top, fine art), and me.
But the stars of the day – as always – were the incredible young Americans who gave their all for the rest of us. Their attitudes were inspiring and humbling – they were tough, dedicated and stoic even as many of them endured painful therapy and impending surguries. The unsung heroes are the medical staff and USO representatives who spend hour after hour ensuring these wounded warriors get only the best equipment and treatment possible.
They are all national treasures, and we are grateful to have been touched by their greatness.
None of the artists take any pay to go on these trips – they volunteer. If you are interested in contributing to this non-profit effort, please visit the Support the Troops site for details. All donations are used for transporation and lodging.