May 2017

On Sept. 29, 2003, I was struck by an I.E.D. in the face and chest while serving in Iraq. I was looking for something to heal my mind, body and soul from the damage that occurred. I had no idea there was a pilgrimage to Lourdes at that point or even what it was. I cannot thank the Knights of Columbus enough for the trip of a lifetime. The trip was life-changing for all of us combat-wounded veterans, some of us affected with deep scars from constant fighting. From what I saw and felt, the pilgrimage touched all of us in a way that changed us for the better. It was like our mother that we haven't seen for a while was helping us learn how to live again  — or, at least, to know we are human.”   — Ernest L. 

Brother Knight:

Countless military personnel carry deep scars as a result of their selfless dedication to protecting everyone in our nation, including you and your family. Yet, most of us rarely think about the pain and suffering that our military members bring home.  

It is now our turn to protect each of them, to free them from feeling alone and broken, both spiritually and physically.

Please join us in our efforts by supporting the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage.  For details, check out this video featuring of U.S. Army Special Forces First Sergeant Sompaul Vorapanich, a brother Knight and third-time pilgrimage attendee. You can also follow the hashtag #WarriorsToLourdes.

By donating $2,600, you can cover the travel expenses of one pilgrim. To donate, click here.

Knights of Columbus • 1 Columbus Plaza • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203-752-4000

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Your tax-deductible donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers in honor of someone you love can bring a much-needed phone call to a child from his or her deployed military parent. It can pay a car-repair bill so a veteran can get to work. It can even keep a veteran in his or her home with a rent/mortgage bill payment in the nick of time.

  • $10 = 5 hours of talk time which means a deployed service member can talk to his/her kids on Christmas Eve.
  • $25 = 12.5 hours of talk time for troops which guarantees a service member to keep up with what's happening at school with his kids or to tell his wife goodnight.
  • $50 = one cell phone with one month of service to give a veteran the opportunity to look for a job.
  • $100 = new eye glasses for a veteran who is struggling to make ends meet.
  • $250 = help with a veteran's car repair bill so he can drive to work and hold down a much-need job in the holiday season.
  • $500 = assist with paying the rent or mortgage for a veteran and help avoid eviction during the holidays.

Robbie and Brittany Bergquist
Co-founders of Cell Phones For Soldiers

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Robert DuFallo
Veterans Affairs Chairman Indiana KofC
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