Just when Keith Sekora thought he couldn't go on, VFW was there to help.


Working as an E.O.D. operator, Staff Sgt. Keith Sekora began lifting munitions over his head—a typical night’s work in Afghanistan.

Suddenly, something struck Sekora in the back of the neck … sending his body crashing to the ground.

“I got to my feet, and pain shot through my neck,” said Sekora. “I assumed I pulled a muscle and went on working.”

But his injury was much more serious …

“Six hours later, I started having strokes. By the time I got treatment, I had already suffered four strokes!” said Sekora.

Once he was stabilized, Sekora was sent to Walter Reed to recover. Then the bad times turned even worse.

“A blood clot in my head made my heart go into atrial fibrillations, and I fell down a few flights of stairs,” said Sekora. “The fall really ripped up my left shoulder.”

Since the incidents, Sekora has had to learn to walk all over again, and using his left arm is a challenge.

“I am still numb on my left side, and I suffer from memory loss and bouts of dizziness.”

When Sekora was finally released from treatment, he was met with yet another challenge—his car was a stick-shift, and he was physically unable to drive it. He couldn’t afford a new vehicle.

While exploring his options, Sekora found VFW Unmet Needs. Sekora used the grant to help buy a car and a three-wheeled bicycle that would accommodate his disabilities.

“Thanks to this grant, I am mobile,” said Sekora. “Without it, I don’t know how I would have ever gotten around.

“I was at a place in my life where I didn’t know if I could make it. This grant was my light at the end of a very dark tunnel,” Sekora concluded.



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