Cofounder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Visits Post

Helen Sajer, cofounder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, attended a kickoff luncheon at Post 1463 for the Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors. Mrs. Sajer and her late husband Major General Gerald Sajer founded the charity in 2006 to assist veterans and their families. When the Sajer’s son Frank returned home safely from Iraq they decided “We need to do something for our wounded soldiers and their families,” and so began Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors.

Mrs. Sajer delivered a thoughtful account of the beginnings of the charity up to today’s growing interest and donations for Pennsylvania’s own wounded warriors. She stressed that just one person can make a difference in someone else’s life, and she’s seen it many times over. She and Major General Sajer didn’t realize what the future would bring when they entertained veterans from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at their own home. They soon realized the need to help veterans was growing as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan lingered and they reached out to others to spread the word on how to help, making this a true grass roots organization. The “staff” consists of volunteers only, there are no paid positions.

Diverse organizations from Girl Scouts to large corporations now hold benefits to raise money, anything from asking for donations to view a Christmas light display to 50/50 raffles and direct corporate donations. One hundred percent (100%) of donations go to veterans in need in the form of gift cards for emergencies or payment of bills to the third party; money is not given directly to anyone.

Mrs. Sajer was a delightful speaker. All those in attendance at the luncheon feel they met an inspiring woman who knows how to motivate others into action. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Sajer has vowed to carry on this work saying “This is my life now.”