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Honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors


White Sulphur Springs, WV (WVVA) --

In addition to hearing the music of Kenny Chesney and Aerosmith at the fairgrounds, concert goers are also hearing a unique message of service, sacrifice, determination, and courage. Kevin Shaeffer is the national spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project and is speaking to the tens of thousands attending the Greenbrier Classic concert series this year.

Here is some background on Kevin:

As a Navy Lieutenant, Kevin was working in the Navy Command Center on the first floor of the Pentagon's "C-ring" then the September 11th attacks occurred. When American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, it passed through his office space, destroying everything in its path and taking the lives of many fellow co-workers.

Miraculously, Kevin survived the initial explosion and while severely burned over nearly 50% of his body, managed to escape to relative safety. He then waged a grueling struggle to survive at the Washington Hospital Center's Burn Center and was ultimately medically retired from military service.

Kevin fought hard to heal from his injuries, personally contribute to learning the lessons of 9/11, and help bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.

After a full recovery, he was selected to serve as one of 26 professional staff members on the National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. Established by Congress and the President, the Commission was directed to examine the facts and circumstances of the attack, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against acts of terrorism.

Following the 9/11 Commission, Kevin sought out and served critical roles working in our nation's highest priority counterterrorism (CT) and counter-proliferation (CP) mission areas.

Today, he strives with Wounded Warrior Project to help make a difference in the lives of wounded service members and their families.

If you would like more information about Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or call 877.TEAM.WWP (832-6997)

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