Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse again steps up to the plate to positively impact lives! We’re so thankful for Samaritan’s Purse’s presence in Alaska, where Franklin has traveled and virtually homesteaded for decades. (He first arrived at… age 17 to work blue-collar jobs on our Trans-Alaska Pipeline!) He’s so engaged in assisting our wounded warriors, and this unique program he leads with passion and hands-on humbleness is changing our heroes’ lives. Franklin knows firsthand a soldier’s sacrifice, having a son serving honorably in the U.S. Army, so he brings injured troops and their spouses to a fishing camp in a special, very remote community to enjoy “God’s Country” (as Todd calls it; it’s his old stomping grounds in the Bristol Bay area), and helps our brave warriors heal in body and soul and relationships?
What an awesome team Franklin has assembled to embrace our troops! The entire tiny town of Port Alsworth gathers along their gravel airstrip to welcome the arriving planes carrying our wounded. American flags and children’s handmade posters are proudly waved, serving as a substitute for the traditional Welcome Home ceremonies these young families missed out on, as most of the guys were rushed from war zones to hospitals instead. Enjoy the pictures Greta Van Susteren posted on Gretawire:
With such charitable hearts (and a soft spot for the Last Frontier!), Greta and her husband asisted this worthy cause as she took time away from Fox News to travel across the country to honor our troops. This picture shows the soldiers’ plane arriving to the town’s enthusiastic greeting, and of course the individual up front — working non-stop to capture this mission of goodness — is Greta! I consider her an Alaskan sourdough, proving herself a great fisherman and breakfast cook on this trip.
Thank you for your effective efforts, Greta and John, Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse, our friends Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans (who traveled far to pay tribute), and all of Port Alsworth! And infinite amounts of thanks go to our troops and their families for serving something greater than self. We love and honor you.
– Sarah Palin
The picture above is from the lodge for wounded warriors. Gretawire: We have nine couples this week. Most are recovering from multiple injuries. They are some of America’s best.Gretawire: This picture was taken a little while ago in front of Samaritan Lodge Alaska.