Emma's Story

Apr 11, 2023

As a country, we owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans for their unwavering commitment to our freedom. However, many veterans and their families face significant challenges, which is why The Salvation Army of Northern New England is stepping up to fill the gap with Operation Red Shield.

That includes our friend Emma, the young daughter of a Maine Army National Guard Staff Sergeant. Emma suffered a brain injury that prevents her from differentiating volume and resonance between sounds. When every sound, large or small, in a busy classroom carries the same volume, it drowns out her teacher's voice.

You can imagine the devastating impact this has on both her education and friendships. Her parents' budget was already stretched too thin, and they didn't qualify for support from veteran community organizations. a $5,000 hearing system stood between Emma and her education.

However, thanks to the faithful giving of our donors, Operation Red Shield was able to help Emma's family buy the hearing system. Now able to hear her teacher clearly and process the information she receives; Emma is back on track and improving daily. At age 13, Emma is well on her way to success, thanks to this technology and a caring community.

But we won't stop at Emma. With your help, The Salvation Army & Operation Red Shield will continue to stand with veterans and their families until every veteran is housed, fed, connected, or otherwise supported. Join us in making a difference and helping those who have given so much for our freedom.

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