Can I Help the Wounded Vets?

Can You Help?

I had the pleasure of listening to a speaker at my Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) meeting that really got my attention concerning what a person can do to help the wounded vets.

I am aware of the wonderful work done by the Wounded Warrior Project, and there are many other groups and individuals that are working to help these patriots that have given so much. The lady that spoke at our meeting was a member of Sew Much Comfort, which was new to me. The simple clothing they make for wounded soldiers that are missing limbs or have other physical problems allows the soldier to be comfortable and more importantly beimore independent.

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Mission of Sew Much Comfort

"To provide custom – made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members from current conflicts and from all branches of the military and National Guard. We wish to aid in their recovery, provide a tangible reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice and give them an added measure of comfort, dignity and freedom as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life. Adaptive clothing accommodates their medical devices and situations, provides ease-of-use, increases personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their injuries."

What is Adapted Clothing?

Sew Much Comfort was founded in November 2004, and they have distributed more than 134,536 pieces of adaptive clothing to our wounded vets since that time. The adaptive clothing is donated to the vets in all branches of the service, so there is no cost to them. There are over 300 women in the United States and also women in Germany who make this clothing.

The adaptive clothing is designed to be completely opened from the right side, left side or double, which means both sides of the garment. The pants and shorts have Velcro running down the full length of the side opening. This allows the medical staff and family to have easy access to the injury site. The shirts have a Velcro button closure system, and they are available in short sleeve and long sleeves. Most of the clothing is available in a variety of colors and styles.

There are military IPFU shorts, athletic shorts and boxers in bundles of four. The lounge pants are PJ bottoms, sweatpants and athletic pants that are purchased in stores. The seamstress will open the seam from the waist to the ankle. These pants can also be designed to fit over an upper or lower external fixator. The clothing is all always new, and the styles are current. The clothing is adapted using So Much Comforts copyrighted patterns and instructions or they may be purchased garments that are redesigned. There are some female garments available as well.

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What Can I Order?

The shirts include:

  • Military IPFU (Improve Physical Fitness Uniform)
  • Long short and long sleeve T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Pajamas, lounge pants fixator pants are also available.
  • Athletic shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Boxers
  • Sweat pants

The sizes of the pants range from small (28' - 31.5") to XX Large (50" - 53.5"), and the shirts also range from small (28' - 37.5'0 to XX Large (50" - 53.5"). The clothing is shipped from there Distribution Facility in Boulder, Colorado, usually within 2 to 3 days. They attempt to keep fully stocked. Individuals or hospitals may order the clothing.:

Why do Vets Need Special Clothing?

Quite often vets injuries may require a large fixator, a prosthetic or large tasks that are too bulky to fit under ordinary clothing. The adaptive clothing gets the vet out of a hospital gown and into something comfortable that looks better.

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Benefits of Adapted Clothing

This organization does a great service for our soldiers as many of them are hospitalized for very long period of time. Instead of wearing a hospital gown that flaps open if you’re moving around, the deserving veterans are able to recover with a little bit of comfort and dignity.

How Does Sew Much Comfort Survive Financially?

Sew Much Comfort is the only non-profit organization that provides adaptive clothing to wounded vets at no cost to the vet. Sew Much Comfort depends totally on the volunteers that do the sewing and people that donate money. This organization has partnered with the General Federation of Women’s Club. People make monetary donations, or they purchased gift cards that will fund the needed garments and supplies. This organization is certainly making a difference in the lives of many veterans.

Summary

I really love the concept of this organization as you may not have money to donate, but perhaps you have a sewing machine and are able to donate some of your time. Sometimes it's the little things that we do for someone that count the most.

© 2014 Pamela Oglesby

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love articles like this one, Pamela! Social consciousness and activism at its best .Thank you for writing this one.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Billy, I think you summed it up perfectly. I love the idea that women across the country are sitting in front of their sewing machines in working to better the life of a soldier that is given so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub as I was just enthralled with this ladies talk in seeing a sample of the clothing they make.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Pamela, it's good to see such dedication. This idea is practical and obviously well needed, I'm sure this types of clothes can help to make the Vet's life just a bit more comfortable.

I just wish countries who send young people to war, gave priority to their well being when they come home. The charity seem to be doing a very worthwhile work.

Great subject, brilliant hub.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Jo, I wish countries would give more priority to the wellfare of the troops also. I was definitely impressed with this charity. I appreciate your comments.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Pamela,

This is the first time I've heard of Sew Much Comfort, but because of my nursing experiences I know what a great need there is for this kind of adaptive clothing.

Thanks for bringing awareness to this worthy charity.

Blessings,

Gail


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Gail, This was new to me also and we were able to look at several pieces of the clothing. I was impressed with the logic of this company. Thanks so much for your comments.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A thoughtful and so interesting hub charity is warm and so giving.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

DDE, Thanks so much for your comments.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Pamela, this is a wonderful organization. Do they also make clothing for wounded vets once they've left the hospital? I can see that there is a huge need for adaptive clothing. It certainly would make life easier.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Shauna, I do think they make clothing for wounded vet once they leave the hospital as many vets are receiving long term care oin their home. I did some home health nursing where people had wounds and can see how the clothing would make life simplier. My job never invovled wounded vets or people that had lost limbs, but I can see how well the clothing would work. Thanks so much for your co9mments.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Shauna, I do think they make clothing for wounded vet once they leave the hospital as many vets are receiving long term care oin their home. I did some home health nursing where people had wounds and can see how the clothing would make life simpler. My job never invovled wounded vets or people that had lost limbs, but I can see how well the clothing would work. Thanks so much for your co9mments.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

What an excellent idea, and not only for wounded vets, but for all people who struggle for some or the other reason to get in and out of conventional clothing.

Will also be a successful business online, for orders....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can see the need for adaptive clothing for our wounded vets. I don't believe we have that organization locally, if so, i would gladly give my time. Great hub. Thank you...


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Martie, I think it could be a successful line of business. There are menay people that have lost limbs of have colostomies and the proper clothing could certainly make caring for them much easier. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Ruby, It is so worthwhile and if enough people sew no one would have to spend all their time sewing. Thanks so much for your comments.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I have never heard of Sew Much Comfort. What a wonderful organization! You have described a great way to help wounded vets, Pamela.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a great cause Pamela. thank you for sharing this. I hadn't heard about adapted clothing before, but it is just common sense that this is a necessity. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Alicia, I was so impressed with the lady that spoke at my meeting that I thought it would be a very good topic to write about. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Jodah, I agree that it is common sense to make this type of clothing and one woman thought of it initially and turned it into this fine organization. I appreciate your comments.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I was unaware of this non-profit agency. Thanks for spreading the word about the good work that they do. I am going to give this a tweet so that others can learn about it.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, Thank you so much tweeting this hub. This is really a great agency, and the work they do is so helpful. I appreciate your comments.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Pamela,

I loved learning about this most honorable way of helping our wounded veterans that takes advantage of talents like sewing / repurposing.

I have also shared on Facebook and Twitter so more folks will read your excellent journalism on 'Sew Much Comfort'.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Maria,

I was so impressed when I heard this woman explain their program. It is a wonderful way to help wanted vets for sure. I appreciate your comments and the share.


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frogyfish 14 months ago from Central United States of America

I initially thought of 'Wounded Warriors' when I read your title, but the discovery of 'Sew Much Comfort' was indeed a pleasing one. Kudos to all those doing the sewing for our wounded heroes! And thanks to you for this great informative hub!


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Pamela99 14 months ago from United States Author

froggugish, I think that was such a clever idea, and it sometimes the what seems like the little things mean a lot. All those women sewing deserve a special thank you. Thanks so much for your comments.

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