There has been an outpouring of support following last Sunday's cover story on Specialist Raymond Hubbard and his recovery from injuries he sustained in Iraq.
Hubbard, who lives in Allens Grove with his wife, Sarah, and sons, Reily and Brady, was seriously injured on July 4 when a mortar shell exploded nearby while he was on patrol north of Baghdad.
There have been many acts of support from people who don't know the Hubbards, yet have been moved by his story.
He is the fourth soldier with Walworth County ties to be injured in the war zone. One other, Justin Linden, was killed more than two years ago.
Two letters in this week's edition touch on Hubbard's courage and conviction. "Freedom is not free." Eric Graff of Elkhorn writes, 'Raymond's sacrifice few people understand and many do not support. Many today feel entitled to all they have. Raymond paid the price while others gripe about the cost."
Word of Hubbard's injuries has traveled quickly around the state as well.
Norman Lenburg, with the public affairs office of the Wisconsin National Guard in Madison, called to say the story on Hubbard (which is also posted online) had been read with interest in their office as well.
He wondered if we could have a subscription for Hubbard sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center so Hubbard could keep up with news from home during his recovery.
Who could turn that request down?
Here at home, family and friends are hard at work to help out.
Members of the Walworth County Council of the American Legion, the group that holds a vigil at the Walworth County Courthouse each Monday at 11 a.m., is arranging to provide the family with pre-paid phone cards so Hubbard can keep in touch with folks back here.
Also, the family has let staff writer Donna Lenz Wright know that donation sites have been set up for the Raymond Hubbard Family Benefit at the Chase Bank, 38 N. Washington St., Elkhorn, or at any of their branches.
There are two other locations nearby at 426 Center St., Lake Geneva, and 111 W. Main St., Eagle.
There is also a fund-raising event planned for Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at Super Z's Starlight Banquet Hall, 5574 Highway 50, Delavan, 6-11 p.m.
At this event there will be a DJ, karaoke, raffles, a pig roast, brats and kraut and a cash bar.
They already have non-profit status, so all donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
All proceeds will go directly to the Hubbard family and be used for renovations and improvements needed to Raymond's home preceding his return.
For more information call Lisa at (262) 949-1730 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Ray, we hope you enjoy the paper.
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