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The Lewis Baggett “Always Faithful” Foundation was founded in memory of Lewis Baggett and in honor of his legacy of always thinking about the needs of other veterans. Lewis Baggett was a Marine from 1953-1956 & spent 16 months of that time in Korea in the DMZ and my Dad since 1966. When I was a kid he always impressed upon me that he was a Marine and “ once a Marine you were always a Marine.” He would tell me that wherever he went and needed help he could count on another Marine and the same applied to all Marines; they look out after their own. He explained to me that the meaning of Semper Fidelis – the US Marines motto and that it meant “Always Faithful.” He always prayed for me when I was deployed and for my other friends, which, he knew needed someone in their “Amen Corner.” He strove to support others who were less fortunate, especially the military persons from all branches of the services. He didn’t have much money but he kept a change jar and when it become full, he would cash it in and give it to someone he felt could use it.

It is for all veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS who are injured or ill and need a little help to maintain a productive life and their dignity. Most veterans do not ask for anything in return for their service and sacrifice but they deserve our respect and support. Lewis Baggett always stressed that we should be “Always Faithful” to take care of those who have sacrificed for us.

The Lewis Baggett “Always Faithful” Foundation was founded in memory of Lewis Baggett and in honor of his legacy of always thinking about the needs of other veterans. Lewis Baggett was a Marine from 1953-1956 & spent 16 months of that time in Korea in the DMZ and my Dad since 1966. When I was a kid he always impressed upon me that he was a Marine and “ once a Marine you were always a Marine.” He would tell me that wherever he went and needed help he could count on another Marine and the same applied to all Marines; they look out after their own. He explained to me that the meaning of Semper Fidelis – the US Marines motto and that it meant “Always Faithful.” He always prayed for me when I was deployed and for my other friends, which, he knew needed someone in their “Amen Corner.” He strove to support others who were less fortunate, especially the military persons from all branches of the services. He didn’t have much money but he kept a change jar and when it become full, he would cash it in and give it to someone he felt could use it.

It is for all veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS who are injured or ill and need a little help to maintain a productive life and their dignity. Most veterans do not ask for anything in return for their service and sacrifice but they deserve our respect and support. Lewis Baggett always stressed that we should be “Always Faithful” to take care of those who have sacrificed for us.

In this Memorial Foundation, we have a branch called Friends, Vets and Mentors where we are friends to those veterans who need someone to be there for them. We are veterans than can relate to their situations, and we mentor them so they can recover from their illnesses both physically and emotionally and return to a full and productive life.

In addition we reach out to family members of veterans, fire fighters and police officers that require special needs. This would mean the most to those who have passed on and cannot be there for them.

Donations are appreciated, attendance at fund raisers are appreciated, as well as your thoughts and prayers for our veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS and their families.

The best thing we can do is answer the call of faithfulness and use prudence to spend every dime we raise to make the lives of these people and their families better.

Always Faithful, Semper Fidelis

Dennis Wysocki Fundraiser

Donate to Dennis’ Bathroom Remodel

Dennis Wysocki FundraiserThe bathroom is probably the absolute worst situation right now.  It is extremely important to him that he is able to use the facilities for bowel movements and of course to get “completely clean” at least once a week in the shower.

As it is now, the Hoveround chair that he has is the only motorized chair that is usable in the house.  The Hoveround DOES NOT fit in the bathroom.  He can get it to the door.  We flip up the front foot plate.  This allows it to fit in the door frame which is as close as he can get to the toilet and/or shower.

Once this is done at the doorway, he eventually stands up and assesses his ability to move to the next fixed item to grab that will support his weight…and so on ….until he gets to the toilet.  (He has missed in the past and landed on the floor.)

To get into the shower he grabs on to the sink in front of it.  He then again assesses his balance and strength before he grabs the top of the shower stall and eventually positions himself to “land on the shower chair” which is positioned in the standup shower stall.  The seat has already been cushioned with towels which are “pre-soaped”.  This way he can properly wash his bottom.

Dennis Wysocki FundraiserThe coming out of the shower is more terrifying.  Heat is not a friend to MS so moderating the water temperature is key.  If he gets overheated, that “strength” he needs to eventually get back to the chair in the door frame can seem like a mile away.  The procedure begins again…fixed item – stand, fixed item – stand….until he “lands” again (hopefully) on the Hoveround.

The Hoveround is lined with towels so he can dry off and rest before he attempts to get back to the bed, where he completes his dressing. At this point, he is so exhausted that the day is pretty much done.

Showers can only be attempted in the morning (after he assesses whether the “shakiness” that day permits) because that is when he is the strongest.   As the day wears on even the smallest effort is sometimes overwhelmingly exhausting.

So….for example:  if he has a doctor’s appointment on a Thursday it is imperative that he shower on Wednesday.  He cannot do both in a single day.

Books

Author: John Siegfried

Mr. Siegfried is a true American! When he writes, he keeps the Veteran’s interest in the forefront; bringing to light the individual person, their story and issues many veteran’s and their families face alone. He does more for the United States men and women in uniform, than do most elected officials. I urge you to buy a copy of his books, to get a glimpse into the unpublicized life of those who have served us faithfully. He pays it forward, always being faithful to these men, women and their families.

“Islam, and the Rise of the Radical Islamic State.”
Release date 2016

“The New Agent Orange:” From Vietnam to Afghanistan: How The VA Continues to Mistreat Our Veterans to be released in 2015.

“A must read! An eye opener for many who have suffered without answers.

“Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip.”
Released Veterans Day 11/11/11.

“A forgotten war, but remembered hero’s. Learn the meaning of the “Six Degrees of the Bracelet” and you will realize just how close we are to all of the men and women who risk all for us.”

Fund Administrators

  • Nick Baggett

Donations

CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:

Lewis Baggett Always Faithful Foundation
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Online:
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.