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Over 200 Citizens Gathered In Support of PTSD Military Family That The Government Shunned; Local VFW's Donate $5,000 To Family

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Proud To Be An American

The local VFW Veterans Presented Misty

With A Generous Contribution

 

  

Thank You For Your Support!

   

The federal government and Veterans Administration may have turned their back on a young mother and three children left to survive another PTSD suicide alone, but the local community did not!  It is estimated that over 200 patriotic citizens made a point to attend a benefit for the family of Marine SSGT Michael Blum on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Babylons in Cottleville, Missouri. Once again, the strength of our local Veterans came out in full force, when the local VFW's presented Misty with $5,000 at the benefit event. The entire benefit effort raised approximately $25,000.

This isn't the first time many in the group had gathered to honor the family. On Thursday, September 26, 2013, friends and family also gathered to say good-bye to Marine SSGT Michael Blum  at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. Michael died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday, September 15, 2013, while at home with his wife and three children.  

SSGT Michael Blum was a Marine for 20 years. He served 4 tours in Iraq for our country before returning home and settling in Wentzville, Missouri. Michael returned home with a life-altering dose of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  The resulting negative effects of Michael's Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome permanently impaired the lives of his surviving wife and children. Michael's wife, Misty will remember forever the fear of living with the disorder on a daily basis. Michael's children will grow up without their father.

However, now they face their new life with a funeral paid in full and a little more financial stability to help them adjust to the struggle. And, through the planning of the special benefit, friendships were rekindled and true empathy was shared with a family who was commited to protecting our country - and in return, our government failed in response. 

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 SSGT Blum's struggle with PTSD did not go unnoticed. Misty Blum, Michael's wife wrote of family's fear and despair prior to Michael's suicide in a blog located at http://mobilemanormama.blogspot.com/2012/10/service-member-suicide.html .  

 (Please take the time to read this incredible blogspot.)

The United States Marines denied payment for funeral expenses incurred from Michael's death. Misty was informed that she does not qualify for survivor benefits. Clearly, this family needed help and the aftermath of the loss of a loving husband and father has left them devastated. 

 After word of this tragedy (and injustice) spread through the St. Charles County Community, Kelly Wampler Steffen, with the assistance of Kristie Ketcherside, Lisa Hollingsworth, Kelly Sitze-Miller and numerous  friends from Misty's high school years pooled their resources together and went to work to help their friends. Both Michael and Misty is are graduates Fort Zumwalt North High School. Though military life has kept the Blum family from living in the area of late, her friends have never forgot her and continue to step forward to assist the efforts.

Donations can still be made. If you would like to contribute,  please contact   Kelly Wampler Stefen at kellycsteffen@gmail.com .  )

Last, but definately not least, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR DONATING BUSINESSES!  During these difficult economic times, wouldn't it be wise to 'shop' with those who support the real people when our government has failed? We are truly grateful to all the benevolent businesses who stepped forward to assist this military family. A partial list of benefactors is listed below:


 

Babylon


Stefanina's Pizzaria

FZN Boosters

Mikes Grill and Tap

Drury Inn

All Star Tattoo

David Anthony Salon and Spa

La Tejana Taqueria

360 St. Louis

Publishing Express

Weldon Springs automotive

O'Charley's Restaurant

My Little Boutique

Perfect View Photography

Every Little Detail Powerwashing 

Hughes Auto Body

Kristies Customized Cleaning and Organizational Services

Look After Hair Company

Excel Elite Fitness

Image Sun Tanning Salon

Another Board Company

Caproce Designs

Seaswept Jewels

Advance Auto Parts

VanBibber Remodel and Landscape


Rookies in Wentzville

Ripped Cream

Homewood Suites by Hilton at the Galleria

Kuk Sool Won

Red Robin in Ofallon

Hunn Construction

Office Max Ofallon

S & S BBQ

Aggies Closet & Tearoom and Wine Garden

Crew 55 Hair and Tan

Imo's Pizza - Wentzville

Lou Fusz Chevrolet

Hogs Haus Bar & Grill

Green Lantern Car Wash

Firestone

Chick Filet

Rick's Auto Body

Sports Clips

Smoothie King

B-Halls Bar & Grill

NAPA Auto Parts

Subway

Beseda Flooring

Hustler Hollywood

Nails on Main

Dos Primos

McGurks

JJ Twiggs

Playtime Party Center

Girls Night Crafts

Auto Tire

Talayna's

Bomb Shell Bar & Grill

Pink Zebra