A Helping Hands for Heroes Fundraiser will be this Sunday from 11-2 at St Joseph Parish Hall in Rowena.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

Enjoy a pork steak meal with all the trimmings for $10.00 per person. To go plates will also be available.

There will be a raffle featuring a sport rifle, a handmade quilt, a meat smoker, an all day deer feeder, $100.00 Gift Cards, and a K.C. Dinner for 3 from Lowake Steak House. Raffle tickets are $10.00 per ticket and are available at Dixie Hardware in Ballinger, Hatler Insurance in Winters, and the Runnels County Veterinary Clinic.

For more information, call 325-442-4211.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

Sept. 11 also served as a stimulus for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror. Operation New Dawn refers to the conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.

For WWP, there is a distinct difference between members and alumni; the term alumni indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes your place in an organization was earned. There are no dues here - those were paid by wearing the uniform and on the battlefield.

With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

For more information, go to woundedwarriorproject.org.