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Family holds Memorial Day Celebration to raise funds for veterans

A Daviess County family decides to turn a small family party to welcome their son home from Afghanistan to a celebration aimed at helping and honoring returning veterans.

Sal Gonzalez is a Marine veteran who served in Iraq. He's tired of seeing returning servicemen and women struggling with post traumatic stress disorder. "When I go around I make sure people know that the easiest part of my recovery is learning how to walk again. The hardest part was coming home," said Sal Gonzalez, a spokesperson for Wounded Warrior Project, "I was blown up seven times while I was in Iraq and the seventh one actually injured me bad enough to send me home and resulted in the amputation of my left leg below the knee."

Gonzalez, now a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project told his story of recovery at a Memorial Day Celebration. Derek and Sherrybeth Madewell hosted the event at their Utica home to honor veterans, welcome their son Joshua home from his second deployment in Afghanistan, and raise money for the wounded warrior project. "Not all wounds are visible. It's easy when you see someone who has lost a limb, but there are so many that have injuries that we don't see." said Sherrybeth Madewell.

The Madewell's say they're still counting the funds raised today, but would like more people to help the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project or if you're interested in donating you can go to

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