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Wisconsin Vet helping victims of Boston Bombing


MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) - Today (05/06) marks three weeks since the Boston Marathon Bombing. Many victims are still in the hospital, their injuries a constant reminder of the blasts.

One Wisconsin veteran is working to help them move on. B.J. Ganem is working with the Semper Fi Fund, a national organization that helps veterans recover from combat injuries. Ganem, from Reedsburg, has made two trips to Boston since the attack. While serving in Iraq back in 2004, he lost his leg from the knee down when an IED blew up underneath his vehicle. His group worked with 14 Boston victims with amputated limbs.

For Ganem it was the perfect way to give back after getting so much help with his own injuries.

"Just meeting with each and every one of the families and just hugging people. I mean, you just want to dive right into them and take their pain away, but the best you can do it just try to make them laugh," says Ganem. "Just be there for them and listen to them. Answer their questions as openly and honestly as you can."

Once the victims get out of the hospital the Semper Fi Fund's goal is to be there during the prosthetic process. Eventually helping them modify their homes so they can live a happy and independent life.

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