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Things Are Different Now

In light of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, I find myself at a...

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Dynamo Charities Hero of the Game - Earl Lundy

March 18, 2022

A special thanks to the Houston Dynamo Charities for their feature on Earl Lundy, our Outreach Coordinator! To learn more about his efforts, visit:

https://go.combinedarms.us/lundystrides

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When this week’s Hero of the Game shows up for the first kick ahead of the Houston Dynamo’s matchup against the Colorado Rapids, don't judge him if he is a little out of breath. 

Earl Lundy, a former U.S. Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and this week’s Hero of the Game, will be arriving to PNC Stadium having just completed a 240-mile journey from San Antonio to Houston by biking, rucking and kayaking. 

For Lundy, this grueling journey is a way to inspire veterans who are dealing with the harsh realities of adjusting back to civilian life. 

“I just want to have a platform where I can empower and motivate veterans, and no matter what things that they may be going through or dealing with as far as physical or mental challenges, I just want to show that you're not in this fight alone,” Lundy said. “The reason I bike, kayak and ruck is they're three different types of trainings. I just want to let people know we're all going to go through those different fates of life, and each one you have to adjust to.” 

All of the proceeds raised as a part of Lundy’s voyage will be donated to Combined Arms, a charity that Lundy works with that brings together veteran-focused nonprofits and offers resources for veterans to access their services. 

Lundy works with the Combined Arms Gym in particular, helping veterans work on both their physical and mental wellbeing, both of which he found to be incredibly valuable when he was medically discharged from the Army. Lundy suffered multiple injuries while serving in Afghanistan, and it was this experience that inspired him to give back to others who served. 

“I had a full body injury, lower-back, left leg, right shoulder nerve damage and a TBI as well,” Lundy said. “Through therapy and physical fitness, that's what helped saved my life. So, I wanted to offer that same help for veterans.” 

The third-generation paratrooper understands that not everyone can travel 240 miles to help support veterans, as he does. Yet, he wants everyone to recognize that they can contribute something, whether that be time or money. 

“I would suggest just getting involved in organizations that are meeting the needs of veterans,” Lundy said. “Myself, I got involved with not just Combined Arms, but also other organizations within our network. Whether it be volunteering their time or giving funding to help support these organization so they can continue to give back to these veterans in a substantial way.” 

To learn more about everything that Combined Arms does, and the different ways you can get involved, visit www.CombinedArms.us.

 

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COMBINED ARMS SIVs & ALLIES

February 10, 2022

Combined Arms is thrilled to announce Khalil Arab as SIVs & Allies Program Manager. In this newly-created role, Khalil is responsible for formalizing, refining, and scaling Combined Arms’ longtime volunteer-led SIV & Allies Program in order to meet the immediate and evolving needs of our wartime allies as they embark upon their new lives in the United States. Founded in 2019 and led by longtime volunteer and USMC veteran Cress Clippard until late 2021, Combined Arms’ SIVs & Allies programming engages veterans and other volunteers to work closely with local resettlement agencies to fill resource gaps and provide resource navigation support for recently-arrived Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs) and other wartime allies. 

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MLK DAY 2022

January 15, 2022

We never stop learning…Should it take 95 years? 

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MILES ON A MISSION WITH UNITED AIRLINES

November 30, 2021

Contact: Lolly Rivas

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STATEMENT OF COMBINED ARMS BEFORE THE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS’ COMMITTEE U.S. SENATE

November 04, 2021

 

STATEMENT OF COMBINED ARMS BEFORE THE
VETERANS’ AFFAIRS’ COMMITTEE
U.S. SENATE 

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Post-9/11 Veterans Reflect On The 20th Anniversary Of The Terrorist Attacks

September 10, 2021

Andrew Schneider - Houston Public Media 

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Community Matters

August 25, 2021

Combined Arms is an organization of action. We’re malleable, innovative, disruptive, aggressive, and a little rough around the edges. I’d have it no other way. We struggled, both individually and collectively, with how to process the fall of Afghanistan, as well as how to best support our community. In typical Combined Arms fashion, we went from ideation to action in less than 24 hours. We decided to host a series of community conversations for veterans, for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), and for both groups, together. 

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Local veterans being re-traumatized watching Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

August 17, 2021

Keith Garvin - KPRC2

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Things Are Different Now

August 16, 2021

In light of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, I find myself at a loss for words, but not emotions. Anger, depression, uncertainty, hopelessness, and anxiety - to name a few. Thoughts back to the grape rows of Zhari District, complete with coloring book contests with the local kids, chai and naan sit downs with village elders, and pre-combat patrol jokes with LT. Ahkmed (one of the greatest and bravest Afghan warriors I fought beside), on one hand, and firefights, IEDs, and fear on the other. 

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2020 ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT

July 22, 2021

In 2020, our nation wrestled with the challenges of inequality and social injustice. We took it upon ourselves to stand up for what is right, and to support our broader community in times of need. 2020 also confronted our nation with the value of health and connection in our lives. We learned our own resilience and strength. For Combined Arms, that notion was reinforced as the core of our service model is rooted in health and connection. 2020 further proved our relevance to the community. Focused on the social determinants of health for our veterans and military families, we experienced growth like no other year.

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Transition means forward movement and, when veterans embark on their path to civilian life, Combined Arms is with them on that journey. And we need you there with us.  

5,000 more veterans will call Houston their home this year, each one ready and able to have an incredible impact on our city. 

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