US Burn Veterans

Burn Veterans Rally

Over 1,000 participants and spectators came to Liberty State Park Flag Plaza to show their support for the hundreds of burn survivors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other veterans who have not received the benefits and care that they deserve. Fifty Purple Heart recipients, burn survivors, and supporters braved the cold weather and swift currents of the New York Harbor. They rode hydrobikes as they passed Ellis Island and pedaled around the Statue of Liberty. They then returned to land to hear Congressman Albio Sires, E. Hani Mansour, MD., Director of the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center, and BAN President Samuel Davis address the serious issues facing our veterans. By raising awareness about the plight of these veterans, BAN hopes to increase funding that is desperately needed for programs offering support and rehabilitation. Sam Davis believes that “making the fair treatment of wounded combat veterans must become a national priority.”

These veterans have bravely and honorably served our nation and we must never turn our back on them”
– Congressman Albio Sires

By harnessing the power of volunteerism, BAN reaches out to veteran burn survivors to serve as positive mentors for children at burn camps. The universal lesson that transforms burn victims into survivors is simply that there is life after burns – a lesson that only those who have lived through the experience can convincingly express.

As a burn survivor, I look forward to volunteering at burn camp. After being burned in Iraq, my recovery has been difficult and at times frightening. I look forward to working with kids and helping them overcome the obstacles that I faced. I am the best messenger to convince kids that there is life after burns.”
- Staff Sergeant Chris Edwards

Performing for Burn Survivors and Veterans was very special for me. It is my way of saying thanks to some very brave people for a bunch of things we always take for granted”
– Our 2008 Featured Performing Artist: Leslie West

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