Veteran Receives Track Chair with Grant from Sgt. David J. Smith Fund

FREDERICK, MD – December 21, 2015: U.S. Army Spc. Keith Maul lost an arm and a leg in a grenade attack while on patrol in February 2009 nearSgtDavidSmithTrackChair.resized Baghdad, Iraq. He loves spending time outdoors, but was unable to navigate grass and other terrain with his wheelchair. Through Operation Second Chance, a nonprofit providing assistance to wounded, injured, and ill servicemen and women and their families, and a $13,685 grant from The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund, Maul received an all-terrain power chair, allowing him much greater mobility to enjoy outdoor time with his family.

In 2010, Mary Jane McWilliams, John H. Jones, Leonard A. Smith, and Olga Smith created The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation in memory of their son, Sgt. David J. Smith, who was wounded in combat at Helmand Province of Afghanistan and died in Germany due to injuries from serving his country. Since establishing the fund at The Community Foundation of Frederick County, more than $124,000 has been provided in grants supporting injured soldiers and their families, and other local nonprofits serving Frederick County residents in need.

Charitable memorial funds are one of the many ways The Community Foundation of Frederick County helps individuals, families, and organizations honor the memory of deceased loved ones by continuing to positively impact lives through grants and scholarships.

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