‘The Moral High Ground’: American Man Gives Gift of Mobility to Disabled Iraqi Children
Brad Blauser went to post-invasion Iraq as a civilian contractor to bolster his flagging financial fortunes. But what he ended up accomplishing over there has enriched his and many other lives in a way that no amount of money could. “I thought I was going to Iraq to get my life straightened out financially,” he told the Huffington Post. “But fate had a different reason for my purpose in Iraq.”
Blauser founded the nonprofit organization Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids (WFIK) after hearing heart-rending tales of parents carrying their disabled children for miles and seeing young disabled children dragging themselves through the streets. With pediatric wheelchairs in extremely short supply and a children’s health care system ravaged by years of war, Blauser moved in to fill a desperate need. To date, WFIK has provided 863 wheelchairs to Iraqi children, at a cost of $2.5 million.
WFIK is supported by the US military and a “large showing of individuals and organizations from across a broad spectrum of political backgrounds.” The wheelchairs provided to needy children have been life-changers, enabling them to attend school and move through life– literally– with a renewed sense of dignity and purpose. For this, we salute Brad Blauser and Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids.