Fundraiser Held In Temecula For Local Marine
Cpl. Juan Dominguez Lost Legs, Arm After Encountering IED In AfghanistanTEMECULA, Calif. — Hundreds gathered at a Temecula winery on Friday to raise money for a Camp Pendleton Marine and triple amputee. Cpl. Juan Dominguez lost two legs and his right arm when he encountered a 30-pound improvised explosive device, or IED, in Afghanistan in late 2010. “From the time I got hit, I mean, there might have been a moment where I wanted just to pass away cause the pain was so intense but God took care of the rest, numbed me up and I’ve always had a positive attitude since then,” said Dominguez. Dominguez made a special entry into Friday’s event on a Seahawk helicopter, which was similar to the ones he flew in during combat operations in the Middle East. “It was a better experience than the last time,” he said. “The last time I was in a bird, I was being carried off the battlefield, so good experience this time.” Hundreds of people attended Friday’s event to raise funds in Dominguez’s name. Many wore shirts that read, “I love Juan.” “Juan became our poster child for special cases,” said Jim Smollen, who is with the Tom De Angelis Memorial Fund. “Unfortunately, there’s over 40 Juan’s out there and America has to get together. If our government doesn’t do it, then we have to do it and that’s what we’re doing here today.” In March, Dominguez performed at a concert with actor Gary Sinise’s “Lieutenant Dan Band,” which plays shows in different cities around the country to raise funds for wounded veterans. Most recently, the two were featured together on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Before Friday’s event came to a close, the Seahawk helicopter Dominguez flew in on lifted off and did a fly-by as one last salute to him.
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