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One Springfield woman is trying to improve the lives of returning soldiers.
KSMU's Matt Petcoff reports...
It's the simple, everyday tasks that we take for granted... walking, sitting, or leaving the house.
But, when these tasks are no longer simple, both the body and the mind are affected.
Just three years ago, after suffering an injury while exercising, Rita Spilken became familiar with the physical and emotional stress that accompanies the loss of complete control over your life.
But, as she's fought through her struggles, she's also found the strength to help others who have suffered a similar fate... the men and women injured both physically and mentally while serving our country.
Now, Spilken says she knows how hard it is to move on after a traumatic situation.
So, Spilken created the "Our House Foundation" to help those veterans who have been injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And, Spilken says the foundation offers these individuals a chance to find what they need to move on with their lives.
To help with her endeavor, Spilken has enlisted the help of different organizations across the area.
She says groups such as Family Pharmacy and the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology along with individual doctors have already helped.
And, now she says she's looking to expand her foundation.
On May 12th, the "Our House Foundation" will host "Bikers for the Brave".
A fundraiser featuring a 74-mile motorcycle ride that Spilken says she hopes will bring more awareness to the foundation's cause.