A day before Veterans Day, the employees at Leland Olds Station near Stanton, ND, grilled 150 burgers to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded military veterans.
At least one of the Leland Olds employees was honoring a specific warrior with his donation. Mike Mastel, Leland Olds Station mechanic I, has a daughter who has been supported by the Wounded Warrior Project. TSGT Lara Mastel, a U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 while stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy. She was 30 years old.
Today, Lara Mastel is cancer free and has competed in the Warrior Games in 2013-2015, and plans to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida. You can read more about her on the U.S. Air Force website: Warrior Games 2013: Cancer survivor tackles new challenge
“I am proud of all our wounded warriors for the sacrifices they make for us,” Mike Mastel says.