The dedication and passion for supporting the Wounded Warrior Project started before the project was even founded. Duke & The Doctor have supported the US military since they were children.
Duke Liberatore’s birth certificate reads “Joseph Liberatore”, named after his Uncle Joseph, who died while serving in the Army during World War II. Born into an Italian immigrant family, Uncle Joe volunteered to enlist in the US Army to fight communism in Europe. He lost his life, but America’s freedom was preserved.
The Doctor, Jan McBarron MD was born into an Irish immigrant family. Her father, Edward enlisted and served faithfully in the US Navy during WW II. He was at Pearl Harbor that fateful day.
Together, Duke & The Doctor were married as college sweethearts in 1987 and always maintained their unwavering support of the US military. Aside from the Army/Navy football game every year, this is a house undivided.
Duke founded and operated a highly successful chain of health food stores, while ‘Doc” maintained her private medical practice. Together they co-hosted “Duke & The Doctor”, a two hour, daily, nationally syndicated radio talk show that received multiple awards and garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners.
After twenty years, they discontinued their radio broadcast in order to spend more time with family. However, their continued support of the military has remained a priority.
After finishing Doc’s medical training in Philadelphia, Duke & The Doctor actively chose to relocate to Columbus GA., home of Ft Benning, the Army’s largest infantry training facility. For 30 years they supported the base physically by attending numerous fundraisers, emotionally by supporting soldiers stationed there and financially through numerous sponsored events and contributions. The name Duke & The Doctor is engraved on a paver outside the Infantry Museum.
Having recently moved to Nevada, Duke & The Doctor have proudly announced their support of the Wounded Warrior Project through a Go Fund Me Account. This is a direct result of not only having lost someone in war but also through directly experiencing the impact of a returning disabled soldier. The physical limitations after a war injury are difficult enough but the emotional havoc of PTSD is gut wrenching. These young, healthy vibrant men and women volunteer to fight for American and return crippled for life. The impact and devastation to the individual and their family are beyond comprehension.
Duke & The Doctor ask that you simply put yourself in the victim’s shoes. The shoes of the permanently wounded shoulder and those of their family; parents, siblings, spouse and children. It’s easy to dismiss war. Its violent and happens “over there”, thousands of miles away. However, we must remain ever mindful that our, OUR soldiers come home, often broken, and permanently disabled physically and emotionally. It’s easy to hope some “big donor” will support their cause and you don’t have to get involved. But you should, even on a small level reach out and give back to them. Respect they did a job for us, we owe them. Help them and help make this world a better place. They need us and we need them.