DETROIT (WWJ) – A local man is paying a visit to some of the military’s most badly-injured soldiers.

James Tignanelli is president of the Police Officers Association of Michigan. Each May, he visits patients at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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“These are the most injured people who come back from the battles, generally amputees, closed-head injuries. These are significant injuries. Sometimes, they’re hospitalized for a year or more,” he said.

And he’s brought them care packages–courtesy of donors. “Two of the things that are the most desirable to them are electric shavers and a small, personal DVD player…one that you can watch a movie on or play a game on.”

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Tignanelli said that electric shavers are preferred over disposable ones because some soldiers are on medicine that could make things problematic with a shaving cut.

Other items include “a pair of pajamas, a clean t-shirt, personal items like shampoos.”

Tignanelli, himself a retired police officer, said the items aren’t tax-deductible, but he said he gets great pride in thanking the troops for their efforts.

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