Spc. Kliem served in the 82nd Airborne for over four years, 15 months of which he served in Afghanistan. Due to injuries sustained from an IED blast while in Afghanistan, Kliem has been medically retired and has currently been traveling from the Charlotte area to Duke for additional diagnosis relating to damages from the blast. Due to the lag time from being placed on retirement and when disability payments come in, Ron and his wife were faced with a financial hardship.
The North Carolina Heroes’ Fund was glad to provide him with some financial assistance to get him through this tough time. Today, Spc. Kliem is enrolled at Johnson and Wales (Charlotte) under the GI bill and intends to pursue an MBA.