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November 23, 2010

Just A Reminder...The Holidays Are Coming And There Are Hundreds Of Thousands Of US Servicemen And Women Far From Home (BUMPED)

UPDATE:

Sorry to interrupt all the Open Blog fun but I thought I'd repost this. I've bumped it up because commenters added a lot of great organizations in the comments for you to consider. Just something to consider as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Original Post:

I was going to try my hand at podcasting this week but I'm a technical incompetent and it didn't work out. My plan was to interview Mark Seavey of The American Legion, Vets For Freedom and This Ain't Hell about Staff Sgt. Giunta being awarded the Medal of Honor. Since Mark is so active in veteran and military support issues, I thought it would also be a good chance to highlight what those of us back home could do to help bring a bit of cheer to the men and women fighting for our freedom during the holidays.

My inability to record a phone call shouldn't stop me from at least asking that question, so here's the information...

Naturally given his work with the Legion, Mark mentioned that local legion posts often hold events either to raise money or collect supplies to send out to the troops. You can find your local post on the Legion's site and contact them directly.

As always, there's the great group Soldiers' Angels. Mark is on their board and says there are currently 1,300 soldiers waiting to be adopted. That's way too many. I know times are tight but I'm sure Team Moron can put a dent in that number.

Soldiers' Angels also holds their annual Project Valour-IT fundraiser to provide voice activated laptops to wounded warriors who due to their injuries need special equipment to use a computer.

If you want to see what a difference these contributions make, check out Mark's recent visit with some wounded heroes at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

The news from Afghanistan and Iraq has been pushed aside recently but that doesn't change the fact that brave men and women are fighting and dying far, far from home for us. As I said, I know times are tough but just a few bucks from enough of us (and tell your non-blog friends too!) and we can really make a difference.


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