Be Grateful You’re an American!
Tomorrow night at the regularly scheduled Walter Reed “Support the Troops by Stomping CodePink ‘Tards” celebrations, there will also be the second of three events in this year’s Support the Troops Weekend in D.C.
Support the Troops and Their Mission Weekend kicks off Friday morning, September 22 with a delegation of military families and supporters visiting congressional offices to urge Representatives and Senators to not cut and run from the war on terrorists. We will gather at the horseshoe entrance to the Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on South Capitol Street just below Independence Avenue.
Friday evening, we will gather at the main gate to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 6:30 p.m. until the dinner buses return (between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.)
WRAMC is located at 7200 Georgia Avenue, NW. The cross street is Elder Street.
Saturday, September 23, we will hold the Support the Troops and Their Mission Rally from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Please plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. as the drive-by media always undercounts attendance by doing a crowd estimate just before the rally starts and then never changes that number as the crowd grows.
The next announcement is for an event that will take place in a little more than two weeks. On October 7th in Olney, MD there will be an event at Olney Golf Park to raise funds for golfing equipment for Wounded Warriors.
The organizer of this event is himself an injured OIF veteran who I met last Friday. Mark Kreisher is an incredibly enthusiastic guy who is intent on helping his fellow wounded brothers and sisters by getting them involved in an activity that has been an immense benefit to his own recovery.
I have been a patient at WRAMC for 9 months. One of the hardest things I have faced during my recovery (both physical and mental) was getting myself back out in public and trying to resume doing some of the things I did before my injuries. Thanks to some GREAT individuals, groups, and organizations I was offered the chance to learn and play the game of golf. Golf became a big part of my physical and mental therapy and I’m afraid without the opportunities afforded to me I would still be sitting in the lonely confines of my room feeling sorry for myself. I (along with dozen of my friends) have been provided golf equipment at no charge, free lessons from a PGA instructor, and unlimited range time at no charge! The instructors do not care if we have lost an eye, two legs or an arm, they help us develop our golf games dispite our “limitations”. They have donated their time to instruct us, and treat us as if we were paying customers.
I’m not going to pull any punches on this matter and I’m not the type of person that finds it easy to ask for help, but I DESPARATELY need HELP from each and every one of you, as well as your friends and coleagues! I have been asked to coordinate a fundraising event that is very near and dear to my heart! The Disabled American Veterans and Yellow Ribbon Fund, in conjunction with Olney Golf Park and local PGA instructors Jim Estes and Matt Kayson, have set up a fund dedicated to their goal to provide quality golf and recreational opportunities for military personnel injured while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The fund that has provided me and numerous other soldiers with these opportunities is running dangerously low, and it tears me up inside to think that it won’t be around to HELP my fellow SOLDIERS in the future, as it has helped me and my friends in the past year.
My HOPE is that through donation of items and cash, 100% of the money raised will go directly to helping soldiers. I NEED EVERYTHING!! DOOR PRIZES, SILENT AUCTION ITEMS, CONTEST PRIZES and CASH DONATIONS. If you can donate something, no matter how small, I can use it.
Mark is still recovering at Walter Reed and new folks are still coming in that will need the same kind of challenging activities to help get them get back to good physical and mental health. If you’d like to be part of this effort and make some heroes happy, here’s how you can help.
For Cash donations make checks payable to Disabled American Veterans.
Items and donations can be sent to:
Olney Golf Park
Attn. Mark Kreisher
3414 Emory Church Rd.
Olney MD 20832
You can also contact me, of course. I’ll be covering the event (I’m REALLY looking forward to it!) and I promise to post the usual crappy pics that people using IE can’t see anyway.
Super Troop Supporter Donna, Los Osos is up today! Good luck, lady!
Tomorrow I’ll also be starving with Leta (the Great!) but I won’t be able to tell about it. (And NO! Ms. Smartypants I won’t be racing while starving no matter how much you’re willing to pay!) 🙂
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Tribes. "I am not a wolf. I have never harmed a person in my life. But I am not a sheep, either. I know these forces are out there, and wishing it were not so will not only not make them go away – it will rob me of my chance to kick their ass when they show up."
— Bill Whittle
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