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Operation Holiday Card [02 Nov 2008|02:24pm]

roundandround2

Operation Holiday Card is up and running again this year!  This is a wonderful program that distributes Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards with short personal messages to troops deployed overseas during the holiday season.  This program was a huge success last year collecting over 16,000 cards.

            I am asking people to write a note to an unknown service member inside your card, seal it, and send it to the address below.  Cards can be for Christmas, Hanukkah (please write this on the back of your envelope), or general Season’s Greetings.  Your words of support mean so much to these men and women.  Remember each card you send is another service member touched.   

            This program works because individuals take this initiative to spread the word and collect cards with in their lives.  Please pass the word about this project to everyone you know.  Feel free to post it in your journals, other communities, promote it in your workplace, or your place of worship.  One woman from my church last year collected 200 cards in her workplace. How many cards can you collect?  Cards can be sent to:

 

Operation Holiday Card
226 Albany Ave  

Shreveport, LA 71105

 

            This year’s deadline will be Dec. 3, all cards must be received in Louisiana by that time.  The cards will need plenty of time to get overseas.  I thank you for your support of this wonderful project.  There is so much support for our troops as they spend the holidays away from their families.

            Please look at our new website http://sites.google.com/site/operationholidaycard/Home for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at operationholidaycard@gmail.com

 

Thank you and God Bless you,

Operation Holiday Card

 

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Veterans Day Poster Information for 2008 [19 Jan 2008|03:50pm]
iduok2
 I thought somebody here might be interested in this.

Veterans Day Poster Information for 2008
Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:49 am (PST)
If anyone would like to send in their suggestion for the 2008 Veterans Day Poster, here is the information you need. Deadline for submissions is the 1st of May. The winning person gets their poster on the cover of the Official Program for Arlington National Cemetery.
Good luck

Rick Conn, MSA ,VA Hospital Visitation Program
Georgia State Coordinator

"Still serving our Veterans"

***********************************************
Dean Stoline
Assistant Director
National Legislative Commission

Artists, graphic designers and photographers! The Veterans Day National Committee is seeking submissions for the 2008 national Veterans Day poster. The poster is distributed to more than 110,000 schools nationwide, military installations around the world, and to federal agencies in the nations capital. It also graces the cover of the official program booklet for the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 
The committee will convene in May 2008 to review all submissions and select a finalist. 
The final poster must be 18x24? at 300 dots per inch, but please scale down submissions to 9x12? and submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files via e-mail to:
vetsday@...
Alternatively, send copies of artwork or a CD with artwork files to: Department of Veterans Affairs (002C), 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20420. 
Please do not send originals. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008. 
To view Veterans Day posters from previous years, please visit
http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ and click on Poster Gallery?. 
Submissions should include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material (i.e. photos and concepts). 
The committee may select a particular submission but ask the artist to make modifications to the original design. Additional changes may be required prior to printing.
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Operation Holiday Card Complete!!!! [14 Dec 2007|03:26pm]

roundandround2

Dear Friends,

Operation Holiday cards was an amazing success this year. Last year we collected 1,500 cards and set a goal of 2,000 cards for this year. This year we collected over 16,000 cards! We were drowning in cards, but it was wonderful! The cards were sent to Balad Air Base in Baghdad on Monday and Tuesday. It took 16 boxes. Thank you for helping to make Operation Holiday Card such a huge success.

-

 

 

roundandround2 
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Operation Holiday Card Update [20 Nov 2007|12:25pm]

roundandround2
 

Dear Friends,

 

Operation Holiday Card is well under way.  With two weeks left in the collection I have collected 586 cards.  This number may seem small but I know of many people who are planning on sending in cards in the next two weeks.  Holiday cards have been coming in from all over the country; from schools, workplaces, scout troops, and individuals.  What a wonderful “Thank You” to the troops overseas.

 

As I celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, I am thankful that my family is together this year.  There are so many families separated by deployments this time of year.  What a better way to say Thank You than to sign a box of Holiday cards as a family after your meal.  Could your family sign a box of cards?  Multiple cards can be sent together in a larger envelope to save postage.  Please send your cards to:

 

Operation Holiday Card
PMB
283
6658 Youree Dr   Suite 180

Shreveport, LA
71105

 

Please remember the cards must be RECEIVED in Louisiana by Dec. 5, so they can make it to Baghdad in time for Christmas.

 

Thank you for your support of the troops!

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I think it's about time... [03 Nov 2007|02:38pm]

grumpybear0420

Jury awards father $11M in funeral case



By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press Writer Wed Oct 31, 6:23 PM ET


A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.

Snyder's attorney, Craig Trebilcock, had urged jurors to determine an amount "that says don't do this in Maryland again. Do not bring your circus of hate to Maryland again."

Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."

A number of states have passed laws regarding funeral protests, and Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries. But the Maryland lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by the family of a fallen serviceman.

The church and three of its leaders — the Rev. Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebecca Phelps-Davis, 46 — were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.

Even the size of the award for compensating damages "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted.

Snyder claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

The church members testified they are following their religious beliefs by spreading the message that soldiers are dying because the nation is too tolerant of homosexuality.

Their attorneys maintained in closing arguments Tuesday that the burial was a public event and that even abhorrent points of view are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

Earlier, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse. Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading "God is your enemy," while Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag and carried a sign that read "God hates fag enablers." Members of the group sang "God Hates America" to the tune of "God Bless America."

Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict, while members of the church greeted the news with tightlipped smiles.
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Operation Holiday Card [01 Nov 2007|08:47am]

roundandround2

Dear Friends,


Believe it or not the Holiday season is upon us. With Halloween over the stores are filled with Christmas decorations. Last year with my husband deployed in Kuwait I started Operation Holiday Card to collect Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards for troops overseas during this season. It was huge success last year. I started the project with a goal of collecting 200 cards to send to one base in Kuwait. The response was amazing. When the collection was over I had over 1500 cards sent to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait and Balad Air Base in Baghdad, Iraq. The cards were passed out to the troops at dinner on Christmas Day. As each person signed in at the mess hall they were handed a Holiday card. The cards were read, passed around the tables among friends, and many were eventually hung on the wall for all to see.

 
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[27 Sep 2007|12:08am]

grumpybear0420
I just stumbled across this website. I highly encourage you to go to the site, and then forward it on to others.

The purpose of this is: At least one in three Iraq veterans will cope with a serious mental health issue, like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s crucial that we put systems in place now to help them.” The trio is encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military.

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Article in the News [08 May 2007|11:15am]

grumpybear0420

Six Accused of Plotting to Kill Soldiers

'Islamic Radicals' Allegedly Targeted Fort Dix


AP
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Six men from the former Yugoslavia were arrested on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and "kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said Tuesday.

The suspects were described as "Islamic radicals," said U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Greg Reinert.

They were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Camden later Tuesday to face charges of conspiracy to kill U.S. servicemen, said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. Five of them lived in Cherry Hill, he said.

"They were planning an attack on Fort Dix in which they would kill as many soldiers as possible," Drewniak said.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because documents in the case remain sealed, said the attack was stopped in the planning stages.

Authorities believe the men trained in the Poconos for the attack and also conducted surveillance at other area military institutions, including Fort Monmouth, the official said. The official said that the men had lived in the United States for some time.

The six were arrested trying to buy automatic weapons in a sale set-up by law enforcement authorities, the official said.

State Police Capt. Al Della Fave said Tuesday that the investigation had been in the works for about a year. The arrests were first reported by WNBC-TV in New York.

Jerri Williams, spokeswoman for the FBI in Philadelphia, said U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie and J.P. Weis, special agent in charge of the FBI in Philadelphia, would release further information later Thursday.

Five of suspects lived in Cherry Hill, about 10 miles east of Philadelphia and 20 miles southwest of Fort Dix, Drewniak said.

Fort Dix is used to train soldiers, particularly reservists. In 1999, it sheltered more than 4,000 ethnic Albanian refugees during the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.

After that war, refugees were allowed to return to the U.N.-run province of Kosovo in Serbia or to seek permanent residency in the United States. The U.N. Security Council is considering whether to approve a plan to grant Kosovo independence from Serbia under the supervision of the European Union and the United States.
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I'll Be Home Soon [18 Apr 2007|11:27pm]

pittchic04

Here's "I'll Be Home Soon" by the Kiger Brannon Band  They are currently working in conjunction with the charity T.A.P.S. to help families of fallen soldiers.  You can check out the website at the bottom of the video for more info and for free downloads of the song and video.


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Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at Virginia Tech [17 Apr 2007|03:13pm]

islandboy70
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift them up in our prayers, and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Monday, April 16, 2007, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, Sunday, April 22, 2007. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.

GEORGE W. BUSH
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