Caring for our Troops

Updated 11/25/10.  See the end of the post.

This is a week where many of us will focus on being thankful.  Certainly, I’m thankful for our military personnel protecting our freedom across the globe.

It is tough to be away from family and friends, especially during the holidays.  One of my worst days in the Navy was a Christmas Day spent stuck on my ship while anchored in the harbor outside Palma, Spain.  But that’s nothing compared to the hardships of life in a combat zone.

Just a few days ago, I introduced you to Tracy Fredericks.  She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 1895.  More importantly, she is sending care packages to troops serving in Afghanistan.  She has sent about 10 care packages to the 618th Engineer Support Company (A). Tracy tells me that the VFW adopted this group of about 100 soldiers in a project they call “Touch of Home.”

She plans to send more care packages during this holiday season.  The packages will include letters and cards from students in the Mohonasen school district.  I’m sure that they will make a difference, especially to a company whose soldiers have lost comrades in combat.

Do you want to help out?  Donations to defray the cost of postage can be sent to VFW Post 1895, 609 Draper Ave, Schenectady, NY 12306.  Please make checks payable to “Tracy Fredericks” and note “Touch Of Home project” on the check.

11/25/10 Update:

I received some clarification from Chuck Gerhard, Commander of the VFW’s Hilderbrand-Davis Post 1895.  It’s better to make out the checks to “V.F.W. Post 1895” with “Touch of Home Project” written in the memo section.  Doing so will ensure that the donation goes to the right fund, and it also makes the donation tax deductible.  He added the following comment:

We have received many generous gift donations and our Ladies’ Auxiliary has handled as much as they could, as fast as they could, but they only had so much funding for postage, which, to Afghanistan, is not cheap!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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