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Monday, November 22, 2004

What can I do to support the troops?

Some enticing tidbits:

By Gerry J. Gilmore / American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2004 – More than 900,000 servicemembers serving worldwide will be able to write and call home during this holiday season thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

This is the third year Wal-Mart and the VFW have partnered to provide free phone cards to deployed servicemembers through the Operation Uplink program, said Michael Meyer, administrator for corporate development for the VFW Foundation at VFW's national headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. ...

..."I can tell you that just hearing my son's voice is truly a treasure," the father said, according to Cox, "one which was made possible by your efforts, and the efforts of the men and women at the VFW. "I just wanted to let you know that it really makes a difference," he said.

Related Site:
Operation Uplink

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA / American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2004 – Joined at the seams by a sense of duty and the Internet, quilters from across the country who know little of each other are using their craft to help remember servicemembers killed in the war on terror.

With some stitching away behind their sewing machines and others using simple needle and thread, more than 130 quilters are patching together the KIA (Killed In Action) Memorial Quilt, a project in which they hope to sew together as many quilts as it takes to bear the name of every servicemember who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. ...

...We need your help! Whether you would like to help make a quilt block (or a dozen!), purchase supplies, or make a cash donation to help with expenses, all assistance is greatly appreciated. You can reach us by e-mail at or on the Yahoo Groups message board created to coordinate this endeavor -- KIA Memorial Quilts. If you know of someone who was killed in action whose name is not listed in our database, please let us know so we can add the information and get started on a quilt block in their name.

A fund has been created to assist those wishing to make donations to the cause. Donations may be sent directly to:

KIA Memorial Quilt Fund
Potelco United Credit Union
PO Box 4909
Pocatello, ID 83205
Or, you can make a donation using PayPal:

By Samantha L. Quigley / American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2004 – With the help of retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks, Roger Chapin kicked off the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes here today.

Salute America's Heroes was conceived to "enable all America to express its thanks and appreciation to our troops for their sacrifices in the war on terror," according to Chapin, the founder and president of the coalition. Perhaps more importantly, it is also a way to provide the needed support services for seriously wounded servicemembers and their families, he said. ...

By Gerry J. Gilmore / American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2004 – The National Football League's support of America's armed forces during the war against global terrorism continues a tradition that's been maintained since World War II, the organization's chief executive noted Nov. 12.

America's military members "are doing incredibly important things" during the fight against terrorism, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue pointed out, citing servicemembers' demonstrated "courage, commitment and sacrifice."

And it's important that the country -- to include the NFL -- back servicemembers' efforts, Tagliabue said. ...

By Donna Miles / American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2004 – Sears, Roebuck and Co. is proving to be a friend of military families -- from making up lost pay for its employees called to active duty in the National Guard and reserve, to donating $2 million to the National Military Family Association for military family programs.

The Chicago-based retailer announced in September that it is extending its military pay differential and benefits coverage to five years. This is the second extension this year. In January, Sears extended its military pay differential to three years, from 30 months.