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Many people don't want to donate money to a cause.  They'd rather go out, purchase something, send it out and KNOW, FEEL, they actually accomplished something to aid and benefit someone.  What/Who gives you a better heart-touching experience than children?  Ok, our troops too!  In this small way you are doing BOTH.  Let's show the children of the world and our troops, we Love You.

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Christmas in The Dust
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I had no Christmas spirit
when I breathed a weary sigh,
And looked across the table
where the bills were piled too high.
The laundry wasn't finished
and the car I had to fix,
My stocks were down another point,
the Dolphins lost by six.
And so with only minutes
till my son got home from school
I gave up on the drudgery
and grabbed a wooden stool.
The burdens that I carried
were about all that I could take,
And so I flipped the TV on
to catch a little break.
I came upon a desert scene
in shades of tan and rust,
No snowflakes hung upon the wind,
just clouds of swirling dust.
And where the reindeer should have stood
before a laden sleigh,
Eight Hummers ran a column
right behind an M1A.
A group of boys walked past the tank,
not one was past his teens.
Their eyes were hard as polished flint,
their faces drawn and lean.
They walked the street in armor
with their rifles shouldered tight,
Their dearest wish for Christmas,
just to have a silent night.
Other soldiers gathered,
hunkered down against the wind,
To share a scrap of mail and dreams
of going home again.
There wasn't much at all
to put their lonely hearts at ease,
They had no Christmas turkey,
just a pack of MREs.
They didn't have a garland
or a stocking I could see,
They didn't need an ornament
they lacked a Christmas Tree.
They didn't have a present
even though it was tradition,
the only boxes I could see
were labeled "ammunition."
I felt a little tug
and found my son now by my side,
He asked me what it was I feared,
and why it was I cried.
I swept him up into my arms
and held him oh so near
and kissed him on the forehead
as I whispered in his ear.
There's nothing wrong my little son,
for safe we sleep tonight,
Our heroes stand on foreign land
to give us all the right,
To worry on the things in life
that mean nothing at all,
Instead of wondering if we
will be the next to fall.
He looked at me as children do
and said it's always right,
to thank the ones who help us
and perhaps that we should write.
And so we pushed aside the bills
and sat to draft a note,
to thank the many far from home,
and this is what we wrote:
God Bless You all and keep you safe,
and speed your way back home.
Remember that we love you so,
and that you're not alone.
The gift you give you share with all,
a present every day,
You give the gift of liberty
and that we can't repay.

~Author Unknown~
God Bless our Troops!!!

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For The Troops

Send school supplies for U.S. soldiers to give to Afghan children:

Into one plastic zip-lock bag approximately 10x13" (smaller is okay) please put:
one 8x10" or 9x12" spiral notebook, one pen, two pencils, a small toy and a hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers, Lifesavers, etc.

(Chocolate melts. Please do not send chocolate.)

Then put them in a box or padded bag, seal and mail to:

Major Sean Gustafson, 207th RCAG West, HERAT, APO AE 09354
(same cost as mailing in the U.S. - can vary by weight and size)

MORE: Support Girl Scouts and make some service members happy! Buy and mail boxes of cookies overseas. Any flavor but chocolate, please. Chocolate melts! Mail to: Major Gustafson at the above address.

Be a pen pal to a service member. You can request a pen pal and get more info at http://www.reaganroundup.org/ The site was started by a Navy mom. - Malladi Murthy, India

Check out www.anysoldier.com.  Any soldier can sign up there, and they will get mail and packages from home from complete strangers. You can request 3 addresses a day. - Judy Holston, AZ

Cheer up wounded Marines and their families with an email. Messages to the Marines can be sent in care of Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell and his wife, Shannon: timandshannon@sempermax.com  Your message will be printed out and given to a wounded Marine and his family members at the Wounded Warrior Barracks, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Send an email to thank a service member at www.LetsSayThanks.com.

Send art supplies for children to The Fisher House at Fort Sam Houston, Texas is a guest house for families of wounded U.S. service members who are being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, home of the largest military burn unit in the U.S. and an advanced rehab center for amputees. Your art supplies will help the children pass the time and express feelings that are difficult to articulate. Fisher House c/o Inge Godfrey, Brooke Army Medical Center, Building 3623 George C. Beach Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5000.

Donate a phone card through the USO. Make it possible for service members to hear the voices of the people they love. Donate online, by phone - 1-800-901-1501 - or by mail: (with O.P.H. written in the memo), USO World Headquarters, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages and letters of support to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude / Carolyn Blashek, 16444 Refugio Road, Encino, California 91436.

Support the families of wounded service members. You can help defray the costs of family members to travel to to their service member's bedside. They'd also be touched by thank-you notes. Hope for The Warriors, PMB 48 1335, Suite E, Western Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28546.

 


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Subject: VVA: Scholarships from Hire A Hero

Below is information on three types of scholarships from the Hire A Hero
Program available to transitioning military personnel, veterans,
National Guard Members, Reservists and their spouses. Please feel free
to share this information with anyone that you feel may qualify and
benefit from this program.

Alan, Chair
Employment, Training and Business Opportunity (ETaBO) Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2007

Contact: Sarah Hayes
(858)342-1379
sarah@hireahero.com

Career Training Scholarships Now Available to the Military Community A
Free Hire A Hero Community Benefit

Carlsbad, CA - In recognition of last May's military appreciation month,
the non-profit Hire A Hero program is accepting applications to award
122 academic scholarships to the military community. These scholarships
are available to active and transitioning military personnel, veterans,
National Guard Members, Reservists and their spouses. Lincoln
Educational Services Corporation, the title sponsor of the Hire a Hero,
will be providing the training in an effort to give back to those who
have served. Degree and diploma programs will be available in automotive
technology, health sciences, skilled trades, business, information
technology and hospitality services.

"Young veterans are almost three times more unemployed than their
civilian counterparts," stated Dan Caulfield, Hire A Hero Executive
Director. "That statistic is due to the fact that when these men and
women are serving, they primarily network with each other and not with
people who can help them in their civilian lives. We want to provide our
American Heroes with a network of supporters who will help them find
quality jobs and training opportunities. Although the Military provides
fabulous training and skills, some need additional certifications or
desire a different career path. With these scholarships, Lincoln will
provide our military community with more choices on how to transition
smoothly back into their civilian lives."

"Lincoln was founded in 1946 to provide vocational training to GIs
returning home from WWII," said Dave Carney, Lincoln CEO. "Lincoln
continues its commitment to the military community and the Hire A Hero
cause, with these scholarships."

Three types of scholarships are available to those who quality:

Hire A Hero Front Line Scholarships
* 8 scholarships awarded to United States Military Members serving
overseas
(OCONUS) fighting the Global War on Terror * 100% of tuition covered for
each recipient to complete Associate of Applied Science Degrees in
Criminal Justice or Allied Health * Courses will be completed online

Hire A Hero National Guard Scholarships
* 54 scholarships awarded to United States National Guard Members or
Spouses of National Guard members * Up to $10,000 given to each
recipient to help cover tuition fees * Areas of study to choose from
include automotive technology, health sciences, skilled trades,
business, information technology, criminal justice and hospitality
services.

Hire A Hero Military Community Scholarships * 60 scholarships awarded to
United States Military, honorably discharged veterans and their spouses.

* $2,000 given to each recipient to help cover tuition fees * Areas of
study to choose from include automotive technology, health sciences,
skilled trades, business, information technology, criminal justice and
hospitality services.

All American service members, veterans and spouses are encouraged to
apply for the scholarships. The application process involves registering
on the Hire A Hero website for free at
www.hireahero.com and uploading a
written essay or short video. All applications are due on or before
August 17th and winners will be announced in late August.


About the Armed Forces Support Foundation - Hire A Hero Program:
The Armed Forces Support Foundation (AFSF) was established in 1998 and
is organized as a non-profit entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the
United States Internal Revenue Code. Through the foundation's Hire A
Hero(tm) program, active and transitioning military personnel, Veterans,
National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses have access to a
unique online community that helps them network into quality job
opportunities and training. The Hire A Hero online community is powered
by volunteers who have connections to jobs and training in their
hometowns. Although AFSF was made a legislative priority by NGAUS and
was officially noticed in Senate Bill S3833, the foundation relies on
the generosity of the American people to support it. For more
information visit
www.hireahero.com.

About Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Lincoln is a leading and
diversified for-profit provider of career-oriented post-secondary
education.
The Company offers recent high school graduates and working adults
degree and diploma programs in five principal areas of study: automotive
technology, health sciences (which includes programs for licensed
practical nursing, medical administrative assistants, medical
assistants, dental assistants, and pharmacy technicians), skilled
trades, business and information technology and hospitality services.
Lincoln has provided the workforce with skilled technicians since its
inception in 1946. Lincoln currently operates 37 campuses in 17 states
under five brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical
Institute, Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Southwestern College and
Euphoria. Lincoln had a combined average enrollment of approximately
18,100 students as of December 31, 2006.

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Click here to visit the Hire A Hero website for more information
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http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HireaHero/1cff336875/89cadd544f/f4bbd483e0 >

Hire A Hero
2386 Faraday Avenue
Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008


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