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Please support the Wounded Warrior Program- its a good way to say “thank you”

email from Steven Nardizzi
Executive Director
Wounded Warrior Project

Veterans Day is an important holiday. It is a day set aside for Americans to honor and pay respect to our brave, patriotic veterans — men and women who have made extraordinary sacrifices for our safety and freedom. Unfortunately, many discount the day’s true meaning, viewing it as just a day off from work or an opportunity for store sales.

Honoring Veterans Today and Every Day

I would like to send a special thank you to everyone who sent a message of gratitude to injured warriors.

Your messages have been shared with these warriors on a special WWP message board.

But as a supporter of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP), you show your appreciation for America’s veterans every day — and, for that, you have my heartfelt gratitude.

Today, I ask that you celebrate these brave heroes by offering them a small token of your appreciation: a simple thank you for their service. A sincere “thank you” and a handshake from a passerby can mean the world to a veteran, young or old.

One of the most important things to remember is that thousands of U.S. families still have loved ones in harm’s way. These warriors should never be forgotten — and they never will with WWP supporters like you by their side.

So, on this special day — and on behalf of all the U.S. service members you are helping — I want to thank you for honoring veterans all through the year.

With many thanks on this day of honor,

Steven Nardizzi
Executive Director
Wounded Warrior Project

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As we begin Veterans Day/Week 2011, we say “Thank You” to the men and woman of our armed services and suggest that it is time for all to “step up” and find ways to support our Veterans. To often we say “thank you for your service” and then do nothing more. Please think about supporting various Veterans groups with donations, food, clothing and moral support. The have “Earned” it and we “Owe” it to them.

In the late summer of 1967, I was on my way back to Basic Training at Fort Dix, N.J. I was in New York City and an older couple came up to me and said “Thank You” for serving and then gave me $ 20 to enjoy a dinner on them. The gentleman said he served in the Korean War and understands and appreciates what men and woman in uniform go through. I said thank you, enjoyed a great dinner and to this day, remember their kind gesture.

On this Veterans Day/Week, our family will support the Wounded Warriors program, an American Legion Post and will provide moral support and friendship to Afghanistan Veterans. On 11/11/11, I will also continue to remember that couple and honor them by buying dinner for soldiers in uniform. I will ask them to do the same thing, 5, 10, 20 and 40 years later.

May God Bless our troops and provide our leaders with the courage and strength to do what is Right and what is Just.

Please always remember – FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

What are YOU doing to HELP?

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One of the most emotion-evoking photos I’ve ever seen. The photo below was taken at the National Cemetery in Minneapolis on a June morning as it appeared in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This photo proves it.

It says everything without a single word.

This should become an official Memorial Day, 4th of July and/or Veterans Day remembrance photo;

“Our Nations symbol standing guard, over those who gave their lives guarding our Nation”.
Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis”  (Always Faithful)… seems fitting!

photo by Frank Glick-MSP

This lone bald eagle seems to say “Many may have forgotten you; but I never will”.

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You’re a 19 year old kid.

You’re critically wounded and dying in the  jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands  of Viet Nam.

It’s  November 11, 1967.   -LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is  outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so  intense, from 100 yards away, that  your CO (commanding officer) has  ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming  in.

You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns  and you know you’re not getting out.

Your family is half way around the world, 12,000  miles away, and you’ll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then – over the machine gun noise – you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

You look  up to see a Huey coming in. But … It doesn’t  seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He’s not MedEvac so it’s not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.

Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway.

And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.

Then he  flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming back!! 13 more  times!! Until all  the wounded were out. No one knew until the  mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

Medal  of Honor Recipient, Captain  Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho ..
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing,  but we’ve sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.

Medal of  Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman

Shame on the American media !!!

Now … YOU pass this along to YOUR mailing list.  Honor this real American.


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