x-posted at Help A ServiceMember Out.org
I received this story from Jessica in San Antonio, TX. Let’s show Kevin how much his country honors his service and sacrifice.
Ten days ago, on Jan. 24, the Humvee in which Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Preach (age 21) was a gunner was hit by an improvised explosive device and he was badly injured. He was transported to a medical site in Germany for surgery. He was stabilized and transferred to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he remains in a medically induced coma. “He is very seriously injured,” his mother said from the Texas medical complex. “He’s lost his legs. He’s lost a hand. He’s seriously burned. He’s very burned. It’s not even day-to-day, it’s really hour-to-hour.”
Kevin cannot receive anything inside his sterile room, but his mom will read him cards and letters that are mailed to him. Cards and letters can be sent to: Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin T. Preach, 3857 Roger Brook Drive, Room 4 South, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.
On Nov. 7 2008, Brig. Gen. Michael Harrison presented the Distinguished Service Cross to the family of Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, squad leader, 2-14 Infantry Regiment, 2 Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division; awarded posthumously for his actions June 1, 2007 in Abu Sarnak, Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Atkins and his squad were part of the search for two other 10th Mountain Division Soldiers – Spc. Alex Jimenez and Private 1st Class Byron Fouty — who were captured in an earlier attack south of Baghdad. Staff Sgt. Atkins spotted four men approaching his vehicle and directed three of his Soldiers to stop and search them. When one broke from the group to escape, Staff Sgt. Atkins pursued and tackled him to the ground. A bitter fight ensued, during which Staff Sgt. Atkins realized the insurgent was struggling to detonate the suicide vest strapped to his chest. He managed to pin the insurgent to the ground, shielding the three other Soldiers as the vest detonated.
Staff Sgt. Atkins’ family requested to receive his award at Fort Drum, among the Soldiers with whom he served, and that Brig Gen. Harrison, who had rendered honors at the funeral, present it.
For his gallantry in action, Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins is this week’s Warrior-Soldier.
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I came across this resource and thought you might want to share it with your son/daughter/family member..
Walt Disney World has just introduced a special Armed Forces Salute Ticket for 2009. Each qualifying Military Service member* will receive a complimentary 5-Day “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Ticket” with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More Options included. To receive the FREE ticket, visit any theme park Guest Relations window and show proper ID.
In addition to the free Armed Forces Salute Ticket, up to 5 of their guests can purchase for $99 a Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Companion (5 Day Base) ticket. Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More option are available for $25 each (which is 50% off the normal price).
Companion tickets may be upgraded to Premium, Annual or Seasonal Passes. Seasonal Pass upgrade requires proof of Florida Residency.
Companion tickets may not be upgraded by adding the no expiration option, and you cannot add additional days to the passes.
Companion tickets may be purchased at any Disney World ticket window or guest services. You may also purchase tickets at Shades of Green, located at Walt Disney World or on your base (these two options are tax-free). If you purchase the tickets at Shades of Green or on base, you will receive a voucher that you will trade in once you arrive at a Walt Disney World ticket window.
Armed Forces Salute tickets will expire on 12/23/09 and have no block-out dates. Tickets may be upgraded anytime between January 4th -December 23, 2009 as long as there is usage left on the ticket.
The entire party needs to be present for purchase (Spouse or military dependents can receive the companion discount without the military service member being present as long as they have their military ID).
The military service member will need to show ID; Cast Member will ask for their Base’s name, and the State where the base is listed.
This offer is only available once per service member.
*This offer is available to anyone on active duty in the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserve, and retired military. Activated members of the National Guard and Reservists must present active duty orders in addition to valid military ID. You must have been active for any length of time between 1/1/08 and 12/23/09. Dept of Defense (CIA, FBI, Secret Service) and Coalition Forces are excluded
Happy Monday All! PZ Techmama here… I saw this on Facebook and I thought I’d pass it along. I’ll also be posting it over at HASMO
Soldiers’ Angels is calling all Mary Kay Beauty Consultants
Selected independent Mary Kay distributors have teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels to get our troops the skin protection they need. Some distributors donate a duplicate of each product sold, while others give a percentage of their profits. Check with your Mary Kay distributor to see if she is participating in this project!
The Tax ID# for Soldiers’ Angels (so you can claim the donation) is 20-0583415. The donated sets are being sent directly from Mary Kay Cosmetics to Soldiers’ Angels, who will then distribute it to the soldiers.
Mary Kay items for our male and female troops are needed:
- After Shave
- Facial Cleansing Bar
- Facial Moisturizer
- Body Cleansing Gels
- Body Lotions
- Sunburn Soothing Gel
- Facial Cleansing Cloths (Dry-just add water)
- Lip Balm
- Acne Treatment
- Gel Energizing Lotion for Feet and Legs
- Satin Hands Treatment for Dry cracked hands
- Black waterproof mascara
- Nail polish
Any makeup you have to donate is also now being accepted as well. We are putting these into our Female Vet packs that are being distributed to the VA hospitals.
If you are a consultant that wants to get involved, please send your product to one of the following warehouses
If west of the Mississippi, ship to:
914 Tourmaline Dr
Newbury Park, CA 91320
If east of the Mississippi, ship to:
112 Greenhill Rd.
Ramseur, NC 27316
Thanks to the generosity of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants from all over the United States who have donated product to Soldiers’ Angels, www.angelsstore.org now has Pretty in Pink kits available for $29 (which includes shipping).
Each kit contains at least seven Mary Kay products, plus 10 feminine wipes, 10 women’s deodorant towelettes, two boxes of tampons, and a mini fingernail file and clipper.
Soldiers’ Angels understands that females are instrumental in the current war, and makes special efforts to support them. “Our female warfighters are so strong and courageous, and we’re so grateful for their service,” says Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers’ Angels. “We’re excited to be able to show them some extra love and help them remember that they’re still ladies.” With this in mind, the Pretty in Pink kit provides female service members with health and hygiene products, and items for a few pampering moments to allow ladies to rejuvenate and ‘be good to themselves.’
Pretty in Pink kits must be sent to an APO/FPO (no residential addresses). They can be sent to a specific soldier, or supporters can request their purchased kit be sent to “Any (Female) Soldier” anonymously or in the supporter’s name.
Well, what are you waiting for? It is time to pamper a deployed service member- https://www.angelsstore.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MINprettypink