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Greetings.  This page is to let you know what we have being doing to support our military,
 their families, and veterans.  We salute all those that have helped us to help them.
We see so many needs that we feel that we are in the trenches with the soldiers, their families, and veterans.
Many folks do not see what so many of them go through.  Most folks tend to think because
they are in the military that everything is taken care of.  Not so.

 1. There is not much help for those who are not deployed
 2. Many who come home from deployment have no job, especially NG and Reserve
 3. Many take a pay cut when they are deployed
 4. There is a long waiting period before receiving disability pay 
 5. Many do not even know that they have medical problems
 6. The economy is bad
 7. They apply for help but because of all the red tape it take a long time before they get
     help, and some do not at all.

Here are some true stories of situations that have happened:
* While a soldier was deployed we were able to help his young wife that has 3 children .
When she received the help she began to cry.  She told us that now she could buy
food, as they were down to eating only rice. She could also buy one of the children
a pair of shoes that would fit them right.

 * A veteran who came back from Iraq with disabilities needed help.  He was not getting
disability pay, and had no income. We heard of him and reached out to him.  When our
volunteer went to his home with help, he invited the volunteer to eat dinner with his family. He apologized as they only had salad to eat, but they were willing to share what they had.

*  We were blessed to be able to take 8 children to Operation Purple camp in 2009.
It is a free camp for deployed soldier's children.  It was awesome!  We rented a van and took off. One girl asked me if I knew why she had a duffel  bag?   'No'.  She told me that it was her Daddys, he was deployed, and she felt closer to him when she had it with her.  That was the deciding factor for us getting more involved with Operation Purple camp!

*  In 2010 we got more involved and had 40 children from the state of Nevada that we transported to an Operation Purple camp in Arizona!   It was great. 
I will share one experience with you from that time.  We had a volunteer soldier with us that had been deployed and has a young son.There was a young 10 year old boy who was missing his daddy that was deployed. He had started crying and someone (that was not to wise) told him not to cry.  Oh no!!! .Our volunteer got with the young boy and told him that he even cries.   There was a military day and a young 22 year old came to camp in his BDUs and was giving kids rides in a HumVee.  I told him of the situation.  He offered the young boy a ride.  As we are walking down the pathway, the child looked up at the soldier and asked him, "Do soldiers cry"?  The very smart soldier answered, "Yes soldiers cry, everyone does". The child beamed at that reply and became a happy camper!  His dad picked him up from camp! 

*  We have been involved with an Operation Purple camp in California in 2011 & 2012.  Always great!!

*  A young female soldier that was deployed to Afghanistan as a medic was injured and
sent home.  Unfortunately it was a pat on the back, an American Flag, and a ticket
to wherever she wanted to go. No post-deployment counseling!  She was involved in
a bombing, saw friends killed, a lot of medical problems, and a lot of emotional
issues.  A VA counselor called us to see if there was anything we could do.
She was living alone, in an apartment with no furniture, and sleeping in a sleeping bag
on the floor. (Many veterans go through this).  Through our network of folks, she was
nominated by Walker Furniture's 'Home For The Holidays' and her whole apartment was
furnished for free!   She called me crying and told me that now it felt like Christmas!
She is doing so much better!!  I attended her graduation ceremony.  We are very proud of her!!

*  A VA counselor called us regarding another young veteran that came back to no home, two children, no job, and disabilities, which were both physical and mental. She needed a washer, frig, and food. She had nothing for her children for Christmas.  By networking with our contacts, she was provided  for. She now has a job, is feeling much better, and helping other veterans!

*  There was a young wife that was saying goodbye to her deploying husband.  She was really stressed about something other then him leaving.  We finally were able to get her to
tell us. She had no diapers, formula, or gas money and did not know what she was
was going to do.  She had not told her soldier as she did not want to worry him.
Generous folks joined together and she was helped.

*  There was a soldier in the hospital with lung problems. He had a utility that needed to be
paid and no way to pay it.  We had a generous lady call us who wanted to help a military
family in some way. We knew who!  The bill was paid. 

*  A young mother was at a commissary buying baby food and formula.  She had only so
many food stamps (yes, I said food stamps). The cashier told her that she did not
have enough.  As she took the baby food off the counter, a veteran behind her said,
"Wait a minute, your husband is serving his country! You put that baby food back on
the counter and I will pay for it. It is an honor to do so"

*  A soldier in Iraq, called Scott who had been deployed and understands. The soldier
asked Scott if he could help his wife as her transmission went out. They have 3 children. 
We were able to point her in the right direction and she got it fixed within 24 hours with
no money up front!  They just make payments.

 * A soldier that had cancer was in the hospital and only on disability. His family needed help. When we met with the grandmother who was taking care of the children, I heard the one child say that he cried all night long for his daddy.  Through generous people we were able to provide food and Christmas toys for the children.  The soldier is back home now.
*  There was a veteran that was referred to us that had been deployed to Afghanistan. She had been involved with a lot of horrible things.  She saw a lot and experienced a lot! They brought her back to the states and sat her at a desk job. No post counseling! She had a break down. No one was talking to her about the things she went through and how to cope with them. We were able to share with her some important information.  She called Scott and he was able to share many things with her to help her. (He is a walking encyclopedia for veterans). She told me later that it is nice to talk to someone who understands.

*  A young marine came home due to having seizures, which was due to military related
issues. His mother paid over $2,000.00 in medical insurance to get him help. They did
not know that he was covered medically!!  When Scott heard that, it was a big, 'NO-NO'.  Scott contacted someone at the VA.  She contacted the mother and told her to bring in her receipts, and she would get reimbursed the money that she spent. The mom is excited!  The marine too!

I guess you could say we get a little upset when we feel the military forces are not
getting their full benefits!  We are very protective!

There are many more stories, but I know that you now understand what we do. There are so
many needs and it is not from anyone being lazy. There are soldiers and families that
are falling through the cracks.

Many soldiers feel ashamed to ask for help.  When we help them and Scott delivers the help, they have their head down in shame.He tells them to pick up their head as they have nothing to be ashamed of. They served their country. Shame on those who do not help.
 To those of you who support our troops and their families,  'We Salute You'.