Thursday, April 06, 2006
New on the ASY Team
This week, America Supports You welcomes three more local groups doing great work for our troops to the team! Check out their websites to learn more about each group.
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ASY from Coast to Coast and Across the Ocean
Although Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been an active ASY team member since January, the partnership was officially announced last week in a kickoff ceremony at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Retired Air Force General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard B. Myers officiated at the event and invited the crowed of thousands to visit America Supports You to find out how to support the troops. [continue reading]
This week is Armed Forces Week on the popular television game show Wheel of Fortune. The program is featuring 15 service members from every branch of the military on this week's competition as a way to express the show's appreciation for our troops. "This is a tough time for our men and women, and they are doing some tough work, and not always with universal appreciation for what they are doing," said the show's host and former Army broadcaster in Vietnam, Pat Sajak. "This is our way of reminding Americans of the great work they do and our way of showing a little appreciation and, hopefully, spreading a little money their way." The shows air April 3-7th. Read more.
The Department of Defense and ASY are will be honoring The Month of the Military Children during April. Since 1986, every Secretary of Defense has recognized and honored the important role military children play in the Armed Forces community. Military children face many unique challenges and make daily sacrifices including being separated from deployed parents and moving frequently. Throughout April, many bases plan special events to recognize military children and provide them with needed support. America Supports You is featuring the military child and team members dedicated to providing for their special needs this month with a special web feature. Read more.
The USO, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, will sponsor a new 750-square foot USO lounge at Dulles International Airport. The lounge will provide 'a touch of home' to all the military members who travel through Dulles each month.
The group is also working with Ken Kaplan, a local philanthropist and motorcycle enthusiast, to raise funds for the group's grassroots work. Kaplan has designed and built a motorcycle in tribute to the USO's 65 years of service to the troops. The bike will tour the country at motorcycle shows and USO events before being auctioned off to benefit USO-Metro.
Team Member of the Week
The Wounded Warrior Project raises public awareness of the needs of our severely wounded service members and provides for them through programs and services. WWP helps injured troops and their families through the trials of recovery, rehabilitation and the eventual transition to civilian life. Services provided by WWP include benefits counseling, representation to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and advocacy for regulatory and statutory changes beneficial to veterans and active duty service members. The Wounded Warrior Project helps fill the gap between service organizations dedicated to active duty soldiers and those focused on veterans. To learn more, visit the Wounded Warrior Project.