Please help provide groceries for the family of a severely wounded serviceman or woman this Memorial Day

“Dear Patriotic American,

I’m sure you’re aware the cost of groceries has been rising quickly. And I know you strongly support our troops who have been paralyzed, burned, blinded, brain-damaged or suffered other serious injuries in Afghanistan or Iraq.

So please make a donation to help feed their families over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

My name is Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (Ret.), and I served our nation in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In a moment I’ll explain why many of our wounded troops have fallen into such desperate financial situations.

But first, please make a tax-deductible donation to the Memorial Day Weekend Emergency Food Drive, sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.

I also hope you will go here to send a Memorial Day THANK YOU and GET WELL card to a serviceman or woman who has been paralyzed, burned, blinded, brain-damaged or suffered other disabling wounds in Afghanistan or Iraq. Your greeting card will cheer up a wounded hero (or other military veteran) and let him or her know you appreciate the painful sacrifice made for our country.

DaMon Clemens returned home with horrific battlefield injuries to learn his wife just had two surgeries and was unable to work.

“We are now behind in rent, utilities, and barely have food to eat,” Damon says.

Betina Tanner, whose husband suffered a serious back injury and multiple concussions when an explosion catapulted him out of his vehicle in Iraq.

“We’re hanging on by a thread . . . . Having trouble buying groceries and clothes for the kids,” she says.

Mack Cole, an Army Sergeant wounded in Iraq, pleads,

“We have exhausted all the family’s resources. We pray you will assist us.”
As you can see, many of our wounded heroes desperately need your help.

So why are so many wounded military heroes struggling to feed their families after suffering agonizing wounds defending you, and me, and every other American?

Not surprisingly, the government doesn’t talk much about it. And the news media hasn’t covered it that much either.

Because of the sluggish government bureaucracy, troops severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq are waiting an average of SIX MONTHS to receive their first disability check after being released from the hospital and separated from the service.

Can you imagine waiting six months to get your paycheck? (Of course not!)

The months-long wait for disability checks . . . the rising cost of groceries . . . plus the fact that many spouses of these wounded heroes who are able to work have lost their jobs during the recession. . . means many of our burned, blinded, paralyzed and other seriously disabled troops and their families are in far worse financial shape than just a few months ago.

So please make the largest donation you can afford to the Coalition’s Memorial Day Weekend Emergency Food Drive.

Memorial Day is also an appropriate time to recognize – and repay – the heroes who survived but came home horribly disfigured by burns from a roadside bomb . . . paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet . . . or missing their arms or legs from an explosion.

As a general who commanded troops during three wars I can tell you this: Most say they’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Your donation to the Coalition’s Memorial Day Weekend Emergency Food Drive is a concrete way to tell a wounded hero:

“I realize you’ve made a painful physical sacrifice while protecting my family from terrorism. Now I’m making a small financial sacrifice to help take care of your family in return.”

Even a small gift from you can make a big difference to a severely wounded serviceman or woman who has an empty refrigerator – and hungry children.”

Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: “Ninety-one percent of all money contributed goes directly to service-members and their families,” CSAH states, and, because it verifies “eligibility requirements with the Department of Defense, incidences of fraud are rare to non-existent.”

ALSO: this is not the only way to help veterans. CSAH is not a scam. They do, and have done, much good. However, there are many groups which DO NOT do direct mailings to the public. The costs of Direct Mailing as a fundraising tool are very high in relation to the funds collected.

Depending on where you live, you can easily find a LOCAL VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, or Disabled American Veteran’s Post. They can accept your donation and give it to veterans in your local area.

Or you can donate to the VFW, or American Legion national organizations.


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