To the Editor:
“We support our troops!” Those four words are seen on signs, yellow ribbon magnets, bracelets, t-shirts, bumper stickers and other things. When you purchase one of these items, is any part of the cost going to actually provide anything for our military folks? Maybe so, maybe not.
The American Legion is in a competition for $250,000 for its “Operation Comfort Warriors” program, which provides items not provided by the military services for our service men and women who are in hospitals and rehab facilities around the world. All costs associated with this program are paid by the Legion with 100 percent of all money collected going to our troops to help making their recovery easier.
This quarter-of-a-million dollar grant comes f rom Pepsi Cola Inc. through its “Refresh Everything” project. There are 729 charities competing for the grants, and the top two vote getters will receive the grant. The American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors is currently number two.
You can do something to really show that “we support our troops” by casting a vote every day between now and Feb. 28 by visiting www. legion.org and clicking on the Pepsi Refresh icon on the right side of the page or by visiting www. refresheverything.com/operationcomfortwarriors. It only takes a minute, just click on the “Vote for this idea”, register your email address and a password, then the Refresh Everything page comes back and you click on the “Vote for this idea” again. Every registered visitor can vote once every day.
Help do something that really shows “we support our troops”! Make their hospital stay and rehabilitation a little easier with phone cards, DVDs, iPods, etc.
DOUG FARLEY Madisonville