Magazine article VFW Magazine

Supporting Troops and Their Families, Too

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Supporting Troops and Their Families, Too

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VFW members and Posts demonstrating community service.

VFW members remain steadfast in their efforts to look out for GIs.

From laptop computers and digital cameras to plane tickets for the families of GIs, troop support is strong among VFW members.

In Michigan, the Military Assistance Program (MAP) is working full force to ensure that National Guard and Reserve units going to Iraq have computers.

More than 10 laptop computers and digital cameras have been donated to units like the 180th Transportation Company in the past year.

According to Michigan MAP Chairman Bill Stancroff, these donations enable the troops to e-mail pictures and messages to their friends and family.

Post 10778 in Western Springs, Ill., also has been active in supporting the troops. In a year's time, members have collected and shipped 170 boxes of goods, weighing more than 4,000 pounds total, to Iraq. Two Marine and two National Guard units are just four of the outfits that have benefited from the Post's generosity.

Albert Marshall, Post senior vice commander, said that most of the boxes contained hygiene products. He added that 19 boxes of books, 800 bottles of sunscreen and 3,000 pairs of socks also were shipped.

"We've been delighted that donations of money and goods have been received from local residents and community groups," Marshall said.

He was even more pleased when Marine Sgt. Dan Miller wrote a note of appreciation to Post members.

"I have seen nothing but smiles as I have started to give to Marines and sailors the various items you have sent," Miller wrote. …

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