At a recent gathering of friends the topic of military charities arose. We’ve been concerned with some disturbing facts recently released about extraordinarily high overhead, administrative costs and irregularities among such entities. We want to support our troops and our veterans but we also want to know that as much of our donations as possible go to helping our troops. Our friends & neighbors, April & Nick Popaditch offered to vett some military charities and true to their word, they did. Below is the Gunny’s list and the Gunny’s Wife’s list of their favorite military charities. Our trusted Military Charities.
Semper Fi Fund “Serving Those Who Preserve Our Freedom” Karen Guenther, President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder Karen Guenther, registered nurse with more than two decades of experience and the spouse of an active duty United States Marine Corps Colonel, is the inspiration behind the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: a nonprofit organization supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation “Celebrating 50 Years of Honoring Marines By Educating Their Children” Margaret B. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret was appointed President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in March 2009. Margaret is a granddaughter of a WWI Marine Corporal. Married to retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, and also has a daughter in the Marine Corps, 2nd LT Katharine Davis.
Thank you in advance for giving what you can to help our troops. As you well know, it is the private sector’s generosity that makes a world of difference in the lives of our troops. It’s Christmas as I write this but this post will be disseminated often. Please, whenever you see this post, dig deep in the spirit of Christmas. Your donation can make a world of difference in the life of a service member. Thank you and, Semper Fi from the four of us in San Diego. April, Nick, Teri & James
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So, I can’t sleep. I can no longer blame the loud clock someone gave us for a wedding gift as I finally succumbed and put it in the garage to give to charity. It’s just too loud. Anyway, I give up and get up, quietly so as not to wake the sleeping man and dog. I get out the door and downstairs without kicking the door jam or any other clumsy thing you might expect to hear next. I Tiptoe to the coffee maker and I have to grind the coffee, dangit it’s noisy, still, not a creature stirs. I go to turn on the t.v. and nothing. The remote has died overnight. I look but am out of AA batteries. I power up with a sip of coffee and start searching. Nothing in the kitchen has an AA battery. Quietly I look, nada. I head out to my husband’s tool bench to start searching the man toys. It all looks frightening and am pretty sure something will drop and wake the boys upstairs. I’m about to give up when I hear the damn clock in the box waiting for Amvets.
TICK.TOCK.TICK.TOCK.TICK.TOCK. Please let it be an AA battery. IT IS! I have to pry the battery out but I do, hurry in, put it in the ailing remote and pray it’s enough juice to give me the morning headlines. Apparently, in my earlier stupor I had been hitting the up volume on the actual T.V. set (who knew)? and the T.V . comes on LOUDLY. I drop the remote, it hits the coffee table and goes flying. I curse. I am chasing things down and the TV is blasting some infomercial from whatever channel was on last night. I finally get it all fixed and I hear scratching from above. It’s either the dog scratching at the door or, not sure. I stand perfectly still until it stops. Anyway, that’s my day thus far. Oh, the moral of the story? Take the batteries out of the loud clock that’s been torturing you for years before you give it to charity and let them scratch for a while. Eventually they might fall back asleep. Good morning everyone!
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My Marine grew up in an idyllic little town called Highlands, New Jersey. It’s his home town. Most of his family has left but one sister still lives there. A lovely little home down by the seashore, or it was. Like many others my sister in law and her husband were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The above video shows some of the havoc that was wreaked on Highlands. ( If you cannot tolerate the Springsteen music please mute it and just watch). My focus is on Highlands since we have family there. Obviously, there were many other areas in several states that were hit hard by this nasty hurricane.
The last update we had from sis was not great. They still had no power and were waiting for their insurance company to get back to them. They have done as much as they can on their own and the community has been pulling together to help but this is just an atrocious situation. The insurers are either overwhelmed or not in any hurry (or both). She and her husband have “mudded” out their basement and lower floor and there was raw sewage which is an obvious health concern. All appliances and anything that couldn’t be moved up are destroyed. The interior of the home will have to be re-done as well. They have pulled out the sheetrock and scrubbed as best they can. Leaving their home is not an option as there have been incidences of looting on their Street. They are seasoned in the way of Hurricanes and no one had to come to their aid but, they will need help. This is just a tiny bit of their account which is actually much worse. The good news is they were not injured. The bad news is that no help is coming any time soon. Many that are employed missed much work and won’t be compensated for that time. Even those with good insurance have significant deductibles and will likely see hefty premium increases.
I hope everyone will tune in today from 7-11 eastern for this radiothon. As we know by now, these victims need help. Government help and/or insurance payments are not coming quickly enough and we need to assist as much as we can. It’s what we do! I know the economy is bad but, please give what you can. Those $10.00 donations add up quickly. Thank you to everyone who is contributing to this effort and a special thank you to FTR Radio and Smart Girl Politics! A super special thank you to Anna Little who went to check on my sister in law and was on the ground, helping victims right before the election. ( Highlands blew it on that one, but that’s for another day). I hope you will tune in and take part in the radioathon but if you cannot, please give what you can to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund The United Way is waiving all administrative expenses for this effort and all donations are tax deductible. Additionally, if you like, you can designate which State you wish your monies to go to.
Finally, a word about some responses I have been seeing on social media. Most of you have been great, spreading the word and positive messages. Some have unfortunately been nasty. “Why are we helping blue states.” “Governor Cuomo said everything is fine.” etc. This is not about politics folks, this is about helping victims of a horrendous natural disaster. I’m a huge fan of snark when appropriate; this is not one of those times. Please, set aside the snarky comments for another day. In other words, either help or get out of my way. This one is personal. Now, let’s get out there and walk the talk. I thank you, The Marine thanks you and his sister thanks you.
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