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VFW Assisting U.S. Troops to Reach Families in Haiti
« on: January 15, 2010, 08:39:23 pm »
Kansas City, MO., Jan. 15, 2010 -The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is
assisting in humanitarian efforts in Haiti by providing U.S. service
members - with relatives currently located in Haiti - with the funds
necessary to purchase airline tickets to the devastated island, so that
they may locate, assist or make burial arrangements for relatives
affected by the recent earthquake.  Funds also may be used to help
provide sustenance or other necessities to sustain life.

The veterans' organization donation will be used to assist U.S. service
members currently on active duty, in the Reserves or in National Guard

VFW National Commander Tommy J. Tradewell Sr., has asked VFW and its
Ladies Auxiliary members to come to the aid of victims of the recent
natural disaster by individually donating what they can to the VFW
National Military Services program (NMS), either online [Donate now
1700.donation=form1> ], text [text "VFW" to 90999 - standard text
messaging rates apply], or mail directly to VFW National Military
Services, 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

In addition, he is asking the 7,000 VFW Posts and Auxiliary Units
worldwide to donate to the NMS fund to help in this effort.

"We (VFW) were contacted by the military and informed that there is an
urgent need to assist a number of U.S. military men and women with this
emergent need and that is why I am asking for help, so that we can
respond immediately to assist our military service members," said
Tradewell. "We must unite as an organization to do everything we can to
make sure the appropriate resources are available to help the men and
women who have loved ones residing in the area impacted by this terrible

Tradewell said he can only imagine the heartbreak and fear that military
members with families living in Haiti are experiencing.

"It is heart-breaking for our military families who have loved ones
living in Haiti to have to cope with such a disaster without the means
to travel to the island to care for displaced or injured family members.
It also is a sad and tragic situation for those U.S. service men and
women who are deployed thousands of miles away from the disaster who
have confirmed that relatives were killed during the earthquake and need
to assist in burial arrangements. The VFW will do whatever necessary to
ensure our troops have the means of transportation necessary to care for
their families in Haiti and every dollar donated will be used for VFW's
National Military Services Program."
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