We continue to hand out our brochures and share the word and spread the news of our website at http://www.wingsforourtroops.com/ as well as just reaching out and educating people about what our Marines actually have to pay out of pocket.
I will say I don't feel quite so bad for not knowing they had to pay for their own ways home and back to base before and after deployment, because almost everyone I talk to about this didn't realize it either. I guess unless you are actually a part of that military world you just do not know. I was one of them like so many others.
That is another amazing thing about this foundation. It will bring attention to the fact that these men and women don't make much of a living (less than a first year school teacher) and out of that modest paycheck they still have to purchase and dress out uniforms, pay rent, food, and plane tickets home. It doesn't go far that's for sure. I don't know about you, but the thought of a service man or woman not being able to afford to go home and see their families and friends before or after deployment breaks my heart. It's one thing for parents to fly out to see them, but there are so many other family members that they would love to see and spend some much needed time with and it's impossible to get all those people to these bases all over the country so let's help these young men and women get home without the burden of a plane ticket or bus fare. Let them enjoy a little R&R and just love on family and have their families love on them. Isn't that what it's all about anyway? That's the very least I feel we can do when they are giving up all the comforts of home to fight for our freedom. Thank you in advance for all I know we will do!
|CPL Chad S Wade (taken when he was still LCPL)|