It’s Military Appreciation Month. This month, I’ll be posting about some of the support groups that help military families and veterans.
Some folks send care packages, some knit scarves, some donate to charities. The Code of Support Foundation (COSF) has organized a June 9-10 “Flag Day Give-Back-24 Challenge” fundraising weekend to help our troops, veterans and military families battle the “Invisible Wounds of War,” including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
We all know that there are going to be cuts – cuts to support for troops, veterans and families. There are community groups that are prepared to fill this gap, and they need support for their work.
The “Flag Day Give-Back-24 Challenge” is designed to help those who want to support the troops to do so in a new and innovative way. In other words, what can you do for 24 hours? First, it doesn’t need to be consecutive, but within the Flag Day weekend, can you think of something to do for 24 hours? Can you dance, can you knit or paint, play Monopoly or Scrabble, play cards or swim laps?
This challenge would be perfect for a group, a Boy Scout troop, sorority or fraternity, a band or a dance troupe, in order to “spread the work.” One event that has already been scheduled is the anchor Give-Back-24 event, a “Ride Around the Clock” motorcycle ride, organized by Patriot Guard Rider Lisa Markle, that will see a dedicated group of bikers cover a nearly 1,000-mile circuit from Arlington, VA through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and back to Arlington in a 24 hour period beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 9, and ending at 9 am on Sunday, June 10.
The five beneficiaries of the pledged funds are Not Alone, Give an Hour, Family of a Vet, Thomas Jerome House and Project Sanctuary. COSF Executive Director Kristina Kaufmann, herself a military spouse, said: “We have vetted five outstanding non-profit organizations as our beneficiaries for Give-Back-24, all dedicated to the mental health of service members and their families. One hundred percent of the funds pledged will go to these organizations with no administrative deductions of any kind.”
The only requirement for the challenge is that it must be done during the Flag Day weekend. Full details can be found on the web at www.giveback24.org. Pledges may be made in advance through the www.giveback24.org website, and those who organize participating events may register their events at the same site. Each participating event has its own web page for receiving pledges. Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Code of Support is trying to bridge the gap between the military community and the rest of America.
So – what are YOU going to do? When you decide, after you register – comment here. We’d love to know what you are going to do! This site is full of smart, creative folks – we should get some wonderful ideas!