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Easy ways to thank troops

Easy ways to thank troops

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Posted on November 11, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 12 at 12:04 PM

I have two cousins who are currently serving overseas in Afghanistan and another working in Iraq. I also covered the military the first three years I started working in this business, so I've seen first hand the sacrafices families make in order to serve our country.

So on this Veteran’s Day I thought I’d share an easy way for you to say thanks to all the veterans and soldiers who are currently serving our military.

From now through midnight November 14thState Farm is asking people to write a thank you note and for every note they receive on this web site, State Farm will donate $1 to the Fisher House (up to $50,000 total). Fisher house is there for military families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment at military or VA medical centers by providing free lodging at 31 locations in the United States and Europe.

Thanks to Patti for letting me know about this.

If you'd like to help some of the Fort Hood soldiers Marissa from the Better Business Bureau sent along some really good tips:

• Be cautious of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on describing what the charity will do.
• If you contribute, do not give cash.  Make a check or money order out to the name of the charitable organization, not to the individual collecting the donation.
• Watch out for excessive pressure for on-the-spot donations or requests to send a “runner” to pick up your donation.
• Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations, finances and programs.  Ask how much of your gift will be used for the activity mentioned in the appeal and how much will go toward other programs and administrative and fundraising costs.

The following are the best ways to give and ensure your money does the most good:

Fort Hood Chaplain’s Fund

Checks can be mailed to:
Chaplain's Fund Office
Bldg 44, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue
Fort Hood, TX 76544-5000

Checks should be made payable to "CTOF" (Chapel's Tithes and Offerings Fund) with a note on the memo line stating "Nov. 5 Tragedy."

Fort Hood Fisher House

Fisher House
Bldg 36015
Fisher Lane
Ft Hood Texas 76544
Call (254) 286-7927 or (254)286-7929 for more information.

Local Chapter - American Red Cross

Killeen Red Cross
208 W. Ave. A,
Killeen, Texas 76541
Phone (254) 200-4400 or visit their web site.

USO Fort Hood
USO Fort Hood
Building # 1871, 50th St.
Fort Hood, Texas, 76544
Phone: (254) 768-2771 or visit their website.