I mailed you a letter the other day, and I hope you’ll be on the lookout for it if it hasn’t already arrived. It should stand out in your mailbox because it contains a real nickel.
You’re probably thinking that mailing people money is an unusual strategy – and that’s true.
But it was important I do something to get your attention. Because without your help, severely disabled veterans from the War on Terror may go hungry on Thanksgiving.
My letter details our plan to help them through the Coalition’s 2016 Thanksgiving “Thank You” Meals Project.
Our goal is to deliver $60 each to thousands of severely disabled troops and their families to help provide them with a special Thanksgiving meal.
Your gift of $60 can help provide a Thanksgiving meal for one severely disabled hero and his or her family, $120 can help feed TWO families, and so on. (And smaller gifts will be combined with other donations to feed as many families as possible.)
Our servicemen and women made painful and life-altering sacrifices for your family. So this is your very special chance to do something for their families in return.
But I need to hear from you as quickly as possible because our deadline for mailing out the $60 gift checks is rapidly approaching. And I know you think it’s important we include as many desperate military families as possible – maybe even a struggling family who lives near you.
On their behalf, I’m humbly asking you to give what you are able this Thanksgiving, as you have so generously and faithfully given in the past.
According to the Defense Department, nearly 52,000 troops have been wounded in the War on Terror.
Our wounded heroes are waiting an average of 10 months for their first government disability check. And the high, always rising cost of groceries is making it even harder to feed their families.
By Thanksgiving, many service members will be wondering how they’ll be able to afford Thanksgiving dinner for their families.
I know you agree: That’s no way to say “thank you” to the heroes who sacrificed so much to keep our country and our families safe from terrorism.
Can a wounded veteran count on you to send the most generous gift you can afford? Thanksgiving is almost here. And time is running out for us to raise the funds needed to help as many disabled heroes as we possibly can.
Whatever amount you can afford to send to help provide meals for our 2016 Thanksgiving “Thank You” Meals Project, please don’t delay.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for my letter with the nickel. It contains stories of disabled heroes who your generosity helped put food on the table at Thanksgiving.
They were there for us. Now it’s our turn to be there for them.
Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. Your Thanksgiving “Thank You” meals gift could put a smile on the face of a wounded hero who’s been brain-damaged by a roadside bomb or paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet. And I know it will make all the difference to a disabled veteran whose family is going hungry and who has nowhere else to turn. So please, give generously to help a struggling military family celebrate Thanksgiving with a hot meal.
P.P.S. Along with your Thanksgiving gift, the Coalition will deliver a card in your name to a severely disabled serviceman or woman (or other military veteran) to show them your patriotic support.