Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hawkeye and JT

I have a soft spot for soldiers, have many in my family who have served (including my Mom) and have been actively supporting them since December 2004, through Soldiers' Angels (which supports deployed persons) and more recently, through serving on the Advisory Board of the Lone Survivor Foundation (which supports wounded combat veterans.)  LSF was founded by a U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and knew the SEAL below personally. These guys are the best trained fighters in the world. It's not a casual claim. There are only about 5,000 operational SEALs at any given moment. They are not calvary; they go into enemy territory, kill the super bad guys, and get out. And they never leave a man behind.

Due to the relatively small number of SEALs on the planet, the enormous loss on August 6th (30 Service members KIA; 22 of them SEALs) was, as a SEAL friend says, "like the SEAL community losing an aircraft carrier."

Below is one soldier's funeral and his loyal dog bidding him farewell.

Rest in Peace, Brave Warrior.

Petty Officer Jon Tumilson and Hawkeye

via Animal Planet:
Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was among the 30 American troops killed August 6 when Taliban insurgents downed their Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. At his funeral in Iowa, his dog Hawkeye paid his last respects, walking up to the casket, lying down in front of it, and heaving a sigh.
If you wish to support our Nation's Best, please consider a gift to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

From their website:

To help the families of the fallen Navy SEALs, please consider:

◦Texting “SEAL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Navy SEAL Foundation
◦Donate over the phone by calling 757-763-5501
◦Making an online gift
◦Joining our Facebook page
◦Mail a check to: Navy SEAL Foundation 1619 D Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23459