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2007 Archives -- Chapter Support for Soldiers and Families

Fort Knox Chapter
On 19 May 2007 (Armed Forces Day), the Chapter along with the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce and USA Cares conducted “Hooray for Heroes” --- an event to honor those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. During the day, local military members and their families enjoyed a barbecue, activities, and entertainment provided by several well known entertainers and USAREC’s traveling entertainment section. Fort Knox provided static displays and a Rock Climbing Wall. Local businesses set up over sixty display booths with give-aways. In the evening there was a patriotic program with music provided by the 113th Army Band, a large choir made up of a cross-section of the Community, flag posting ceremonies by High School JROTC cadets, tributes to veterans of all services, and a keynote address by Major General Robert Williams.

Benelux Chapter
After conducting a community donation drive for over a month the Chapter was able to donate
over $800 to the Fisher House at Landstuhl, Germany, along with requested items such as curling irons, blow dryers, irons, clock radios, and paper products.

Charleston Chapter
The Charleston Chapter began its second annual “Wounded and Seriously Injured and Survivors Assistance Fund Drive” with a goal of raising $30,000. The chapter also delivered 32 Quilts of Valor to Womack Army Hospital.

Connecticut Chapter
The Connecticut Chapter cosponsored a concert by 102nd Army Band, Connecticut Army National Guard. Attendees were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy or gift card to support Operation E.L.F. (Embracing Lonely Families).

Omar Bradley Chapter
The Omar Bradley Chapter joined with Wal-Mart to purchase $10,000 worth of the CD "West Texas Tears" to send to service men and women stationed overseas. Proceeds from the CD, written and produced by local musicians, will benefit flood relief programs in El Paso and Ft Bliss.

Rock Island Arsenal Chapter
The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter donated $750 for to help provide medical care for the premature twin babies of a local Soldier. The Chapter also recently helped a military spouse whose husband was deployed when the pump on their well stopped working. The Chapter provided a new well pump, pressure tank, and associated parts along with a contractor to hook up and replace the non-functional one.

Fort Leonard Wood Chapter
The Fort Leonard Wood is expanding its "Wounded Warrior Fund." Over $15,000 is currently in the fund and several soldiers and families have been supported by the fund in the past few months.

The Greater Atlanta Chapter: As 3,900 Soldiers passed through the Atlanta Airport Jan 3rd returning to Fort Benning and Fort Jackson, they were provided with refreshments by volunteers of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of AUSA and with the help of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

AUSA Redstone-Huntsville Chapter: Governor Bob Riley awarded the Distinguished Service Medal to AUSA Redstone-Huntsville Chapter President Emily Vandiver for exceptional meritorious service to the soldiers and families of the Alabama National Guard. The Redsone-Huntsville Chapter was selected in 2006 as "AUSA Best Overall Chapter" worldwide for the third year in a row and the "Best Chapter for Support of Reserve Component Soldiers" worldwide. Ms. Vandiver also created an award program, "The 1SG John Ordway Leadership Award" to recognize those Active and Reserve components First Sergeants for their support of Soldiers and families. She has been involved at all levels in numerous AUSA events, including Blue Star Service Banner programs, Operation Christmas Bear programs, deployment/welcome home ceremonies, and many military appreciation nights providing free tickets to sports and theatre events.

Charleston Chapter AUSA: The Charleston Chapter of AUSA is conducting its second annual “Wounded and Seriously Injured and Survivor’s Assistance Fund Drive” from February 1, 2007 through March 31, 2007. The goal is to collect $30,000.00 to be used to help seriously injured and wounded service men and women and their families as well as the families of fallen troops. One hundred per cent of all funds collected during this year’s drive will be given to our troops and their families based on applications submitted to the chapter by individuals and organizations serving military communities.