By Frank Lewis
During World War I and World War II, Americans on the homefront came together to support our troops. The same goes on today as American troops are in several different countries even today defending freedom. Now you have a chance to be part of a support group for local troops who are headed for deployment on May 30.
The 1191st Engineer Company located in Portsmouth will be deployed to Afghanistan and will be leaving the armory on Coles Boulevard at 8 a.m. on May 30. You can make plans to take the time to be there and line Coles Boulevard showing your support for this next generation of great Americans.
I would like to see whole offices carpool to Cole Boulevard to show their support. Churches, civic groups, even schools, should come and see the troops off that morning. If we line Coles Boulevard, we can continue the line north on Scioto Trail. Make it a point to take just a few minutes to get behind the members of the 1191st as they deploy to represent the U.S.A. in harms way.
Then, support the Family Readiness Group fund with a generous financial donation. The families begin 12 months of extreme stress. When troops deploy their families often find they are overwhelmed by more than emotion. There are bills to pay, children to care for, emergencies, responsibilities and pressures that may suddenly overtake a spouse used to sharing his or her burdens with a partner. Caring friends and neighbors can offer invaluable support to these families lessening troop stress simultaneously. Offering repair skills, babysitting ability, grocery delivery, budgeting talent, tutoring, and more can totally shift the atmosphere for a military family.
To provide financial support, checks can be made out to the “1191st Fund,” and sent to James Dickey Post 23, 705 Court St., Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662, Attention Ken Crawford.
Let’s make it a huge sendoff to show support for the troops. Then, after the excitement of that day is over, lets be there for their families. America is greatest when it takes care of those who sacrifice to take care of them.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.