Now that we’re retired and empty nesting, the days tend to blur a bit. This is mostly a good thing, but does occasionally make me feel like the village idiot. Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day of which I was mostly aware because I noticed that the neighborhood kids weren’t in school and wondered momentarily if the CE’s birthday had been declared a national holiday. That kind of insouciance in someone my age could only be possible in this country, where our freedom has been so assured for so long that it feels like a birthright.
If not for last week’s shootings at Ft. Hood, that momentary flash of awareness would probably have been my only thought of the day’s significance. But those events caused even me to realize just how fragile our freedom and our safety are, and to realize that hundreds of thousands of men and women in our armed services put their lives on the line every day so that people like me can carry on cluelessly. I did a quick search and found the following resource: http://www.forthoodausa.org/ . It is the web site for the Ft. Hood Association of the United States Army, where they have already raised in excess of $125,000 in funds to assist the soldiers and families affected by the shootings. They accept contributions via credit card or PayPal online, or via checks sent to: The Central Texas- Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the US Army, Attn:Community Response to 11/5, PO Box 10700, Killeen, TX 76547-0700 (write Community Response to 11/5 on the memo line of your check) One hundred per cent of funds donated will go directly to meet the needs of the affected soldiers and their families.
There are many ways to support our troops and, of course, this is just one of them, but I thought I’d pass it along.
Also – just found these:
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 <>
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 website: http://www.waco.redcross.org <> here <> .
USO Fort Hood
USO Fort Hood
Building # 1871, 50th St.
Fort Hood, Texas, 76544
Phone: (254) 768-2771 or visit their website