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As many of you know, Charlie Brown is running a different kind of campaign. He is not running for fame or for power or to derail the ambitions of an opponent. Instead, Charlie is running a campaign focused on taking action, solving problems and producing results.

One of the key aspects of Charlie Brown’s historic campaign is his tremendous dedication to helping serve his fellow veterans. For those of you unfamiliar with Charlie Brown and may or may not have been living under a rock for the last 3 1/2 years, Charlie is a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force and retired lieutenant colonel. Charlie served first as a rescue helicopter pilot at the tail-end of the Vietnam War after graduating from the Air Force Academy, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in the Mayaguez Incident. He later transferred to fixed-wing reconnaissance, and served as an intelligence officer leading cold war missions around the world and eventually coordinating surveillance flights over Iraq’s No-Fly Zones before his retirement in 1998.


He has been committed to "Leave No Veteran Behind," an idea that gets a lot of lip-service from politicians but never sees that promise fulfilled. Charlie Brown is making that difference with his Promises Kept Veterans Charity Challenge, in which he has given 5% of his campaign funds to local veterans’ service providers--which I'm sure many of you know, do a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of service delivery to veterans most in need across America.

This unique action by Charlie Brown has resulted in over $90,000 in funds to be diverted to keep the lights on (quite literally) for numerous homeless shelters, veterans’ crisis groups and special needs groups right here in the 4th District.

On Friday, October 31st, just 5 days from Election day, Charlie gave the last of his Promises Kept funds to help keep those groups that work so tirelessly and thanklessly to care for those who defended our freedom.


Joining Charlie and the Veterans for Brown team was Congressman Mike Thompson, a fellow Vietnam veteran and Representative from California’s 1st Congressional District. Thompson, who also Co-Chairs the House Veterans Caucus, has helped lead the fight for veterans’ rights and better access to healthcare for veterans and their families.


After arriving in Roseville, Congressman Thompson and Charlie were given a briefing by the Gathering Inn’s Suzi Defosset before the ceremony. Talking to veterans who had received care by the numerous organizations present, Charlie and Rep. Thompson got to hear directly from those who had benefited from the programs being offered. On hand were numerous veterans, advocates and local elected officials, including Walt Scherer of Loomis and Gina Garbolino of Roseville.


After being introduced by Veterans for Brown co-chair Don Harper, Congressman Thompson explained the importance of what Charlie has been doing as a candidate sacrificing that extra commercial, radio spot or district-wide mailer to shine light on a problem that is not uncommon to every congressional district in the country. Our country’s veterans need help, and sitting on the sidelines is not an option.


Charlie then proceeded to award each of the groups with $4,500 checks to help with vital services that will directly benefit 4th District veterans and military families.


As the election comes to a close next week, it is important to remember the sacrifices our troops have given up to secure our rights to vote and live in a free country. Too often we forget about those who defend our liberties when the talking heads and career politicians put partisanship ahead of solving problems.

But as stated at the beginning of this blog, Charlie Brown is running a different kind of campaign. He’s making sure the good of the district and country comes before political talking points and real results are produced.

As we head into these final days, your help is crucial. Tom McClintock and his friends at the RNC are not about to go quietly.  

So if you are in northern california over the next few days, please consider stopping by to pitch in, as we are going to need every bit of help we can get to ensure Charlie finishes this mission.


Please consider a donation today, or plan a trip to help Get Out The Vote here in the 4th District.


Join the hundreds of boots on the ground making this election possible and help elect a Congressman who will stand up for our troops, veterans, and their families. The time is now to elect Charlie Brown to Congress.

Neil Pople
Director of Online Communications
Charlie Brown for Congress

PS- Please also take a moment and check out the websites for our Promises Kept Veterans Charity Challenge recipients. These groups are consistently serving those in need here in CA-04:

Hospitality House of Western Nevada County

Sacramento County & Nevada County Stand Down

The Gathering Inn

Francis House of Sacramento

Soldiers Angels

Cottage Housing

The Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition

Rebuild Hope

Originally posted to Charlie Brown for Congress on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:44 AM PST.

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