One of the greatest hallmark's of the Daily Kos community, in my opinion, is the degree to which you support your words with concrete action. You don't just support pressing social issues while in polite conversation, you champion them.
Today, Memorial Day, it is important for me to observe the continued fidelity with which you have championed our men and women in uniform, and - yes - to ask for more.
Netroots For The Troops, a component of Netroots Nation 2009, needs your help to accomplish its current mission.
As a veteran myself, I have been on the receiving end of that special brand of human generosity that is moved to do just a little bit more. And I can tell you that it is meaningful, it is important, and it does make a difference in the life of a deployed Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.
I will never forget the small kindnesses of strangers that took the time to think of me, when my life was nothing but sandstorms, boiled field rations, boredom and occasionally terror. A care package is more than a box, it is an act.
That being said, I would like to remind everyone of the coming Netroots Nation 2009 and in particular Netroots For The Troops. Last year was a great success and 130 men and women in uniform received pretty awesome care packages thanks to the netroots, and people just like you.
This year the goal is even higher. NFTT hopes to create 300 care packages through the raising of $50,000 in tax deductible contributions (Thanks to Netroots Nation and its partner Netroots Arts and Education Initiative, a California 501(c)3 corporation, for their assistance in handling donation collection).
You can DONATE HERE to contribute to this worthy cause.
Important Note on Successful Donations
Please make note that the thank you screen following any donation will not reflect a donation to NFTT, but rather Netroots Nation. Rest assured your donation WILL be forwarded to NFTT. For a little more peace of mind, you can note that the donation is intended for Netroots For The Troops in the comment section.
Books for Soldiers
The question has come up several times, what about books? And the answer is, books are great! It's just that other organizations are more specialized in the collection and distribution of books to Iraq and Afghanistan. If you are interested in sending books, please consider checking out the Books for Soldiers Website. It is run by DKos's very own Stormbear and is a great resource for giving.
It only takes a moment, and you can donate as little or as much as you feel appropriate, but any amount helps and the product of your generosity is a connection between you and a man or woman currently serving in harms way.
More details on the expected contents of this year's packages, and other Netroots Nation 2009 details (in Pittsburgh this year) will be contained in future diaries from the sponsors of Netroots For The Troops, such as TexDem and others.
So please, on this memorial day, while remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice, consider a donation towards those still far from home.
Somewhere in the Middle East...