A group of Gold Star families, Blue Star families, families of the wounded from OEF VIII and civilian supporters of the 173rd, 2-503 are selling throws as a fund raising project. The immediate goal is to raise funds to fly any medically cleared wounded of the 173rd ABCT from OEF X back to Italy and Germany at the end of the deployment to join their brothers in arms for Memorial Services and other official ceremonies.
The response we received from the Wounded, their battle buddies and family members at the end of OEF VIII was overwhelmingly positive, and, at times deeply emotional. The battle buddies commented about how important it was to “see” that their brothers-in-arms were “ok”. The Wounded commented about how important it was to attend the Brigade Memorial Service and to talk with their brothers-in-arms about the ambush or attack and about those who didn’t survive. The family members commented about the marked improvement in the emotional healing of their Wounded Soldiers after being able to sit down with those left behind on the battlefield. The results in 2008 were so positive for the Wounded they have asked us if we will do this at the end of the current deployment
We have two designs from which you can choose. Buy one for yourself, for a Sky Soldier for Christmas, birthday or as a Welcome Home from deployment gift. If you aren't a member of a Sky Soldier family consider purchasing one or more for us to give, in your name, to one of the wounded or one of the Soldiers currently deployed or even to one of the Vietnam Veterans of the 173rd.
Please go to the 173rd, 2-503 Sky Soldiers Fund Raising (Civilian Sponsored) website and order 1, 2 or several. Instructions for ordering either by paypal or check are on the above mentioned website. All purchases are tax deductible thanks to Warrior Legacy Foundation's partnership with us on this project.
If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.