Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004


For Reserves, Help from Home

While our National Guard and Reserve troops are away fighting, some of their families are suffering.

Many troops earn a lot less on active duty than they do at their regular civilian jobs, so there are financial hardships for their families.

Home-front volunteers have been doing something about that.

Several states have set up Military Family Relief Funds. One report says, "Grants ranging [up] to $2,000 will help [cover] rent, utilities and medical expenses."

Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, set up a website called Operation Home Front. It shows how regular citizens at home can help families of our soldiers around the world. The site has surpassed 4-million hits.

There's not a nicer thing people can do, than pitching in to support our active duty troops. It's something to be proud of.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Stars & Stripes 2/12/2004
Lieutenant governors back funds to aid cash-strapped Guard, Reserve families

Operation Home Front website

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