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Posted on 02/11/2005 7:49:42 PM PST by CitizenHelper
Inaugural Ball Honors Wounded Troops, Raises Support Funds
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2005 Troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan were treated here last night to a once-in-a-lifetime experience: an inaugural ball in their honor, with a big lineup of celebrities, entertainers and defense brass thanking them for their sacrifices.
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz chats with Army 1st lt. Phil Goodrun, a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during the Heroes Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball.
The guests of honor at the first Heroes Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball were about 150 patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the National Naval Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md., and their guests.
Most came in dress uniforms they hadn't worn since before their deployments to Southwest Asia, some wore borrowed or rented tuxedos, but all came ready to party and have a good time.
The event, sponsored by Citizens Helping Heroes and Veterans Foundation Inc., was a fundraiser for three military support organizations: Fisher House, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and the Washington USO.
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CHH just finished hosting the Heroes Red, White & Blue Inagural Ball last month here in Washington, DC. It was a very speacial evening honoring wounded military personnel from Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Medical Center.
It was an unoffical ball, but saw Sec. Def. Rumsfeld, Dep. Sec. Wolofwitz, Gen. Myers, Gen. Pace and Sec. Princippi in attendance for an evening to celebrate democracy and entertain America's Heroes.
Our next event is scheduled for this Spring where we will basically be taking this same message, show and mission to primetime network televison. We can not do it alone and welcome your support. Thank you.
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That's great to hear, the troops deserve all the support we can give them.
Thank you, Sir. Check out our web site to view some great pictures of the troops having a great time. Of course, the Washington Post and NY Times trashed us because we had dance music with folks in wheelchairs and amputees...they just don't get it.
This is great.
What can someone in Houston do?
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Tell your friends, spread the word, watch the show :)
We started CHH a month before the war in Iraq began. Being in D.C. we saw it unfolding and knew there would be a need to help the troops and more specifically their families....the unsung heroes.
We wanted to take support for the troops out of the political fray and election. We knew most every American had learned the lesson's from Vietnam and truly supported our troops regardless of whether or not they agreed with its politics. We wanted to get that message out to the troops and their families and raise money for charities that directly support them like the four official military relief societies, T.A.P.S., Fisher House and the USO.
We have been working on the TV show for well over a year and the Inaugural Ball was something we decided to do in early December. It was a handful, but we pulled it off with only a few new grey hairs to show for it....ok a lot of grey hairs! ;)
I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not. It's actually painted on the rock too.
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Here are a few more good articles:
Service members, families honored at inaugural balls
Sons of Guardsman killed in Iraq attend D.C. ball as special guests
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Also, I wanted to personally thank the Issa Family Foundation for their support in making the Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball a reality.
FYI, we are editing a two-three hour version of the ball and burning several thousand DVDs to ship overseas to the folks in the field. Also, we expect the Pentagon Channel to air it again and hope to eventually stream excerpts on our web site.
There were some incredible moments from the heartfelt speeches from Sec. Rumsfeld to Connie Stevens to Geraldo! (yes, Mr. Rivera is so pro-troops you would not believe it)to the memorable performances by the musical guests. My favorite was when CHIC sang their songs At Last I Am Free and I Need Your Love and personalized the lyrics for the men and women in the audience and overseas.
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Thanks SO MUCH for honoring our military...!!!
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You will find a lot of people here who support those in uniform.
Dari Alexander of FOX News just interviewed a couple with 11 children. The father is shipping out to iraq. He vollunteered for it and the wife supports him in his decision. What patriots
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Reservist Departs for Iraq, Leaves 11 Children
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Johnnie Chennault has no regrets about joining the Navy Reserve (search), even though it means he's going to Iraq later this month. But he does worry about not being around to help take care of his house full of 11 kids.
"Leaving my children, leaving my wife for so long you're going to miss all the little things as the kids grow up," he said. Chennault and his wife, Ronda, have a full range of children of all ages growing up at their home in Springfield, a small town about 30 miles north of Nashville (search): Terr'i, 17; Stephen, 15; Jobie, 14; Joshua, 12; Zakari, 8; Johnnie IV, 7; Mikal, 6; Syerra, 4; Gracie, 3; Jakob, 1; and Nikalus, 8 months.
Yeah, I have more kids than most people, but I don't think my kids are any more important to me than somebody who has two kids. His kids are important to him, too. I just have more to miss."
The Chennaults knew deployment was possible when he joined the Navy's Construction Battalion, the famed Seabees (search), two years ago.
Chennault, 29, had inquired about enlisting in the Army, the Air Force, the Marines and the Navy, but they all told him it was against policy to take someone who has that many children to support on a newly enlisted man's pay. The Navy, however, said that wouldn't matter if he joined the Reserves
But with the war in Iraq, his unit was called up for duty, and he leaves Sunday for training at Gulfport, Miss., and then on to Iraq.
"After 9-11 it just seemed like a big need, like there was something else I could do," Chennault said. "My country has done so much for me and my family why couldn't I take a little time out and do something for it."
His employer, Sears, will make up the difference in pay while he's in Iraq, an assignment Chennault thinks will last seven or eight months.
He has worked for Sears for nine years, mostly as an auto mechanic. But he recently took a promotion to assistant manager in the auto department.
"He's big-hearted, and he'd do whatever it takes to help someone else out," said his boss, Chris Nokes. "I wish he wasn't going. I just hope he comes home safe."
After entering the reserves, Chennault remained committed to his military service. He recalls that when the Navy announced that his unit was getting called up, his name wasn't on the initial deployment list because of a clerical error.
"I raised my hand and the first question I asked was, 'Why am I not going?' ... I said, 'Look, I don't think it's fair for my brothers and sisters here to be going. They have children, and their children are just as important to them as mine are to me.'"
Chennault's wife is supportive.
"We go to a really good church, and they talk in there a lot about the husband's and the wife's role, what the Bible says is the husband's and wife's role," she explains. "And my role is to support my husband. My mother told me when I got married, 'Your life is about him, and you need to be there for him.'"
They met while working on the General Jackson excursion boat and married when she was 25 and he was 19. Four of the children are hers from a previous marriage.
While her husband is away, Ronda Chennault will rely more on her parents and on their church, South Haven Baptist. The children will have to do more for themselves.
Still, she worries.
"I have trouble sleeping when he's not here. That's one of the hardest things," she said.
She knows she's going to miss him, but Ronda Chennault is proud of the example her husband is setting.
"It's important for the kids to see that he can't just weasel out of the duty that he volunteered for," she said.
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Welcome. I just started a fundraiser on behalf of our local depoyed guard families. My employer allowed the use of our e-mail net to request cash donations on behalf of Tennessee National Guard Family Readiness Groups which help families in times of financial hardship brought on by deployment. It is doing real well so far.I hope it generates a huge donation for our citizen soldiers. They really need it.If anyone would like to start one of thier own or donate to mine freepmail me and I will give you details.
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