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America Supports You: CBS Highlights Defense Department Program (CBS Highlighting GOOD?!)
America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley

Posted on 05/24/2007 4:59:37 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2007 – “The Early Show” on CBS took advantage of the New York’s 20th annual Fleet Week to share its support and appreciation for the thousands of sailors and Marines enjoying the city, as well as for military members serving around the world.

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John Bolaris of CBS’s "The Early Show" talks with Roxie Merritt about the America Supports You program May 24, 2007 in New York during Fleet Week. Merritt, a spokeswoman for the Defense Department program and a retired Navy captain, shared how America Supports You offers Americans a venue to support servicemembers. Courtesy photo

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John Bolaris, who was filling in for The Early Show’s regular meteorologist, introduced viewers to the Defense Department’s America Supports You program.

“We want to tell you about a special program devoted to the sacrifice that the servicemen and women do for our country and how much the American people appreciate their sacrifice,” Bolaris said.

America Supports You connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. It began in November 2004, and boasts dozens of corporate supporters and more than 250 home-front groups that work to support servicemembers worldwide.

“You probably understand how important it is for our military men and women to know that America supports them (and) appreciates the sacrifices that they’re making,” Roxie Merritt, an America Supports You spokeswoman and a retired Navy captain, said. “(It’s) hard to tell sometimes when you’re overseas and watching the news that you really are truly supported back here.”

The program’s corporate supporters and home-front groups work hard to make sure servicemembers know just how much appreciation they have from home. Among other forms of support, groups send care packages and provide assistance to deployed servicemembers’ families and injured servicemembers working to reintegrate into civilian life.

“America Supports You groups do all kinds of wonderful things for us,” Merritt said against a backdrop of sailors, Marines and an America Support You banner. Her comments were met with cheers from the servicemembers gathered outside the CBS studios.

“And that support, that morale, is much needed right now,” Bolaris said.
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Click photo for screen-resolution image Marines and sailors stand atop a double-decker sightseeing bus bearing the America Supports You banner May 24 outside the CBS studios in New York City. The servicemembers are in New York as part of Fleet Week 2007, and CBS's "The Early Show" featured the America Supports You program. Courtesy photo  
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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cbs; dod; program

1 posted on 05/24/2007 4:59:38 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: StarCMC; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

Now this is interesting. Anyone actually see it?

2 posted on 05/24/2007 5:00:31 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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