Lt. Governor Kinder to Accept $50,000 Donation for Missouri Military Family Relief Fund

October 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Lt. Governor Kinder to Accept $50,000 Donation for
Missouri Military Family Relief Fund

Dr Pepper / Snapple to present check during ceremony with military families

JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Veteran’s Affairs, will join officials from MFA Oil and the Dr Pepper / Snapple Group on Tuesday to receive a $50,000 check to benefit the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF).  The funds were raised throughout the summer by the Dr Pepper / Snapple Group in grocery and convenience stores across Missouri.  Lt. Governor Kinder worked to encourage participation in the in-store fundraising promotion.  Lt. Governor Kinder will also unveil a new commitment to raise funds for the MMFRF.

WHAT:     

Lt. Gov. Kinder will receive a $50,000 check to benefit the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF)

WHO:        

  • Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder
  • Representatives of the Dr Pepper / Snapple Group
  • Representatives of the Missouri Veterans Commission
  • Military families who have benefited from the MMFRF

WHEN:     

Tuesday, October 28, 2008       1:30 p.m.

WHERE:   

MFA Oil Headquarters
One Ray Young Drive
Columbia, MO

Lt. Governor Kinder signed a bill to create the MMFRF in 2005.  There is currently no state funding allotted for this program.  All support comes from individuals and businesses.  The legislation also created a tax check-off, of at least $1, for Missourians to contribute on their state income tax return

Online at: www.mmfrf.mo.gov

Missouri Wounded Warrior Needs Help

October 26, 2008 at 10:27 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Pat Rowe Kerr, State Veterans Ombudsman and Director, Operation Outreach for the Missouri Veterans Commission has sent the following information about a Missouri Wounded Warrior who is in dire need of assistance.

Missouri resident, deployed with Arkansas National Guard – IED finder in Iraq.    Currently has 2-4 minute memory retention as a result of IED explosives as well as traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress, both ear drums burst, injured lower back and musculoskeletal injuries.

Wife left him while deployed and they are now divorced.  While he has been in the Warrior Transition Unit (medical hold) his only biological son was killed in a 4 wheeler accident.   Warrior has custody of his 17 year old son who has a small baby.

When he returns to his small rural community, he will have no job to return to as he was a small engine repairman, no spouse, no son, and no home as the pipes burst in his home while he was in the Warrior Transition Unit and his house was totaled from black mold as a result of total flood.

Insurance will cover the majority of the rebuild but he will be short $50,000 to finish the home.   He also needs temporary housing.  The goal is to purchase a used trailer which could be left on the acreage and used for some sort of part-time work as he recovers.   The trailer is $13,000, which includes transportation and set-up.   He currently stays in the only hotel in this small town or sometimes sleeps in his shed.    Total needed:  $63,000.

If it is at all possible, please try to help.  This young man and his family need to be in a home before winter sets in.

Contributions can be made to :

Operation:  Home For Wounded Warrior
c/o Ozark Federal Savings and Loan
1 Walton Drive
Potosi, MO   63664
573-438-2193

Help Reissue The Purple Heart Stamp as a Permanent Forever Stamp

October 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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The Perpetual Purple Heart Stamp Act, a bipartisan effort  launched by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y to get the post office to reissue the Purple Heart Stamp as a Permanent Forever Stamp is in trouble.  This bill intended to create a stamp that would forever honor U.S. service members killed or wounded in combat.  As a forever stamp, it’s postage value would never diminish over time with changes in postal rates.

Below is taken from the American Legion Online Update (click for entire article)->

“But the Purple Heart Forever stamp can no longer be created via legislation, since congressional committees on oversight and government reform no longer consider such bills. So King and Clinton need a groundswell of national support, directed at the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), to convince the Postal Service to issue the “forever” version of the Purple Heart stamp.

Letters of support for the Purple Heart Forever stamp should be mailed to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, Suite 5013, 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington, VA  22209. “