Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Military Moms & Dads Luncheon at UNO,s Harbor Place in Baltimore, MD
Many thanks to Lite 101.9 FM radio and UNO's Harbor Place in Baltimore for sponsoring the Military Mom's & Dad's Luncheon on Feb. 11, 2007. Steve Rouse from Lite 101.9 invited us to come to represent Eric's Goal. My sister Helen & I gratefully attended. It was wonderful to meet the proud parents of some of our finest young men and women; those dedicated to protecting us and our freedoms by serving in the United States Military. We met parents of service men & women in various branches of the military; Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.
It was a pleasure to be able to represent Eric’s Goal and to network with other parents who are working on goals to support not only our troops, but their families as well. We were so impressed by Becky Campbell, founder of Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund (www.childrenoffallensoldiersrelieffund.org), who has put her heart and soul into a project to help those not as fortunate as she and I. Fortunately Becky’s son returned from his tour in Iraq. But Becky has not forgotten about those who have lost their loved ones. She continues to be present for families of fallen members of our military, those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for the good of us all. We learned about America Supports You and TAPS, and met Jamie, a young woman who wants to start a support group for military family members of those serving in Iraq and other combat zones.
Many people showed an interest in Eric's Goal and took information with them. One attendee even made a monetary donation; Linda Collins donated $20.00! I am sure we will be able to reach our goal of 5,000 soccer balls with the help of the many wonderful families in our communities who support our troops and want to have a positive impact on the Iraqi children as well.