Supporting Your Troops

On a slightly different note…


The United States is now involved in the longest single military engagement in its history. It goes without saying that repeated and extended tours of duty have placed a heavy burden on our military personnel, some of whom return home with debilitating injuries, if they come home at all. I have been asked by many rod builders if there is any way they can show their support for those in active service or who have recently served in the conflict.


As a member of a family with a proud military heritage (my grandfather served in WWI and my dad was one of the first naval aviators to fly and land jets from aircraft carriers), this is something I take very seriously. Therefore I highly recommend either of the two programs listed here:


Project Healing Waters


Wounded Warriors


There are certainly other valid and worthwhile programs for our Nation’s veterans, but you can be confident in the validity and conduct of the above two – both are fully accredited with the Veteran’s Affairs Administration and are happy to provide full disclosure of their financial/service records to any interested party.


Bottom line – it’s easy to say that you “support the troops.” But talk is cheap. If you really care, check into the above mentioned programs or mail a donation to your local VA Hospital (my favorite means of support) via this link:


There is a quick-find VA Hospital locater for each state along with simple directions for how to donate. Your veterans will appreciate your support.


Tom Kirkman




  1. WahooTwo on May 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks Tom. These things are always a crap shoot> you never know if your money is going to the vets or even if it is how much actually gets to the guys themselves. Thanks for the links and accredidation note!

  2. CHarrison USN (RET) on May 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    It is always important that when donating to a veterans group you make doubly sure that they are accredited by the USDVA. Some groups spend 90% of their incoming dollars on “administrative” duties and end up giving very little to the very people they claim to be aiding. Always choose one where the administrative take is 10% or less. You can read more about USDVA accredidation here-

  3. Tom on May 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    If you are looking for 2 charities let me recommend and
    Lead the way was started by the father of one of my team mates who was KIA in 2/07. the warrior foundation is extremely helpful in supporting the families after an injury or worse. DOD only goes so far with “helping” the families during a crisis. I have seen first hand these two great organizations assist families in their times of need.