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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, June 13, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army Homefront Fund

Senior Leaders are Saying

"What makes me most proud of our Army, as the 37th chief of staff, is that it is indestructible, it has shown incredible resilience, not withstanding some of the challenges we have had, but it has been a group of young men and women connected who have developed an incredible bond of trust in their chain of command on the part of families, with our wounded, our Gold Star families. And that sense of belonging, I think, is the thing that I am most proud of, the thing that I most want to ensure that we sustain as we go into the future.

- 37th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

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What They're Saying

"I merely had a job to do, and I was just trying to do the best I could. I didn't think of myself as a hero then, and even less so today."

- Tech. Sgt. Shinyei "Rocky" Matayoshi, recipient of the nation's second highest military honor for valor- the Army Distinguished Service Cross - for his extraordinary heroism in action 66 years earlier, during the World War II, humbly remembers the promise made to his father to take pride and put in the best effort in any job.

Japanese-American awarded DSC for actions in WWII

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Army Homefront Fund

What is it?

While not an official part of the Army, the Army Homefront Fund provides emergency financial and other support to Soldiers and their families, with a focus on wounded warrior care and transition assistance. The Army Homefront Fund joins a vast number of support organizations that support Soldiers and their families.

Today, the Army Warrior Transition Command and Operation Homefront will sign a ceremonial Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the Army Homefront Fund.

What has the Army done?

Soldiers and their families often turn to their Family Readiness Group leaders, Hospital Liaison/Case Managers, Warrior Transition Units 1SGs/commanders or chaplains for help when facing a crisis or looking for additional assistance. Many times it is support organizations, such as Fisher House or Wounded Warrior Project, that are able to provide the immediate support our military families need.

Many of the support organizations providing support to military members and their families are listed on the Department of Defense’s Our Military website. In addition, the Gifts to Army program provides the American public with information on methods by which citizens, organizations and corporations can contribute cash and/or goods and services to benefit Soldiers and their families.

What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to its commitment to the care of our Soldiers and their families, especially the care for our wounded warriors. Therefore, the Army will continue to inform and educate its personnel about community-based/non-profit support services available.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army is expected to maintain its combat edge for the next several years to come, as we face an unforeseeable future. The Army recognizes community support as a key component of the support network to administer immediate support to warriors in transition and their families.

Resources:

Our Military

Gifts to Army

Related: STAND-TO!- Army Emergency Relief Annual Campaign

Army Emergency Relief

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