I'm in. I remember when someone helped me and I needed it as an E-1.
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It is a RARE event when permission is granted no matter how worthwhile the cause because it becomes contagious and we get swamped with multitudes of requests - some of which are dubious and many are a distraction.
This one checks out 100% - only a Nickel per dollar of your donation goes to keep the place up and running.
Fully 95% goes directly to purchase tickets.
SO.........donate with extreme confidence. It's been fully checked out.
Bring em home for the holidays!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to bring to your attention one of the best charities that I know of. A friend of mine, Ernie Stewart, who runs some websites and is a very good guy, and an Air Force Veteran, started this charity several years ago. They take the money donated to them, 100% of the money mind you because all the people that work on this do so as volunteers, and they buy plane tickets for lower rank enlisted service members so they may fly home for leave during the holidays. These are men and women who cannot afford the price of the trip home to see their families during the holidays and might otherwise spend them by themselves in the barracks instead of with the people who love them.
If you can, donate. Any amount helps. $5 all you can spare? Great, no problem. That $5 will help someone get home for the holidays.
Please consider giving to this very worthy cause. I remember what it was like to be an E3 and sitting in the barracks with just a few other guys on Christmas instead of being at my parents home with the whole family. These people serve the USA and protect all of us. No matter what their jobs are, they are a link in the chain that keeps America safe. We can help them get home for the holidays.
I know the members of this page are very giving people from personal experience. And I also know there are a hell of a lot of us who are Veterans so we know what this means to a young service member to be able to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This is one of my favorite charities.
Let's Bring Em Home!
I'm in. I remember when someone helped me and I needed it as an E-1.
Last edited by ANGLICO; November 18th, 2014 at 12:18 PM. Reason: As usual = I spell like CRAP! Corrected myself.
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Great charity. I'm in. I donate football tickets to the USO and stipulate they be given to E-3 and below.
COME ON EVERYONE! They are open for business again this year and here is an update from my friend, Ernie Stewart, who runs the charity:
Here is a status update for Let's Bring Em Home -- so far we have received $35,230.67 from 249 different donors, and completed 32 of 41 ticket requests. We still need another $9,118.28 before we square up the pending applications we have now, and open the doors to more ticket requests heading into Christmas and New Years...So if you're enjoying your Thanksgiving, why not show a little support for those folks in uniform who are away from their families, so that you can safely be with yours. Thank you in advance for your generous support, and Happy Thanksgiving!
And here are some examples of the requests they have gotten and are working to fulfill. But they need out help! My family and I donated. Donate what you can. $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more, whatever you can. This is honestly a very deserving cause. Very little will make you as sad as being a junior enlisted Service Member sitting in an empty barracks or ship on Christmas and all you want in the world is to be home with your family.
"Hi . Thanks for all you do. What a great and much needed program. I am currently looking for a way to help my son who is in the USMC get from Pensacola Florida naval air station to home in South Carolina for Christmas."
"I've been on GRF at Fort Bragg, NC and have little time to check during the day, but as a new private, am struggling to scrape together the coin to fly to VPS airport in Valparaiso Florida. Please let me or my mother know as soon as possible. Thank you so much for what you do for me and my boys. Infantry Leads the Way."
"I live in Northeast Texas. I have a son, that enlisted and started sent to his First Duty Station at Fort Lewis, Washington. I would love for him to be able to come home Christmas, but I really want him home on January 1st. You see, I was a single mother until three years ago and finally found the love of my life and we are getting married on that day. I'm having a very very simple wedding and are getting married in the back yard of our home, and all I want is my son to be home for my wedding. I have looked at flights from Seattle to Dallas/Fort Worth and because of the holidays, the tickets are expensive. My son went ahead and put in for leave, and he and I both agreed that if he couldn't make it home for Christmas we would both want him to make my wedding a priority. I'm asking if you could consider my email as my son's application for Let's Bring Em Home. Any help will be a blessing. Thank you for your time and consideration."
"Hi! Are you guys accepting domestic applications for Sailors for Christmas yet? My son is stationed in California an we are in Florida, he is deploying in January and we want to find a way to get him home for Christmas and for his baby brothers birthday Christmas week."
"Today I got a call from my son the Marine. He told us he did not have the money for a ticket to get home. I am the only one working in the family and don't know how I can come up with this kind of money for a ticket. Is there any way you can send me to someone that may help on getting my Marine home. Thank you, Mom of a Marine...all I want for Christmas is my son home for Christmas."
"My son is at camp Johnson North Carolina...this is his first Thanksgiving away however his dad is I'll with a heart condition. His grandmother came up from Florida to see him as she hasn't seen him in 3 years and is 70years old. This is the last Thanksgiving that he will be able to see her due to health and money issues. We looked for flights and couldn't find one less than $1000 and he only has 3and1/2 days per his Gunnery SGT. He said if there were a way for him to fly home for Christmas then we could drive as a family to see her but those flights are even worse. We were given your information by a SGT who knows of our financial and health issues and said if anyone can help it would be you as long as we promised to pay it forward when we could. So I guess our question is....what can we do. We truly know this will be the last holidays for him to see her and he would be devastated if he didn't get a chance to spend some time with her while she still can. Can you tell us where to turn or what to do.....thank you!"
And messages from some of those who have had tickets bought for them:
"OMG! Thank you so much! You guys are amazing! What you do for us troops really is something special and we appreciate it more than you will ever know. Happy Holidays! " -- an Airman flying from Patrick AFB, FL to Des Moines, IA.
"Thank you so much for giving us service members the opportunity to go back home during the holiday season. If there is anything I can do for you. You got my email. " -- a Marine flying from Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan to Denver, CO.
"Wow! Thank you so much, I can't even begin to express my gratitude to you all. This really made my holiday season and I am so incredibly excited to see my family after a year and a half of being overseas. If there is anything else I can do, please let me know. Thank you again for making this holiday special for me and my family!" -- a Soldier flying from Ramstein AB, Germany to Boston, MA.
"I received the email and ticket information. Thank you so much. I am very grateful for your organization and the help that you provide!" -- an Airman flying from Elmendorf AFB, AK to Charleston, SC.
"This is such a terrific gift, thank you. I haven't been home to see my family in three years and this will be a welcomed surprise! Thank you to everyone who helped!" -- A Sailor flying from Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan to San Juan, PR."
"I have received this email, it's an amazing thing you guys do i am beyond grateful. Thank you so so much!" -- a Marine flying from Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan to Miami, FL.
So come one people! Make a difference in a young Sailor, Soldier, Airman or Marines life. Let's Bring 'Em Home for Christmas!!!