On December 1, 2010, Cpl. Chad S. Wade was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was 22 at the time. Right before he deployed, he got to go home and spend 11 days with his parents…and after he died they were so grateful for that time they got to spend together. His parents wanted to do something to honor their son after his death…and that’s when Wings For Our Troops was born.
Before a deployment, military personnel are given some time off to spend with their families. Most are away from home during that time and if they want to go home to spend time with loved ones, they have to travel. All their travel related expenses are personal, out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by the military. As I’m sure you can imagine, on the modest paycheck of a soldier, these trips are often impossible. That’s where Wings For Our Troops comes in. They will purchase plane tickets for Marines (and eventually all branches of the military) to have that precious time with their families before heading into combat. No one should have to miss out on that time because of a lack of money.
If you are a Daisy & Elm fan, you are probably already familiar with Wings For Our Troops because of D&E’s R.E.D. Friday campaign. If you’ve ever bought a R.E.D. Friday item, a portion of your proceeds is already helping to fund a plane ticket. If you haven’t, consider making a donation in appreciation for all that our military does for us. Even a small donation will make a big difference. Or do you have any frequent flier miles you aren’t going to use? You can donate those too.
Our troops make huge sacrifices for us every single day. They shouldn’t have to sacrifice seeing their families before they go off to war. And if you know someone in need of help paying for a plane ticket home, contact Tami. She’s waiting to help.