Yeah, If it wasn’t for the fact I had to make a connecting flight & had someone waiting at the far end, I’d have gladly gone on a later flight to let those guys through. One of the guys told me he was going on to Nebraska. I said to him thats a long way to go yet & he said yes Ma’am. but not near as long as I’ve come. Trust me I was real misty eyed by the time we took off.
Thanks, OC. Very nice story. [:)]
I’ve also heard stories from friends of people actually giving up their seats to let our soldiers get a seat. All that makes me "misty-eyed".
Very cool,Lleechef–And thanks—i happen to have friends whose kid actually has received a trip from Make A Wish! I KNOW that it was really appreciated.And glad to hear your friend is on his way home!!!
WHY is this thread soooooooooooo loooooooonnnnnnngggg?
Tiki, I hate to disappoint you but I already gave up my flyer miles to the "Make a Wish Foundation". That’s the one that gives terminally ill children their dream trip. We just got a bunch of our guys from the 210th Rescue Squadron back last week and our BEST FRIEND is on his way back today on a C-17 from Kandahar.
These are guys from the Kulis Air National Guard Base, Anchorage, Alaska, all in their 30’s and 40’s, have wives and families that they have missed terribly. They were the Guard guys that didn’t quit.
There was a book written about the 210th Rescue Squad (we call them the PJ’s for Parajumpers) called, "The Rescue Season". It’s a GREAT read.
Their motto is, "So That Others May Live". They are more highly trained than the Navy Seals, the Elite Marines, the Green Berets. Their mission is: Rescue. No matter if you in icy waters in a howling gale or on top of a mountain and have hypothermia. They will risk their life, gladly, (this is their job) to Rescue.
They’re unbelievable. They’re heroes. We never hear about them because they prefer it that way.
One of the entry airports is BWI. When I went to NC in October a flight had just come in before I got to the airport. Needless to say the airport was full of service people. When they get off of the plane they are greeted by a local VFW member who welcomes them & presents them with a calling card so they can call home. One of the hotels near the airport keeps a room available for them to use if they need to wait overnight for a flight out. When it came to going through security they were pulled into a seperate line so they didn’t have to wait quite as long. While walking through the airport I had seen this one guy several times, real straight backed military bearing, as I was going down the ramp to board my flight I saw him a couple of people ahead of me. I smiled as I saw a teddy bear sticking out of his backpack![:D] Since my first leg was through Charlotte NC there were quite a few guys trying to get on it. For the most part they are flying standby because they don’t get that much of an advance notice. Came time to board & one poor guy was being left behind, everyone was wishing he would make it. Just before they shut the doors here he came running on board. Everyone gave a cheer. He was grinning from ear to ear. I still think we left BWI a little early & wonder if some traveler was left at the gate.[;)]
Thanks folks!!!! I was feeling bad about haveing none to donate and jusst KNEW that if THIS group got word of this,then for sure some GI would get the help they deserve. Dont ya feel better already!!![:D]
I don’t know why it put the URL there twice. I copied and pasted the URL onto the roadfood entry, highlighted it, then hit the create hyperlink button..and Presto–Two entries. When I go to correct it only one shows on the edit screen??? Go Figure?[:(!]
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What a great Idea… Tiki, Thanks for sharing that. I am checking the Delta site to see what they will do.[8D]
Here is the link to the official announcement and rules from DELTA-
Try Typing that one handed !!
Thanks for the reminder, tiki. I just went and downloaded the donation form on American Airlines’ site (had a lot more miles left than I had thought!), and I’m fixin’ to check my other accounts, too.
Congrats on your Double Cheese, also. [8D]
Hi folks–was listening to the news yesterday and heard that while the govt has decided that the troops in Iraq are being given 2 weeks leave at home,they are only provided round trip transportion to three cities in the US–two on the east coast and one out west i beleive. Anyway, this had led to alot of financial hardship for folks trying to get from there to home and back—bad enough to be seperated from your loved ones and in a war zone —but to go into debt to do it is tough!!! Anyway it seems that there IS a way to help—i know that alot of you folks fly alot—-Lleechef for instance-and as it turns out alot of the airlines have waved a bunch of requirements for transfering those frequent flyer miles so that they can be donated to these servicemen and women. I know if I had any they could have mine—but i dont–so im asking you all for some help here!!! Postpone that bonus flight to NOLA for poor boys and beinet that you were going to spluge on and maybe—just maybe—you could help someone that really needs and definatly DESERVES to get home for the Holidays. I wish i did have some miles—-cant think of a better Christmas gift to those who have given SO MUCH to all of us. They say that the need is for millions of miles every month—so loosen up the hold on that free milage and remember how good Scrooge felt when he woke up—-you could feel that good too!!!
Helping to Bring the troops home
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