Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Team Red White and Blue

Not much going on in my life.  My back is really giving me trouble so I'm feeling a little sad right now.  This year has really been a pain in the ass.  I've had injury after injury, which as slowed my running down, but at least I am able to run, even though it is really slow.  I'm already at 27 miles for the week, and shooting for a big week due to having seven days scheduled of no running when I'm on vacation with my little boy in Oklahoma. 

I was introduced to a great organization called Team Red White and Blue and will work to raise awareness and funds for them through my running.  Check out this great mission statement! 

Team RWB Mission & Vision

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” --George Washington

"THANK YOU.” It‘s a simple phrase, comprised of two words, and takes less than one second to say. Yet far too often, those who fundraise for and donate to charities are only able to say “thank you” from a distance. Similarly, wounded veterans and their families are often unable to express their appreciation to the great Americans who fund the charities that support them. We have established Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) in order to bridge this gap and allow donors, fundraisers and wounded veterans to say “thank you” to one another---and build relationships that will last into the future.

Team RWB’s mission is to assist a different group of wounded veterans annually by establishing a direct support structure that not only meets their individuals needs, but also connects them to the Americans supporting their recovery. From a grassroots level, Team RWB will achieve its mission through three main avenues. First, Team RWB athletes will use numerous events throughout the year, primarily marathons and triathlons, to fundraise for these veterans. Along the way, we will fund these veterans' travel to a number of the events to enable them to meet the great Americans who have trained hard and raised money on their behalf. Second, Team RWB will tailor a plan specific to each wounded veteran’s needs and use contributions to make a significant impact on each of their lives throughout the sponsorship. Team RWB followers and contributors can see their impact through pictures and personal comments from the veterans on our website. Finally, Team RWB will combine forces with other wounded veteran organizations in order to maximize the support efforts given to all wounded veterans in our continued quest to adequately say “thank you” for the sacrifices they have made that have changed their lives forever.

Our history affords Americans the realization that flourishing relationships between veterans and the American people is critical to our nation’s success. While we have seen the impact these relationships have when they are positive, we have also seen the troubles that arise when the connections are frigid. Building long-term relationships between wounded veterans and the American people is not only a consistent sign of appreciation for their sacrifice, but it will provide these brave men and women with the confidence they need to share their experiences and strength with the rest of the country in the decades ahead.

Please get involved! Here’s how:

• Become a TRWB athlete-fundraiser or donor. We will hold various events nationwide throughout the year and we want you to be part of our team. Sign up for an event and email mike@TeamRWB.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the details, your story and a picture.

• Interested in giving, but not participating in an event? Use a check or Pay Pal to make a donation and sponsor a Team RWB wounded veteran. Our webpage will include their pictures, personal stories and specific areas of need.

Your time, effort, and generosity will help insure that the critical bond between donor and recipient is not lost, and that young Americans in the future are more willing to serve our country because of the strong relationships they witness between the American people and their wounded veterans.

If that doesn't get you going I don't know what will? 

Lot going on in the world.  Humans have shown how smart we are and how we continue to take care of the Earth.  I think someday soon Mother Earth will take care of about half of us once and for all, and that is probably just what we need.  There are just too many of us running around. 

Also, great job catching the knuckle-headed car bomber.  I thought "they" would have brought the fight to us a long time ago, but maybe we are really that good at security that it is very hard for them to make successful attacks on the America homeland.  Anyway, good job local/national (maybe international) law enforcement!  I'm all for more cameras, which seemed to help.  I have nothing to hide and would love to see more in every large city.

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