Florida National Guard Global War on Terrorism Memorial - A memorial for the fallen
Grand Haven Friends of the National Guard - Raising money for a great cause
The Florida National Guard Foundation – Hear what others are saying A lot of stress on a soldier — Guard, families deal with deployment, unemployment
The 153rd was part of what the Florida National Guard called its largest single-unit deployment since World War II, with almost 2,500 soldiers from the National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Combat Brigade Team deploying to Iraq and Kuwait.
In addition to the physical separation those soldiers and families will endure throughout 2010, they might also have to deal with economic stresses either brought on by the deployment or through existing financial challenges they faced prior to their departure, including unemployment.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice Awards $1.2 Million to Help Troops
The grants were awarded through the foundation’s $5 million Florida BRAIVE Fund, which was launched in 2008 with funding from the the California Community Foundation’s Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund to support military personnel from twenty-five counties in central and southwest Florida. Grantees include the American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter ($500,000); the Florida National Guard Foundation ($243,792); the State College of Florida Foundation ($219,775); Welcome Home Vets ($125,000); Haley House Fund ($60,000); and Seminole Behavioral Healthcare ($49,479).
Golf tournament raises funds for military families
More than $50,000 was presented to the Foundation from proceeds raised from a golf tournament Oct. 29 at Grand Haven to benefit the Families of Florida National Guard men and women deployed around the world.
“What you do for us is truly, truly appreciated,” commented Brig. Gen. Michael Fleming, Assistant Adjutant General of Florida for the Florida Army National Guard. “When our Soldiers or Airmen and their Families have problems, and we want to try to assist them, we have to depend on great organizations like Grand Haven to make it happen.”