Skip to comments.America Supports You: Packages Help Troops Finish Projects They Start
Posted on 08/08/2008 4:09:41 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2008 Whether its just a nail thats needed to hang a family photo or a new saw blade for tackling bigger projects, a Dallas-based support group is playing hardware store for deployed troops.
G.I. Woodshop, Inc., started when Richard Ireland, the groups president, began getting odd requests from his brother whos serving in Iraq. Ireland, a disabled veteran, founded the group with two other individuals: another disabled veteran and a military family member.
G.I. Woodshop, Inc.
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This is very cool. God bless these guys, and God bless our brave troops and their courageous families.
Just an update, the G.I. Woodshop was an invited participant in the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on New Year’s Eve. We had a booth, a home-made plywood “tank” and sideline media passes. I made some videos of the coin toss by Gen Petraeus, the F16, B52 and AH1 Cobra flyovers, the parachutists, the halftime ceremony etc. and posted them on the Great Americans website:
When it was over, I came back home and checked my mail. There was a package from Afghanistan! It was a US battle flag that had been flown in combat on two combat sorties over Afghanistan - one in an F15E Strike Eagle and one on the EC130H Compass Call! There were also two certificates signed by the pilots and crews of each, with callsigns, dates and tail numbers, and a letter written and signed by the First Sergeant at Bagram AB telling us how much important our woodshop tools and supplies are to them... no kidding we are extremely humbled to have such a HUGE honor from our troops downrange who are fighting and dying... For those who do not know, a combat battle flag is usually reserved for Senators, Presidents, Generals and other VIP types as a token of appreciation. We are truly humbled. Pix of it is on the Great Americans website. Will update our website soon. Thanks to everybody who has helped the G.I. Woodshop get woodshop supplies to the guys on the front lines. It makes a difference to them! ;) reeko
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