Salute Our Troops Caravan in Mississippi Raising Money and Awareness for Wounded WarriorsBy Rhonda Miller | Published 17 Jul 2012 05:18pm |
The Salute Our Troops campaign is rolling through Mississippi raising awareness and donations for injured servicemen and women. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports on its stop on the Gulf Coast.
The balloons and bright red trucks in the caravan in Ocean Springs look cheerful, but Salute Our Troops spokesman Robert Steinberg says the project carries a serious message.
"One of the organizations that we raise money for is the Wounded Warrior Project, which specifically helps people who come back wounded either physically or mentally from the war in Iraq or Afghanistan."
Army veteran Les Dominguez of Biloxi served as a medic in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"When the vets come home, there’s a lot that need care. A lot of them just need the appreciation and the gratitude. The simplest 'thank you' does a lot for a lot of them. But then there are those that come back home, and the Wounded Warrior Project helps a lot of them. Several people I know have lost lots of limbs,and what not, and rehabilitating them takes a lot from family, friends and community."
Mississippi has one of the highest per capita rates in the nation of residents who serve in the military, according to the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board. About 200,000 veterans live in Mississippi. More than 30,000 of them have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Salute Our Troops tour through the Southeast is sponsored by the convenience store Kangaroo Express. As people stop by for gas or a cold drink, they’re invited do a shoutout, a short video clip for the troops. Mike Cash of Gulfport has a message.
" And I’d like to say to everyone, Thank you for what you have done. I have a son over there now. Thank you very much.'"
Today, the Salute Our Troops caravan will be in Brandon, Ridgeland and Madison.
For the Salute Our Troops Schedule, go to: www.kesalute.com
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