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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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How many disabled veterans will go hungry this Christmas?

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Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014 Your support has made a real difference to our troops who have been severely disabled in the war on terror. Thank you again for your kindness and patriotism.

What would you say if I told you your first Christmas gift of the year could also be the one that is appreciated the most?

It's true.

That's because many U.S. troops who have been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan have empty refrigerators. And their children have empty stomachs.

You can help rescue them by making a tax-deductible Christmas donation to the 2014 Merry Christmas Meals Project, sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

Your gift will help provide financially strapped military families with a $60 gift to buy groceries over the Christmas holidays, or even go out to a restaurant for dinner.

Will you help a wounded veteran and his or her family right now by making a tax-deductible . . .

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Perhaps you'll be helping a wounded veteran like Brandon Boyd, whose photo appears above. Brandon was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Iraq.

Or someone like retired Marine Sgt. Christopher Murphy of Pennsylvania, who told us that after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, paying for "rent, food and car payments will be extremely difficult."

I know it's heartbreaking to hear stories like that. But the good news is you can let a wounded hero like Brandon or Christopher know that someone is thinking about them during the Christmas Season . . . that someone remembers the painful sacrifice they have made.

As a supporter of our disabled troops and their families, you're aware they're being forced to wait an average of ten months - and often a year or more - to receive their first government disability check after leaving the hospital and being separated from the military.

No wonder these military families are having trouble putting food on the table!

As I've mentioned in my previous emails to you, here at the Coalition we're constantly receiving desperate calls from military families unable to feed their families or facing an eviction, utility cutoff or other financial catastrophe.

And these calls tend to increase as the weather turns cold.

Please give what you can right now to help make sure we don't have to turn anyone away.

A gift of $60 can help provide Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for a severely wounded marine, soldier, sailor or airman and his family; $120 can help feed two families; $180 can provide dinner for three families, and so on.

And a gift of $25, $35 or $45 can be combined with other donations to feed a family in need.

Let's face it: Our paralyzed, blinded or brain-damaged servicemen and women won't have the same kind of Christmas you and I will, no matter what.

But your continued kindness can make their Christmas the best it can be, given the circumstances.

They were there for us. Now it's our turn to be there for them.


Major General John K. Singlaub Signature

Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)

P.S. I still remember the heartbreaking letter we received from Marine Cpl. Christopher Chaput from New Bern, North Carolina. Christopher took a body full of shrapnel while hunting down terrorists with the Marines in Afghanistan.

While waiting for his disability check to be processed, Christopher told us he and his wife Kimberly were evicted, their cars were repossessed and "we were lucky if we ate once a day."

Fortunately, this struggling young military couple received emergency financial aid, thanks to wonderful Coalition friends like you, Kevin.

But we're always hearing from more disabled heroes in similar situations, so please make the most generous tax-deductible Christmas donation you can to the Coalition's 2014 Merry Christmas Meals Project.

Remember, a gift of $60 can help provide Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for a severely wounded marine, soldier, sailor or airman and his family; $120 can help feed two families; $180 can provide dinner for three families, and so on.

And a gift of $25, $35 or $45 can be combined with other donations to feed a family in need.

P.P.S. Here's an easy way to double the power of your gift. After making your donation, please forward this e-mail to your friends who also may want to help.

Christmas 2014

Providing Emergency Aid to Troops Severely Disabled in the War on Terror
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes | PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

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Walt Disney gave America a vision to follow: EPCOT

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The Fischer family’s just-completed Florida excursion included the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow…EPCOT.

Upon our return, I always love to post the following:

My wife got a cell phone call from my sister-in-law this week from Orlando. She was calling from EPCOT in Walt Disney World where she’s vacationing with my brother and niece who just graduated from the University. of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

If you’ve been to EPCOT, you’re familiar with the lay of the land. There’s Future World, with Spaceship Earth, and World Showcase.

World Showcase is centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon. There are eleven countries represented along the perimeter. As you walk around World Showcase, you roam from one country to the next. At each country, you discover glimpses of the unique culture of that land. Great cuisine, shops, exhibits, movies, rides and performers are highlighted.

Cast Members from the different countries assist you and answer questions about their homeland. The workers are actually from Mexico, Italy, China, Japan, Germany, Morocco, etc.

It’s not just Epcot that features cast members from outside the United States. All of Walt Disney World features employees with name badges that list their hometowns from outside America.
Why do I mention this?

I’m always extremely impressed whenever I visit the Mouse House by the tremendous grasp of the English language and the outstanding vocabulary of foreign workers who seem to speak better than people born and raised here do.

I recall a waiter at the Flying Fish restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk who was from Portugal. We got to talking about what it’s like to work at and for Disney, and what he thought of America.

In perfect English, our waiter spoke of the great love he has for our country and what a struggle it has been in his effort to become an American citizen, a quest that no matter how difficult he was going to continue fighting for because it was so worthwhile and was the right thing to do.

My wife and I couldn’t help but wonder why more people who come to America don’t have the same attitude and ethic.

I wear many hats. This summer, I will once again work backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Security Department. Today, there was a Job Fair at the Fair, and several of my Security colleagues interviewed prospective new hires.

It was a disaster.

Candidates not dressed properly. Candidates not having bathed. Candidates not understanding simple questions. (“If you can’t make it in for work, what would you do?” Answer: “I don’t know.”)

Worse yet, candidates completely unable to put together complete sentences and speak with any semblance of proper grammar.

This week in America, our U.S. Senate, totally out of touch with the pulse of the American public, nearly in one vote aggravated an already out-of-control immigration problem. Thank goodness their vote to provide amnesty failed. Had it been successful, it would have encouraged more illegal immigration.

Many American citizens can’t speak English. That’s bad enough. Is it too much to ask immigrants to speak English, or learn our language if they can’t?

I don’t think so.

"Why can't America be more like EPCOT?"
This Just In...
June 2007


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