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.
Words alone cannot adequately express what your past support has meant to America's severely wounded young veterans -- and to the future of our country.
That is why, as a small measure of my gratitude for your dedication to America's disabled heroes, today I'm sending you a few photos.
These photos tell the stories of military families touched by your past support of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.
As you'Il see when you go to the photos, your past generosity has helped disabled heroes who languish on government lists, waiting for disability benefits they earned for their sacrifice in the war on terror.
That is why your support of the Coalition means so much.
Together, we've helped veterans who've suffered severe injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan avoid foreclosure, make car payments and fill the cupboard with groceries that they otherwise would not be able to afford.
And while I wish I could tell you that our work is done, I cannot.
Almost every day, the Coalition receives another phone call, email or letter from a disabled hero - blinded, burned, paralyzed, or missing limbs from fighting in the war on terror. Adding insult to these grave physical injuries, these troops and veterans are also suffering from financial ruin. Many do not know where else to turn.
Can I count on you, today, to make a tax-deductible gift to help a brave but broken hero?
In times like these, I am so very grateful that there are Americans like you, whom the Coalition can trust in to help us reach these struggling veterans and their families.
Sharing these photos with you is just a small token of our appreciation for all you've done -- and all that I hope you will continue to do -- to support the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.
The impact of your kindness truly is life changing. One family was just days away from foreclosure when the Coalition was able to step in and avoid such a disaster.
And let us never forget that the work we are engaged in together does more than make sure that wounded servicemen and women hold onto their homes, cars, and can put a meal on the table.
severely disabled veterans and their families
can hold on to their dignity and self-respect.
Through your faithful support, you will continue to uphold the sacred bond between a nation and its warriors, the unspoken contract that never, in my 36 years of military service, did I ever think would come as close to breaking as it has these past few years.
But with the ongoing generosity of friends like you, our wounded warriors will know that even if they can't rely on the government to do what's right by them and their families, they can rely on patriotic Americans like you.
That is why, in addition to taking a look at our photos, it goes without saying that I would be so grateful if you would make another donation to the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes today. We truly could not transform veterans' lives were it not for your support.
Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. Many severely wounded heroes fighting in the war on terror who once dodged bullets and IEDs are now being hounded by bill collectors (unable to pay rent or on the verge of having their utilities disconnected). How shameful that those who sacrificed almost everything answering America's call should be left to suffer a financial battle here at home.
Please make a donation today to help America's struggling veterans and their families. Grateful friends like you make possible the inspiring stories of our veterans rebuilding their lives and restoring hope. Thank you!
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes | PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | www.saluteheroes.org | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.
I’ve been writing online for a long time. Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel actually referred to me as a “prolific" blogger.
It’s gratifying that some current and former bloggers have contacted me, seeking advice on how and what to post. That’s a big fat meatball right down the middle of the plate.
To me, blogging is just like the countless times I’ve done talk shows on the radio. You write about what you like, better yet, what you’re passionate about. To do otherwise will be obvious to the reader and your content will not only suffer, it won’t be interesting, or get read.
Many years ago a talk show host I’ve known for years and is a friend could consistently be called upon to discuss the controversial, emotional, and timely topic of zebra mussels.
When I filled in for Mark Belling several years ago on the 3rd of July I discussed how too many parents on days like that particular day drag their babies, infants and very young toddlers out to nighttime events (the lakefront fireworks) so the adults can have a goodtime while the kids suffer. I called it child abuse. The phone lines exploded with callers calling in from the lakefront to tell me I was nuts. Others agreed it was cruel to have crying, screaming babes out at midnight.
The next morning, WISN’s Program Director Jerry Bott was filling in and referred to my show the day before saying he had never heard a topic before that elicited such strong emotions.
There’ve been others. When I talked about DNRs, Do Not Recuscitate orders, one nurse actually started a nationwide protest against me. Previvors was another that got to people. This one, too.
On one occasion filling in for Mark who had lost his voice, moments after the theme music played and I started my intro, it hit me that my mother used to give my brother and I heated onion juice when he had throat problems as kids. Onions were soaked overnight with sugar on a warm stove. My childhood memory, unplanned, went on for several minutes. A week or two later I ran into a fellow I knew at Pick ‘n’ Save. He didn’t bring up politics. He mentioned onion juice. Memorable.
I believe it’s a winning concept. Mark, Charlie Sykes? They’ll never, ever, ever devote a topic to zebra mussels.
Conservative talk show host detractors call it squawk radio, screaming for ratings. They know nothing about how radio works. And now, vindication. But first, a word from the Maestro, Barry White.
Here are just a few apropos lyrics from one of his hit recordings;
Livin' in ecstasy yeah, when you lay down next to me, yeah
Here in ecstasy when you're layin' down next to me
Catherine Clifford comes along with a message directed at entrepreneurs but it can certainly be extrapolated to bloggers. Good advice for online writers: Write with 'cognitive ecstasy.'