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Oh hell; that's very good news. I suspect these folks are working harder than they let on.
The good news is other veterans groups around the country have taken notice & are reconsidering the scope of their social service activities. There is a lot more to be done beyond the Soldiers Angels group.
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From: MaryAnn Phillips [mailto:maryann.phillips@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:17 PM
To: Mark Dolfini
Subject: Thank you!

Dear Mark,


We'd like to thank you for your very generous donation of sweat clothing sent on Dec 11 (6 boxes), and 3 boxes sent on Dec 13, 17, and 18! I don't need to tell you how very much the clothing is appreciated by the patients here. Please make sure to pass our gratitude on to the Marine Corps League and your other supporters.

Landstuhl hospital received almost 10,000 sick and injured troops in 2010. This was higher than in recent years and due to the increased number of troops and operations in Afghanistan. Thanks to your support, Soldiers' Angels was able to distribute almost $300,000 worth of supplies to our Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl last year, including over 2500 sets of sweats, thousands of t-shirts, underwear, and socks, over 1000lbs of personal care items, about 3000 hand made blankets, thousands of phone cards, and much more.

Thank you again for your generosity and your compassion. It means so very much to the guys to know people back home are thinking of them.


Hugs from Germany,

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For stories about our Wounded Warriors and our activities at Landstuhl:

- Check the SA Germany blog at http://soldiersangelsgermany.blogspot.com/
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- Our list of most-needed items may be found here http://soldiersangelsgermany.blogspo...landstuhl.html



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Another solicitation for the Soldiers Angels & local veterans relief will be stood on 13 November by Sgt Dolphini & the Marine Corps League. Last one on 11 September pulled in a bit over $1700 in cash from small donations, plus a similar ammount in items sought for the wounded at Langsthul Hospital Germany.

Meanwhile several other veterans groups are running a Stand Down for homeless & near homeless veterans here in Lafayette. This is a badly interviewed & written news article, but has some of the basic details:

http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/s...eless-veterans

These Stand Downs for homeless veterans have been run with some sucess in larger cities. While the direct aid is transistatory the lasting value is where the participating organizations are prepared for follow up & long term remedial effort. Having a preventative program for stopping the downward slide is even better.

Locally things are still very disorganized for veterans assistance, however a few individuals like Jim Logsdon refered to in the linked article have done some invaluable work getting such efforts started.
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Initial count was 102 destitute veterans were provided with services. I supose that may change after the organizers sort out their data. As predicted there were more helpers than clients, so it was not difficult to run them through in five hours. Medical exams, clothing, sleeping bags, cell phones, phone cards, soap, were among the items provided.

As I wrote earlier there is not much organized for follow up. From my limited experience in this sort of thing long term aid to folks at this economic level requires some serious effort. There are some highly effective & professional organizations here, but their staff and funds cannot deal with a surge of 102 additional clients. Looks to me like there is a lot of work to do.
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Stand Down Lafayette AAR

Initial count was 102 destitute veterans were provided with services. I supose that may change after the organizers sort out their data. As predicted there were more helpers than clients, so it was not difficult to run them through in five hours. Medical exams, clothing, sleeping bags, cell phones, phone cards, soap, were among the items provided.

As I wrote earlier there is not much organized for follow up. From my limited experience in this sort of thing long term aid to folks at this economic level requires some serious effort. There are some highly effective & professional organizations here, but their staff and funds cannot deal with a surge of 102 additional clients. Looks to me like there is a lot of work to do.
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Wish I had time to study the Austrailian system. Are independent veterans organizations very strong in Australia or New Zealand? Are they able to influence the politicians much?
DON'T BOTHER TO READ THIS CARL, JUST REALISED WHAT I HAVE DONE!
Yes they have quite a bit of muscle,particularly with the local politicians, in fairness I must admit though it is a case of scratching each others backs sometimes.Sadly though some of the particular Orgs: such as veterans from Korea,Viet nam, North Africa,Normandy, Arctic Convoys and so on are 'Falling off the perch' and their Orgs: are 'Putting up the shutters' Like my old Dad used to say about WW1, "There ain't many of us left now". lcm1
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Veterans Day Weekend

The Lafayette Marine Corps League collected $ 1,867 this weekend for the Soldiers Angels organization. Part by the members in Lafayette at a street side solicitation, $400 by a online auction of Marine Corps and US flags, and $440 collected by Sgt Dolphni on Times Square NY ancilliary to a veterans recognition event held at NASDAQ on Saturday.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1695538&type=1

A small undetermined ammount in donation clothing and pledges remains to be determined. All proceeds collected have been sent to the Soldiers Angels organization other than shipping costs for clothing & related material.

Aside from the funds collected by the MCL I've observed another $8,000+ collected in the county from donors and local business grants for the aid of injured and destitute veterans during the past six months.

Meeting the street side donors this weekend was much the same as during past solicitations the past 18 months. Mostly working class folks & professionals, a few from local business owners (a $2,400 check from the owner of the local Culvers ice cream resturant). I've noticed that greasy clothed men in beat up pickup trucks are more likely to hand over a $50 or $100 bill than the folks in the late model SUV. Mercedes & Cadillacs are seldom seen pulling up, tho the expensive work trucks belonging to a plumber or electrical contractor are common. Also common are families with kids, old men in battered military caps and a small wad of one dollar bills in their hand. Scars, bad legs, and a battered Purple Heart pin or sticker are common with that last lot. One that stood out was a thirty something woman with prosthetic leg under her clothing and the residue of burn scars on her face & neck. ..I did not ask.

There was also five year old Owen Lemming who hopes to be a veteran someday. i wont waste time hoping he wont be, or that he wont serve in the military. I will hope that his youth, health, and life will not be wasted by duplicitious old men maniplulating events for their own agenda, by the corrupt, and by panicked politicians reacting cluelessly to events and what the polls and 'experts tell them about which way the public is inclined.
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The Lafayette Marine Corps League collected $ 1,867 this weekend for the Soldiers Angels organization. Part by the members in Lafayette at a street side solicitation, $400 by a online auction of Marine Corps and US flags, and $440 collected by Sgt Dolphni on Times Square NY ancilliary to a veterans recognition event held at NASDAQ on Saturday.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1695538&type=1

A small undetermined ammount in donation clothing and pledges remains to be determined. All proceeds collected have been sent to the Soldiers Angels organization other than shipping costs for clothing & related material.

Aside from the funds collected by the MCL I've observed another $8,000+ collected in the county from donors and local business grants for the aid of injured and destitute veterans during the past six months.

Meeting the street side donors this weekend was much the same as during past solicitations the past 18 months. Mostly working class folks & professionals, a few from local business owners (a $2,400 check from the owner of the local Culvers ice cream resturant). I've noticed that greasy clothed men in beat up pickup trucks are more likely to hand over a $50 or $100 bill than the folks in the late model SUV. Mercedes & Cadillacs are seldom seen pulling up, tho the expensive work trucks belonging to a plumber or electrical contractor are common. Also common are families with kids, old men in battered military caps and a small wad of one dollar bills in their hand. Scars, bad legs, and a battered Purple Heart pin or sticker are common with that last lot. One that stood out was a thirty something woman with prosthetic leg under her clothing and the residue of burn scars on her face & neck. ..I did not ask.

There was also five year old Owen Lemming who hopes to be a veteran someday. i wont waste time hoping he wont be, or that he wont serve in the military. I will hope that his youth, health, and life will not be wasted by duplicitious old men maniplulating events for their own agenda, by the corrupt, and by panicked politicians reacting cluelessly to events and what the polls and 'experts tell them about which way the public is inclined.
Hi Carl,found this latest contribution of yours very interesting,particularly liked the part about the little boy that wants to be a veteran one day! lcm1
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It can get emotional talking to the donors, talking about their brother dead fifty years, or last year, and you have a lot of time to think in between.
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Lafayette Marine Corps League ran another of these street side solicitations today. $1502.00 in cash & checks, plus a uncounted ammount in new clothing & miscl comfort items dropped off. Former Sgt Mark Dolphini had another $3,000 from various donors he had collected in the previous weeks. Dolphini & the others spent six plus hours in the afternoon heat, he & two others in dress uniform. Among the folks who stopped to chat or donate were a gold Star mother with a second son also in the military, a couple military wives, and the sister of a badly injured Marine. The last spent over four hours helping chat up the other folk stopping passing out the information flyers, and generally standing in for her brother.
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The Lafayette MCL did another fund raising 4th July. Just short of $3,200 was raised in six hours during late morning & afternoon. Another $ 1,000 was brought in with a online auction of a flag. As usual the League detatchemnt will send the bulk of the proceeds to the Soldiers angels volunteer group at the hospital in Langsthule Germany. Looking ahead to when the numbers of wounded refurning from Afganistan/Iraq tapers off the Laf MCL is starting to examine local veterans aid efforts to support.
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Well, since the Tea Party grid lock on Congress, no money is forth coming. The American Legion, VFW, and DAV do a lot, as well as The Wounded Warrior Project(backed by Obama). And, yeah, the government has it's problems with vets, but the biggest tragedy is how John Q. Citizen doesn't care, that group that are 30 to 40, I've been told "So what..." when I expressed my service on line before.

It's just a part of being a 'citizen' soldier. We serve, we suffer and we're buried.
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gencallan... If you want to meet people who give a s...t about veterans do as Dolphini & his fellow Marines did. Make some signs, some simple text brochures explaining where the money collected goes to, find a good corner, post a flag and stand there greeting the people who stop to see WTF is going on. Saturday or Sunday Afternoons are the best, holidays better. This group intends to stand on 9 September - just before the 9/11 anniversary. What veterans aid organization you pass the donations to is your business. I'd suggests splitting it between a national organization & a local group. Dolphinis & Co collect between $300 & $3000 in 3-6 hours. They have started running online auctions in tandem with these stands. Simple items like a US flag are the auction item. Bidding has closed with $800 & $1000 top bids.

There are probablly other ways, but this one puts a bit of help where it is needed.
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Spent the better part of Wednesday to & in Decatur Illinois. Looked over a project run by D&O enterprises for providing low rent housing for homeless veterans. What caught my eye is the project is largely run by private owner with no direct managment form government. D&O is a family owned general contracting business operating in the Decatur region. D&O has purchased and rehabilitated three single family houses & is currently renovating a multi unit building of twelve efficiency apartments. While D&O retains control of the properties managment of the tenants placed in the residences is by a local church run charity with a history of sucessefull rehabilitation programs; drug treatment, work placement, legal & fianacial stabilization ect...

While D&O properties used private funds as its initial seed money for the project comercial lenders were unwilling to underwite the long term finance, tho they were eventually able to provide short term line of credit/construction loans. The bulk of the money has come from Fed, State, & local gov. funds, mostly grants. No suprise that regulations attached to the money (HUD, ect...) created a large increase in administrative overhead for D&O. The owners told me they have been able to deal with all that without biting into profits, tho it was clear they had to adapt drastically their administrative operation & significantly retrain several employees. It was al;so clear to me D&Os managment habitually dealt aggresively with problems rather than trying to cut around them like so many companies I've worked with. It was also clear within the first hour of my visit responsibility was pushed down to employees & the focus of managment was enabling the labor vs after the fact correction or micromanaging.

Again, this project has been conceived & run by the owners of D&O. It was not a city or state initiative & has been pushed forward by the owners without significant managment participation from outside organizations.
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Marine Corps veterans spent seven & a half hours Sunday 11 November collecting donations for the Soldiers Angels volunteer group and other veterans assistance programs. $1327.00 collected and other donations of comfort items. This is used at the military hospital in Germany where the wounded from Afganistan are received. The volunteer group provides assitance to the medical staff in pallative and comfort care to the wounded. A smaller portion of the funds raised have been used to reimburse the local veterans organizations & churches for assistance to veterans.

Link to local news story: http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/v...unded-soldiers

The Marine Corps League detachment has been regularly standing this fundraising event for three years, raising over $ 30,000 in cash and a additional amount in material donations.

Saturday, 9th Nov the Lafayette veterans organizations grouped together to organize a Stand Down for homeless and other veterans in need.

http://www.jconline.com/article/2012...down-lafayette

Reports from the organizers have preliminary estimate of approx 100 homeless or near homeless veterans received services @ the event & over 200 other veterans & family members received assistance or were other wise identified for further services, such as entry into the VA system, local medical treatment, employment leads.
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