Friday, October 23, 2009

SportClips/Defense Commissary Agency/31 Stadiums Tour

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-We kick off this week with Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of SportClips Haircuts. SportClips is a long-time supporter of VFW's Operation Uplink, and this Veterans Day they're donating a dollar for every haircut given in their 660+ stores. SportClips hopes to raise $125,000 on "The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year."

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-Next, we talk to Nate Thompson, friend of Joe Lusk. While training in Fort Rucker, Ala., they discussed how it would be amazing to travel the nation in an RV watching football. Unfortunately, Joe was killed in Kuwait when his helicopter crashed during a training mission. In memory of Joe, Nate is continuing with the dream, while raising money for a memorial fund set up in Joe's name. Nate, his brother Aaron, and friend Nolan Meyers will travel nearly 30,000 miles to see every NFL stadium during the 31 Stadiums Tour. This weekend, the VFW has given the trio tickets to watch the Kansas City Chiefs face-off against the San Diego Chargers.

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-To finish up, we have the director of the Defense Commissary Agency, Philip Sakowitz, talking about their worldwide chain of commissaries that provide groceries to military personnel, retirees, and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Those eligible to shop at a commissary save about 30% compared to other retailers. A single service member who shops regularly at a commissary can save about $1,000 a year.

We also discuss President Barack Obama signing into law a bill that provides funding for the Veterans Affairs Department one year in advance, a victory for all veterans organizations.

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