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In December, the SAME Coastal Carolina Post hosted a Care Package Drive to support forward deployed Marines, Department of Defense civilians and SAME members. The Post collected and filled packages that included letters of support and encouragement along with food items, books, DVDs and CDs, magazines, games, decorations, over-the-counter medications and toiletries.
According to Greg P. Sallee, P.E., SAME Coastal Carolina Post Secretary, the 2nd MEF/MHG (Fwd) Command Element, currently deployed in Afghanistan, will be the recipient of this year's care packages.
The day after Christmas, Huntington Post members Bill Graham and Mark D. Kessinger visited Staff Sgt. Geer and his family. According to Graham, meeting with fallen soldiers is a great way to offer support in a personal way. “We got to know Staff Sgt. Geer and his family, learned about his service and the incident on Sept. 28th that caused his injuries.” At the end of the meeting, Graham presented Staff Sgt. Geer a $500 check on behalf of Huntington Post.
The explosion threw Staff Sgt. Geer 5 ft in the air, leaving his left leg, back and left arm severely injured and fracturing his left hand and left leg. Commenting on his homecoming, Staff Sgt. Geer said "To have my family spend this Christmas together after having such a tragic moment for me is probably the best gift I could get for Christmas, that's for sure."
SAME has established the SAME Wounded Warriors Initiative that partners with Quality of Life + (QL+) to generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty. By harnessing the exceptional creative and engineering skills of students and faculty at Cal Poly, QL+ succeeds in developing innovative solutions that help our nation’s heroes live, work and play.
The Emerald Coast and the Panama City Posts co-sponsored the 2011 South Central/ South Atlantic Regional Conference, Oct. 18-20 at the Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Conference Center in Sandestin, Fla. The conference hosted various charity events, which received overflowing donations and support from more than 750 attendees.
One of the event's charities is Canstruction, a canned food drive that resulted in more than 3,600 lbs of canned goods that will benefit four local charities in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The fishing and golf events raised more than $9,000 for the Wounded Warrior Program. The funds will support wounded warriors through their rehabilitation and transition to the civilian workforce. Proceeds from conference entry fees and other donations were collected for scholarships and other Post uses. Each post, Emerald Coast and Panama City, garnered a total of $89,000 for their scholarship and mentoring funds.
What's next? Emerald Coast and Panama City Posts are already gearing up for this year's conference. Mark your calendars for the 2012 South Central/ South Atlantic Regional Conference, to be held Oct. 2-4 in Tampa, Fla. For a full list of upcoming regional conferences and other events, visit www.same.org/calendar.