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Skelton provides lists of organizations supporting troops, veterans, families
Skelton provides lists of organizations supporting troops, veterans, families

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2010) — While another beautiful spring is in full bloom throughout the Fourth District, many of our neighbors who serve in the armed forces continue to fight for our freedoms both at home and overseas. Enduring many personal hardships and sacrifices, our warfighters and the loved ones they leave behind continue to do their best to get the job done. Yet often times, their sacrifices go unnoticed by the general public.

So, to publicly recognize and honor those fighting for our freedoms, Congress designated the month of May as “National Military Appreciation Month.” Culminating with Memorial Day on May 31 of this year, Military Appreciation Month provides the American people with a time to remember our warriors and their families — both past and present — and show our support for these faithful public servants.

Whether you want to send a package, write a letter of encouragement, or offer a simple “thank you” to a service member, National Guardsmen, or veteran in your community, there are many ways to show thanks. In addition to reaching out to those in your own communities, I have included several links below that offer ways you can participate in Military Appreciation Month on a national scale. No gesture is too small, as I have seen first-hand how much a few words of appreciation can mean.

• The Department of Defense maintains a list of some organizations that will deliver messages and packages to service personnel. For more information, Click here.

• The Defense Department also has a list of many different types of support organizations. For more information, Click here.

Whether you have a day to help organize an event in your community or only a minute to jot an email to a young warrior overseas, I hope you will join me in thanking those serving in uniform, their families, and our veterans. Missouri has always been a welcome home for the U.S. military; let’s keep that tradition strong this May.

Ike’s military procurement conference

Missouri’s involvement in our nation’s defense isn’t limited to the preeminent military installations in our state or the service of our friends, neighbors, spouses, and children. In fact, many businesses right here in the Fourth District supply, advise, and contract with the American military. Defense spending is a major job provider in Missouri, especially here in the Fourth District.

Yet it can be hard for small businesses, especially those from small towns and rural communities, to navigate the complex world of doing business with the Department of Defense. That’s why, for over 20 years, I have hosted an annual conference that facilitates job growth by bringing Defense Department officials and local businesses together.

This year’s procurement conference, which will be held at State Fair Community College in Sedalia on June 4, looks to be one of the most popular yet. If you would like more information or are interested in attending, click here to view a brochure.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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