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LA Galaxy Soccer Team Supports Military Via Appreciation Night

MilitaryConnection.com is pleased to let our users know of LA Galaxy’s Military Appreciation Night with special tickets.   If you are a soccer fan, this is the place to be.  They play Toronto so sign up before these tickets are gone!

The famed Los Angeles Galaxy will send their appreciation and support to the US Military by hosting an appreciation night during their home game vs. Toronto FC on Saturday, May 15th. In honor of this event, the Galaxy are offering buy one get one free tickets to all military personnel and their families.

The LA Galaxy will also offer discounted tickets to all other fans and visitors. Tickets range from $20 General Admission tickets to $75 Club Seat tickets (a $150 value). These discounts are just a small way the Galaxy is giving back to the community and supporting our military and their families.

In order to receive these discounts, you need to purchase your tickets ahead of time by contacting Kevin with the Galaxy at (310) 630-2235. You can also email him at [email protected]. The LA Galaxy Military Appreciation Night is simply one way the LA community is giving back and supporting our troops, past and present. Come give your support, too, and contact Kevin while there are still seats left!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lagalaxy.com/military.  Use offer code: Military

If you have any questions regarding this event, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Thanks for reading!

Katy Cryns
Staff Writer

Letters from Hollywood – Kevin Sorbo

Ladies this is one handsome dude! Kevin is known for playing the hero “HERCULES.” If you are a Science Fiction fan, you might remember him on the very popular series “ANDROMEDA” paying Captain Dylan Hunt. Kevin’s brother has had a successful career with the Army and we thank him for his service to our nation. We thank Kevin and the other wonderful actors who have taken the time to write these letters and for caring about those who serve.

Remember that May is National Military Appreciation Month. The next time you see a soldier, thank him for his service and if you have the means, buy him a meal.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com – The Go to Site

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Kevin Sorbo

Dear Troops,

A big shout out to all you guys and gals who are keeping America free. Not everyone in Hollywood is an idiot. Granted most of them are. But there is a group of us actors that appreciate all you have done and are doing to keep America safe. Mere words cannot describe the amount of praise I have for each and every one of you. I cannot imagine what you have to go through on a day-to-day basis, but have heard many stories from my kid brother who served 21 years in the Army. Lt. Col. Scott Sorbo. He retired a few years ago, but I am so proud of his service to his country.

I may have played Hercules on TV, but play is the key word. For those of you who are fans, I appreciate it. And I hope my silly little shows give you an hour of escape from the real world. But know that I am no hero. You are. Each and every one of you. God bless you all. My prayers are with you everyday. Please kick the asses of those whack jobs over there and come home safe. I will be over to visit sometime in 2010. Looking forward to meeting you.

My highest regards,

Kevin Sorbo

Bringing the War Home – How Spouses and Children Serve, Too

Recently, I received an email urging me to discuss something that I think holds a keen relevance to the current situation our country is in. The battle that the families of deployed soldiers fight daily while the world continues to move on around them is an under-appreciated topic. I think we often overlook the amount of energy the wives, husbands, children and families of active duty soldiers spend supporting their loved ones’ efforts, let alone just trying to get along each day. While the cameras of news stations are constantly rolling in the Middle East, bringing us visions of destruction and turmoil, the families of those soldiers are left to fill in the blanks and pick up the pieces of their own lives, while pushing forward for their loved ones.

There are no camera vans parked outside their homes, no front-page headlines and no recurring top stories on the evening news covering their efforts. And yet they are doing so much to serve their country here, while their family members serve thousands of miles away.

The extent to which spouses and children lend their creativity and skill to supporting their country is astounding, especially in a time when the waters are anything but still. These home front soldiers organize charity walks and events, hold informational meetings, provide support and comfort to others in similar situations and reach out to their communities in ways the average American wouldn’t even consider. They are full-time American patriots…and that’s just their side job.

They live two lives: a “normal” life and a soldier’s family life. The “normal” life consists of school, work, having lunch with friends, taking the dog for a walk, making dinner and standing in line at the grocery store among a plethora of other mundane details.

The other life is engulfed in planning, budgeting for events, making phone calls, creating flyers, email blasts and invitations, talking to vendors and finding loans all while raising children as a single parent or battling loneliness in a large and empty house. The war these families face may not be on a battlefield, but the turmoil they harbor is likely similar on some scale.

Whether or not this is news to you, there are things you can do to help support these struggling Americans:

  • Participate in events that support our troops’ return home, or that support them while they are away from their families.
  • Donate your time or available resources to a local spouse support organization, either by helping distribute flyers or volunteering at a local walk or event.
  • Donate your skills to organizations supporting the efforts of military families, i.e. offer free accounting services or financial advice, or volunteer your graphic design talents to help create posters and other advertising materials.
  • If you have the means, the next time you see a soldier out to dinner with his or her family, pick up the tab. It is an easy way to show your support for the efforts of the family as a whole.

No matter what you do, remember that the spouses, children and families of active American soldiers are fighting a battle of their own, one that goes unnoticed by most. They are the remnants of a war many Americans don’t see or feel, but they feel it every day.

Take notice. Lend a helping hand. It makes a world of a difference.

Sincerely,
Katy Cryns
MilitaryConnection.com Staff Writer

Letters from Hollywood – Karri Turner

Actor/Actress: Karri Turner

Karri Turner is a huge troop supporter who has many overseas visits to our troops. Her USO visits have included Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Cuba, and she’s a regular at Walter Reed and Bethesda. Karri is best known for her 9 seasons on the CBS series “JAG.” for her role as Lt. Harriet Sims from 1997-2005. She had recurring roles on “Heroes,” “The X-Files” and “Caroline in the City.”

Dear Warrior,

I want to take a moment to tell you how much your sacrifice means to me and my family. I am so incredibly proud to know you have my back. I have been overseas to visit you 10 times and am headed back for #11 for the New Year…so I’ve seen first hand the bravery and patriotism of our fighting men and women.

I want to also thank your family for their continued support and sacrifice. After visiting many of them in Walter Reed and Bethesda, I feel the pain and pride of your relatives. For every second you have served our great Nation, I thank you. For every time you might have been scared or worried…I praise you for your bravery. For standing up for freedom…I love you and support you. You stood up when we needed you and for that there could never be enough “thanks.”

I’m proud to have met many of our military…I pray that you stay safe. I believe in you and your mission. I AM SO VERY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WITH YOU ON MY SIDE!!!!

Lots of love!!

Karri Turner