Brothers and Sisters,
Monday is Memorial Day. For many, the holiday is a long-awaited break from work that marks the beginning of summer. The long weekend is a welcome opportunity to spend time with family and friends, but we must take a moment to acknowledge the greater significance of the holiday.
Our Membership Assistance Program (MAP) is taking a step in that direction by funding care packages for our currently deployed members. This project was spearheaded by one of our own support staff member who is a U.S. Navy Veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield and knew how good it felt to receive packages from home.
The simple package contains much needed toiletries including ear plugs, cleansing wipes, and hygiene products; back issues of the NRCC Update and Carpenter Magazine; and lots of “gedunk” - a military term for junk food. Local t-shirts, hats and stickers round out the package, but the most important item is a card signed by the service members’ Local Brothers and Sisters.
The positive impact these packages have had on members cannot be underestimated. After Local 253 member Kevin Conlon received his package, he shared this picture along with a message “I cannot thank you enough for all the support from Local #253.”
If you have ideas for the Veterans Affairs Committee., or have information on members who are serving or who have children in the military, please contact Joanie Teeple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday and beyond, let us pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It is our responsibility to make sure we do all we can every day for the soldiers returning home.
Michael Capelli, Executive Secretary-Treasurer