American Legion, Airborne Association raise funds for Wounded Warrior cruise
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:15 PM
ARLINGTON At least 30 wounded warriors and their spouses will be able to go on a week-long cruise ship ride later this year, thanks to Arlington American Legion Post 76 and the 46th Special Forces Company Airborne Association of Thailand.
More than 100 tickets were sold to the Thai dinner buffet at Post 76 July 13, at $12.50 per person, to raise funds for a Carnival round-trip cruise from Miami, departing Nov. 25 and returning Dec. 2, for these military members and their partners.
We did this because we saw how the press was belittling our soldiers, said Reed Johnson, director of the association. They werent being given the proper respect, so we wanted to give them a week, to show them that their service in the line of fire hasnt been forgotten.
Each cruise passenger selected is, or is accompanying, an enlisted service member who was wounded in action in Afghanistan or Iraq, has received the Purple Heart and has been decorated for valor.
Jay Lorenz, the associations Northwest coordinator, noted that theyve raised funds at similar events across the country, but he hopes to make the Thai dinner buffet in Arlington an annual event.
Weve love to be able to book 50 cabins, Lorenz said. This is simply a chance for these folks to get away from everything for a while.
Lorenz and Johnson touted the special forces numerous charitable contributions to the countries in which they serve, such as Thailand, as examples of their service that many Americans arent aware of.
Weve raised funds for dozens of remote schools in Thailand, so much that weve been recognized by their royal family, said Johnson of the association. Our soldiers do good work that a lot of their own countrymen often dont see.
Lorenz encouraged those who wish to contribute to the associations charitable causes to call him at 425-231-0193, or log onto their Web site at www.46thsfca.org.