Dear all OPCTJers,
I'd like to make a suggestion to help both veterans
and the homeless, as you have suggested to do in other
ways. You can host a potential veteran for Christmas
or New Years Eve. If you express interest, a sailor
will be delivered to you for the holiday of your
We have a military training facility near us, Great
Lakes Naval training Center. Sailors who can't afford
to go home are available for the "adopt a sailor"
program. They are away from their homes and virtually
homeless for the holidays, and probably will be
shipped out soon to Iraq. They no doubt hope that
their work there will benefit our country, but there
may be doubts as well.
Is there a message that you would like to express, in
addition to a lovingly cooked meal? It's up to you.
If they do not respond directly to your message
perhaps they will, in the spirit of the holiday and in
deference to their own doubts, pass it along to
someone who may be more interested.
I have business cards for the GI Rights Hotline that
you can give them, and am eager to give them out. The
GI Rights Hotline is a tollfree phone line devoted to
giving accurate information to active duty GIs who are
not getting it through the chain of command.
Typically callers want to know how to get out of the
military. It would be great to provide them with that
kind of information, wouldn't it?
The experience of those who regularly give out these
cards is that the immediate recipient doesn't express
interest, but NEVER refuses it and will accept it if
asked to pass it to someone who might be interested.
Let's spread the word at Great Lakes.
-P.S. The number to call to adopt a sailor is:
708-524-2415 (leave your name & phone #)
You might want to say that you were referred by me,
Judy Erickson. Please be respectful, and remember
that these people are willing to sacrifice themselves
for their country.
Please let me know how and when to get the GI Rights
Hotline cards to you. MANY THANKS!