Thanks From The Troops

by Wayne Thume on October 21, 2014

TROW family:

The CFC has thousands of amazing organization worthy of your donations and support.  However if you did not have a preferred organization or wanted to expand your impact, I wanted to share some personal intel on one organization:

On my last deployment I personally work with Karen Grimord, the president of  Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (CFC# 12282), they literally provided a personal quilt for every wounded warrior we aerovac’d.  This quilt stayed with the member from the battlefield hospital all the way to their personal home.  It was a very touching gestured that was very moving to witness and meant the world to our wounded warriors.  They also provided hand sanitizers and dispensers that could be mounted throughout our treatment rooms and helped prevent the spread of disease.  They sent pallets of boxes filled with goodies, civilian clothes for our wounded warriors to wear, pillows, and other thoughtful gifts.  They do tons more.

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

The reactions and gratitude I personally witnessed from the warriors were priceless, I will never forget it and it truly made a difference.

Again this is NOT to steal or steer your donations away from your charities, but if you not know which organization you wanted to support or if you wanted to do more, LHCP is clearly worthy of your support.  Don’t take my word for it, check out their website:

www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org

CFC#12282

Serving America’s largest overseas U.S. Military Hospital, supporting wounded/injured military members hospitalized overseas in Afghanistan,

Germany and Middle East, U.S. VA hospitals. Their admin cost are only 4.7%

Plus they were awarded the Best in America: The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

Thank you all for what you do every day.  Our beneficiaries are fortunate to have you here on our team.  Have a wonderful and blessed day.

 

XX Maj, USAF, MSC,

Program Operations

San Diego, CA

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Erica Alecksen

by Wayne Thume on September 25, 2014

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is NavyPetty Officer First Class Jason D. Lewis.


Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, 21

Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


Erica P. Alecksen

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

EATONTON, Ga For a few hours, at least, everyone could suspend reality. As long as they talked about her, she couldn’t really be gone — not dead, no, not killed a world away, not lying in a coffin bound for Georgia.

And so they waited in line at Maurine and Harold Huggins’ home to pay their respects. They came from just down the street and from across the county, from New York and St. Louis and California. On a Friday grumbly with thunder, they recalled Erica Alecksen — granddaughter, daughter, sister, cousin, wife, friend, soldier.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills was first to stop by. He stepped through the doorway and paused to view her portrait in the foyer: Army Spc. Alecksen, 21, uniform pressed, hair pulled back, and smile in place. She was the second oldest of the Hugginses’ nine grandchildren.

“In a small town, everybody calls the sheriff,” Sills said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had so many calls from people asking what they can do to help.”

Erica — only her sergeants and officers called her by her last name — died July 8 in Afghanistan. Attached to the 978th Military Police Company, she was riding in a large truck when it ran over an IED, or improvised explosive device. The blast killed six soldiers.

Erica became the third woman from Georgia to die in the fighting since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. More than 240 U.S. female combatants have died in war operations since then.

With her death, the conflict came home to Eatonton, 80 miles east of Atlanta. “You knew she was over there,” said Bruce Morris, Erica’s youth pastor at Eatonton First United Methodist Church until she graduated from Putnam County High School in 2009. “You knew it could happen. But then you think, ‘It’s not real. It’s not right.'”

It’s unfair for someone who embraced life so fully to lose hers so soon, said Julia McKelvey of Chamblee. At 31, she’s the oldest of the Huggins grandchildren, Erica’s cousin. A native of Atlanta, she grew up visiting Eatonton, playing with the red-haired little girl who’d one day turn her gaze to the world beyond Putnam County.

“We were all so proud of her,” McKelvey said. “Joining the Army was her chance to become a woman and prove herself.”

She took a husband with her. Tim Bailey met Erica through her mom, Doria Alecksen. He went to a party at the Alecksen home, saw his co-worker’s only daughter and was smitten.

After that first meeting, “I never went a day without seeing her,” said Bailey, 23.

On Feb. 26, 2010, they were married. A month later, she joined the Army. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Erica transferred to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Bailey followed, finding work with a landscaping crew.

Those were happy times. Bailey recalled an afternoon when he picked up his wife at her shift’s end. From a distance, he could see the kitten tucked under her arm.

An older woman who lived near the base discovered the little creature in her garage, Erica told her husband. Not knowing what to do, the woman called the police — the MPs on base — and an officer dispatched Erica. The rookie cop acted decisively: She adopted the kitten and named it Peaches. Case closed.

“With her,” he said, “I never had a bad time.”

In February, she shipped off to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Erica called home nearly every day.

“You could hear happiness in her voice,” Doria Alecksen said. In one call, her firstborn cheerfully recounted how soldiers blew up an IED they discovered. “I said, ‘There are some things a daughter doesn’t have to tell me until she gets home.'”

She was a daughter of the wood and field, a country girl. When she was 8, Erica caught a small rattlesnake and showed it to her horrified mom. “I just reached in and pinched it behind the head so it couldn’t bite me,” she announced. At 10, Erica spirited tents, tarps and a cooler away to the far side of the family pond where she and brother Charles, 5 at the time, set up “base camp.” It was their makeshift home for the better part of the summer. When she was 16, Erica spent a week sleeping in a doghouse to make sure Angel, the family pooch, didn’t roll over on her newly born litter.

And, from one summer to the next, Erica often went to bed wearing a swimsuit. Why waste time changing clothes in the morning when you can be pond-ready the moment your feet hit the floor?

“She was always smiling, always happy-go-lucky,” said Haleigh Gunter, Putnam High Class of 2010.

She was a daddy’s girl, Lars Alecksen said. When she was 10, he popped open the hood of an ’87 Chevy El Camino to show his daughter its engine. Atop the V-8 was an air filter cover, held in place by a wingnut. “This is No. 1,” he said. Alecksen unscrewed the wingnut as the little girl watched.

They repeated the process about 300 times, taking apart the engine and making notes to ensure they rebuilt it properly. When it was finished, Alecksen knew he had a partner: They’d go on to restore other cars, to attend auto shows. One family photo shows Erica with a hand across her husband’s shoulder; her fingertips are black with grease.

Her father encouraged her to join the Army. Learn a skill. See the world. Then he found out what part of the world she would see.

“I thought, ‘Lord God, what have I done?'” Alecksen said.

Her service to her country is done. Erica’s remains arrived before daylight Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Family members watched as solemn soldiers removed the flag-covered coffin from a truck. A chaplain comforted them at 3 a.m.

Now, Eatonton awaits her return. Some businesses in the little downtown sport bunting in her honor, and others have signs welcoming her home. Funeral details are incomplete, pending the arrival of her remains. She will be cremated.

In addition to her husband, parents and grandparents, Erica is survived by three aunts, one uncle and her brother. Charles Alecksen, 16, wants to go to the U.S. Military Academy and be an officer in the Army. He is slender like his sister, but his eyes lack her spark — probably because he’s grieving. His is sorrow in a hard shell, not opened easily.

The visitation at the Huggins household ran late. It continued through afternoon sun and rain, and still people kept showing up as night fell. Some folks cried, but a lot more laughed. And, for a few moments, she was with them — Erica, their Erica. Her memory is greater than any roadside bomb.

 

Courtesy of http://13wmaz.com

Erica P. Alecksen

 

The funeral for Army Specialist Erica Alecksen was held in her home town of Eatonton. The 21-year-old soldier was killed July 8 by a roadside bomb on Afghanistan.

A military jet with Alecksen’s body arrived at Greensboro around 1 p.m., and a motorcade led the procession to United Methodist Church in Eatonton.

Members of the community lined the procession to show their support of Alecksen and to honor her bravery while serving in Afghanistan.

Throughout the funeral service, those close to Alecksen celebrated her memory through recollections and songs of worship and praise.

Alecksen’s sister-in-law, Danielle Swanger says the family is deeply thankful for the support the community is showing for their loved one.

“Thank you for being there and thank you for supporting us through this time. You know it’s a very difficult time for the whole family and we just want to say that we appreciate everything that they’ve been there for. The situation is tough but it kind of eases the pain because everyone, even people that didn’t know her is out supporting her and acknowledging the fact that she was fighting for us,” said Swanger.

Erica P. Alecksen

Courtesy of http://findagrave.com

Birth: Jan. 30, 1991

Death: Jul. 8, 2012, Afghanistan

 

Spc. Erica P. Alecksen Bailey, 21, of Eatonton, Ga., died July 8, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

SPC Alecksen’s remains will arrive on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012 at Greensboro Airport, Greensboro, GA. Her processional will travel Lake Oconee Parkway with an expected arrival into the City of Eatonton of 12:30 P.M. Her remains will be placed in state at The Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 103 West Magnolia Street, Eatonton.

A Service of Love and Remembrance will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M., Reverend Dave Hinson, Pastor, officiating. Full military honors will follow the service.

She is survived by her husband of El Paso, TX; parents, Lars and Doria Alecksen, Eatonton, GA; brother of Eatonton, GA; maternal grandparents of Eatonton, GA; paternal grandparents of Manitowoc, WI; aunts, Eatonton, GA, Oakhurst, CA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lacrosse, WI; uncles, Eatonton, GA, Tove Alecksen, cousins, Atlanta, GA, Eatonton, GA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Moorpark, CA; mother in law, sister in law, and other relatives and friends.

 

Erica P. Alecksen

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Jason D. Lewis

September 4, 2014

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Thalia S. Ramirez

August 11, 2014

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Jacob M. Hess

July 31, 2014

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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11th Anniversary “Ride For The Fallen”

July 25, 2014

Sponsored by Marie Steinmetz 50/50 Poker Run Aug 23, 2014 Sgt Kenneth W. Harris JR.Ride Proceeds Support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and VFW Post 4641 Dickson TN. Lineup at Dickson Union Cemetery, Ride ends at the The Coupe In Bon Aqua TN. If you can’t attend please forward event details. Thank you

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Sebring AmVets Truck Raffle

July 20, 2014

Sponsored by AmVets Post 21 Sebring FL, 2027 US Highway 27 S. Sebring FL 33870 Organized by George Gray 607-316-2676 Only 800 tickets for this raffle. Drawing held September 1, 2014. You do not need to be present to win. Contact George Gray (607-316-2676) for more info. This 48 International hot rod pickup has a […]

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Christiansburg, VA 5K Supporting Wounded Warriors

July 15, 2014

Sponsored by AXA Advisors, LLC –Make Checks Payable to LHCP Organized by Dakota Shepherd https://www.facebook.com/dakota.shepherd.969?fref=nf Saturday, September 27th run/walk is $25 or $20 if you are a veteran. Race starts at 782 New River Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073.  If you cannot participate or donate please invite and share this event with any one that might […]

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Norwich Annual Poker Run

June 4, 2014

Over 100 people gathered May 17, 2014 for the Norwich Annual Poker Run in Norwich, NY. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 189, legionnaires and friends rode through the chilly morning to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Over $5000.00 was raised! Bill Fowler, Sergeant at Arms, American Legion Riders Post 189 stated “We will […]

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Healing Heroes 2014

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Mark your calendar, this years Healing Heroes concert will be staring Leslie Satcher, Paul Aldrich, Casey Beathard, and Ed Hill is set for June 22. This year will also have special guest star comedian, actress, author, journalist, & radio show host Victoria Jackson!

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Jennifer M Moreno

June 3, 2014
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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying

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Hand Written Notes and Emails

April 24, 2014
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Hand written notes and emails of thanks like these are starting to fill in our Troop Thanks 2014 page.  “I would like to take this time to thank your organization and the people that work and volunteer in your organization for all that they provide for the men and women deployed away from their families.” […]

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Vehicle Donation

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The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project’s is now accepting vehicle donations through v-Dac.  A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation benefiting the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. . Don’t donate your car or truck to some […]

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2nd Annual Sebring Amvets LHCP Ride

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LHCP is in need of your help ASAP!

April 21, 2014
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1948 International Pickup Raffle

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