A Memorial Day Goal for Bob and Lee Woodruff

May 23, 2009 2:59pm

I received the following email today from my friend Lee Woodruff, and thought I’d pass it on:

"Hey Friends –  Would you give a dollar to someone who risked their life for you?  We are in a big push this weekend to try to get every American to give $1.00 (or better yet $5.25 – to signify the date of Memorial Day) to help our wounded troops. This is what Memorial Day is all about.

"Yesterday by being on CNN and CNBC to talk about it– Bob and I raised $21,000 just from people twittering and going to the website to give."

You may recall that Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while covering the Iraq War.  The Bob Woodruff Foundation iworks to provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families, and he hopes to raise $1.65 million by Memorial Day, May 25 — representing the 1.65 million troops who have been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

More on his foundation can be found HERE. It focuses especially on the 320,000 veterans who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and the more than 300,000 who have sustained psychological wounds.

Lee reminds us that "while we are kicking back this Memorial Day – there are thousands of men and women overseas serving their country, putting themselves in harms way. It doesn’t matter if you support the war or not— we are asking you to support the warrior when he or she comes home injured and forever altered."

One way they’re doing this campaign is on twitter through the "Tweet to ReMIND" campaign, asking twitterers to tweet their support for www.tweettoremind.org, asking people to donate $5.25 (or whatever they want to give) to ReMIND.org, and asking twitterers to become a follower of @remind_org on twitter to gain updates — and retweet and spread the word..

(Sample tweet: Please RT & answer @remind_org: Who is your hero? Please donate $5.25 to
support our troops. http://bit.ly/remind #tweettoremind)

"Thank you and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

"- Lee and Bob Woodruff"

A very worthy cause.

- jpt

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