TownSquareBuzz is thrilled to “Paint McKinney Red” and bring increased attention and support to servicemembers, veterans and their families right here in McKinney and greater Collin County.
We are selling red T-Shirts as part of the national Red Shirt Fridays campaign to show our appreciation and support of sacrifice. The cost of the shirt is $15 ($20 for XXL) and proceeds will benefit Community Lifeline Center to provide services directly to veterans in Collin County.
The “Honor Those Who Serve” shirts will be available for purchase at the TownSquareBuzz booth at Bike the Bricks on Friday, May 27. Look for us at Mitchell Park. Check back soon for opportunities to order the shirts online.
McKinney is not a military town by nature, but many in our community have been impacted by the on-going conflicts in the middle east. Over 900 servicemembers from Collin County have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since Sept. 2011. Fifty-two new recruits to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are certain to go abroad in the comming months. Veterans, returning from multiple deployments, come home forever changed and encounter challenges with employment, education, health care, home life and more.
We are in the process of launching the TownSquareBuzz Foundation to raise funds to support veterans and families in our community and address their unmet needs. The Department of Defense does an excellent job with pre- and post-deployment care for servicemembers and families. However, many get lost in a bureaucratic abyss once their service is completed and they return to civilization. The uphill battle to assimilate begins.
Because we are not a military town, we don’t have the extensive support network and constant reminders of service and war that towns around Fort Hood and Fort Bliss experience. Yes, there are several great organizations that do their part for our warriors abroad and at home such as McKinney’s Operation Appreciation and Smiles Charity, respectively. But we must do more to remind others that there are veterans and families in need of daily support from our community. They have given so much for us, how can we give back to them?
Have you read our recent story featuring Nathan von Schleicher?
Won’t you join us in wearing red on Fridays to Honor Those Who Serve: Past – Present – Future?