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A card is nice, but giving back can be even better

Recently I've read some great articles about Xerox offering to send cards to service men, but what about their families here back in Oregon who's incomes have been cut by their spouses being over seas?

What is Oregon doing about that? Well thanks to a local talk show host Lars Larson, we have the Hometown Heroes program. This program helps families that are left behind by war, and sometimes can't afford the simple things.

This program was set up so people could volunteer their services to help family members of those who are at war protecting our country. You see, if you have a service or want to donate something to a service member's family, you just send in a Hometown Heroes Request Form  and you can give back.

Let's say that a family member of a service member needs their house painted and you own a house painting service, you could offer to paint their house for free as a way to give back. Let's say you own a glass company and a window of a service person's spouse has been damaged, you could offer to replace it for free.

What ever you have to offer, more than likely a service member's family may need it at some time, especially during the holiday season when money is usually tight anyway. You see, most service people don't get paid by their employers while serving over seas, and military pay usually is ¼ to ½ of what they make in the civilian world. Can you imagine what would happen to your household if your spouse's income was cut to ¼ of what you are used to them getting paid?

So if you live in Oregon and have a service that you could do for a service member's family, please take the time and fill out the Hometown Heroes Request Form.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 29 2007 01:23AM


Hi Todd,

I agree with you 100% on this one. You wriye about good hearted stuff. That's nice

Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago
Todd- What a wonderful way to give back to someone so deserving! This is not a case of welfare it is a case of giving thanks to the service men and women who are protecting us and our freedom! Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 12 years ago

Great postings - I sometimes think we forget about the families that are left behind when a service member goes off, I only wish we could remember them all year long. 

Thanks for the great links and keep up the great work.

Posted by Vincent McKamy, Realtor Fredericksburg Virginia (Samson Properties) about 12 years ago

The more exposure we can get on the subject the better, in my opinion! Keep posting!

Merry Christmas!


Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 12 years ago
Wow, Todd..this is an awesome way to give back. Just think what could be done if every town did the same thing. This is a great post!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) about 12 years ago
It is a meaningful way to show appreciation and support ours troops and their family members. Good post.
Posted by DDR Realty, Orange County NY (DDR Realty) about 12 years ago
Wow that is great.  I'm going to do some research and see if we have something like that here in Hampton Roads- especially since it's such a large Military oriented area!
Posted by Michelle Pine, ABR, GRI, Hampton Roads Real Estate (Kris Weaver Real Estate Team) about 12 years ago
Hi Todd ~  Thank you for posting this.  I actually know about this program.  One of our best friends has served three tours in the Middle East.  If you know anyone who has personally been there, the family is often left behind.  In Oregon, we have several terrific programs to bless our servicemen and women.  I will be posting a blog soon regarding those opportunities!  Thanks for sharing this one with the class!!  :)
Posted by Sarah Eubanks, Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public (Hill Valley Financial Services) about 12 years ago

Tom - This was such a neat idea when they introduced it in 2003 and I'm glad it survived!

Katerina - Exactly, these aren't people that are begging for it! It is usually friends of theirs that call and tell the hometown heroes program that they need the help.

Vincent - That is what is so great about this program, it is year round!

Charles - I agree!

Linda - I know you could get it started in your town!

Derrick - It is such an amazing program and a great way to give back for our freedom.

Michelle - Please get back to us if you find something.

Sarah - Not a problem, and please post a link to what you find here, would love to share it with my readers.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 12 years ago
Todd- I didn't know that this program existed. Thanks for letting us know about this!
Posted by Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker about 12 years ago

Alecia - This program is state wide, so feel free to tell any of your military friends about it!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 12 years ago
What a great way to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our military! This has sparked an idea in me for our airmen at Nellis. Thanks for sharing this.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 12 years ago
John - Please share!
Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 12 years ago

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