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‘Stand Down 2012’ to be held Nov. 3

October 31, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

In honor of our military troops and their families, the Military Support Program of Lee Memorial Health System will take part in the first "Military Appreciation Day" on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

"This day is about acknowledging what our veterans have done for us. It's about making sure they have what they need. It's our turn to take care of them," said Kim Gaide, coordinator of the Military Support Program of Lee Memorial Health System, in a prepared statement.

All military and their families are welcome to join in the festivities, which will begin with an opening ceremony by Honorary Chairpersons, General James Shelton and Wounded Warrior Michael Araujo. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as daycare services - with a reservation - allowing you freedom to enjoy some of the many activities while we sweat the small stuff. Shop the free PX, receive assistance with VA benefits, health screenings, and more.

Businesses and organizations who have stepped up for this event are: LeeSar, Busey Bank, Juniper Village, Latin American Motorcycle Association, St. Hilary's Church, Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, ABC Pest Control, Salon Professional Academy, South Seas Tees, Plastic Letters and Signs, Carl's Bicycle Repair, Fort Myers Police Department Bicycle Patrol and Hanser Family Foundation.

The Military Support Program began fundraising in 2003 and has won several awards in its endeavor to support our military. Much help is needed, as the program is volunteer based and sends care packages monthly to deployed troops.

For more information, or to make daycare reservations, please call the Military Support Hotline at 239-343-2045.

Military Appreciation Day was created through a collaboration of efforts by the following organizations:

Military Support Program of Lee Memorial Health System

Jewish War Veterans Post 400

Disabled American Vets #108

Vietnam Brotherhood Bravo Company

Vietnam Veterans of America Firebase #594

Veterans of the Glen

American Red Cross

American Legion Post #38

First Christian Church



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