Operation Recruiter Appreciation – May 17, 2008

It’s that time of year again! Armed Forces Day is almost upon us and that means we are into Operation Recruiter Appreciation mode! ORA, last year. was our first successful nationwide operation to show appreciation to our service members performing a vital mission while under continuous attack and harassment by the left wing fringe. These men and women, many of them veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, are little appreciated by the public and definite targets for the domestic insurgency. On May 17th, Armed Forces Day, Eagles will independently arrange demonstrations of appreciation at hundreds of military recruiting offices across the country. Each effort will be planned and coordinated by local Eagles, and each effort will, accordingly, have its own “hometown” flavor.

Mary-Sheba Graves has volunteered to act as the GOE point of contact for this effort, so that we may have one source for questions, answers, and suggestions. I ask all who are interested in either participating or getting more information to E-mail her at msgtex@sbcglobal.net.

So, what do you need to do to take part in GOE Operation Recruiter Appreciation? Use your imagination! Below is a list of suggestions, but feel free to come up with your own ideas of how to honor and thank our military recruiters.

Suggestions for ORA

  • Deliver a pizza and some sodas to the recruiter’s office around lunchtime.
  • Drop off some VIP movie passes you picked up from a nearby theater.
  • Set up a table outside the office (after receiving permission) with some signs/banners advertising GOE and, more importantly, your efforts to honor the recruiters’ service and sacrifice. Perhaps have some goodies and a card for passersby to sign, adding their appreciation to our own.
  • Have your kids help you whip up some homemade cookies and/or brownies, and have the kids deliver them. Once the ice is broken, the kids and recruiters will definitely enjoy the visit. Trust me!
  • Invite one or more of the recruiters to your home for dinner later in the week.
  • A simple hand-made card from a child, or even a smile and a warm handshake won’t cost anything but will lift some spirits and let our troops know you care.
  • Take a homemade sign saying “Thank you!” or “God bless our military” along with a few friends and stand outside a local recruiter’s office
  • During your visit, get some of the recruiters to pose with you for a few photos, so that we can share in your visit here on the forum. (Please remember to get permission to use their images/names)

You get the idea. We’ll leave times flexible, but I would recommend around lunchtime in your areas. Not only is it easy to tie in with food and beverages, but hopefully the recruiters won’t have to work too late on a Saturday. (I said “hopefully”.)

We do ask that all participants try to connect their shows of support with Gathering of Eagles. It’s a nice way for your particular recruiters to find out about our mission, and it will be the perfect excuse for you to share with them the knowledge that others across our nation are conducting similar shows of support and appreciation. Maybe have a homemade sign and/or business cards with our name and national, state and forum website addresses.

How do I locate a recruiter?
Find information on local U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard recruiters by entering your zip code at this site.

http://www.todaysmilitary.com/contact-a-recruiter

For an Army recruiter specifically, you may need to go to this location instead:

http://www.goarmy.com/contact/find_a_recruiter.jsp

What’s my next step?
E-mail Mary at msgtex [at] sbcglobal [dot] net with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Three initials of your choosing to be used to identify you on an image map and/or spreadsheet
  • Type of recruiter (Service or Services using this office)
  • Location of recruiter (City and state are sufficient if it’s the only office in town; include address if there’s more than one to choose from in a particular city/town)
  • How you are planning to honor our military recruiters (don’t be shy — give details!)

**I recommend to everyone who agrees to participate in this endeavor to contact the senior recruiter in the office(s) you plan to visit, to let him/her know your plans. They may have suggestions as to what the team might want or need to make their job easier, and you certainly don’t want to show up on ORA Day only to have the office empty.

Let’s let Our Recruiters know that we New Yorkers, appreciate them!

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