Thursday, September 01, 2005

Help those who are helping

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One of the amazing things about the Coast Guard's response to Katrina is that -- except for some of the aircraft and crews -- those rescuers who have been working up to this point are actually victims of Katrina. Many of these Coasties have lost everything, and yet they are dedicated to helping others.

Perhaps readers of this blog would like to help some of those Coasties. Here's a way to contribute and ensure your contribution goes to help needy Coasties.
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Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Hurricane Katrina Account

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, there has been an outpouring of compassion for those Coast Guard members and families hard hit by this disaster in the impact area. Many have expressed a desire to help.

In response, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) has established an account to receive contributions designated for that specific purpose. Contributions marked “Katrina” will be earmarked and tracked to ensure they are used first and foremost to meet the needs of Coast Guard members and families associated with Hurricane Katrina in accordance with normal CGMA policies and procedures. In the event there are funds left over after meeting needs associated with Hurricane Katrina, they will be placed in CGMA’s general account to assist members of the Coast Guard family in times of financial need.

Tax deductible contributions should be made out to "Coast Guard Mutual Assistance or CGMA" by check, money order or with a credit card marked in the memo area or noted for "Katrina." Contribution forms are available on the CGMA Web site. Click on "Contributing to CGMA."

Checks, payable to "CGMA" may be sent to the following address:

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 610
Arlington, VA 22203-1804

Secure credit card contributions may be made online through the CGMA Web site. Click on "Contributing to CGMA," then on "Credit Card."

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Tom Omri at Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (202) 493-6622.

Kenneth T. Venuto
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
To all of you concerned about your Coast Guard personnel (and we are yours; we work for -- and serve -- you, the citizens of the United States), thank you.

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