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Military Reservists Disaster Loans
U.S. Marine Says "Send That Mail"

Washington – Small businesses that employ military reservists who are called to active duty, and are interested in applying for a Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) may now download the application from the US Small Business Administration’s website.

The MREIDL program provides loans to eligible small businesses to cover operating expenses that would have been met, but cannot be met because an essential employee was called to active duty during a period of military conflict in his or her role as a military reservist.

To download the application or for more info, visit the website at

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U.S. Marine Says "Send That Mail"

Fayetteville, NC (Home of Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne) – "We know that US troops across the nation and around the world appreciate the fan mail they receive," said G. B. Wiser, executive director of the campaign. One message from a young Marine read in part, "We are on our way to... fight the war against terrorism. One of my fellow Marines recently received a package from you filled with mail from ... the states... Could you please send more of these heartfelt letters... We can’t get enough of them."

Individuals and families all across the nation, in schools and churches, with campus groups, youth groups, veterans groups, and auxiliaries, etc., all across the US are already writing cards and letters to be sent to our military men and women at home and abroad in the Christmas, 2002 Fan Mail for the Troops campaign.

All that mail is sent to Friends of Our Troops headquarters where it is first mixed thoroughly, then separated into well over 1,000 packages of mail to be sent out. "The packages range in size from just a handful for small units up to several thousand for an entire base or one of the Navy’s large ships," said Wiser. "This helps to get an appropriate amount of mail to all those places and provides a tremendous morale boost."

As the continuation of the Vietnam Mail Call program established in 1965, there have now been more than 35 years of service to and support of our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and coast guardsmen.

An overview of how the campaign functions has been posted in the on-line photo album, In addition, there are special pages for schools, colleges, churches, veterans groups, and youth groups, as well as a Catholic page. The top participants nationally (organizations, individuals, churches, military, colleges/universities, high school, junior high/middle schools and elementary schools) are recognized on the "Top Friends" page, .../leaders.htm.

Special thanks to Jeanette Roberts of Susquehanna, who participated in the most recent campaign.

To learn how to help boost the morale of US troops all across the US and around the world, send your name and address to Friends of Our Troops, P.O. Box 65408, Fayetteville, NC 28306 (and mention where you read about this campaign).

P.S. Your military friends and loved ones can be the BMOC/BWOC (so to speak) when they receive a big package of fan mail to share with their fellow service members. Send their name and complete military mailing address – be sure the address is current and complete, along with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, if any. (You do not have to send in cards and letters to send names and addresses.) All military names/addresses will be kept strictly confidential.

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