Last Thursday, KESQ Channel 3 News did a story on about my art show this weekend. Though, I thought I sounded like a total 'tard in the video (watch Jayel Aheram stumble on his words and pull Bushisms in this KESQ Channel 3 video), it was worth it. Why? Because the news story highlighted my support for Soldiers Organized Services or SOS.
Soldiers Organized Services are a group of dedicated volunteers and their mission is to give free rides to servicemembers stranded in the Palm Springs International Airport and return them to the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. The non-profit organization was formed last year when Erica Stone encountered an injured Iraq War veteran who had just been released from the hospital and was returning to Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. He arrived at the airport at 5:30 p.m. only to find that the last bus to the Marine Corps base had already left thirty minutes prior. He would be stranded at the airport until the morning after. He, as is the case with many of the servicemembers that find themselves in similar situations, could not afford the $150.00 taxi fare ride to the base.
That night, Erica Stone gave this Iraq War veteran a ride to the Marine Corps base and Soldiers Organized Services (SOS) was formed.
I was one of the first marines they helped out last year and one of the first people that supported their cause. I donated my services and created their current website sosride.org
But they are in trouble. Due to the rising cost of gas (many of the volunteers donate their time and gas to drive the 100-mile round trip), funds for gas have been seriously depleted. If you would like to help out with words of support or a little bit of gas money, please do so at: sosride.org/donate
They are having a fund-raising gala November 9 at the Palm Springs Air Museum (tickets are 75 dollars) and they have live music and entertainment. The fundraiser aim to raise awareness about the organization's mission and also to raise some money for gas.
Every little bit helps. If you can spare a few dollars to help transport stranded marines and sailors and soldiers, just hop on to sosride.org/donate And please help spread the word. Do what you have to do. Digg it, tweet it, re-Flickr it, MySpace it, post it on Facebook, blog it, link to it, whatever, it would really help.