Soldiers Organized Services Needs Your Help

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    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.

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    sosride.org/donate

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    1. geeezelouise 67 months ago | reply

      Holy moly. I can't believe this situation even exists. I'm glad there are people like y ourself willing to remedy this.

    2. Violentz 67 months ago | reply

      You did a good job, don't be so self critical! I like how the show looks and how they displayed you stuff. Great job and good luck!

    3. Nagual. 67 months ago | reply

      150$ Taxi fare =S.. Must be quite a ride.
      Glad to see the situation getting some publicity though!

    4. striatic 67 months ago | reply

      you were terrific and didn't sound awkward at all!

      they also did a very good job of showcasing your work.

    5. bosquetango 67 months ago | reply

      Congrats on a great show and job promoting a worthy cause.

    6. vanman66 67 months ago | reply

      you were fantastic JL!!! I wish I could come to the show.
      Maybe you can bring me a print when you decide to visit Vancouver
      ;-)

    7. lomokev 66 months ago | reply

      you don't sound like a tard if anything the reporter sounds like a tard, i have been to the US loads and have never met anyone who speaks like that do they just put those people on TV?

    8. ADayOfAccusations 66 months ago | reply

      All I'm going to comment on is this ...
      How is it that all of you handsome, strong willed, proud men are all single?? Or have more than one married off lately?

      PS I'll spread the word on MySpace!

    9. Sadieshatterly 63 months ago | reply

      Jayel - I thought you were very articulate and communicated well your passion for photography.
      SOS sounds like a worthy cause , although it`s a shame it`s needed at all but well done for highlighting it and donating your work.

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