This amazing lady has gone above and beyond to honor our troops! It's really a wonderful gesture that Jeffrey Wolf and many others want to honor her now. Ft. Hood is here in Central Texas and a huge base. We used to be able to meet the troops at DFW, however, they changed the routing and now most connect via Atlanta. It's one of the most heartwarming experiences ever! If you should have the opportunity, by all means please participate. They are almost overwhelmed by the support! I've been a volunteer with Soldier's Angels since I retired in 2003 and you feel like you can't do enough to support these young people (predominantly) that are living in a sand box, 120+ temps in the summer, not enough to eat, their supplies are lacking and our government is NOT doing enough! Sorry, that's how I feel and what I've seen. They are so appreciative of a card, letter, CARE package, socks, blankets ~ it gets extremely cold in the mountains during the winter. Can you imagine not being able to shop for the bare necessities...especially the products that females require? If you ever feel like you'd like to help support them, there are a jillion and one ways to do so! Just check outthe Soldiers Angels website
Remember, they put themselves in harm's way daily to protect us...
Now...to the original subject matter ~ The Hug Lady!
To the almost 500,000 troops who have met Elizabeth Laird, she is known as the Hug Lady. Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, Elizabeth has wanted to be sure our troops going off to war knew someone cared for them and was praying for their safe return. She has diligently shown up for almost every flight in and out of Fort Hood to the Middle East. Elizabeth has been doing this for 12 years, and hugged an estimated half a million troops.
I learned about Elizabeth Laird when I came across a fundraiser for her on Facebook. This remarkable woman hasn’t just been there for our troops, she has been battling cancer the past 10 years. Despite being a tough fighter, the cancer is starting to wear Elizabeth down. She was recently in the hospital for 5 days, and has been told she can no longer live alone.
I started this petition to help commemorate Elizabeth Laird’s dedication to our troops. I’m calling on the Department of Defense to name the Fort Hood Deployment center the Elizabeth Laird Deployment Center. It would be a small gesture, but would go a long way toward celebrating this great woman, who represents so much of what makes our country great.
Elizabeth will soon be celebrating her 84th birthday, and I can’t think of a better gift for her. With the love and support Elizabeth has given to the troops passing through the Fort Hood Deployment Center over the years, the least they could do is honor her by renaming the facility. It will help ensure that the great spirit of Elizabeth will be remembered for many years after her last day on earth has come and gone.
Let’s all pull together and make this happen! Please sign and be sure to share this petition with everyone you know. Thanks so much!
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