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Helping returning warfighters: Operation Jump Start

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Update: We spoke with Ed Meagher, the former deputy CIO at Interior and Veterans Affairs, now with SRA, on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. You can hear that conversation hear.

There is an absolutely wonderful program that helps warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they “jump start” the rest of their careers. The program is called Operation Jump Start. And it is a great way to help others.

There is an actual event on Tuesday, Jan. 27  at the Army Navy Club in Arlington, VA. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a single place where you can find information. You can register here… and I’ve posted all the information after the break. That includes all the ways you can help… and there are many ways you can help out.

If you are not able to get there on that day, you can send it here to Federal News Radio 1500 AM and I will personally make sure it arrives. Our address here… and more information about the event… after the break.

Here is Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s address:

Federal News Radio 1500 AM

3400 Idaho Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20016

Here is the information on the event:

Representatives from:
1105 Government Information Group

The Fifth Annual Operation Jump Start V
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 5:30 – 8:30PM
The Army Navy Club in Arlington, VA

Registration Information
Please register using the online registration form
Registration required by 1/23/09

Please join the organizing sponsors, Federal CIO Council, 1105 Media and ITAA on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, from 5:30 – 8:30PM at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Virginia, as we hold our fifth annual “Operation Jump Start V” event to help the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom transition to civilian careers. The event is also supported by AFCEA-Bethesda, AFFIRM and IAC and open to all who want to give.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Chairs from our CIO community – Lisa Schlosser, CIO HUD and Rob Carey, CIO Navy – Both have served tours of duty in the past two years in theatre as reservists in the Army and Navy.

Also, come learn about the volunteer internship program that is underway to assist these brave young men and women establish themselves in alternative careers and discuss how you and your organizations might participate.

The price of admission is a donation to support the soldiers as they “jump start” their new career. Other suggested and valued donations are as follows:

All Phases: Cash donations
Cash donations are always appreciated and will go into a special, non-profit, tax-exempt fund established for the soldiers and their families. Make checks payable to the 501(c)3 organization The Aleethia Foundation, Tax id #51-0529300.

This fund is used 100% to support special needs for the recovering soldiers and their families as they work to build new lives, whether it is a “first month/last month” deposit, bills forgotten while recovering or to meet other educational/emotional needs.

Phase 1: Still in the Hospital, Keeping in Touch, Building up Strength
1. Gift cards in $5 increments from Dunkin Donuts or Burger King (all at the hospital).
2. Gift cards for a nice meal out with the family – Macaroni Grill is close to Walter Reed (Takoma Park/Silver Spring metro) – in increments no larger than $25 please

Phase 2: Transitioning to the Work Force, Moving Up and Out
1. Dry-cleaned mens and ladies suits, coats, ties, etc. for office wear. This is not a clothing drive; emphasis is on mint quality, not quantity. Donate only what you would be proud to see our soldiers wearing as they dress for success on the way to a new career. PLEASE MARK CLOTHES with a TAG indicating the SIZE of the item (makes disbursement easier). SPECIAL NEED FOR LARGER SIZES 44 -48+!!
2. Gift Certificates to the following stores (in increments of $20-25 denominations — makes disbursement easier). All are within easy access of Walter Reed/Navy Bethesda.
a. Target *** daily shuttle
b. Macys
c. Safeway
3. Thumb drives
4. New Laptops

NOTES on Gift cards: Starbucks is not so popular primarily because they aren’t around the hospital. Visa cash cards are hard for them to use as many places won’t accept them!!! So… while the generosity is much appreciated, those cash cards seem to be difficult to use unless they go to a bank.

To Register: Please register using the online registration form. Registrations will be accepted through January 23rd.

Event Details
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and the music of the Bank Street Band. There will also be a cash bar. We will also have special VIP visitors from Walter Reed Medical Center and anticipate a full house, so registration is required!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
5:30 – 8:30PM
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

What has made this event so successful in the past is that everyone is there to give back to the soldiers for giving so much for us. Although the event is sponsored by several organizations and companies for monetary and organizational support, all are doing this for one purpose – the soldiers.

Directions to the Army Navy Country Club can be found at:

We are seeking some enthusiastic volunteers to assist with planning and running the event, so please indicate this on your registration if you’re interested.

There are corporate sponsorship opportunities for this event as well. Any proceeds not used to cover costs, will go 100% to the Aleethia Foundation. Please contact: Jennifer Kerber at ITAA

If you are unable to attend the event, but have donations to provide, please give them to a colleague who is attending, as there will be no pre-collections for the event.

Planning Committee:

Leslie Barry, GTSI,
Sara DeCarlo, Nortel,
Renia Harper, ITAA,
Jennifer Kerber, ITAA,
Jeannie Lehowicz, WRAMC,
Ed Meagher, SRA,
Mary Niven, AT&T,
Donna Russell, 1105 Media,

Written by cdorobek

December 23, 2008 at 2:17 PM

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  1. We have a large number of men’s dress shirts, several suits, khakis, belts….all in the larger sizes and all in excellent condition. Also ladies dress suits and some dress coat in smaller sizes.

    There are a lot of items. Is it really OK to bring a large quantity to the radio station address?


    Peggy Kelley

    January 5, 2009 at 3:20 PM

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