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Monday, April 16, 2007

Charlie Brown Gives 10% of Contributions to Veterans Groups

You can give 15% of the contributions you received to your wife (and not tell your contributors) or you can give 10% of the contributions you received to Veterans Groups and let people know in your fundraising letters. Charlie Brown chose to do the latter:

Lt. Col. Charlie Brown Will Distribute Funds to Local Veterans Support Groups at Press Conference in Roseville on Today

Brown asks Politicians, Businesses, and Individuals to “lead by example on troop support”

Roseville: Retired USAF Lt. Col. Charlie Brown will be presenting financial contributions to a number of local veterans support organizations at an event scheduled for this morning (11 a.m.) at the Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall.

The event comes just days after Brown’s son deployed for his fourth rotation to Iraq , and in the wake of growing concerns about the wide spectrum of post-combat aftercare needs confronting veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan .

“We’ve all heard the troubling trends concerning PTSD, homelessness, suicide, divorce, and the myriad of other challenges that have faced past and current generations of veterans,” Brown said. “Many people may not be aware of the vital role that local groups play in delivering services to those in need, and how much they count on the support of private donors and volunteers.”

“This event is about highlighting their work, their needs, and what others can do to help,” Brown added. It’s about the shared obligation of people of all stripes—politicians, businesses, and individuals--to come together, put their money where their mouth is on troop support, and address a common challenge that will be with all of us for decades to come---no veteran left behind.”

Brown, who is exploring the possibility of a second run for Congress in 2008, issued a challenge to supporters back on March 13th to help raise $25,000 online by the end of the month, with 10% of all proceeds going to support local community based organizations that serve veterans and their families. Monday’s event will distribute the funds generated by that campaign to the Sacramento Stand Down, Nevada County Stand Down, and Sierra College Veterans Club.

Joined by other local veterans, Brown and representatives from each organization will deliver brief remarks at the event.

Lt. Col. Brown spent 26 years in the Air Force, and was a candidate for Congress in California ’s 4th District in 2006. His wife Jan is also a veteran, and his son is currently deployed to his fourth rotation in Iraq with the Air Force.

WHO: Lt. Col. Charlie Brown, Area Veterans, Representatives from Sacramento Stand Down, Nevada County Stand Down, and the Sierra College Veterans Club (including 2 recently returning veterans of the Iraq War).

WHAT: Check Presentation to local Veterans Support Groups with Press Interview Opportunities

WHERE: Roseville Memorial Veterans Hall, Front Steps, 110 Park Drive , Roseville

WHEN: Monday, April 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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