Monday, January 03, 2005

Forget Tsunami Relief - Give to the USO

Here is a quote from the New York Times:
"To drive just a mile from the shore where a tsunami came roaring in a week ago is to feel the calm apart from the storm.

The coast is a tableau of battered boats, smashed hotels and residents scooping mud from what is left of their homes. The immediate interior of the country and its residents show not a scratch.
That surreal contrast, economists say, helps explain the perverse likelihood that one of the world's largest human disasters may have a relatively marginal economic impact.

In the economies of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand and the other affected countries, the tsunami is likely to register more as a small wave, because the two industries most heavily hit - tourism and fishing - make up small percentages of the overall economy. "
The help they need will be provided by the United States Armed Forces, particularly the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. But who is watching their back? The USO and similar organizations, that's who! So send your contributions to them or to solid organizations that will re-direct any excess contributions to the most needy. One of my favorites is the Salvation Army. When my brother was in the Army, he thought they were the most beneficial to the troops. But Amvets, Paralyzed Veterans etc. etc. are all worthy.
Update: Two more are Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Soldiers Angels. Both are helping current active duty personnel.


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