America Supports You: President Praises Grassroots Groups
By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2006 President Bush called his meeting today with representatives of 10 troop-support organizations groups at the White House, “an uplifting and heart-warming conversation.”
The groups are all members of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting the ways America is supporting the nation’s servicemembers. They support the troops by sending care packages, meeting the emergency needs of military families, providing entertainment items and providing clothing for the injured.
“These folks don't really care about politics. What they care about is how best to send a strong message to the men and women who wear our uniform that America supports them,” the president said. “I want to thank you all for coming, and I appreciate what you’re doing.”
Bush said the groups represent the nation's values. “It’s a remarkable country when we have people who decide to step up and help men and women who are serving their country in a time of need,” he said, adding those interested can find opportunities to support the troops on the America Supports You Web site. “These are brave, courageous people who deserve the full support of the American citizenry.”
Those who visited with the president had met earlier in the day to share ideas and discuss challenges. While they were gathered they received a call from the Middle East.
“I want to let you know how much I appreciate and, more importantly, our troops and their families just so appreciate what you’re doing through your organizations,” Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication and public liaison and creator of the America Supports You program, said. She addressed the group by telephone during their meeting while traveling in the Middle East.