America Supports You: Donation Has Troops Home for Holidays
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2007 Operation First Response, dedicated to supporting the nation's wounded servicemembers and their families, is flying high after receiving a generous Christmas gift with far-reaching benefits.
Operation First Response is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program showcasing the ways Americans are supporting the nation’s servicemembers.
Part of the group’s mission is to facilitate flights for wounded servicemembers and their families. A generous donation of 1.5 million frequent flyer miles this Christmas helped Operation First Response make the season a little brighter for 27 servicemembers who were able to get home for the holidays.
James M. Cashman, president of Cashman Companies in Dorchester Center, Mass., donated the frequent flyer miles to help make that possible, requesting that Operation First Response send as many wounded heroes home for Christmas as possible. Cashman is the third generation of his family working in the marine construction business.
“Mr. Cashman gave 27 wounded heroes and their families a special memory and new meaning to the phrase ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’” Peggy Baker said. “In most cases (Operation First Response) is involved with a family during a very traumatic time. This donation enabled us to share a special gift with them and their families.”
Using donated frequent flyer miles, when they’re available, to purchase flights leaves general funds available to help Operation First Response assist families with financial needs.