Oct 16, 2014

Troopathon 2014 & Gary Sinise: Supporting Troops and Providing Them With Care Packages

Troopathon is an organization dedicated to providing front-line troops care packages from the homeland.
I remember how great it was when receiving a 'care package' from home while serving overseas – filled with snacks and homemade goodies.
Actors, musicians, athletes, elected officials, and military veterans have all contributed to this great cause; folks like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, General David Petraeus, Hulk Hogan, Gene Simmons, Robert Davis, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Herman Cain, Ned Vaughn, Rick Perry, Paul Stanley [KISS], Kelsey Grammer [Frazier], and many others.

Organizations like Stag Arms Factory also provide the beneficial support.
Important firearm safety tip reminders:
  • Always wear ear and eye protection. Yellow shooting glasses rated at least ANSI Z87.1 standard are recommended. Yellow lenses will provide more clarity. Glasses made of polycarbonate like those used by US Armed Forces is best. In the past, aviator type glasses were popular, but the GI wrap-around glasses or goggles provide better protection from debris flying from the side. Be sure they have the proper airflow to prevent fogging. Ear protection can be anything from the cheap spongy inserts to the electronic muffs. An ear protection system is now available that combines ear muffs and wrap-around shooting goggles into one system that is designed to worn comfortably with a hunter's hat or military helmet.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction – 'down range' as the military folks say. This is the first rule of firearm safety. If a firearm accidentally discharges, people will be surprised, but unhurt. A safe direction is up in the air, down at the ground – away from people or objects like vehicles.
  • Handle a firearm as if it is loaded at all times – even if you know it is unloaded. The pointed direction rule applies.
  • Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Do not have a finger inside the trigger guard. As with concealed carry weapons, when drawing a firearm, your finger should be outside the trigger guard and the 'trigger finger' not touching the trigger until the firearm is raised and pointed where you want to shoot.
  • Use the safety features – that is what they are provided for by the manufacturers.
Here is a clip from award winning film Forrest Gump based on the novel, that made Gary Sinise popular.
I also enjoyed his acting in the Stephen King film, The Mist

Gary is dedicated to support troops, not just with funds ...
Gary shows that you do not have to be a warrior to be a great patriot. He has become the patron saint of veterans, especially wounded veterans.
This page is dedicated to Gary and those like him who appreciate those who have given so much in service of their country - dedicated to them as well.
Visit Gary Sinise Foundation and see what you can do to help.

Video - Gary portraying George Wallace ...

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