Huge turnout of patriots stood together to show open and public support for our troops and America. We welcomed many newcomers and familiar faces of friends we hadn’t seen in a while.
February 27, 2011
February 25, 2011
FUNDRAISER FOR A LOCAL HERO – NAVY CORPSMAN JAY RAFFETTO IS HONORED AT FUNDRAISER IN CHESTER COUNTY – 2/24/11
Special thanks to Chester County Sheriff Bunny Welsh who invited me and my mom to a fundraiser for Navy Corpsman Jay Raffetto at the Aneu Bistro & Wine Bar in Berwyn, PA. It was called “The Coach and The Corpsman” as former Eagles Head Coach Dick Vermiel donated his “Vermeil Wine“ for a winetasting.
Also present were 4 Marines and a fellow Navy Corpsman, who came to be with their mate, their “Doc”. The Marines don’t have “medics” so the Navy gives each unit a corpsman who becomes part of their Marine unit. These corpsmen are beloved by the Marines. Jay Raffetto was a special corpsman, he had completed a tough specialist school called “SARC” (Special Amphibious Marine Reconnaissance Corpsmen), its the equivalent of being a Navy Seal in the Navy Corpsman rating.
The Marines came to show the comaradarie they feel for Jay, they give him support and never let him forget that he is their “Doc Raffetto”.
Jay’s older brother Pete was there too, Pete is a Marine, served four years active duty and currently works in the restuarant business in West Chester.
It was great to meet Coach Vermeil who teared up as he spoke about Jay Raffetto. He said, “I’ve been in a profession where we honor people and hold them in high esteem, the all-pros and the all-Americans. I care for them dearly,” the coach said. “When you compare what all those great kids have done in contrast to what this kid has done – the real definition of a hero, the real definition of somebody worthy of emulation – it just jumps out.”
Jay was deployed with his Marines in Afghanistan and 4 months later was severly wounded by an IED, he lost both legs above the knee, his left arm above the elbow, and 3 fingers on his right hand. Thankfully, God graced Jay with a wonderful young wife named Emily. She’s 22 years old, they got married 6 months before he got wounded. He is making a remarkable recovery, his face is bright and clear and his morale is high. Please keep Jay and his wife in your prayers as he continues his therapy and recovery.
If you want to help our hero (Jay Raffetto), donations are gratefully accepted by the Chester County Hero Fund.
February 20, 2011
It was the windiest day ever! The winds gusted up to 60 mph and almost blew us over, but we stood tall and held our positions. As hard as it was, its nothing compared to the wind and sand storms our troops face everyday. We think about the sacrifices they make for us and that keeps us going.
THANK YOU TROOPS! THANK YOU MILITARY FAMILIES!
February 14, 2011
I couldn’t make the rally because I was in Washington, DC at CPAC. Thanks to Carol for taking this picture. I heard we had a great turnout and that Vietnam Vet Bud led the singing of the National Anthem and praying the Lords Prayer for our troops.
Thanks to all who came to show support for our troops and their families.
February 5, 2011
Sheepdogs always shine brightest on rainy days. We looked magnificent and felt great. Our mascot Victor was there to show his support and pride for our brave and noble troops.
Blue Star Dad Bill held the flag for us as we sang the National Anthem and said the Lord’s Prayer for our troops protection and success.
Bill’s son Billy is an Army Officer, an Apache Helicopter Pilot. He just arrived in Kuwait and will be in Iraq in a week.
Bill gave me a “Red Shirt Friday” t-shirt from his son’s Helicopter Unit the “8-229th Flying Tigers – Operation New Dawn”. I was honored to get it. I immediately put it on and wore it proudly at the pizza parlor after the rally.
“A little rain isn’t going to stop us from supporting our troops!” That’s the text I received from some College Republicans at West Chester University. I had driven to West Chester earlier and the sidewalks were covered with ice, but by 11AM, the ice melted and we were able to have our rally. We’ve been going for 3 1/2 years now and have never missed a Saturday.
Thanks again to everyone who made today’s rally one of our best ever. We got a ton of positive feedback. See you next Saturday from 11AM till Noon at the corner of High St and Market St in downtown West Chester, PA.
Thank You Troops! Thank You Military Families! God Bless America!