<\body> Stories in America: Bake Sales for Body Armor

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bake Sales for Body Armor

The families of Iraq soldiers are having real and virtual bake sales to raise money to buy armor for their loved ones. I'm sure the rich beneficiaries of Bush's tax cuts will buy a cookie or two...if the families ask nicely:


Last month, in the wake of a Pentagon study that found side armor could have saved dozens of U.S. lives in Iraq, the Army signed a $70 million emergency contract with a California-based company for ceramic body armor.

But not all soldiers will get it, and some troops currently have the wrong size armor, so the need still exists, said Tammara Rosenleaf, whose husband was deployed from Fort Hood in Central Texas in December. The Bake Sales for Body Armor fundraiser also will provide medical supplies, communications equipment and other needed gear, she said.

"When I realized my husband didn't have the side and deltoid body armor, the feeling of desperation to have it for him was overwhelming," said Rosenleaf, who recently moved back to her native Helena, Mont. "It occurred to me that no one loves their soldier any less than I love my husband, and people would do just about anything to get the armor to them."

Rosenleaf hosts the first bake sale Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, and others are planned this month in New York, Virginia and Texas. Beatriz Saldivar of Fort Worth, whose nephew Daniel Torres was killed in Iraq a year ago, said she plans to help organize one soon.
Bake Sales for Body Armor is sponsored by Veterans for Peace.

9 Comments:

At 2/16/2006 11:30 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

"I'm sure the rich beneficiaries of Bush's tax cuts will buy a cookie or two...if the families ask nicely"

Did you check the prices on their web site? With an apple pie going for $45 dollars you better hope they got a tax cut.

Just an thought, but maybe some of the soldiers who don't want their body armor could give theirs to the guys who do....

http://www.defensetech.org/archives/002147.html
http://www.defensetech.org/archives/002077.html
http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,87152,00.html

 
At 2/17/2006 11:06 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

timmy, recruiting is down. I'm sure the military would be more than happy to send you to Iraq w/o body armor since you keep insisiting it's not necessary...that money will go towards Halliburton hand towels. Send me updates and I'll post them here unedited.

 
At 2/17/2006 11:22 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"...since you keep insisiting it's not necessary"

I'm not sure why you think I'm insisting that body armor is not necessary. I only sent a couple links where soldiers gave their opinions on the subject.

Perhaps you should offer your invitation to the soldiers in Iraq that don't have the expertise on the issue that you do.

 
At 2/17/2006 11:46 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I'll continue giving a voice to the families that are selling cookies to raise money to buy their loved ones body armor and I'm sure you'll continue linking to stories about soldiers who say they don't need it.

I know you have the soldier's best interest at heart.

When are you planning to join them?

 
At 2/17/2006 1:17 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

All I'm pointing out is that there seems to be more than one opinion on this subject.

How about we join up together? You go full-armor and I'll go helmet only. Then we buy one of those 45 dollar pies and whoever lives the longest gets to eat it.

 
At 2/17/2006 1:32 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

only if it's vegan

Seriously, if this war was being led by a democratic administration, all of these issues would be front and center.

It'll be fun and frightening to watch how the media drastically changes when and the Dems control all three branches of govt.

 
At 2/17/2006 2:04 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I must say, your confidence in Democratic adminsitrations is second to none. Having lived through a few I'm a little more skeptical.

I'm down with vegan...let's go for the apple.

 
At 2/17/2006 2:38 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I forgot the if.

IF the Dems ever control three braches of govt again.

 
At 2/24/2006 11:49 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Any diet the forbids hamburgers is blasphemous, and should be followed by world wide rioting, burning & pillagin'

 

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