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Parade/Job Fair for Tennessee's Iraq and Afghanistan Vets

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Organizer: Daniel Horwitz Beneficiary: Tennessee's Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans

Since the end of the Iraq War, cities across the nation have held "Welcome Home" parades to thank our veterans for their extraordinary service. It's time for Nashville to join them.

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In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. and its allies launched a “Global War on Terrorism” against terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South East Asia. The first stage of this war was the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan.  Shortly thereafter, the coalition forces invaded Iraq.  Although the U.S. completed its withdrawal from Iraq in December of 2011, the missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan still continue with reduced forces.

The number of U.S. military service members deployed during the more than 10 years since the Global War on Terrorism began now exceeds two million.  More than 4,500 service members have lost their lives, and an additional 30,000 were wounded in action during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn.

Our service members do not suffer these injuries and illnesses alone.  Most of our soldiers are married, and over 75% have dependents.  During the past decade, these families have endured multiple lengthy deployments, frequent relocations, upheaval in family routines, and the very real threat of harm befalling their loved ones.  The hardship and stress of service also does not end when service members return home.  Coping with and managing a service member’s physical and/or psychological disability, occupational and financial challenges, and altered family roles are common and sometimes permanent difficulties.

The Welcome Home Parade is an event to show America’s fighting men and women that a grateful nation wants to do more for them than tie a Yellow Ribbon around its trees.  We are a nation that is free because of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families.  We are a nation that wants to honor those sacrifices in every way we can by thanking, acknowledging and celebrating our veterans for their extraordinary service.

An enthusiastic team of veterans and veteran supporters here in Middle Tennessee is organizing this parade and job fair to benefit Tennessee’s Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans at the War Memorial in Nashville, TN on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which is Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s birthday.  This event, which is expected to draw several thousand people, is now seeking military-friendly sponsors.  All donations exceeding the cost of holding this event will benefit a Tennessee veterans employment fund.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Daniel Horwitz at daniel.a.horwitz@gmail.com to obtain a sponsorship form.  

The Tennessee Welcome Home Heroes Committee encourages corporations, businesses, non-profit groups and individuals to sponsor this event to support veterans and their families.  There are seven separate sponsorship levels:

Medal of Honor Level ----------------   $10,000 and up

Purple Heart Level -------------------   $5,000 -$9,999

Silver Star Level-----------------------  $2,500 - $4,999

Bronze Star Level ---------------------  $1,000 - $2,499

Gold  Level ----------------------------  $500 -$999

Platinum Level ------------------------  $100 - $499

Citizen Level (individuals only) ------  $0 - $100


All donations will be accepted -- and all funds will be disbursed -- by Operation Stand Down Nashville, a full service veterans non-profit organization in Nashville, Tennessee.  Donations are fully tax deductible.  

The names of the event’s sponsors will be proudly displayed on the event website, which will go live on April 14th, 2014, and will also be publicly acknowledged during the event itself.  The first “Medal of Honor” level sponsor to commit to this event will be named the event’s main sponsor, and this event will thereafter be referred to in all media correspondences as the “Welcome Home Parade and Job Fair Sponsored by [Event Sponsor].”

This is a wonderful way for corporations, businesses, community groups and individuals to support Tennessee’s veterans and veteran families.  These families have sacrificed and served our great country with honor and distinction, and they deserve the support of a grateful nation.  If you are a business, we ask that you consider participating in the veterans job fair as well.    

If you have any questions about this event, or if you would like to participate in the job fair, please email Daniel Horwitz at daniel.a.horwitz@gmail.com or Iraq War veteran Michael Blazer at michael.blazer84@gmail.com.  

If you would like to participate in the parade, please email Iraq War veteran Brandi Majerus at bmajerus@ymail.com.

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Updates

05/24/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Thank you to the Leaf Chronicle for its excellent coverage of this event!  Please help us spread the word!

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/viewart/20140517/NEWS01/305170003/Nashville-welcome-home-Iraq-Afghanistan-War-veterans
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04/04/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Thanks for the great coverage, News Channel 4!

 http://www.wsmv.com/story/25134516/nashville-welcome-home-parade-for-veterans-needs-your-help
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04/03/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Thanks for the great coverage, News Channel 4!

 http://www.wsmv.com/story/25134516/nashville-welcome-home-parade-for-veterans-needs-your-help
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04/02/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Thanks for the great coverage, News Channel 4!

 http://www.wsmv.com/story/25134516/nashville-welcome-home-parade-for-veterans-needs-your-help
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04/02/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Thanks for the great coverage, News Channel 4!

 http://www.wsmv.com/story/25134516/nashville-welcome-home-parade-for-veterans-needs-your-help
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03/30/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
We just created a facebook page to help get the word out about this event.  Join now!

https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleWelcomeHomeParade
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03/27/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Walgreens has generously agreed to pledge $1,000 in support of this event and to participate in our veterans job fair!  Thank you so much!
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03/12/2014
by Daniel Horwitz
Due to a conflicting event that has been scheduled on War Memorial Plaza on May 17th, this event has been rescheduled and will now be held on June 14th, 2014.  Thank you for your continued support.  
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