For our troops, and especially for the wounded and their families, life is often Day by Day. Today, however, it has to do with the wonderful Chris Muir and his Day By Day comic. It is particularly fitting that it is airing today, as Cooking with the Troops is at Brook Army Medical Center doing food and homefront events; and, tomorrow we will be at the welcome home parade for Eric Braman in Lafayette, Indiana. Our thanks to the volunteers and donors who are making it all possible. If you’ve come here via Day By Day, take a look around, tell us what you think, and help us out. With your help and donations, there is almost no limit to what we can do for U.S. and Allied troops, their families, and caregivers.
Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues was a success on many levels. The one that will have the most lasting impact is in the way we will be doing European operations in the future.
We will continue, of course, to work closely with the USO in Germany, and to do our signature event at the Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. However, we are going to be doing more.
The largest change is that we have been approached by another facility about coming there to do educational events with their Warrior Transition Battalion and TBI unit. There has been some interest raised in doing such an event elsewhere as well. And, we may even have the chance to take some of those interested in culinary careers on educational culinary tours in Europe.
What we need most to do this are, once again, sponsors and donors. With your help, we can and will expand to make the most of the time we have there to do the most for those who serve.
Know a company that would like to get multi-year display on a variety of platforms for less than the cost of a single television ad?
If so, we are now seeking sponsors for our Frontline Support program. This program has two fronts: efforts to help people on the homefront get needed items (especially tasty treats and nutritional supplements) to those on the front; and, reporting and activities on the frontline by members of Cooking with the Troops. The homefront side will see a new section of this website developed; recipes, tips, and tricks shared; and, we even hope to get some support parties organized to get lots of good things made and shipped. The frontline side will see at least one person go embed with the troops to report back, and — if permissions are obtained — even do a food event or two on the frontlines.
A sole sponsorship is available for less than the cost of a single network television ad (and even some local market ads), and major sponsors will have their logos and names on all videos produced, as well as links (and maybe more) on all posts. The videos will not only go up on YouTube, but will also be distributed by SOGMedia. Posts will go up on multiple sites. There is a bit more in work as well, but…
Here’s the video done to support this project by the excellent people at 3Media Partners:
Reposted from Blackfive
On July 15 & 16, Cooking with the Troops descended on Brook Army Medical Center for a series of events, culminating in the kickoff of our Homefront Support Program.
(Photo Courtesy Lucy Darby)
It all started with a Cuban lunch, prepared by some truly amazing people. When the chance to do some food events at the Warrior Family Support Center first came up, the first “call” that went out was to Valentin Prieto of Babalu Blog, and Marta Darby of My Big Fat Cuban Family. Val has been tormenting me for years with his tales of pig roasts and such at his “Man Camp” and I’ve been trying some of Marta’s recipes for a while now, but wasn’t satisfied with the results. Thanks to their willingness to volunteer, quite a few of us had the chance to learn directly from them.
Well, the new site is here, and we hope you enjoy it. Over the next few days, the site will be phased in, media added, and lots of neat things will happen. Let us know what you think about the new look, the new navigation, and what we are doing both online and in real life. Your help is what is allowing us to do as much as we do. With that help, we can make both this site and our programs better.