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ODD ANGRY SHOT • JOHN CONNOR • to honour the Charge they made… You can help. here were 30 million English who talked of England’s might, “T There were 20 broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night. They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade; They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade. O 30 million English that babble of England’s might, Behold there are 20 heroes who lack their food tonight; Our children’s children are lisping to “honour the charge they made —” And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!” their dreams. Their original and ongoing “signature” program provides “bedside backpacks” to every severely wounded warrior returning to a stateside military treatment center, stuffed with an array of clothing items, toiletries, a CD player and music, prepaid long distance calling cards and more. Over a very few years the WWP has expanded to include educational assistance, “Warriors to Work” employment help, a disabled sports program, workshops on coping with combat stress, and other services too many to list here. WWP is non-profit and emphasizes empowering wounded vets to help themselves and each other. Go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org. The Fisher House Program is a unique public-private partnership which donates and maintains small, comfortable homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. This enables the families of our vets—many of whom could not otherwise afford it at all—to come and stay close to their loved ones during their time of greatest need. Since its founding in 1990, Fisher House has provided over three million days of lodging and now serves over 10,000 families annually. No family ever pays to stay at a Fisher House! Get details at www.fisherhouse.org. Gunshot wounds and IEDs aren’t the only problems our troops face. Many service families find themselves in dire financial straits when loved ones deploy— including activated reserves. Unmet Needs is a program operated by the VFW—Veterans of Foreign Wars—to offset loss of income and increased hardships at home. Funds typically go for everything from baby formula to school clothes. Most grants are under $1,500. Vermont American Power Tool Accessories, makers of drill bits and saw blades, kicks in 100-percent of the program’s administrative costs so every penny of your donation goes to a deserving military family. Please remember that when you’re buying drill From “The Last of the Light Brigade,” e-mails from readers wanting to do Rudyard Kipling, 1891. something extra for our troops during Just three weeks after the bloody the Christmas season, both those still in battle of Balaclava during the Crimean the field and those who have returned War, Alfred Lord Tennyson penned his to our homes and hospitals, many famous poem The Charge of the Light grievously wounded. You asked for Brigade, immortalizing the valor of recommendations on valid, worthwhile men who carried out a brutal, blundered order, and did so with matchless bravery, riding resolutely “into the mouth of Hell.” Almost 40 years later, Rudyard Kipling wrote The Last of the Light Brigade, calling his countrymen’s attention to the sorry, shabby treatment given the ragged survivors of that charge; crippled, homeless and poverty-stricken. If you haven’t read either poem in too many years, here’s your chance. I’ll wait… Long a friend to and champion of his beloved “Tommies”—British soldiers— Kipling pulled no punches in his “Honored” is good—honored and helped is even better. poem, “Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.” Thankfully, charities to give to, and I’m more than they responded—both personally and in glad to help. Christmas may be over, but Parliament. the need goes on. Thankfully too, our veterans, with Helping Wounded few exceptions, now receive better care Warriors—And Their and support than ever before—and I Families don’t have to appeal to shame with you The Wounded Warrior Project is folks. You know about our long lag- one of the best known of the post-9/11 time between writing and publishing, veterans’ charities, and a highly effective right? It’s not even Halloween yet, and one. It began with a handful of vets and I’ve recently received over one 100 family members and has grown beyond 78 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • FEBRUARY 2010

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