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Commemorative Wrist Bands to Support Walk for the Fallen
SOF-HEARTS Bands to Raise Money for Fallen Airmen and Their Families
SAN ANTONIO (October. 9, 2010) – When 15 active-duty Airmen take off on their 860-mile trek this Saturday from San Antonio, they will be armed with memories and a mission – to show that members of our Air Force Special Operations community are never forgotten. When they reach their first major city, Houston, on Monday, Oct. 10, they’ll be armed with something else – commemorative black-and-gold wristbands available for a $5 donation for those want to help the cause.
“We are honoring 14 Airmen this year who have been killed protecting our freedoms,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman, event organizer. “The silicone wristbands are a way for us to show solidarity with our fellow soldiers and their families, and a way for others to help us provide for those left behind.”
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarships grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel from all service branches that die in operational or training missions. Additionally SOWF provides financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.
The silicone band is band is black. “SOF – HEARTS” is written in gold with a “tip of the spear United States Special Ops Command logo on the left-hand side and a heart on the right. The Combat Control Association purchased10,000 bands and will be selling them along their route from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to Hurlburt Field near Pensacola, Fla.
Six teams of two or three members will relay through five states, averaging 15-20 miles per leg. Each team will walk approximately 150 miles during the 11-day trek, carrying a 50-pound rucksack and a commemorative baton engraved with a fallen Airman’s name. For more information on the route, team, and cause visit the Walk for the Fallen website, www.WalkForTheFallen.com.