March 4th: Letters and Extended Deadlines

A Florida National Guard family celebrates coming home in December after close to a year's deployment in southwestern Asia.

Today is the day for the March 4th Letter  writing campaign to encourage Time Magazine editors to name Military Families as the “2011 Person of the Year.”

There’s a form letter here or you can use your own words. Mail  your letter to: TIME Magazine Letters / Time & Life Building / Rockefeller Center / New York, NY 10020.

My appreciation to milblogging.com  for highlighting this campaign and for providing the following links.

Military Family – Time’s Next Person of the Year? – explains how the military family fit’s TIME’s Person of the Year criteria.

I Have a Confession – explains why the movement and the upcoming letter-writing campaign are important.

Deadline Extended for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Applications

Eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries have two more weeks to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. It’s estimated 145,000 are eligible.

Congress created the Special Pay, $500 a month for service under Stop Loss Authority, for “involuntary extended service” between Sept. 11, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2009.

This is the most recent of several extended application deadlines. The Department of Defense Public Affairs Office includes submission requirements and service-specific links at http://www.defense.gov/stoploss.

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Nominating Military Families as Time’s “Person of the Year”

December 2010 homecoming for soldiers from the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 124th Infantry Regiment with Florida National Guard's 53rd Brigade based in Pinellas Park. Photo by: Army SPC Christopher Vann.

There’s a grassroots campaign to encourage Time Magazine editors to name “Military Families” as the 2011 “Person of the Year.”

Those supporting the idea do so not to “put military families on a pedestal” but instead to “recognize the indisputable impact they’ve had, and the resilience they’ve shown and continue to show, after a decade of dealing with their own effects of war and deployments.”

There’s a March 4th Letter  writing campaign that provides a form letter and prize incentives. For a copy of the form letter, should you want one, click here.

Or use your own words and mail the letter to this address: TIME Magazine Letters / Time & Life Building / Rockefeller Center / New York, NY 10020.

My appreciation to milblogging.com  for highlighting this campaign and for providing the following links on how to participate.

Military Family – Time’s Next Person of the Year? – explains how the military family fit’s TIME’s Person of the Year criteria.

I Have a Confession – explains why the movement and the upcoming letter-writing campaign are important.

March 4th is Mail Your Letter to TIME Day – explains the letter writing campaign (coming soon – March 4th [or, March forth! – it seemed appropriate]).

And this is just a fascinating and evocative pictorial timeline of the military family from 1917 – present day.

Supporters say “snail mail” letters are important and hope to generate a big impact by rallying folks to write and mail a letter this Friday, March 4th.

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