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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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Are you going to let the kids of America's wounded heroes be forgotten at Christmas?

Help our Veterans

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014 I know you've been a loyal friend to burned, blinded, paralyzed and traumatic brain-injured veterans and their families in the past.

So if you've already sent a Secret Santa gift to help our severely disabled troops give their children a nice Christmas, thank you. Treat yourself to cookies and milk on Christmas Eve - you deserve it.

But if you haven't had a chance to play Secret Santa yet, please make your gift today.

I know you wouldn't want even one child of a struggling military family to be left out on Christmas morning.

And I know it saddens - and perhaps even angers - you that they are waiting months for their benefits to kick in, many of our disabled heroes have to scrimp and save just to cover the cost of food and rent.

Come December, Christmas gifts might be out of the question.

But every child of a wounded hero deserves at least one present from Santa, whether their parents can afford it or not.

That's why the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes created the 2014 Secret Santa Project. Using gifts from our faithful supporters, we surprise our wounded warriors with $500 so they can provide their families with Christmas presents.

But with time running out on our Secret Santa Project, it's critical that you make a tax-deductible Christmas donation right now.

Imagine the joy you'll bring to a child like Army Cpl. Brandon Boyd's daughter (who I mentioned a few days ago) on Christmas when she opens presents that Mom and Dad were unable to buy due to emergency expenses such as paying the rent or making a car payment.

So put on your imaginary Santa hat and make the most generous Christmas donation you can to the Coalition's Secret Santa Project today.

And on December 24th, just know that you played a critical role in brightening Christmas morning for an innocent child of a severely wounded hero.


Major General John K. Singlaub Signature

Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)

Major General John K. Singlaub U.S. Army (Ret.)

P.S. Your Secret Santa gift of $25 or $30 could help provide a little boy with a “Thomas the Train” toy, just like he asked Santa to bring.

A donation of $50 could help put a new video game under the tree for him on Christmas morning. . . . . $100 could help give a little girl the bicycle her own parents had planned to buy - until they got behind on the electricity bill and couldn't risk a cutoff during the Christmas Season. . . . $250 could put presents under the tree for a severely wounded hero's entire family on Christmas morning.

And an especially generous tax-deductible Christmas gift of $500, $1,000 or more could help Mom and Dad put presents under the Christmas tree AND have enough left over to pay a few overdue bills and put Christmas dinner on the table.

Who knows, maybe your Christmas gift will be sent to a struggling military family near you. Thank you for all you've done and all I hope you will continue to do for these families. We couldn't do it without you.

Christmas 2014
Providing Emergency Aid to Troops Severely Disabled in the War on Terror
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes | PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | | 1-888-447-2588
CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

Photos of the Week (12/21/14)

Photos of the Week

1) New York Fire Department personnel saluted as an ambulance and motorcade carrying one of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead passed by an FDNY honor guard in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday. The officers were shot at 2:47 p.m. by a gunman who walked up to their parked car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and without warning fired through the passenger side window, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. "They were, quite simply, assassinated," said Bratton. Police said the armed man ran into a subway station and committed suicide. Photo: CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters

2) Investigators work at the scene near the officers' patrol car. Photo: John Minchillo / AP

3) A police officer wipes tears away from his face as he walks away from the scene of the shooting. Photo: Carlo Allegri / Reuters

4) Hostages flee with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe during a standoff on Dec. 15, in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the cafe on Monday, ending a 16-hour seiege by a gunman and self-professed sheik. The gunman was killed and two of 17 hostages suffered fatal injuries. Photo: Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

5) Protesters block the southbound lanes of I-43 on Friday during a demonstration for Dontre Hamilton, who was killed by a Milwaukee police officer in Red Arrow Park. Journal Sentinel photo:  Rick Wood

6) Students and teachers celebrate after listening to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

7) Alan Gross speaks during a news conference at his lawyer's office in Washington, DC., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

8) Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts December 18, 2014. The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. (REUTERS/Jane Collins)

9) Fifty year old Mercedes Pincay passes her belongings from her apartment through the back door, as riot police arrive to evict her and her partner in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The landlord's loss of the apartment to a Bankia bank caused Pincay and her partner Aristides Apolo's eviction. Pincay, lived with 58 year old Apolo, in a foreclosed apartment that was owned by her sister who stopped paying her mortgage fees. Pincay and Apolo remained in the apartment as they could not afford to pay rent due to their financial situation as well as health issues as Pincay is recovering from breast cancer. The eviction was carried out. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

10) Women in angel costumes marching around the site of the Sydney cafe siege line up to receive an embrace from a man giving out 'free hugs to those mourning the victims of the incident in Sydney's Martin Place, December 18, 2014. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

11) A man exits with purchases past a woman begging at a hypermarket in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

12) Ava Exelbirt hugs one of the remaining horses at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., on Dec. 16. Ava lost the horse she rode to poisoned feed on Monday. There's nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at a Florida equestrian center, so their young riders are holding "spa days" to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days. The Florida Department of Agriculture confirmed that monensin, a type of food additive that is toxic to horses, was present in food manufacturing company Lakeland Animal Nutrition's food. Four horses at the center have died since October because of the contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP

13) Homes are covered with rocks and mud after a powerful storm lashed northern California on Dec. 12, in Camarillo Springs, Calif. About two dozen homes were severely damage in a heavy pre-dawn downpour. Although water from the storm lowers the risk of wildfires and offers some short-term relief from the record drought conditions that are menacing the state, weather experts say it amounts to only a very small step toward ending the drought. Photo: David McNew / Getty Images

14) People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center on Dec. 11, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. Photo: Eric Risberg / AP

15) Waves crash against a sea wall in San Francisco Bay beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California December 16, 2014. A gale warning for offshore winds was issued as another round of storms was expected to hit the Bay Area. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

16) Pope Francis blows candles on his birthday cake in St. Peter's Square. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino / AP

17) Israeli archaeologists are showing off the monumental, many-arched corridor that led to Herod the Great's hilltop palace near Jerusalem in the first century. The corridor in the ancient fortress of Herodium, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) south of Jerusalem, has been excavated to reveal a space 65 feet long, 65 feet high and 20 feet wide (20 by 20 by 6 meters). In King Herod's day, the corridor was designed to lead directly into the palace courtyard — but archaeologists determined during the excavations that it didn't get much use. Instead, they say it was back-filled when the palace was converted into Herod's burial monument. Herod the Great — who's infamous for his role in the Bible's Christmas stories — died in 4 B.C., reportedly after an excruciating illness. Photo: Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem via EPA

18) A Christian man touches the 14-pointed silver star marking the place where Jesus Christ was born according to Christian tradition, in the 'Grotto' in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, December 16, 2014. Tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists are expected to flock to Bethlehem to experience Christmas in the town where Jesus was born. (EPA/JIM HOLLANDER)

19) A woman window shops at the Shooting Star Christmas Market in Wiesbaden, Germany on Dec. 9, 2014. Photo: Andy Eckardt / NBC News

20) A Christmas angel walks through the stalls of the Christkindelmarkt in Nuremberg. Photo: Andy Eckardt / NBC News

21) A woman takes a picture near a giant Christmas ball in Moscow on Dec. 15, 2014. The 38-foot-high ball claims a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest Christmas toy in the world, according to local media. Photo: Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

22) A conductor directs members of the Batista do Meier Church choir in Rio de Janeiro, who perform in 24 different windows of the church, on Dec. 19, 2014. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images

23) Christmas shoppers walk through the streets of Chester, England on Dec. 14, 2014. Photo: Paul Ellis / AFP - Getty Images

24) Visitors stroll through the traditional Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany on Dec. 20, 2014. Photo:  Michael Probst / AP

25) The Old Town Square and the Christmas market in Prague are illuminated on Dec. 12, 2014. Photo: Filip Singer / EPA

26) Christmas lights hang from the houses on 34th Street in Baltimore on Dec. 12, 2014. The display, called "Miracle on 34th Street," dates back to 1947 and attracts thousands of visitors each year.  Photo: Mladen Antonov / AFP - Getty Images

27) The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit on Dec. 3, 2014. Weighing approximately 13 tons, the 85-foot tall, 90-year-old Norway Spruce is adorned with 45,000 energy efficient LED lights. Photo: Jason Decrow / AP

28) Workers install a seven-foot tall numeral '15' that will be used to make the number '2015' complete for the famous Times Square New Year's Eve celebration on Tuesday in New York's Times Square. Thousands of people every year attend the 'ball drop' party in Times Square when an illuminated globe slides down a pole on the roof of the One Time Square building in the last minute of the old year, illuminating the new year's number at midnight.  Photo: EPA

29) Isabella Drewek, 10, demonstrates her marching and mice-fighting moves at the BMO Harris bank, 770 N. Water St. Drewek, a Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy student, was joined by a half-dozen other students to do brief dance demonstrations and hand out discounts for tickets to the upcoming Milwaukee Ballet “Nutcracker” performance at the Marcus Center. BMO Harris, a sponsor for the “Nutcracker,” presented its annual holiday display. Celebrating its 42nd year, this annual holiday tradition transforms the bank’s downtown lobby into a holiday spectacular, this year featuring more than 150 life-size Steiff animals. The display is free and open to the public. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson fails to reel in a pass for a big gain in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. The Packers lost, 21-13, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

Fuzzy Thurston smiles for the cameras with his fans at the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic at North Hills Country Club in 2009. Thurston, the starting left guard on Vince Lombardi's five NFL championship teams in the 1960s and a player who was admired by teammates, respected by opponents, treasured by the Packers organization and beloved by fans, died Sunday. He would have turned 81 on Dec. 29.  Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


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