Smail Donations During May and Shop 'n Save "Earn Your Wings" Campaign for Feherty's Troops First Foundation

The month of May is Military Appreciation Month, and Smail Auto Group and Shop 'n Save like to take this time to show our appreciation by raising funds for our military and their families. Smail Auto Group will donate $125 to Feherty's Troops First Foundation for every vehicle sold or leased in the month of May. Shop 'n Saves stores will be collecting donations from the community through their "Earn Your Wings" campaign.

Donations and contributions to Troops First is an integral part of the organization's success. "We actually survive on private sector donations," said Rick Kell, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Troops First. "The money that comes specifically from Pennsylvania and Jim Smail's efforts, and the extension of his efforts, have been very significant over the past four or five years," he continued. "The freedom we enjoy in terms of making decisions and staying true to our mission is really brought about by men like Jim Smail, and a few others around the country that, through their efforts on an annual basis, really provide us with the opportunity to be effective."

One of the other fundraising campaigns in this Western Pennsylvania area is the "Earn Your Wings" campaign by Shop 'n Save grocery stores. 

"We designed this cardstock cutout in the shape of military wings," explained Rich Haeflein, Advertising Account Manager for Shop 'n Save stores. "We distributed these to our stores, and we ask our customers to give us a $1 donation. All proceeds benefit Feherty's Troops First Foundation, and it is just amazing to see how the community really embraces this program."

Feherty's Troops First Foundation works to provide meaningful assistance to our military who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through several relevant and unduplicated programs along with specialized events designed for OIF/OEF combat-wounded service members and their families, Troops First addresses relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward. 

Over 90% of money donated to the Troops First Foundation goes directly to the troops and their families. Some of their programs and initiatives include:

Operation Proper Exit:
Operation Proper Exit is a unique initiative designed for Wounded Warfighters who are thriving in recovery and are capable of returning to theater. This program itinerary stages meet-and-greet opportunities with currently deployed troops as well as battlefield circulation returning the Warriors in many cases to the site where they were injured.

Operation Warrior Call:
The wounds of war, both visible and invisible, sustained by the force through multiple deployments have been well documented. Many service members return from the battlefield facing a host of serious challenges. Once home, the possibility of becoming disconnected from their fellow Warriors can be acerbated simply by the challenges and demands of everyday life. Moving forward, the health of the Warrior community can be strengthened by Warriors staying connected to Warriors. In response, we have launched Operation Warrior Call.

Leroy Petry Village of Honor:
In an effort to continue with the Foundation’s mission of developing relevant initiatives to assist Warriors with reintegrating back to civilian life, they are building The Leroy Petry Village of Honor. This is a transitional housing program that will consist of seven single family fully accessible homes. These homes will be available at no cost to Warriors who are transitioning out of the military and have one to two years remaining at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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