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Guard support program lives again

July 12, 2006

Valdosta -- The Family Support Foundation was just a small in-house support team for the National Guard since 1994. In 2005, Senator Tim Golden and Governor Sonny Perdue revived the program and have since raised over half a million dollars for the Georgia National Guard.  

Since 2001, more than 400,000 National Guard members have been called to serve overseas and in areas devastated by hurricanes. In doing so these Guard members are putting their careers and their personal lives on hold.

"When they're called to duty, they have to leave their jobs and they have to take a pay cut most times when they leave to go into the service," said Georgia State Senator Tim Golden.

The National Guard Family Support Foundation helps Guard members and their families cope with these pay cuts, helps to keep them on their feet when returning from active duty, and assists them with any financial needs. "It's incumbent on us in my opinion that as citizens of Georgia and as a member of the legislature, we need to support our National Guard members' families and their children. That's what the foundation is all about," Golden said.

In 2005, Golden introduced a bill that created a tax check off program to support the Georgia National Guard Foundation. It was first implemented just a few months ago, and they are already seeing contributions flow in. "When we first started the National Guard Foundation it only had around $20,000 in it. Going out and publicizing the need for this foundation we've raised well over $600,000 just from private donations."

With a busy hurricane season forecast and the President's recent call to secure our border with Mexico, Senator Golden believes donations are needed now more than ever. He hopes his tax check-off program will help raise a million dollars for the foundation in its first year.

To donate to the National Guard Family Support Foundation, click here. 

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