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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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The latest pro-life news (09/29/14)

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 21:38
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ALSO: Mother advised to abort her 'disabled&quot; baby prepares to celebrate healthy son's 2nd birthday **GREAT MUST-SEE VIDEO**<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">:Rush Limbaugh's Call Screener: 'What Liberalism HAs Done To Black Communities Is Horrrific' (Yes, there's a pro-life angle)<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> Lessons from Pro-Life Victories A 5-year-old girl with autism creates stunning paintings <span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> AND FINALLY, LOVIN&rsquo; LIFE...<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> This Lady Tells Her Family The True Gender Of Her Child After Giving Birth Normal 0 false false false 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BRAVO MAYOR STEVE OLSON!

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:43

The ghetto comes to Franklin

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:27
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Hey, Jennifer, dontcha just love...

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:05
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My Most Popular Blogs (09/29/14)

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 18:50

Culinary no-no #395

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 17:39
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Photos of the Week (09/28/14)

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 08:10
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Recommended Reading (09/27/14)

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 18:00
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author). I was a pair of boots on the ground in Iraq First of all, you know those boots on the ground everybody&rsquo;s still discussing whether we should deploy? Well, they&rsquo;re already there. We are already effectively engaged in combat in Iraq, in direct contradiction of what President Obama said when he announced he was taking action against the Islamic State terrorists, telling the American people in an address from the White House that the mission &ldquo;will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.&rdquo; He said pretty much the same when he told troops at MacDill Air Force Base: &ldquo;The American forces do not and will not have a combat mission.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s just not true. 6 Reasons Barack Obama Is A Failed President It's easy to just chalk up Barack Obama's terrible performance as President to &quot;liberalism&quot; or &quot;incompetence,&quot; but it goes so much further than that. Obama is a ballerina running a steel mill, a fight fan working as a bouncer, a go cart aficionado racing in NASCAR. Should we hope to die at 75? Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay &mdash; &ldquo;Why I Hope to Die at 75&rdquo; &mdash; 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, &ldquo;We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.&rdquo; But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama administration. Jimmy Fallon is coming, but where are the activists? If Jimmy Fallon really wants to grab Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attention when he brings &quot;The Tonight Show&quot; to Chicago for another mutual ear-licking session, Jimmy might ask this: When will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Sr. show up in Chicago to show Ferguson-style outrage over the assassination of 9-year-old Antonio Smith? USPS: Where the customer is always last Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers&mdash;without notice&mdash;a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. AND FINALLY... 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Shockwaves

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 17:45
I was just at a meeting with our national campaign team and wanted to loop you in to the discussion. Here&rsquo;s the latest with only 38 days to go before the Election: - President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are spending MILLIONS to smear conservatives in the 50 most critical races across the nation. - Powered by the President&rsquo;s massive fundraising network, the liberals are now more than $27 MILLION ahead of us this cycle. - We need 812 more members before the major end of quarter deadline to meet our goal.

Week-ends (09/27/14)

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:00
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In... HEROES OF THE WEEK Mark Vaughn Mariam Al Mansouri Angela Radtke Portland police officers Mike Day Jan Stenerud Dennis Arndt Rats &hellip; yes, rats. VILLAINS OF THE WEEK Alton Nolen President Obama Colorado students Airline passengers QUOTES OF THE WEEK <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;It is time for the world &ndash; especially Muslim communities &ndash; to explicitly, forcefully and consistently reject the ideology&rdquo; of these groups. Their ideologies &ldquo;will wilt and die if [they are] consistently exposed, confronted and refuted in the light of day. Today, I ask the world to join in this effort. Those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they are increasingly alone. For we will not succumb to threats. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.&rdquo;<span lang="EN" style="font-size: 10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Speaking at the United Nations Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on the international community to join a broad coalition &ldquo;to dismantle this network of death&rdquo; of extremist groups in the Middle East. &quot;Think of the things we're talking about here with the Khorasan group, with ISIS and the territory they've taken in Iraq, with the threat to airline travel internationally, with beheadings that we're seeing on camera. What happened to the days when the administration was able to say it felt confident that we had dealt a crippling blow to Al Qaeda and Islamic militants?&quot; In an exclusive interview with White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday's Today, co-host Matt Lauer questioned the administration's handling of terrorism. &quot;We've known about ISIS moving out of Syria, moving into Iraq for some time and the time to hit them was when they were on the move before they got themselves positioned in Iraq and had taken over cities and created an infrastructure, if you will, for their military. There ought not to be any illusion that this is going to be over in a hurry, just because we're striking them in Syria today.&quot; Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw dismissed Barack Obama's air strikes in Syria as too late and not effective. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;The larger, harder question that we&mdash;the White House, Congress and the American people&mdash;must ask is whether the United States actually has the laser-focused will to take on ISIL. The group has shown its willingness to be absolutely ruthless in putting down its enemies&mdash;through co-option, mass murder, sexual violence, and religious cleansing &mdash;and consolidating its grip on power. This is not an organization that will go gently into that good night. It has the will to win. Do we? &ldquo;But it remains unclear whether America has the popular stamina to take on this group for what clearly will be a years-long struggle.&rdquo;<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> Aki Peritz is a former CIA counterterrorism analyst and coauthor of <span style="color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns That Killed bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda. &quot;Eric has done a superb job.&rdquo; President Obama announcing the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder &quot;Eric Holder is the most divisive U.S. attorney general in modern history. By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder's legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any attorney general before him.&quot; House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t do anything wrong. I&rsquo;m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.&rdquo;<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> Former IRS official Lois Lerner in an exclusive interview with Politico, her first since the IRS scandal broke 16 months ago. Lerner said, &ldquo;Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did.&rdquo; &ldquo;Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, she got these amazing ratings and bonuses. &hellip; And once she retired, she would have gone out with bells and whistles, and the IRS commissioner would have made a speech. &hellip; It went from that to: You&rsquo;re under criminal investigation, and your career is ruined, in a week.&rdquo; Lois Lerner&rsquo;s husband, Michael Miles, who sat to her right during the Politico interview. &ldquo;By taking the Fifth, Lois put a sign on her back: Kick me. To the average person, that sounds like, &lsquo;Oh my God, she must be hiding something!&rsquo;&rdquo; Paul Streckfus, editor of the EO Tax Journal, referring to Lois Lerner. Called to testify before the House Oversight Committee, Lerner decided to take the Fifth and read a defiant speech declaring her innocence &mdash; one that Republicans argued waived her rights. She says she&rsquo;d do it again. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">It was the salute seen around the world. President Obama was caught on video saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. Just call him Cappuccino-in-Chief. The White House posted video to its Instagram account and soon unleashed a torrent of outrage. The Washington Times dubbed the moment &ldquo;Semper Latte.&rdquo; I&rsquo;m surprised he didn&rsquo;t order the Marines to fetch him cream and sugar. And President Obama&rsquo;s lukewarm latte salute was a violation of protocol and common decency and a complete sign of disrespect. Just remember, Mr. President &ndash; they are not baristas. They are Marines. <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News &amp; Commentary &ndash; heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He&rsquo;s also the author of &ldquo;Dispatches From Bitter America.&rdquo; <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;When I was 26 years old, I was taken to a club by my boss - the club owner was one of our legal clients. While we were in the building, the police showed up. I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.&rdquo;<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> Paul Davis, a Democratic state representative running against Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback. In 1998, Davis was getting a lap dance at a strip club when cops raided it in search of drugs. Davis was not charged with any crime, but a police chief involved in the raid wrote afterward that he had been drinking and was found &ldquo;in a somewhat compromising position &hellip; in a back room of the club.&rdquo; Davis, who was unmarried at the time, identified himself as an attorney for the owner of the strip club after an officer ordered him at gunpoint to lie on the floor during the raid for methamphetamine. This news comes amid recent polling that shows Davis with a slight lead over Brownback, the former U.S. senator who is seeking a second term. &ldquo;I remember as a child referring to some of the older neighbors as crotchety and mean because they never let us get away with wrongdoing. We thought they should mind their own business, and I even remember some instances where their windows would be purposely broken. In retrospect, they were the very ones who kept us out of trouble, and obviously, they usually cared deeply about our welfare. The me-first mentality that has infected our society, along with the fear of retribution, has largely extinguished these kinds of neighbors in many cities today. Given the level of violence, one can hardly blame people for keeping their mouths shut, but we must also realize that if we don't nip bad behavior in the bud, it only grows, creating more intimidation, and the vicious cycle continues. &ldquo;Courage from the kitchen table, the pulpit, the classroom and the streets was prevalent when I was a child. Many people had no problem publicly denouncing deleterious behavior even if it made them temporarily unpopular. Fear of being called names or being proclaimed out of touch has paralyzed many in our inner cities, just as it has throughout the nation. We must realize that we are all in the same boat, and we can sink together in the quagmire of fractious accusations and hatred, or we can rise together to previously unexperienced heights if we learn from past mistakes and embrace the principles that created, in record time, the greatest nation in history.&rdquo; Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book &quot;One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future&quot; <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&ldquo;Every week, we&rsquo;re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections. &ldquo;None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. &ldquo;The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet ... is now.&rdquo;<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaking at the UN <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants.&rdquo;<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> Chelsea Clinton before announcing a new commitment to stop the killing of African elephants and the trafficking of ivory. She said the African elephant crisis is not only a &ldquo;moral&rdquo; and &ldquo;ecological disaster,&rdquo; but also a &ldquo;security threat,&rdquo; as ivory is increasingly being used by the world&rsquo;s most nefarious terror groups, such as the Lord&rsquo;s Resistance Army and Boko Haram. 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2014 POO Awards - Week 6

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 08:30
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;background:white"><span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN">Each week during this year&rsquo;s high school football season as I have in previous years, I&rsquo;m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent. My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship. POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/27/14)

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;color:maroon;mso-ansi-language:EN"> The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In&hellip;Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it&rsquo;s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;color:#333333;mso-ansi-language:EN"> THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;color:#333333;mso-ansi-language:EN">We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;color:red;mso-ansi-language:EN">TODAY<span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;color:#333333;mso-ansi-language:EN">: Partly cloudy. High of 72.<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> &quot;A&quot; SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. 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Goodnight everyone, and have a newfangled weekend!

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
<span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;color:#7030A0;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> &ldquo;If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.&rdquo;<span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; color:#7030A0;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Charles Dalwin Normal 0 false 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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Movie Star

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:00
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Photo ID: The Sky is Falling - Part Two

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 20:30

After devastating injuries, Coalition supporters helped veteran's family survive

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 20:00
I'm so grateful for your faithful support for our severely disabled veterans and the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. And I wanted to take just a moment to share with you an uplifting story from our Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH) program. The story below is about SPC Louis Dahlman, his wife Laura, and their three-year-old daughter Stella. It's written in Louis's own words, because he wanted to share with you how the Coalition, generous supporters, and the innovative HTH program saved his family from hunger. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * &quot;I was the gunner on the lead gun truck for a lot of convoy escorts in Iraq. As we got to the other side of an overpass, an EFP (explosively formed penetrator) went off. A copper plate from the bomb caught me in the face, and pretty much took off my whole jaw. I was knocked out temporarily. I came to my senses and woke up surrounded by fire. I didn't panic. My jaw was hurting so I tried to touch it, but all there was to touch was the roof of my mouth. That's when I knew I had problems. It has been a long reconstruction process, I have had numerous surgeries including 5 surgeries that have been over 12 hour procedures. One year my wife Laura went to check our stock of meat, and she panicked. There was hardly anything left. We live on a pretty strict budget and she knew it would be a bad couple of months. She turned to a support group with other wounded warrior wives and told them what was going on. [Coalition Spokesman Donny Daughenbaugh] came over to our house the day after and talked to her about the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. We are the type of family that always tries to find a way to make it work, no matter what. My wife was hesitant because she knew I didn't like to ask for help. But Donny assured her that we weren't asking for help. It was being offered to us. The next month my wife was hired on with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes in their Heroes Thanking Heroes program. It is a part time job from home, and she still is able to take me to appointments I need to go to and care for our daughter while I am in school. The extra income she receives really helps us get through our paycheck to paycheck situation. We are so thankful for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.&quot; * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I hope you can hear in those heartfelt words how important your generosity is to families like Louis Dahlman's. And I hope you find his story as heartwarming and inspiring as I do. The innovative HTH project employs wounded veterans or their spouses/caregivers to make phone calls thanking another set of heroes -- our wonderful supporters like you! As you know many of our disabled heroes are struggling to rebuild their lives that have been forever changed by war. Many can't even buy groceries or pay urgent bills. Sometimes this is because they can't hold down a job due to severe disabilities. Sometimes it's because a spouse had to quit his or her job to provide 24/7 care for a disabled hero. But whatever the reason, inability to provide has these families on the brink of disaster. HTH helps by providing flexible, work-from-home income. HTH allows spouses to care for their wounded hero while providing for their family and building job experience. And HTH's flexibility also helps disabled veterans who struggle in a traditional work environment. Our disabled troops and their families gave so much to defend our freedom and safety. And now your support and sacrifice are helping them rebuild their lives. So this heartfelt &quot;thank you&quot; doesn't just come from me. It also comes from the families of severely disabled heroes -- like Louis, Laura, and Stella Dahlman -- who you are helping with your faithful generosity. Sincerely, David W. Walker, President and CEO Coalition to Salute America's Heroes P.S. If the Dahlman family's story touched your heart, I hope you'll consider making another gift today to continue changing the lives of our wounded heroes and their families. 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 | www.saluteheroes.org | 1-888-447-2588 CSAH is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

Could this be what Franklin is doing wrong?

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:15
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