Tuesday, May 6, 2008

One Of Our Members, Wins Award

Three cheers for Colleen, she met President Bush today - and was given a very elite award of Army Military Spouse of the year!

First we honor an Army wife named Colleen Saffron. In May 2004, Colleen's husband, Terry, who is with us, was severely injured while serving in Iraq. And Colleen learned firsthand the challenges facing the families of wounded warriors. So last year she helped found Operation Life Transformed, which is a non-profit that helps family members and caregivers of our wounded troops get the training they need so they can work from home while caring for their loved ones. To date, Operation Life Transformed has helped more than 30 spouses and caregivers get the funding and support they need for new and flexible careers. One of those she helps is Maria Baez, and she was the mom whose Marine son was paralyzed by a sniper bullet in Fallujah. Here's what Maria said about Operation Life Transformed: "I can't thank you enough for helping me and trusting me, and also for not giving up."

So, Colleen, America can't thank you enough to help our wounded troops and their families, and we're so pleased to have you here at the White House. Stand up.

To read the entire article, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/05/20080506-3.html

For more information on Colleens Organization, please visit Operation Life Transformed. This is an outstanding organization Colleen is a huge part of; making it a wonderful success.