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Special Operations Warrior Foundation helps fill shutdown void

Amid all the rancor about the government shutdown, a point of civic pride has emerged for Tampa Bay.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation drew national attention when it stepped up last week to give $20,000 to the families of two Army Rangers and two service members assigned to special operations units who were killed Oct. 5 in Afghanistan.

The foundation, which has provided a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational or training mission, helped fill the void when the shutdown left the families without benefits.

I got excited when Today gave the "Tampa-based" foundation its just due. Kudos. …

Alex Sink may move to Pinellas County and run for retiring U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's job. It's a sign of the Democratic Party's eagerness to win the seat, but Sink — a Hillsborough County resident and former gubernatorial candidate — risks being seen as an outsider and opportunist. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If The Environment Was A Bank, We Would Already Have Saved It. …

Tampa Interbay Rotary holds the Gift of Life Gala on Saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel to provide heart surgery for needy Latin American children. See rotarygiftoflife.com. …

Local breast cancer survivor Bobbie Shay Lee is trying to change the way people look at pink ribbons. She's hoping to inspire consumers to hold agencies and companies that make breast cancer promotions accountable and understand where their money is going. See her petition at change.org.

That's all I'm saying.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation helps fill shutdown void 10/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 7:44pm]
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