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Operation FPH Blues

Gina Elise

I don't think there's ever a bad time to run a photo of Gina Elise of Pin-Ups for Vets.  Classy, classic, and fun are words that spring to mind.  Dedicated to doing for the troops and veterans is a phrase that comes to mind (okay, not the first phrase) as well. It's been my priviledge to know her for several years now, and an honor to support her work.

Today, I'm glad to join with Gina and announce Operation FPH Blues

The post-holiday blues can be bad enough on those who are healthy, and fully engaged in their normal activities. Stop for a moment and consider what it might be like for a member of the U.S. or Allied forces who find themselves evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.  The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's has been like a fire-hose of attention, visits, and more.  Then, suddenly, it's gone. They are alone in a hospital, in a foreign country, and away from friends, family, and normal support networks.  Despite the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the blues can hit hard.

Recognizing that, Gina Elise of the non-profit Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops have partnered to create Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues.  This special event, timed for mid-January to have maximum effect, will combine a special dinner for a planned 150 people cooked by Guest Chef Ellen Adams, with hospital and other visits by Gina to help drive the blues away.  To aid this effort, the team is being joined by author Michael Z. Williamson, who will also do visits, autographs, and give away books.  And, yes, Baen Books is donating books for Operation FPH Blues.

Chef Ellen Adams

Full details on the event can be found at here (and you do want to read the page) and all participants are available for interviews.  To do this event, Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops are looking to raise $15,000.  Donations can be made by mail, or online at the Cooking with the Troops site via PayPal.  Donors can note on the donation that it is for Operation Fight Post-Holiday Blues. Any funds raised that are not used will be split between the organizations to fund future operations at Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops. (That's after we stock the WTB and related pantries...)

Michael Z. Williamson

Join us, spread the word, and help us make Operation FPH Blues a success. 


Big thanks to the sites linking here or otherwise helping us spread the news:

Castle Argghhh!
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Susan Katz Keating
United Conservatives of Virginia
Victory Caucus
Wake up America
Assoluta Tranquillita
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The Jawa Report