May 23, 2013 - Issue: Vol. 159, No. 74 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS FOR ITS UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO OUR TROOPS; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 74
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E742-E743] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS FOR ITS UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO OUR TROOPS ______ HON. ROGER WILLIAMS of texas in the house of representatives Thursday, May 23, 2013 Mr. WILLIAMS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the outstanding work and admirable service of a very special military support non- profit in Texas--Support our Soldiers (SOS). Led by Teresa Nelson, whose father served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division, SOS was founded to care for our troops at home and abroad with support they might otherwise not receive. SOS volunteers often create custom boxes to meet the unique needs of troops. Just this week, a Marine unit serving overseas received a shipment of pillows after SOS learned they had none. Since its establishment in June 2011, over 17,000 pounds of food and supplies have been sent overseas to benefit more than 500 soldiers. Texans are always looking for ways to give back to the men and women of the United States armed forces, and SOS provides a wide range of opportunities for its surrounding communities to serve those who wear the uniform. Teresa and her team host monthly meetings with sell-out crowds and organize community events across 6 cities in Tarrant and Johnson County to raise awareness, funds, and support for our troops. Beyond collecting and distributing material goods, SOS also works with ROTC programs and students to teach them the importance of patriotism. [[Page E743]] It's people like Teresa Nelson and organizations like Support our Soldiers who embody the American spirit of gratitude and generosity. Our nation is free today because of the selfless sacrifices of thousands of brave men and women who have answered the call of duty. We owe these troops and their families abundant support, whether it's food, shelter, clothing, or comfort. I commend SOS for their commitment to providing this much-needed support, and I am proud to know the wonderful leaders and volunteers of this great organization. God bless our troops and God bless America. ____________________