PRLog - Sep. 4, 2012 - NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Anaheim, CA— Quality, safe entertainment is difficult at best for our U.S. Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even traditional activities such as baseball and softball games are at a high risk because of IEDs, snipers, mines, bombs and other terrorist activities. Recognizing the need for our troops to have stress relieving entertainment, the national AMVETS Task Force DVD initiative was created. It invites Americans to donate their new and used DVDs to be shipped to our fighting men and women overseas.
Team Amvets Thrift Stores of California, owned and operated by Amvets Department of California Service Foundation, is now aiding the Task Force in a big way. “Previously, our California thrift stores didn’t have a good outlet for unsold DVDs,” said Jim Pidgeon, President of the Foundation. “Today, these items are quality checked, repackaged and shipped to the Ohio Task Force operations center for distribution to our troops overseas. They are made available at all bases in Iraq and Afghanistan for the entertainment of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.”
The national Amvets DVD Task Force has set a goal of one million new and used DVDs donated by the American Public. Ultimately, hundreds of titles will be in rotation at each base. Usage is expected to be high because most bases have a reinforced recreation room equipped with a television and DVD player. Similar facilities exist on ships and many troops have their own portable DVD players. Children appropriate titles will be distributed to military families stateside, through the Family Readiness Group(s) of the National Guard.
Photo caption: SGT Ross Beyerle sent a thank you note to AMVETS Task Force DVD for the 10 boxes of free DVDs and CDs he and his fellow soldiers received while downrange in Afghanistan.
To donate, please visit www.teamamvets.com for a thrift store or donation center, or send your new or good quality used DVDs to: AMVETS Task Force DVD,1395 E. Dublin Granville Road #222, Columbus, OH 43229
About: Team Amvets
AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation is a veteran’s organization committed to helping honorably discharged veterans and their families in California and Nevada. A not-for-profit organization, AMVETS provides no-cost legal counsel via the AMVETS Legal Clinic and more than 40 certified Service Officers to help veterans in dealings with the Veterans’ Administration on matters including disability compensation, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension, education, employment and other benefits. Funding is raised through membership fees, donations and thrift stores owned and operated by the Foundation. Vets do not have to be a member of AMVETS to receive services.