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Snow delay for Operation Jump Start… New date: Feb. 11

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I know many people were looking forward to Operation Jump Start, which was scheduled for tonight, has been snow delayed because of the snow here in Washington, D.C. It just isn’t possible to get injured soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Operation Jump Start, of course, is the marvelous event where you can donate all sorts of stuff to help warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they “jump start” their post-military careers.

I’m told all the details remain the same — only the date is changing. You can find those details in my previous posts here… and here… And I will re-post the “official” note when I get it.

Meanwhile, you can still donate to the program by going here.

UPDATE: Read the official delay announcement after the break.

Due to the weather in the DC area, Operation Jump Start V taking place at the Army Navy Country Club [www.ancc.org] in Arlington, VA has been postponed until Wednesday, February 11.

If you would like to donate in advance, or will not be able to join us and would like to donate, please visit

https://www.itaa.org/events/donate.cfm?EventID=2845 to donate by credit card.

Registration for the event will remain open through February 10.http://events.fcw.com/EventRegistration.aspx?Event=OJS09

New Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TIME:              5:30PM to 8:30PM

PLACE:          Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA  22202
703-521-6800

For More Information on this event please visit: http://www.itaa.org/events/event.cfm?EventID=2845


Operation Jump Start V

Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA

REMINDER: There is still time to register. Please register online at http://events.fcw.com/EventRegistration.aspx?Event=OJS09

We now have the ability to take ONLINE DONATIONS.  To make donations online, please visit this webpage: https://www.itaa.org/events/donate.cfm?EventID=2845

Please join the organizing sponsors Federal CIO Council, 1105 Media and ITAAon Tuesday, January 27, 2009, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Virginia, as we hold our fifth annual “Operation Jump Start V” event to help the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom transition to civilian careers.  The event is also supported by AFCEA-Bethesda, AFFIRM and IAC and open to all who want to give.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Chairs from our CIO community – Lisa Schlosser, CIO HUD and Rob Carey, CIO Navy – Both have served tours of duty in the past two years in theatre as reservists in the Army and Navy.

Also, come learn about the volunteer internship program that is underway to assist these brave young men and women establish themselves in alternative careers and discuss how you and your organizations might participate.  

The price of admission is a donation to support the soldiers as they “jump start” their new career.   Other suggested and valued donations are as follows:

All Phases:  Cash donations

Cash donations are always appreciated and will go into a special, non-profit, tax-exempt fund established for the soldiers and their families.  Make checks payable to the 501(c)3 organization The Aleethia Foundation, Tax id #51-0529300.

This fund is used 100% to support special needs for the recovering soldiers and their families as they work to build new lives, whether it is a “first month/last month” deposit, bills forgotten while recovering or to meet other educational/emotional needs.

Phase 1 – Still in the Hospital, Keeping in Touch, Building up Strength

1. Gift cards in $5 increments of Dunkin Donuts or Burger King (all at the hospital).

2. Gift cards for a nice meal out with the family – Macaroni Grill is close to Walter Reed (Takoma Park/Silver Spring metro) – In increments no larger than $25 please.

Phase 2 – Transitioning to the Work Force, Moving up and Out

  1. Dry-cleaned men’s and ladies’ suits, coats, ties, etc. for office wear.  This is not a clothing drive; emphasis is on mint quality, not quantity.  Donate only what you would be proud to see our soldiers wearing as they dress for success on the way to a new career.

PLEASE MARK CLOTHES with a TAG indicating the SIZE of the item (makes disbursement easier).  SPECIAL NEED FOR LARGER SIZES 44 -48+!!

  1. Gift Certificates to the following stores (in increments of $20-25 denominations – makes disbursement easier).  All are within easy access of Walter Reed/Navy Bethesda.
    1. Target *** daily shuttle
    2. Macys
    3. Safeway
  2. Thumb drives
  3. New Laptops

NOTES on Gift cards: Starbucks is not so popular primarily because they aren’t around the hospital.  Visa cash cards are hard for them to use as many places won’t accept them!!!  So… while the generosity is much appreciated, those cash cards seem to be difficult to use unless they go to a bank.

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and the music of the Bank Street Band.  There will also be a cash bar.  We will also have special VIP visitors from Walter Reed Medical Center and anticipate a full house, so registration is required!

What has made this event so successful in the past is that everyone is there to give back to the soldiers for giving so much for us.  Although the event is sponsored by several organizations and companies for monetary and organizational support, all are doing this for one purpose – the soldiers.

Registration: Please register online at http://events.fcw.com/EventRegistration.aspx?Event=OJS09

Sponsorship: There are corporate sponsorship opportunities for this event as well.  Any proceeds not used to cover costs, will go 100% to the Aleethia Foundation.  Please contact:  Jennifer Kerber at ITAA at jkerber@itaa.org.

Logistics :

New Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TIME:              5:30PM to 8:30PM

PLACE:          Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA  22202
703-521-6800

DIRECTIONS:  Directions to the Army Navy Country Club can be found at: www.ancc.org

We are seeking some enthusiastic volunteers to assist with planning and running the event, so please  indicate this on your registration if you’re interested.

NOTE:  If you are unable to attend the event, but have donations to provide, please give them to a colleague who is attending.  You may also visit this webpage to make an online donation:  https://www.itaa.org/events/donate.cfm?EventID=2845

Written by cdorobek

January 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

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