Dennis Miller Kicks Off USA Cares “Share A Minute”
National Campaign to Raise Assistance for Post-9/11 Veterans & Military Families
RADCLIFF, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USA Cares, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing post-9/11 veterans and military families with financial support and other critical resources, today kicked off a nationwide fundraising campaign called “Share A Minute.” Comedian, political commentator and USA Cares national spokesman Dennis Miller announced the effort on his daily radio show, “The Dennis Miller Show,” and urged listeners to donate today at www.usacares.org.
“The only way we allow them to repay in any way is by saying thank you”
“USA Cares…helps the newest veterans, those who are serving in hostile places at the moment,” Miller said. “A recent RAND study said there may be over 300,000 (members of the military) who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and over half of them are undiagnosed and untreated. Now the costs to America will be billions of dollars and we can do better. We will do better one person at a time.”
USA Cares Founder Roger Stradley elaborated on the purpose of the campaign: “When our young men or women get on a plane to go to Iraq or Afghanistan they are looking at roughly 525,000 minutes away from their family. It costs USA Cares about $25 a minute to provide support in helping with the wounded, helping with home foreclosure issues [and] quality of life. Share A Minute at www.usacares.org asks Americans to step up to the plate, take one minute for these guys and gals and allow us to continue to help – like what we’ve been doing for the last five and a half years.”
USA Cares receives more than a hundred new requests for assistance a week. Dedicated staff and volunteers work through them one at a time with the determination to quickly resolve issues and allow military families to receive the assistance they need. “The only way we allow them to repay in any way is by saying thank you,” USA Cares Executive Director Bill Nelson said.
Miller concluded the launch of the campaign with a call to action to listeners: “What have I given you my highest approval on? Well whatever it is it’s now second because this is four stars, two thumbs up, salt of the earth people doing the right things for our veterans. If you have it in your heart, and I know you see what Americans donate, it absolutely boggles the mind, but if you can carve out a little piece for the USACares.org people, we would appreciate it.”