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A tribute to three heroes

December 28, 2011
Pine Island Eagle

To the Editor:

Several years ago Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and Congressman Mario-Diaz Balart (R-Fla.) honored Operation Open Arms at Post 135 in Naples for extraordinary achievement and dedication to U.S. troops on their combat leave. In his speech, Sen. Martinez shared one of the most important aspects of the American Legion mission statement. It is "continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans." Following this special ceremony, Commander Richard Haines bestowed an honorary life membership to Operation Open Arms. Commander Haines and the Naples American Legion Post 135 work tirelessly to make the lives of our troops better.

Last week, Commander Walt Szeliga of American Legion Post 90 Cape Coral, called me and gifted 35 NFL tickets for the Miami Dolphins vs. N.Y. Jets game. His goal was to show "continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans." Commander Walt Szeliga, you are a real hero to Operation Open Arms and Our Troops. The Cape Coral American Legion Post and Commander Walt have brought true joy and happiness to those who serve and protect our freedoms.

Lastly, Commander Mike Adams of American Legion Post 274 on Fort Myers Beach has offered Operation Open Arms unconditional support in our joint mission of "continued devotion to our service members and veterans." This great facility has an open door policy to all Operation Open Arms events including OOA weddings.

One of my goals for the first quarter of 2012 is to personally recruit 50 new American Legion members. Operation Open Arms and our troops will not be put on hold during this undertaking. We are full steam ahead and poised for more great success in 2012.

Finally, if you wish to become a hero to our troops or join the American Legion, it would be an honor to be your recruiter and serve beside you. Call or email me at 239-822-8888

Wishing you and yours a prosperous and Happy New Year

Capt John

"GiddyUp" Bunch


Open Arms



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