SUPPORT THE TROOPS

Physician's Money Digest, July31 2003, Volume 10, Issue 14

The war in Iraq was over quickly,but the reconstruction processpromises to be long and hard. Youcan help maintain American militarypersonnel's morale. One way is tohelp a service member call home,donating money for prepaid callingcards to Operation Uplink (800-479-5228; www.operationuplink.org)or Military Connect (888-796-5296;www.militaryconnect.org). You cansponsor care packages by donating tothe United Services Organization(866-876-4483; www.usometrodc.org/care.html) or you can donate tothe Red Cross, specifying the moneybe used for troops in Iraq (800-435-7669; www.redcross.org/services/afes).

You can support military reliefsocieties, including the Air Force AidSociety (www.afas.org), the ArmyEmergency Relief (www.aerhq.org),and the Navy-Marine Corps ReliefSociety (www.nmcrs.org). And don'tforget the sacrifices of servicemenand women's loved ones at home.Your local religious or communitygroup may be able to put you intouch with a military family, or callthe public affairs office of your nearestmilitary base for suggestions.