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February 26, 2013 > Laughing at Life raises funds for Operation Warrior

Laughing at Life raises funds for Operation Warrior

Submitted By Charlene Jones

Valentine's Day evening was filled with laughter and love at the Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Building this year. The evening included televised comedians Sadiki Fuller, Chris Z and headliner PJ Walsh with everything from backflips to comedians wrapping themselves around a bar stool (you had to be there!).

Honored with a Killed In Action Honor Flag that evening was the family of Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles. Lance Corporal Boyles was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, CA when he was killed Sept. 24, 2004 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. His parents reside in the Alameda County area. Although Mr. and Mrs. Gallado were unable to attend, the flag was received in their honor by Dianne Layfield, Gold Star Mother of another Marine, Lance Corporal Travis Layfield, who was also killed in action. Our hearts and minds are with our Gold Star families and we love them.

After the show, one Blue Star Mother said, "My son is overseas and I really needed to laugh. Thank you so much for bringing this event!" A Gold Star mother struggling with a serious medical condition was also pleased to attend because she really needed laughter and fun during this tough time. One veteran stated that he "hadn't laughed this much in a long time and it felt really good." The program was an effort to remind our veterans and families of veterans that the sacrifices they make are important and appreciated.

Comedy night raised $1047 to help local veterans with prescription medication co-pays and, in some cases, prescriptions when they do not qualify or are going through the eligibility process with Veterans Affairs. Sponsors and volunteers included:

* the Veterans' of Foreign Wars Post 6298
* the Association of the United States Army
* Forgotten Warrior - Wind Walker
* Four Points by Sheridan
* Rick's Sundale Barber Shop
* Danielle Labrecque
* Mukund and Jacqueline Bhagavan (Jackie TV)
* Alan Nagy - Mayor of Newark, CA
* The Rose Hotel
* Pleasanton City Council Candidate David Miller
* Robertson High School - Fremont, CA
* the Ladies Auxiliary
* US Army Recruiting Tri-City
* Eagle Emblems/KIAHonorFlag.org


Operation Warrior's Foundation, Inc will provide applications to local veterans who request them for federally legal prescription medication co-pays and will make every effort to cover medications where veterans are still going through the process of retaining services through Veterans Affairs. If you would still like to donate to Operation Warrior's Foundation, Inc donations can be made at: http://operationwarriorsfoundation.org/

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