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• World War II’s famed Band of Brothers were recognized and saluted on Thursday, May 19th, by a special panel discussion hosted by the Honorable Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security. The event, was sponsored by the World War II Foundation, and was held at the historic Women In Military Service For America Memorial, at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Activities began at 6:30 p.m. with a special VIP reception for the veterans and guests, with the panel discussion following at 7:35 p.m. Several of the original Easy Company veterans and many of the actors who portrayed them in the HBO series were in attendance and participated on the panel. Honored guests also included warriors from the Wounded Warrior Project and representatives of the USO.

The World War II Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and proceeds raised from this special evening program will benefit the Richard Winters Leadership project in Normandy, France, as well as the development of a new leadership documentary focusing on the combat leadership skills of the legendary commander of the Men of Easy Company, the late Major Dick Winters.

• The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced another successful charitable giving drive by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s largest workplace giving campaign. Despite a very tough economic year in 2010 and a drop in charitable giving across the country, Federal civilian, military and postal employees pledged more than $281.5 million to the CFC. The amount raised was the second highest in the CFC’s 50-year history and only less than half a percent below the record set in 2009 of $282.6 million.

“The CFC has been a source of food, of warmth, of light, of medicine, of schoolbooks — a source of life. For countless Americans and people in need around the world, it has been like bedrock — supporting them, even if they don’t know it’s there,” OPM Director John Berry said. “Our charities make sure the money is well spent, and that our donors can see the good they’re doing — whether it’s for the community center down the block, or a child halfway around the world.”

The campaigns with the largest increase in pledges will be recognized by OPM in a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this summer.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email sgtshaft@bavf.org.