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This past Wednesday, friends and supporters of ThanksUSA gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens while raising funds to support the second year of Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships to be awarded through ThanksUSA.

The Honorable Ted Stevens was the U.S. Senator from Alaska and was the longest-serving Republican in the United States Senate. He served continuously from 1968 to 2009. Senator Stevens enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the China-Burma-India Theater with the Fourteenth Air Force Transport Section and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964, and became House majority leader in his second term. In 1968, he was appointed U.S. Senator to Alaska after the death of Senator Bob Bartlett. He held many leadership roles in the Senate, including Assistant Republican Leader (Whip) from 1977 to 1985, and Senate President Pro Tempore in 2003, and chaired many committees in his senatorial career, including Appropriations and Commerce.

Staffer for Congressman Young, Catherine Stevens, Sid Ashworth of Northrup Grumman, Maj Gen Pete Proctor, USA (Ret)

We extend our warmest appreciation to Mrs. Catherine Stevens, widow of the late senator, for joining active and retired military personnel, members of Congress, and ThanksUSA team members for this special fundraising event.

ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient, Jennifer Benecke, attended with her husband, Chief Petty Officer George Benecke, U.S. Navy, and thanked those in attendance for their continued support of ThanksUSA. In a few months, Jennifer will graduate from the University of Maryland: University College with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently making plans to attend graduate and, eventually, hopes to work as a counselor to military veterans.

Jennifer and George Benecke with ThanksUSA's Michele Stork

Thanks to the generosity of ThanksUSA sponsors such as EADS and Lockheed Martin, ThanksUSA will once again honor the memory of Senator Stevens by awarding 40 Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, to the children and spouses of U.S. military personnel pursuing post-secondary school education.

Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year are sponsored by EADS, Lockheed Martin, Rumsfeld Foundation, Altria, Northrup Grumman, TimeWarner, Express Scripts, General Dynamics, GE, Association of the United States Army, and Boeing.

Please visit the ThanksUSA Facebook page to view additional photos from the luncheon.

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General George W Casey, Jr USA (RET)

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WASHINGTON, October 6, 2011—ThanksUSA, a charitable effort to mobilize Americans to “thank” the nation’s active-duty troops, today announced that General George Casey, former chief of staff of the Army, has joined its Board of Directors.

“General Casey has been an unwavering advocate for military families throughout his career, and we are pleased to welcome him to the ThanksUSA family,” said Bob Okun, chief executive officer, ThanksUSA. “Given his proven excellence in both managing and serving in the United States Army, we will undoubtedly benefit from his valuable insights.”

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“I look forward to assuming my position on the ThanksUSA Board of Directors and working with such an honorable and well-respected group of individuals,” said General Casey. “This extraordinary effort has touched many military families, providing much-needed scholarships for the children and spouses of our brave men and women in uniform. I’m committed to ThanksUSA’s mission and hope to contribute to the continued success of the organization.”

General Casey served as the Army’s chief of staff from April 2007 to April 2011, as America endured its war on terror. He is credited with restoring a sense of balance and structure to the Army, which grew under General Casey’s leadership. Among his many accomplishments, he increased funding for soldier and family programs, and he took steps to improve the Army’s care for wounded soldiers and military families.

Prior to his executive position in the Army, General Casey served as the commander of Multinational Force Iraq, where he aimed to transfer Iraq control back into the hands of its people.

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Maria Barrameda, VADM Richard W. Hunt, USN, Victoria Hokanson

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On behalf of the entire ThanksUSA team, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Maria Margarita Barrameda and Victoria Hokanson for representing ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco this weekend. Both Maria and Victoria joined co-hosts Ray Polin and Bob Okun for a special dinner introducing the 2011 ThanksUSA San Francisco Golf Classic. Thank you to our sponsors for the evening Russell Investments and Entertainment Software Association, and to the ThanksUSA supporters and guests who enjoyed the evening.

Maria Barrameda, RADM John Bitoff (USN, Ret), Victoria Hokanson

RADM Richard Buchanan (USN, Ret), Bob Okun, Maria Barrameda, Victoria Hokanson, Ray Polin

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