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This week, I am honored to present Air Force dependent and ThanksUSA scholar, Kara Davis. During her undergraduate studies, Kara received a total of $9,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships, including those sponsored by ESA Foundation and The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas. On May 5th, Kara graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Illinois University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Dedicated to continuing her education, Kara is eager to begin graduate studies at EIU in just a few weeks. I encourage you to join ThanksUSA in congratulating Kara on her academic achievements and in wishing her continued success as a graduate student!

Congratulations Kara!!

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Music fans are invited to join ThanksUSA in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 15th for a country music concert. Headliner Rodney Atkins and Nashville’s Lucas Hoge will perform in honor of our men and women in uniform. Free tickets are available for military personnel (active-duty or retired) and their family members. For non-military guests, tickets will be available at the door for a $20 donation. If you are a member of the armed services or a military family member and would like tickets, please email sherrykoch@thanksusa.org or comment on this blog (all contact info will be kept confidential).

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Although ThanksUSA celebrates our Veterans and their families every day of the year, we are grateful that our nation reserves a special day to honor heroes, Veteran’s Day. Last week, we had the opportunity to be a part of a spectacular expression of admiration towards our beloved troops while raising money for the ThanksUSA Scholarship Program.

This special Tribute to the Troops weekend began with a “yellow ribbon” charter flight for Wounded Warriors and their spouses, courtesy of American Airlines. Honored guests were treated to a three night stay at The Venetian Hotel, where they enjoyed a special Blue Man Group performance on November 12th. Ticket sales from this special performance were generously donated to the ThanksUSA Scholarship Program!

For the remainder of the weekend, Veterans attended educational seminars and were treated to a show by Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, at the Tropicana Hotel. They toured the Las Vegas strip by helicopter, visited the Hoover Dam, were guests of the Terry Fater Show, and traveled to Red Rock Canyon to see a jump by retired First Class Sergeant Dana Bowman. Dana was a Special Forces Soldier and member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team when a parachuting accident took both his legs.

Our heartfelt gratitude to all who made the Tribute to the Troops weekend possible:

Bank of America

Operation Heroes

American Airlines

The Sands Foundation

The Venetian Hotel

The Blue Man Group

USO

Wayne Newton

Terry Fater

Dana Bowman

Senator John Ensign, R-Nev

Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev

Admiral Barry Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate

Rachel & Kelsi Okun, Founders of ThanksUSA

To see more media about this spectacular event, please visit our Facebook page!

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