Marine Sergeant in NJ on Mission to Gain More Support for US Troops

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Marine Sergeant will carry the flag of the United States from the Belmar, NJ boardwalk across the state to the capital in Trenton. His mission? To gain more support for U.S. troops protecting our freedom around the world.

I'm not looking for donations or anything like that

Soldiers' Angels salutes United States Marine Corps Sergeant Craig M. Breiner. Sgt Breiner, 30, of NJ has a mission. On January 20, he will carry the flag of the United States from the Belmar, NJ boardwalk across the state to the capital in Trenton. His mission? To gain more support for U.S. troops protecting our freedom around the world.

Breiner explains: "We need to bring the morale of our troops up. Everything you see on television and in the news is so negative. Maybe it's time we give these men and women more credit."

The latest news is of 20,000 troops being extended in Iraq with their current deployment. This makes support of our troops even more critical, and the timing of Breiner's mission perfect.

Sgt. Breiner, a Marine for 7 years, is currently on in-active reserve. He spent seven months in Iraq in 2004 through 2005, serving with the 3rd LAR (known as Wolf Pack), and the 31 MUE (known as Task Force NAHA).

"Schools, hospitals, and infrastructure projects are being built. But, you rarely see these positive stories being reported," he explained. "The Iraqi people, people who for years suffered terrible torture and had loved ones killed by the former ruling party, would thank us for giving them the opportunity to have a better life."

The walk, rain or shine, starts at 6 am at the 16 Avenue Boardwalk, in Belmar, NJ and proceed, down 16 Ave. ( Belmar Blvd., ) to Route 34 North, and then Route 33 West across the state. Sgt. Breiner invites veterans, and everybody interested in showing their support, to join him in the march, and non-denomination prayer service upon completion.

"I'm not looking for donations or anything like that," says Breiner. "I just hope that people will thank a veteran, and remember all the good that goes unreported concerning our military."

Soldiers' Angels is now preparing itself for an even larger workload to coincide with the increased troop levels. We extend support to the deployed troops through letter-writing campaigns, care packages and more. Soldiers' Angels is a non-profit organization that provides ongoing support to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen deployed world-wide, defending and protecting the freedoms we cherish.

We encourage the nation to stand up and support our service members as well. You can quickly get involved at http://www.SoldiersAngels.org. You can also contact us at (615) 676-0239 or via e-mail.

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