Thursday, February 28, 2008


My wife and I traveled to Whistler, British Columbia to rendezvous with our daughter, her husband, my brother-in-law, and his wife. We traveled from North Carolina to Seattle by commercial air, rented a GMC Acadia from Hertz at Seatac Airport, and drove 220 miles north to the village and resort at Whistler. While others in our group skied, Doreen and I joined a small group of people from London, Alberta, and Australia and rode snowmobiles. The pictures above and below show the area we explored. The backcountry was National Geographic-like as the experience thrilled us.

Have a good day and return later for more about the trip!

Me inside helmet

Driver's view

Receiving instructions

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Results Around North Carolina

Read the below message from our state commander.

Please feel free to share this information with your Chapter, friends, family and the press if you wish.

Within NC, we've concluded the Wounded Warrior Christmas Leave Program that raised $165,000 and sent 4 Navy Corpsmen and 66 Marines from the Wounded Warrior Barracks of Camp Lejeune and 50 Soldiers from both Ft. Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion and Womack Army Hospital home for Christmas - a grand total of 120! The excess, as we did last year, will roll over to 2008's Christmas Leave program and will fund any Emergency Leave Travel during 2008 from these three locations. This could not have been possible without your support and generosity. In spite of the negative news coverage, we did extremely well and were able to help a large number of our wounded troops. The fund raisers for this year have earned all the best accolades for a job well done - Jim Casti of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Steve Tyson of New Bern (Century21). Also, I should include the Knights of Columbus (throughout NC) who donated $50,200. Thank you all

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Yours in Patriotism,

Jesse G. Torres, Commander
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Department of North Carolina
1114 Ranger Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278
919-241-4109 Home
919-923-5846 Cell
919-968-8991 Fax