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“If you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them…”

-Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader.

Jessica Short has always been inspired by legendary NFL Coach Tony Dungy. His quiet strength of character, his calm under pressure, and his desire to dedicate himself to a power higher than himself are qualities she herself strives to demonstrate in her everyday life. They are also the qualities she sees in those who swear an oath to protect our nation in our Armed Services.

Jessica’s grandfathers served in the military, and she has friends serving across multiple branches. She had heard about Operation Homefront from a friend when she was doing research for the outreach program at her church and was amazed at all the work that Operation Homefront does for military families. So, when her employer DSW Shoes gave their associates the chance to “Leave Their Mark” by nominating a non-profit to potentially receive $75,000, Jessica immediately knew who she would nominate.

“I nominated Operation Homefront because of their comprehensive approach to helping our military families. They have programs for the military wives, the kids, holiday meals, transitional housing for vets and wounded warriors. I think people should vote for Operation Homefront to show support for the family members of our men and women serving in the military. They give up so much on a daily basis so we can enjoy the life we live I think it’s amazing that Operation Homefront focuses on making sure the families stay strong and have the support they need in any situation.”

Here is how $75,000 would further our mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.

• Support transitional housing for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured at Operation Homefront Villages, or to realize the dream of homeownership through the Homes on the Homefront program.
• Support the Critical Assistance Program which comes to the aid of military families facing an unexpected financial crisis.
• Help ensure a military child has everything they need to succeed in school via the Back-to-School Brigade campaign.
• Help welcome the newest members of our military family at Star-Spangled Baby showers.
• Stand by our nation’s caregivers through the Hearts of Valor program.
• Give thanks this upcoming holiday season with the Holiday Meals for Military program.

Since inception, Operation Homefront’s Critical Assistance Program alone has provided over $21 million in financial aid, fulfilling more than 40,000 requests. 92% of all expenditures go toward delivering these crucial programs and services.

Looking beyond just this campaign, Jessica encourages everyone to think about Coach Dungy’s message, and take a minute to walk alongside our military families, helping in any way they can. “It’s as easy as looking around… they’re closer than you think, I promise. And it doesn’t have to be a big campaign, though you can do that. It can be as simple as buying a meal for a family, sitting and listening to their story or even a quick thank you for your service. Anything big or small to show your support is greatly appreciated.”

Or as simple as a quick click and vote for us in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care campaign. VOTE TODAY (and every day through August 15)!
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The paths our military walk carry them to places far from loved ones and friends as they protect our freedoms. Imagine the relief a family feels when the service member’s shoes are back on the doorstep at home. We strive to be there for their families when they are gone, and when they come home and need some support moving forward. Please help us win $75,000 in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care campaign and allow us to provide relief, resiliency and recurring family support to hundreds of military and veteran families across the U.S. Vote today (and every day through Aug 15) at http://shoeloverscare.com and share with #DSWShoeLoversCare

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