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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Local organization donates to troop support project

Recently the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association (ACEOA) made a donation to Strength for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that raises money for the devotional books and helps assist deployed chaplains with items they need.

The ACEOA is a non-profit organization founded by Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers and concerned citizens whose main objective is Resource Protection through Education.

When they heard about Strength for Soldiers they quickly acted to see what they could do to help. When the ACEOA realized Audra Mickle, a Troy University student, was raising money for Strength for Soldiers they generously donated $500 dollars to the cause.

ACEOA’s Executive Director Rusty Morrow said, “It was an easy decision for us to make as an organization. It’s for a good cause and it’s something we believe in. We are even considering putting Strength for Soldiers in our annual budget.”

An article about Strength for Soldiers ran in the Advertiser in March and since that time, more than $3,000 has been donated to the project, Mickle said.

To make a donation, make checks out to Strength for Soldiers and mail to Strength for Soldiers,
209 Sweet Briar Lane,Prattville, Al 36067

Mickle said donations of any size are welcome and she will put labels inside the book covers letting the soldiers know where and who the books came from. The donations are also tax deductible, Mickle said.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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