Support Our Troops news

Eric Maddox with Barbara and Charles Runner

Eric Maddox with Barbara and Charles Runner

Charles Runner, President, Support Our Troops

On June 20, SOT was honored to have Eric Maddox as a guest at our meeting. Eric, who is a relative of Robson Ranch residents Bill and Avanell Patton, served in the U.S. Army from 1994 to 2004 as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne and as a linguist. From July to December 2003 SSGT Maddox was deployed as an interrogator with a special operations task force during which he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected intelligence that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the National Defense Intelligence Agency Directors Award. Eric is the author of Mission Blacklist #1, which details his six month effort to locate Saddam and his senior regime members.

SOT Web Page: The new SOT web page, designed by SOT Webmaster Sam Goodrich, is now online. It explains the many SOT volunteer programs, identifies our donors and contains a new section concerning the Veterans Park.

Home Flags: Many Robson Ranch residents display home flags on designated flag days, special occasions and any day they want to feel patriotic. Flags should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. You may fly your flag at night, but flag etiquette requires that you must light the flag. Torn and frayed flags should be properly destroyed. If you would like a home flag, SOT will provide the flag, pole, ground sleeve and cap for $35. That includes tax and installation by our friendly home flag team, and $25 of the charge is tax deductible. Contact Quinn Sowell at 262-1106 if you want a home flag, replacement flag or parts or need service of the flag ground sleeve.

Kroger Community Rewards: For the past four years SOT has participated in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This program allows Kroger shoppers who have a Kroger Plus Card to help Support Our Troops accumulate rewards. There is no cost to you. Each time you shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card, the total from your purchase is added to the account of the charity organization you select. Each quarter Kroger reviews the accumulated amounts for each organization on their list and sends the organizations their reward check based on those amounts. SOT has received $1,400 in 2014 and has received $496 so far this year.

If you are a current participant in the program, you must re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program each year. If you have not yet registered with Kroger, you will have to complete the registration process on their website before selecting a community rewards recipient. It is not complicated and will only take a few minutes to complete. The SOT web page has more detailed information about the registration process.

The next SOT meeting will be at noon on Saturday, July 18, in the Bandera-Medina rooms of the clubhouse. All residents and guests are welcome.