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The Medal of Honor

050628-N-0000X-002This Monday, October 22, 2007, President Bush on behalf of the Nation publicly honored fallen Navy SEAL Mike Murphy by presenting his grieving parents with the Medal of Honor - and privately honored their sacrifice by wearing a dog tag they'd given him moments before.

"He took his deployment personally. He was going after, and his team was going after, the men who planned, plotted against and attacked not only the United States, but the city he loved, New York," said his father. "He knew what he was fighting for." It is because of the character of men like Lt. Mike Murphy that our children live in safety and  businesses prosper in a stable environment.  And it is darn well time that we all (businesses included) start standing up like real men and real women for our neighbors like Mike Murphy who stand up for all of us.

NBA Coach Brian Hill Joins Heroes Board

GoldStarSupport Our Troops® is pleased to announce that NBA Coach Brian Hill has joined its Heroes Board- October 11, 2006:  NBA Coach Brian Hill graduated from Kennedy College, Nebraska, in 1969 with a bachelor's in physical education. He was a three-year starter on the basketball team and lettered in track. Since 1996, Brian Hill's family has been active in fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The family's efforts have raised $3 million to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. They were awarded the "Breath of Life" award in 1993 from The National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2006 the Hill family was honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service.   Hill's extensive coaching resume spans over 35 years. Hill's coaching career includes high school and fourteen years at the collegiate level. He began as an assistant at Montclair State in 1972, and held assistant coaching positions at Lehigh University and Penn State. He was the head coach at Lehigh for eight seasons. His NBA career began in 1986, serving as an assistant to Mike Fratello in Atlanta for four seasons with the Hawks. Coach Hill joined the Orlando Magic as an assistant to Matt Guokas in 1990, and was promoted to head coach on June 30, 1993. He served as head coach of the Magic from 1993-1997 and is the most successful coach in franchise history, posting a record of 191-104 (.647) during that span. Coach Hill led the Magic to a 60-22 (.732) mark in 1995-1996, a franchise record that still stands. He also led the Magic to their second consecutive Atlantic Division crown and guided the team to the Eastern Conference Finals, before losing to the eventual NBA Champion Chicago Bulls. The Vancouver Grizzlies named him head coach prior to the 1997-1998 season. As the third head coach in franchise history, he took over a team that had won just fourteen games in 1996-1997. The Grizzlies improved by five games under the first year of Hill's leadership. His career with the Grizzlies ended 22 games into the 1999-2000 season. During the 2000-01 season. Coach Hill served as the co-host of "NBA Match-Up" on ESPN. Hill spent two seasons, 2001-2003, as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets. From January 2004 to roughly May 2005 he served as an assistant on the New Jersey Nets coaching staff. Brian Hill returned as head coach of the Magic on May 24, 2005, and during the 2005-2006 season led them to a 36-46 record. He guided the Magic to a 16-6 finish, the best in franchise history, including an eight-game winning streak (March 31-April 15, third-longest in team history) and a 12-game home winning streak (March 10-April 15, fourth-longest in team history). Coach Hill left the Orlando Magic in mid-2007 and is now settling on his next coaching pursuit.

24 Taliban Fighters Killed

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 KABUL, Afghanistan - 24 Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with U.S. Forces in Southern Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters attacked Afghan and coalition troops with rockets and gunfire Monday in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province, sparking a four-hour battle, a coalition statement said.  Learn More.

Remarks at Idaho Bill Signing, 3-29-2007

id-remarks-3-29-07A Tall Moral Obligation.

Remarks at Bill signing, Governor's office, Boise, Idaho, March 29, 2007. I am Martin Boire, chairman of Support Our Troops® A question: A neighbor leaves his family to go off and protect your family. Morally, what do you think you should for his family? For her family?
The thing is, everyone in this room already knows the answer. Witness your presence here and the nature of this gathering. IdahoThe Support Our Troops license plate This license plate enables people to publicly state support for their troops and families, and to aggregate patriotic private money to bolster the families of their neighbors who are sacrificing to protect all of us. Education, car repairs, medical, home needs, emergencies, and the like -- the kinds of things that dad or mom could do if they were home. The Support Our Troops license plate is our gift to those who are serving, and those yet to serve. Those who preserve our liberties, livelihoods, and businesses --- and have families at home while they do. Our message is simple: They Support Us Let's Support Them! This is a tall moral obligation -- looking out for the families of those who are looking out for ours. Thank you Roy Eiguren for shepherding this plate through the Idaho Legislature. Thank you Sen. Lee Heinrich (R), Rep. Mary Shepherd (D), and Rep. Bob Nanoni (R) for sponsoring the legislation. Truly great civilians. And God Bless all of our amazing troops and their wonderful families.

Remarks at Florida Bill Announcement 3-28-2007

Florida"Our Gift"

Remarks by Martin Boire at Media Announcement by Rep. Alan Hays, Capital Rotunda 4th Floor, announcing Support Our Troops specialty plate in Florida. March 28, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
Good Morning!  A question for you: A neighbor leaves his family to go off and protect your family. Morally what you should do for his family? For her family?Now is the time for all good Floridians to come together for the families of the active-duty troops who sacrifice to protect us. A great charity, conceived by civilians in Florida and across this great nation, has been set forth upon the American landscape, and focused on those who protect all of us. Support Our Troops® This charity is from our families, to their families. They protect ours. We'll protect theirs. America is a Visionary Nation. And Florida is a Visionary State. We look to the future, not the past. While some look ask and Why? We look and say Why Not? And the men and women gathered here are just such people. You and I stand surrounded by great people. People of great vision. And their vision is establishing this year the Support Our Troops! plate in Florida. The Support Our Troops license plate will enable people to show their support for their active duty troops and families, and provide a means of raising patriotic private money to bolster the families of their neighbors who are sacrificing to protect all of us. Education, medical, car repairs, home needs, emergency transportation, -- the basic kinds of things that dad or mom would do if they were home. This is a tall moral obligation looking out for the families of those who are looking out for our families. Over 90% of Americans have never served in the military. I am one of them, representative of the rest. And on behalf of all of those they protect, I am here to thank those who do. Our message: They Support Us Let's Support Them. This is our gift to those who are serving, and to those who yet will serve. Those who preserve our liberties, livelihoods, and businesses -- and have families at home while they do. Thank you Senator Carey Baker and Representative Alan Hays, and God bless our amazing troops and their families.

Remarks on Memorial Day 2007

It's Memorial Day!

Remarks posted on website by Chairman Martin Boire for Memorial Day, 2007.
It's Memorial Day! A day where we focus on those who make it all possible of us. America was established and is defended with the blood of her troops, veterans, and war dead. Governments past have ordered them to battle to establish and defend the nation in which we thrive. The highest respect we can pay America's war dead and veterans is to improve what they were asked to create and protect, and the integrity of the American Family that lives here. Therefore, let's all take a pledge this Memorial Day to henceforth demonstrate to those who risk themselves to protect all us, that we are indeed worthy of their protection. {jgquote} The highest respect we can pay America's war dead and veterans is to improve what they were asked to create and protect, and the integrity of the American Family that lives within. {/jgquote} Let's get our American House in order. Let's protect it while they're gone. Let's stop acting like a bunch of ninnies and refocus on making America great. America is the bright spot of the world, a country based on principals and vision. Let's thwart those who diminish it, stand up to those who belittle it, stop the creeping erosion. It's common knowledge that we live in an imperfect corporeal world. It is in the nature of the world for things not to go perfectly. Heaven comes later. But while here, we must each answer the call of excellence and do the best we each can. And in this world, America is be best thing going. And as always, many forces would like to see America gone. Old competitors are regaining, and new competitors are rising fast. It's time to get serous at home about what we are doing. Now is our time.  Now.  Not tomorrow. Now. We civilians need to make ourselves more worthy of the price our neighbors paid and are paying to protect us us. Show them we are worth it.  That we will take the opportunity they give us and make something yet grander of it. They fight, suffer and give life and limb to build and protect this American Family. Let's show our worth by protecting this American Family and thinking less for ourselves, and thinking more for our Country. Join us and help us do so.
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