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LAS VEGAS, NV /Send2Press Newswire/ — Freedom is the cornerstone of our American values. Many courageous men and women in this great nation have made a choice to join the active duty military, the National Guard, or the Reserves to guard and protect freedom for all of us. All Americans have a choice to help support these heroes, regardless of how we feel about the war, through the programs offered by the Nevada Benefits Foundation (www.defendingfreedom.net).

Phil Randazzo, a Las Vegas businessman, has taken the initiative to help raise money to support our troops through two programs; the sale of “Defending Freedom” wrist bands and an “adopt a reservist” program. To date, these two programs, along with a locally held rally, have raised over $40,000. Randazzo’s ultimate goal for the foundation is to raise and donate over one million dollars in 2005.

For a minimal donation of $3, the Defending Freedom wristband will symbolize heartfelt support of our troops and their families. All of the proceeds from contributions go to the Armed Forces Relief Trust (www.afrtrust.com).

Wear your Defending Freedom wristband proudly – everyday – wherever you go! Wristbands can be ordered to be worn proudly, or can be donated to our troops overseas from the website, www.defendingfreedom.net.

415,000 families are not only missing a loved one, but missing the financial ability to support themselves. In some cases, families are suffering a 70% decrease in salary compared to their civilian job. This means many are struggling to even clothe and feed their families. With that fact in mind, the “adopt a reservist” program was developed which puts people, willing to give support, directly in contact with a reservist family. No middle man.

“Our next endeavor will be our own documentary to spread the message to support the troops,” says founder, Phil Randazzo, who will be traveling the country for three months eating nothing but MREs (what our troops eat when deployed) and sleeping in his vehicle while informing people of ways in which they can help support our troops.

See the website www.defendingfreedom.net for more general information about the organization.

News issued by: Nevada Benefits Foundation

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Original Story ID: (108) :: 2005-02-0217-003

Original Keywords: Nevada Benefits Foundation, Phil Randazzo, Defending Freedom, War, Reservist, Army, Bush, wrist band, Guardsman, Overseas, ribbon, MRE Nevada Benefits Foundation

News Source: Nevada Benefits Foundation