Friday, October 22 2010 @ 10:01 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I am a member of an organization called the "Association of Spanish Flyers." I spent most of my time while serving in the Air Force as a Spanish linguist, flying airborne intelligence collection, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions on C-130's, RC-135's, and AWACS all over Latin America. The guys I worked with during those years are members of this association, mostly now retired. Some of the guys who were the young guns when I was on active duty are now high ranking NCO's, and over the weekend I learned of an apartment fire in the area of Omaha, Nebraska.
Staff Sergeant Marcus Brodman is a young Spanish linguist currently assigned to the 97th Intelligence Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Last Friday he lost all of his possessions in an apartment fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire. Unfortunately, however, Marcus had just moved into this new apartment just days earlier and he did not have time to transfer his homeowners insurance policy to the new apartment. The fire was caused by his new roommate, who accidentally started the fire when trying to cook something. Marcus is currently attending the Air Force Leadership School, and he is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East immediately upon graduation. When I first heard of this fire, Marcus didn't even have a flight suit...
If You Can Help: Marcus is a young, single military guy with few possessions - all of which have now been lost. I never ask my readers to do anything, but if you can help this kid out with a small donation it would be greatly appreciated. Once, several years ago when I was still on active duty I was in a similar situation, and believe me - even $20 bucks can make a difference. Anyway, please do what you can. You can make a donation via PayPal to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org - and thanks.
Update: Physical Mail Address: Someone asked in the comments for a mailing address so they can send useful items. Marcus is staying with a friend, and the address is: Marcus Brodman, 3051 Pease Dr., Bellevue, NE 68123. Please send any physical donations of items there. And, thanks again.
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