Our military men and women have served and sacrificed so much to give everyone the freedom we have today. My name is Jasmine Cochiaosue. I am a member of the U12 RAGE Orange Team. I want to thank my coach, Nina Cefalo, the RAGE organization, Erika Carlson, and all those involved in the Leadership Academy. I have been given a great opportunity to show appreciation to our military heroes, past and present.
It is obvious that many people care, but they just don’t know how to show their support. I want to share my experience and show all that even a small effort goes a long ways to recognizing and honoring our United States Armed Forces.
I decided to do a pledge run to raise money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project helps bring awareness, but most of all provides programs and services to our injured military heroes. My family and friends donated over three hundred dollars as I ran the Bah Humbug 5K Run in San Ramon. All of the pledges were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
December 12th was known as Wreaths across America Day. I joined thousands of volunteers to lay wreaths, giving tribute and sending the message of how important it is to remember our fallen heroes. I am grateful for the event as I was able to honor my grandfather by personally placing a wreath on his tombstone at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
Our military heroes have done so much for our country and we can never truly thank them enough. I have started a campaign to have letters sent to our troops overseas. With the assistance of the USO, I hope to give a little show of appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
I want to thank my family and friends who continue to encourage me as I continue my journey to express my gratitude and support to our military heroes.