Former Soldier Draws on Past to Raise Awareness

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 - As the nation's servicemembers continue to fight the global war on terrorism, a group is working to make sure the Americans they're defending are aware of their sacrifices.
"The Greer Foundation raises public awareness of the sacrifices of serving the nation through outreach and commentary on the war on terror," said Steve Greer, the group's founder.

His experiences as an Army command sergeant major in Kosovo and other places that give him the knowledge base for this endeavor, he added.

Greer retired from the Army in January 2003, and started the foundation that same year with his wife, Jennifer, who also is a former soldier. Since then, he has given more than 400 interviews addressing the challenges U.S. troops face while fighting the global war on terrorism. He also speaks free of charge at civic-club meetings, universities and military bases in support of the troops.

Greer has been a member of the Defense Department's retired military analysts group since 2004, and has traveled the world, "visiting troops to thank them for their sacrifices," he said.

While the Greer Foundation's main focus is educating the public about the troops' sacrifices through radio and TV commentary and speaking engagements, it administers two award programs: one honors those killed in action, and the other recognizes children affected by war and conflict.

"Specifically, we award the Master Sgt. William "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal and the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award," Greer said. "Both awards honor the sacrifices of three of America's finest warriors and very close friends of mine."

The foundation is one of the newest home-front members of the America Supports You program. The Defense Department program connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

Greer said he's proud the foundation is now part of America Supports You, and he looks forward to the mutual benefits the partnership will provide.

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