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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): A very lofty mission of free home security alarms for deployed servicemembers

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A very lofty mission of free home security alarms for deployed servicemembers

I received a nice email from a Mr. Kandell and thought his project was so worthy, I would like him to tell us about it!  As you can see, it is not easy raising money and trying to provide a valuable service.  It's all yours.....

Hi, My name is Eric Kandell and I have worked in the private sector with military men and women for years.  Whether I have been helping service members, deployed troops, or Veterans, my professional career has allowed me the opportunity to give back to a part of the population I have a lot of respect and admiration for. 

Recently I had the chance to try and form a nonprofit organization that was intended to pay for all associated costs with putting home security alarms in the house of every deployed man and woman possible.  I went as far as securing a law firm that specialized in 501C3 applications with the IRS.  The thought was ideal, we would raise charitable funds and then take all the money raised and install security alarms in the homes of deployed or deploying troops so that the families that stayed behind could be protected and the state of mind of the men and women serving could be relaxed and focused knowing their family members back home were protected.

We were able to negotiate free home alarms with most of the Nation's leading alarm providers, but ran into lots of issues raising funds and getting donations so that we could pay for the ongoing price to monitor the alarm system each month.  Eventually, with regret we gave up on the 501C3 or charitable organization and continued our efforts to educate and let families know they had a friend and advocate in the home security world.

Today Protect Our Troops is a normal business, yes we make money, but we still pass on huge savings and lots of education and assistance to family members of deployed or deploying troops.  There is nothing better than hearing from a spouse of a man or women overseas, serving this country, when they tell us how much better they are sleeping at night, thanks to the alarm Protect Our Troops helped them secure.

Here is what Protect Our Troops currently does for this Nation's men and women of the Armed Forces:

1. We have negotiated FREE home security systems for both active military and Veterans alike.

2.  We have advocated for rock bottom monthly monitoring expenses with companies like ADT for example.

3.  We have removed equipment costs all together.

During deployment, if you got your alarm from working with Protect Our Troops, we can reimburse two months of monthly monitoring expense while a loved one is deployed.

I truly think our original goal of 100% free alarms and monitoring, subsidized by charitable contributions was a great idea.  I think that anyone in harm's way serving this great country should be given a free home alarm by our government.  However, until then Protect Our Troops looks forward to advocating and assisting in any way we can the brave men and women of the military.

Thank you to you all who are sacrificing for the rest of us.  We do not forget the great sacrifices of those family members asked to stay behind and support their loved ones while they are serving.  Thank you all!



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