TN National Guard gets $75k grant to help needy families

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A group that provides financial assistance to Tennessee National Guard families in need will get some extra help.

Last week, Kangaroo Express presented a check for $75,198 to the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Tennessee Auxiliary Soldier/Airman Relief Fund, Inc. The company raised the money through its "Salute Our Troops" fundraising campaign that ran from Independence Day through Labor Day and collected donations from customers across 13 states.

In Nashville, Silver Star recipient Staff Sergeant Tommy Rieman presented the check to Betty Redmond, president of the EANGTN Auxiliary Soldier/Airman Relief Fund, along with two representatives from Kangaroo Express, regional director Chris Hughes and district sales manager Margaret Goodley. The donations allow the organization to assist Tennessee National Guard members who are in financial need due to the economy, returning from deployment, sickness and any other form of emergency relief.

"Thanks to the steadfast commitment behind the Salute Our Troops Campaign, we will be able to provide an ever increasing amount of financial aid to our National Guard service members and their families when they need it most," said Redmond. "This generous donation from Kangaroo Express will enable us to assist more families with more financial aid per family."

This is the second year of the "Salute Our Troops" campaign, which has raised millions of dollars for military support organizations across the country. Last year the campaign was able to donate $46,000 to the EANGTN Auxiliary Soldier/Airman Relief Fund.

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