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Make a difference this week! Maximize collaboration to the N-th Degree!!!

May 26, 2010

As some of you may know from my time on WordPress, I write about communication and social media offer free information that may help with communications effort. I read and write about Social media solutions and collaboration on a regular basis.  

But, today I have recently returned from Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir (yesterday) working in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Transition Units (WTUs). We are, with others, trying to help our service members and families. There some very compelling stories and needs out there. I figure that as a veteran of the USAF myself, I can do more. And, I would like to lead the charge that each of us can collectively try to make a difference, one step at a time.

Additionally, in advance of this blog post, I had prevously reached out to Steve, one of the founders of GovLoop and even asked him about the idea, and he agreed that theirs was also was a great platform to share the information, to help make a difference.

So, without any further delay….drum roll please…

ALL can make a difference this week and during the Memorial Day weekend to help Wounded Service Members & thier families. Let me know what you all think about this and I hope one or two will reach out and make a difference. Thanks! Here’s how:

1) RT the following to help spread this around as you are able and Tweet Your Support: #OperationShoutOut Beginning now til June 5, people can give a “Shout Out” to someone serving in the military & be entered for a chance to win one of 10 Lexmark printers. To participate, go to Twitter (www.Twitter.com), tweet the name & rank of a loved one in the military, along with the hashtag: #OperationShoutOut, from your Twitter account. As part of theOperation Homefront, Office Depot and Lexmark program, people can also engage with and support members of the military via Twitter.

2) View the collaboraative campaign video and share or forward the link: http://bit.ly/bFC78H

3) Get a printer and to support a wounded service member and their family

4) Get involved with Operation Homefront.net and collaborate with us!

5) Read more here—> or view a couple of recent videos http://bit.ly/da36XU

OPERATION HOMEFRONT TEAMS WITH OFFICE DEPOT & LEXMARK TO PROVIDE MILITARY FAMILIES WITH FREE PRINTERS Goal: To Donate 4,000 New Lexmark Printers To Military Families In recognition of Memorial Day, Office Depot® (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, and Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK), a leading global provider of imaging products, solutions and services, today announced a new program in conjunction with Operation Homefront that will provide military families with much-needed technology to help them stay in touch with their loved ones serving in the armed forces. The special program runs from May 30 through June 5. During that time Office Depot and Lexmark will donate a new Lexmark printer* to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of military families nationwide, each time a customer purchases a Lexmark printer in an Office Depot store (regularly priced at $199.99 and above) or online at www.officedepot.com/lexmark/operationhomefront.

Office Depot and Lexmark hope to donate more than 4,000 printers.

“Office Depot is honored to support Operation Homefront through our partnership with Lexmark, and give back to thousands of military families by providing printers through this special program,” said Steve Mahurin, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Office Depot.

“We applaud Operation Homefront for their dedication to military families all over the world, and we hope that our customers will embrace the opportunity to help these families as well.” “Operation Homefront provides necessary assistance to the families of U.S. military troops who are serving our country,” said Paul Rooke, executive vice president and president of Lexmark’s Imaging Solutions Division. “Lexmark is pleased to support dedicated partners like Office Depot that value corporate citizenship as much as we do. In addition to saving time and money with their purchase of a Lexmark all-in-one printer, customers will walk away feeling good about supporting this worthy cause.”

Program Featured on Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart is also helping the cause as well with his No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet featuring a special rear TV panel with the Office Depot, Lexmark and Operation Homefront logos, as well as the message, “Buy A Printer, Support Military Families.

” The message will appear on the race car during the nationally televised Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday, May 30, 6 p.m. EDT, FOX). “I am very grateful to the men and women who serve our country, and that includes all of the military families who sacrifice time with their loved ones,” Stewart said. “They make it possible for people like me to do what I love and for fans to enjoy being at the race track every weekend. For any NASCAR fan who needs a new printer, now is the time to visit your local Office Depot store.

Your purchase of a Lexmark printer will directly benefit a military family, and that is a great gift.” For more information, please visit http://www.officedepot.com/lexmark/operationhomefront About Operation Homefront Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 267,121 needs since 2002.

A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of every dollar donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs.

For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit some of our useful links below:

OH Main Website: www.operationhomefront.net

OH ONLINE Community http://homefrontonline.net

OH Volunteer: http://bit.ly/9gE7v8

OH Donate: http://bit.ly/dyXEEJ

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