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AK National Guard Families Get Needed Financial Assistance

11/21/2008

ANCHORAGE — Deployments of Alaska's National Guardsmen can leave their families living on reduced incomes, making it tough on these families who also are sacrificing for our nation.

Fortunately, they’re getting some much needed financial assistance.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance is contributing $12,000 to the Alaska National Guard Friends of the Guard & Reserve fund, which will help support the financial needs of 3,850 Guard members and their families.

"We always need more money so we don't have to turn any families away," said Jan Myers, the secretary of the Guard and Reserve Fund. "We’re going through our money fast and the hardships of Guardsmen doing their duty are particularly rough on families in outlying areas."

Larry Sutterer, TriWest's market vice president for Alaska, will present the check in the presence of Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard, John Gipe, the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, The Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard, Lt. Gen. (Alaska) Craig E. Campbell, and Alaska Command Sergeant Major Gordon Choate.

The presentation takes place at 6 p.m., today, Nov. 21, at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage, 401 E. 6th Ave., to begin the Alaska National Guard’s Non-commissioned Officer's Ball.

"The Friends of the Guard and Reserve appreciate this incredible contribution from TriWest," Lt. Gen. Campbell said. "Your continued generosity will make an impact in the lives of many Alaska National Guard members and their families."

TriWest's contribution, the third consecutive annual contribution, is part of its holiday "Giving to the Guard" campaign providing support to National Guard units throughout its 21-state west region.

To contribute to the fund, send a check payable to the Friends of the Guard & Reserve to 4581 Drake St., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99709.