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Worthy Causes

1:59 PM, Jul 13, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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A couple worthy causes that our readers need know about. The first is a new project set up by WWS contributor Bill Roggio with the aim of providing fresh reporting and analysis on The Long War. Roggio's new organization, Public Multimedia Inc., already has plans to sponsor fully the costs of embedding two reporters in Iraq, and will partially sponsor a third:

In order to further our mission to provide reporing and analysis on The Long War, PMI will be supporting 3 embeds in the upcoming days. We are fully sponsoring 2 embeds: Wes Morgan, an ROTC cadet from Princeton University who writes for the Daily Princetonian, will be embedding in Iraq with General Petreaus and his staff in Baghdad; and Bradley Patty, a military contractor who has written on intelligence and counterinsurgency, who will be reporting from the Philippines with U.S. special operations forces and the Armed Forces of Philippines. In addition, PMI will be providing Michael Totten with insurance for his current embed in Iraq. I also anticipate traveling back to Iraq in September to report on the progress of the surge.

Our readers are well aware of how critical Roggio's work is to getting out the facts about the war in Iraq, the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you want to contribute to those efforts, you can click here to read more about the project and find a link to donate.

Another project that is near and dear to the WWS is being put forward by Vets for Freedom. Vets for Freedom is an organization that was set up to give voice to veterans of the war in Iraq that support the mission of bringing peace and democracy to that country. The group is asking every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who believes in supporting the mission--and defeating America's enemies--to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 17.


But the group is also raising money to fund that journey for troops who might otherwise not be able to attend. I'd encourage any of our reader who are veterans to read more about the event at the Vets for Freedom website. For those who simply wish to help defray the costs of those who will attend, you can click here to make a donation. Every dollar donated over the next in the next four days will be used to reimburse the travel costs of veterans who will be paying their own way to Capitol Hill.

And finally, the Wounded Warrior project has long been a favorite of THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Wounded Warrior's mission is to "raise public awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members to aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs." Ranger Up is working on something called Operation GRIM to support and raise awareness about the good works of the Wounded Warrior project. GRIM stands for Grace in Maxim. Who is Grace, you ask? She's the babe you see at right. Ranger Up wants to see Grace grace the pages of Maxim magazine wearing her Wounder Warrior gear. All you have to do is email Maxim, subject "Operation Grim," and tell them to put Grace in the mag, or else.