Dr. King’s Legacy of Service – International Events are Local
Today, as we celebrate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am greatly heartened by the outpouring of American support for our neighbors in Haiti. Millions of Americans have given their time, talent, and treasure to assist the survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Port au Prince last week. Floridians, in particular, have gone to extreme lengths in their humanitarian endeavors.
While the vast majority of us will never have to experience the extreme conditions and hardships being faced by the Haitian people, I would like to remind you to also consider the impact the earthquake is having on your coworkers and neighbors.
People all over the 12th District are heavily involved in the relief efforts. Some of our neighbors are working overtime for not-for-profits like the American Red Cross. Others are using their personal wealth and vast connections to arrange transportation for doctors and medical supplies to Haiti. Still others are using their knowledge and training to spread the word about the various means of assistance available for those wanting to help.
Due to my career in the Navy, I know for certain that the men and women of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 6th Medical Group – all stationed at MacDill Air Force Base – are working around the clock to aid in the recovery and relief efforts. Just today, the 6th Medical Group deployed personnel to Haiti to perform medical, logistical, and administrative functions.
These are our neighbors and they need our support. Please take a minute to speak with your neighbor to see what assistance they might need, to see if their family members are doing alright, and to see if there is a way that you might lessen the stress and strain they might be experiencing.
Every day of my life, I am proud to be an American. Today, I am especially proud to see Dr. King’s legacy of service being displayed by Americans, Floridians, and our neighbors.
Please continue to do everything in your power to assist in this ongoing effort.