Vote for Defending the Blue Line in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, and help them get recognition for the work they do. Go to this website, click on Vote and then "Like" it so that your friends and family on Facebook can read about the program and vote too. This is important stuff, folks. We all know the kind of therapeutic effect hockey can have. Let's make sure others know too.
Info on the challenge and Defending the Blue Line:
In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge and spark action from all sectors of our society—citizens, communities, schools, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government—to ensure military families have the support they have earned.
In an effort to recognize those citizens and organizations with a demonstrated, genuine, and deep desire to be of service to military families, the First Lady and Dr. Biden have established the Joining Forces Community Challenge. The Challenge was established with the expectation that recognizing and celebrating those who are dedicated to improving the lives of military families will have the added benefit of encourage others to do so as well.
Defending The Blue Line was founded in the spring of 2009 by 2 currently serving National Guard Soldiers from Minnesota. To date we have provided over $500,000 in benefits to military families across the US. We provide free hockey equipment, grants to help with association fees, free summer hockey camps, and NHL game tickets.
Here's a video about the organization, as well as their website: http://www.defendingtheblueline.org/