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“Medrano Pride” – letter writing for our troops

I was pleased to be asked to speak recently to DISD Medrano Middle School students during the “Medrano Pride” Initiative. Royalyn Reid, CEO of CMI and a Government Contracting SBDC superstar client, adopted the school last year. This year, Mrs. Reid and CMI challenged the students to participate in a holiday letter writing campaign to the men and women of our military who were in active service to the nation during the holiday season. It is important to note that the students were asked to write the letters over their Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. 

I spoke to the students about the importance of their letter writing campaign and what the letters would mean to our troops. I’ve been on the receiving end of letters from strangers and know first hand how they made me feel and what they meant in my life. It is difficult to adequately describe exactly how much receiving those letters lifted my spirits. The students felt my genuine passion and embraced the importance of the letter writing campaign by responding with over 4,500 letters. The USO Office was touched by the students’ efforts and reported that Medrano Middle School turned in the most letters of any single group.

I’m flattered that Mrs. Reid would say, “Tim’s contributions as a speaker and role model for the kick-off event and celebration finale made a big difference!”


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Mission First, Soldier Always!

Recently I had an opportunity to participate with one of our star clients Mrs. Royalyn Reid, President and CEO of CMI in their annual Medrano PRIDE Community Service Pep Rally.  I had the pleasure of addressing a gym full of screaming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Mrs. Reid and CMI are freely sharing of their financial success and good fortune in giving back to the community.  They adopted this middle school 2 years ago and this year are enlisting their help in a letter writing campaign for our service members stationed around the world during this coming holiday season.

While virtually every Veteran reading this post understands what its like to be on duty far, far away from home and away from family during the holiday season.  Some people reading this may not have had that experience.  All Veterans reading this post know that when you wear the uniform, the mission will always dictate just how much of the holiday spirit and cheer you can enjoy, and rightfully so.  Also, while almost every Veteran reading this post understands what its like to have “mail call” while in the field, on maneuvers or whatever your service happens to call it.  Still, others may not.

Can you imagine seeing a truck full of mail heading to your location and you absolutely knowing several pieces of the mail is addressed to you?  Can you imagine standing in a formation of 600 or so service members waiting for your name to be called during “mail call,” only to have “mail call” end without your name being called a single time?  Can you imagine having this scene play itself out for you week after week, month after month?  Can you imagine how devastating that is for a young person?  Can you imagine how devastating that is for anybody?

What Mrs. Reid, her staff and the students at Medrano Middle School are doing with their letter writing campaign will absolutely make a huge difference in the lives of many young and old service members during this holiday season.  Many of the kids are probably too young to truly understand the significance of their actions, but take it from someone who knows.  Folks, what they are doing is absolutely huge!


See you on the high ground!


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