BALTIMORE, MD, January 21, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Supporting our armed forces is a great way to make a difference in the lives and morale of the military men and women currently serving and deployed overseas. That is what Joe Corbi's, a family business, has set out to do.
With the help of a program called AdoptaPlatoon - http://www.adoptaplatoon.org, Rocco and Laureen Violi initiated the process of supporting troops who sacrifice by being away from home and their families. Since 2003, Joe Corbi's and its family of employees have supported many different troops overseas. The AdoptaPlatoon program assigns you to various platoons as they are deployed, and as they return home, another is assigned. This gives many of the troops some of the benefits of having the support from home. In most cases, the troops do not have the advantage of base PX stores during deployment.
Each platoon has a point of contact. Once contact is made, they are asked to provide a wish list from each troop and care packages are prepared and shipped monthly.
A lot of thought and work is put into the care packages. While nothing can replace being home with family, especially around the holidays, some of the packages are designed specifically for and sent to arrive on various holidays. For example, Christmas decorations were sent along with wrapped gifts specifically for each individual. During other months, various goodies such as snack foods, DVDs including DVD players, tvs, coffee makers, pancake griddles and personal care items are sent. Also, Joe Corbi's - http://www.joecorbi.com - famous pizza is sent periodically along with a pizza oven and Grandma Corbi's Cookies.
Joe Corbi's most recent platoon is a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) platoon. Bravo Battery is stationed out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma and is currently deployed overseas. They are the youngest of the Bravo Battery Platoons, with most of the 16 guys under age 26. By the time they return home from deployment, they will have been deployed for approximately 15 months.
The platoons are always very grateful for the support and letters of thanks are received regularly. The troops of the MLRS Bravo Battery are so grateful they want to personally meet Rocco and Laureen and wanted to pitch in to provide travel expenses for everyone to get together and have a barbeque. Rocco and Laureen will take the troops up on their offer to meet them, but at no cost to the troops.
This program - http://www.adoptaplatoon.org - is supported by Joe Corbi's with great pride for all the armed forces that protect our country.