EAGLES NFL TEAM HONORS CHEERLEADER
Everyone gets excited about professional athletes and sports heroes, but we must be reminded that the real heroes are not on the football field, but the battlefield! We applaud the Philadelphia Eagles for doing the right thing and recognizing some real Hometown Heroes at their games. This is an amazing story about one of their own team cheerleaders who went on to join the US Army and defend our great nation. Incredible!
|Former Eagles cheerleader now stars for Army
December 20, 2013
As a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader, Rachel Washburn toted pom-poms. As an Army intelligence officer with a special ops combat unit in Afghanistan, she carried an assault rifle and pistol. She was a pioneer on a special mission to relate to local women in ways that would be culturally inappropriate for male troops – including helping deliver an Afghan baby in a snowstorm.
Washburn, 25, who recently returned from her second tour in Afghanistan, will be honored Sunday night as a “Hometown Hero” by the Eagles at their home game against the Chicago Bears.
She didn’t join the Army on a whim. During her three seasons with the Eagles, Washburn was an Army ROTC student and history major at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her father was an Army helicopter pilot and an Air Force fighter pilot. She figures she moved 17 or 18 times growing up, but she calls Philadelphia home even though she just attended college there.
Our Soldiers Gave to Us . . . COMPASSION
American troops are tough, tenacious – and compassionate. As they work to protect America from enemies who want to destroy our way of life, our troops show compassion for the people and creatures around them.
American Marine holds Vietnamese child during the Vietnam War
Army Sgt. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis with Rachet, a puppy she and another solider rescued from a burning trash pile in Iraq.
Our troops deserve our admiration and compassion for all that they do.
MAF has put together a Christmas care package for our troops in Afghanistan. It is especially important that our troops hear from Americans at home during the holidays, when they are thousands of miles away from home protecting us.
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