Citizen soldiers called to war often sacrifice their
paychecks. Reserve pay rarely compares to civilian salaries,
leaving families to struggle financially.
Each month, Operation Brave Kids sends $25 gift
certificates from certain stores to reservist families with
"We go in and get similar to a gift certificate to
send back to the families so that we can help them with either
food or clothing," explained Doug McNamee of Operation
"My wife raised my awareness to it. She wanted to get
involved with families of people who were serving in the armed
services for our country, fighting for our freedom,"
Quarles continued. "I'm definitely going to get involved.
It's a worthwhile organization."
If you would like to follow Shelton Quarles' lead and
donate to the cause, or if you are a member of a reservist
family and would like to sign up for Operation Brave Kids,
visit their Web site at www.operationbravekids.org.