My name is Thomas Harris, and I served in the United States Army. I just vacationed in Marina Del Rey and Vegas, saw your SOS decals on some local merchants’ windows in the Marina, and visited your website. I bought breakfast at Killer Café (10% discount), bought some boots at Bartel’s Harley Davidson (10% discount) and had a great dinner at C&O Trattoria (10% discount) – and all in the same day! Thank you for this great service; it is a great help when we Veterans save a few dollars, and get a heartfelt thanks. We like to shop where companies give discounts, and it is great to find a website where they are listed. I will tell my friends about your website, and will use it back home. I will also use it on my next vacation to pre-plan. I will ask my boss to join SOS, since he has a construction company in Paradise, CA, where I live.
Thomas Ludvik Harris II July 26, 2013
Posted November 6, 2013 by The Argonaut
By Michael Aushenker
One might say Monte Cook III is a character. One might also say Cook has character.
A sales and marketing consultant and memorabilia broker, Cook is captain of a three-level, 65-foot private yacht (the Mer Sea) that he used to charter to the likes of Britney Spears and Sex Pistols front man John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon. But for the past two years, Cook has also been working in support of men and women in the military via his website SupportingOurServicemen.com, where current and future veterans can find out about restaurant, entertainment and retail discounts.
Home Depot has for years offered service members a 10% discount. Cook’s goal with SOS is to let those in uniform know about that and other offers. Businesses that make a $25 donation to SOS get a listing and their website linked to SOS, an online repository where soldiers and former soldiers can check for discounts. Each business is assigned a bronze, silver or gold start depending on the level of discount offered, with gold reserved for merchants offering discounts of 25% or more.
“I’m not doing it for profit. I’m doing it because it makes me feel good and I want to help,” said Cook, who launched his site after an emotional conversation with an enlisted man living off of food stamps. The SOS list currently includes Abbot’s Habit coffeehouse, Abbot’s Pizza Company and Hal’s Bar and Grill in Venice, Figtree’s Café and Grill and C&O Trattoria in Venice; Killer Shrimp, Baja Cantina, and Wahoo Fish Tacos in Marina del Rey; and Pizza Fusion and El Pollo Loco Santa Monica. There are many others outside Los Angeles, and Cook hopes to take his list nationwide. He wants to eventually include a phone app for his website, mount bigger fundraisers and open brick-and-mortar SOS centers with thrift shops.
On Monday, Veteran’s Day, Cook will host a booth at Veteran’s Park in Carson, free barbecue for service members. On Nov. 14, Cook will partner with Watering Seeds Organization for a fundraiser at the StubHub Center in Carson
Animal Therapists Assisting in Living – Animal T.A.I.L.
Los Angeles, CA Creator: Sheri Williams(310)220-7400
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the great work that Supporting Our Servicemen is doing for our Veterans. Through my program, Animal T.A.I.L., I know the difficulties these men and women face when they return home from war. The scars they wear, which we cannot see or fully understand, are deep and have a great impact on their lives. With the work that the SOS Centers will be providing, are much needed and will be greatly appreciated by our nation’s Veterans.
I am so grateful and proud to be able to have my Animal Assisted Therapy program as a part of the SOS Centers, along with all the other great services that will be available for our veterans who are suffering from PTSD, and other psychological issues. The bond among servicemen and women is a strong, unbreakable bond. I believe these centers will help bring back a sense of belonging, understanding and a connection shared between one another that has been missing in their lives, since returning from the war.
It is such a privilege to be able to help our veterans, and I know that these SOS Centers, with all they will be doing, will be the most tremendous “thank you” that we American’s can possibly give to those who have already given so much to us.
Sheri Williams / animaltail.org