In Honor of Lt. Col. Hall and the Family that Remains

Ginny-Marie Case
Help Support Families of Our Fallen Marines/In Honor of Lt. Col. Hall and the Family that Remains
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Leticia Jones Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM
Reply-To: Leticia Jones
"All Gave Some; Will Gave All" -- Please Show Your Support for T*A*P*S as We Run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 26th in Memory of Lt. Col. William G. Hall

Dear Ginny-Marie

Following is a short piece from our life that has forever changed and added to our family. Please show your support as you read by donating to T*A*P*S as we run the 26.2 miles to remember a husband, father, brother, friend, Marine......

Saturday, March 29th 2008, we receive a frantic call from our friend Xio and head north. Little is known. We simply wait. The next morning, the image of the approaching Marines in uniform, the overwhelming emotions, and shock of what follows burns into our memory -- Lt. Col. Wlliam G. Hall killed-in-action (KIA) on March 30th in Fallujah, Iraq. Since then, friends, family and complete strangers have been there to offer any amount of help and support. It has been truly amazing!

Will served a teacher/mentor role to Derrick in the early years of his Marine Corps service in Okinawa, Japan when he was a "butter-bar" 2nd Lieutenant (now a Major) and they soon became close friends; Derrick later served as Will's best man when he married Xio; we've jumped around together from Oki to Florida and finally California interspersed with multiple deployments; we've danced and partied together and could tell a thousand stories of good times; the "boys" rode motorcycles together and exchanged Mustang knowledge (since they both owned a Ford muscle car); we've experienced the pregnancies and births of their 2 daughters and watched their sons grow. To say the least, we are quite close; we're family.

As you may know, I am a bit of a runner and have been fortunate enough to have spent the last 4 and half years running the many trails of America's Finest City - San Diego, CA. As a runner (who will now be running the trails outside of Quantico, VA south of Washington, DC - Marine-country, as they say), I thought the Marine Corps Marathon would be a special tribute to Will, our friend and brother. Xio, his wife, has decided to join as a first-timer and Team Semper Fi was born with 11 (and counting) committed to running the 26.2 miles on October 26th (room for more, too - hint).

Making it even more special is this phenomenal group - TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) - that provides help and support to families like Xio's. This past May, Xio and the kids attended one of the TAPS programs in DC. In her words..."the TAPS Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camp (for the kids) gives military survivors an opportunity to come together in our nation’s capital each Memorial Day weekend and share in a weekend of remembering, healing, and love. We attended the camp this year and the kids had a wonderful time healing, playing and being around others who understood and shared their grief. Words can not express the impact the seminars had on me and the camp had on my children."

While it is tragic that I have discovered TAPS with Will's death, I am grateful that such an organization exists for the military family. To continue to support the TAPS efforts and, more importantly, Xio and the kids - Xavier (13), Xander (10), Tia (6), and Gladys (3) , I am raising funds for what is truly a wonderful organization. Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress and T*A*P*S. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

Please join us as we run and remember.

Many thanks!
Leticia "Tish" Jones

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