National Guard Wives Raise Money To Bring Soldiers Home

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Shannon Ison is training at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin with the Kentucky Army National Guard unit in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan, but his wife Deborah is also on a mission.

Deborah tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "As family and friend of the 201st, we are trying to raise $60,000 to bring the whole battalion home back to Kentucky on a 4 day pass before they leave for Afghanistan."

Shannon Ison is a Lexington firefighter and paramedic, and his battalion includes lots of citizen soldiers from central and eastern Kentucky. Some have young families and can't afford to pay their own charter fare home and back to Wisconsin.

Deborah Ison says, "Nor do those families have the funds to travel to Wisconsin for the 4 days to see them. In my research, I only found two pretty good motels within the area so there would be no way they could
house 480 families.

Sure, the families could just patiently wait almost a year for the kind of emotional welcome home celebrations we've seen so often in recent years, but even four days with the loved ones before deployment would make that wait much easier.

The wives only have a matter of weeks to raise the money so anyone who would like to sponsor a soldier's trip or make a donation of any size should make checks payable to: Family and Friends of the 201st
and send them to Red Cross, P.O. Box 1181, Ashland, KY 41105.

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  • by Julie Location: Lexington on Mar 21, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    Does this group include the soldiers from Cynthiana?
  • by MARY Location: BARBOURVILLE on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    it's a shame that these fmilies have to raise this money to see their loved ones before they go. our goverment as "rich" as it is can't pay for this. we have money to entertain every foriegn politican but,but don't have the money for this
  • by Deborah Ison Location: Lexington on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    If any one has any questions or needs additional information, please feel free to contact me at (859) 846-5109 or email me at On behlaf of all the families and friends of the 201st ENBN, we appreciate any efforts to help bring our loved ones home.
  • by Nancy Location: somerset on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    My name is Nancy Ridge and I'am a girlfriend of SPC Michael Morris, a solider in the 201st ENBN. We live in somerset, ky and i was wondering if what i needed to do to bring attetion to the situation here. There a lot of companies here that might be able to donate. I would really like to see if i could help bring in the donations. We are expecting a child in June, mikes 1st, and i would like to see him one last time before he ships out to Afganistan. Please let me know what i can do.


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