FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - Members of the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army came together to look back on another successful year. The local folks who head the group say the organization is not limited to those who serve or once served.
"A lot of folks weren't in the military but they know the sacrifice our men and women face and go through by being deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and supporting AUSA is one way to give back," explained retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Baker, president of the Coastal Empire chapter.
But the majority of its members are soldiers, past or present, who recognize the value of the group to improve the lives of soldiers in the field and families at home.
"AUSA gives us a voice, a voice on the Hill, a voice in the community to advocate our needs and the things that we need to get to our congressmen and things we need to get to the Hill," noted Sgt. Major Edd Watson.
Sam's Club in Pooler recently came to AUSA's aid with a $1,500 donation. Baker said they're just one of several corporate sponsors who helps.
"They [corporate sponsors] donate volumes of help and money to help us support soldiers, families and the retired community. I tell you, without our corporate sponsors, we would not be able to do a lot of the things that we do day in and day out," Baker added.
For their efforts to stand with the soldiers of today and yesterday, the AUSA and it's sponsors earn a WTOC Military Salute.