Advancing National Service

You Can Help Send a Soldier Home for the Holidays

December 24, 2013
You Can Help Send a Soldier Home for the Holidays
More than 120 service members will spend Christmas with their families thanks to this charity.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially for America’s military service members, whose time off is never guaranteed. Veteran Ernie Stewart knows this first-hand. The first holiday season that Stewart was in the Air Force, his father sprung for a $600 plane ticket home after he received last-minute leave. Fast-forward to 2002, and Stewart decided to pay it forward by soliciting donations from friends and family to purchase airfare for a few soldiers to see their families over the holidays. The response was overwhelming. In just a few weeks, Stewart had raised more than $13,000, enough to fly 28 soldiers home. This year, Stewart’s organization, Let’s Bring ’Em Home, has already booked 122 flights for service members stationed around the world after receiving more than $80,000 in donations and half a million frequent flyer miles, making the holidays happier for our men and women in uniform.