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Baldwin Is Ambassador for Army’s Freedom Team Salute.

By Herald Staff

COURT HOUSE — Jackie Baldwin, health and safety coordinator of the Cape May County Red Cross has been named an ambassador for the Army’s Freedom Team Salute.
As such, she is the local contact for all active duty soldiers to recognize the spouses and parents for their support.
The National Guard and Reserve Active Duty soldiers can also recognize their employer. All Army veterans are also recognized.
Baldwin plans to have a booth at the Cape May County 4-H Fair, which opens Thursday and continues until Saturday at the Cape May County 4-H Fairgrounds, Court House-South Dennis Road. Through that public exposure, she hopes the program will gain wide acceptance among the county’s residents.
Freedom Team Salute is an Army program provided at no cost. Its members serve as “the centerpiece of the essential and well enduring bond between our U.S. Army and every American who lives with an appreciation of the price of freedom,” Baldwin stated.
“The program is a voice of sincere appreciation for all those who embody the essence of ‘Army Strong.’ Freedom Team Salute exists to recognize the essential bond between soldiers, family and community,” she continued.
The program celebrates the sacrifices made by all who support our soldiers. Freedom Team Salute honors the millions of soldier veterans who have served and remain as our living connection to generations of duty, honor and patriotism.
Freedom Team Salute is a Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff program launched in May 2005.
The program recognizes Army veterans and the parents, spouses and employers of active duty Army soldiers.
Anyone can honor a veteran. (Only the veteran can be recognized at this time and their spouses or parents are not eligible.)
Active duty soldiers can honor their parents and spouse. Guard and Reserve Soldiers can nominate parents, spouse and employer. (Soldiers are not eligible for commendation until they become a veteran).
Commendation packages arrive in four to six weeks.
Every Freedom Team Salute honoree receives an official commendation package, which includes a certificate of appreciation and personalized letter from the Secretary of State of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff thanking them for their support of today’s Army.
The packages also include an official U.S. Army lapel pin and two Army decals.
Ambassadors are committed to thanking Army veterans for their service and thanking the parents, spouses and civilian employers that support our soldiers.
They raise local awareness for Freedom Team Salute and personally experience the impact this program has on our Army community.

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