Monday, June 23, 2008

Hundreds Turn Out for Troop Appreciation Walk

Hundreds of people turned out for the fourth annual Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund 'Troop Appreciation Walk' on Sunday. The event honored not only the men and women who serve, but also their families. Leading the walk in Minneapolis was the mother of Private First Class Edward (Jim) Herrgott. He was the first Minnesotan killed in the Iraq war. This July marks five years since his death."MMAF is supporting the troops that are over there and helping the injured soldiers that come home. I mean, that's what we're doing it for. Jim will never come back, but we're helping the ones that do come back," said Marcia Herrgott, Jim's mother. The fund provides both emotional and financial support to military families. Since its start, the organization has raised $7 million and has given grants to more than 6,000 people.