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All I want for my birthday is for you to donate $37 to Got Your Back Network, and I’m running 37 miles to prove it. – Dr. Andy Baldwin

On the occasion of my 37th birthday, I will be running 37 miles on Sunday, Feb. 2rd, to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers through Got Your Back Network!  All I ask is for you to donate $37 or more to the organization. There will be many locals coming out to run, walk, and be there for support and raise awareness for the cause.

Every dollar you contribute will go directly to positive programming and events for these widows and children.  For more information on Got Your Back Network and to donate, please visit

Please click on the upper right hand button on the homepage to make a contribution to Got Your Back Network.  Help these very deserving families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

$37 for 37!! Thank you for your support!! #SOT

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Come out 6-9pm September 26th, 2013 for the 5th Annual Martinis & Makeovers, presented by Little Penguin Productions and benefiting the Got Your Back Network. The evening takes place at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers and features hor d’oeuvres, signature martinis, live jazz music from the Zzymzzy Quartet, and a silent auction. 100% of proceeds goes to the Got Your Back Network, which supports the families of fallen soldiers. Tickets $40 online or $50 at the door.

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for you to donate $36 to Got Your Back Network, and I’m running 36 miles to prove it. – Dr. Andy Baldwin

On the occasion of Andy’s Birthday (Feb. 5th), he will be running 36 miles on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers through Got Your Back Network! All he asks is if you donate $36 to the organization. There will be many locals coming out to run, walk, and be there for support and raise awareness for the cause. Please click on the upper right hand button on the homepage to donate to GYBN and help families of fallen soldiers.

$36 for 36!! Thank you for your support!! #SOT

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Las Vegas, NV—In just one month twenty wives and daughters of our fallen heroes will be attending the Fourth Annual Project Gratitude initiative at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. The highlight of their VIP visit will be a ceremony when each will be “pinned” by former Miss Americas with a crown pin, symbolizing their status as the newest honorary Miss Americas.

The guests will travel from around the country into Las Vegas on Thursday, courtesy of American Airlines. They will be guests of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and attend special events throughout their stay culminating with being royally pampered at the Canyon Ranch Spa on Saturday just in time to watch the Miss America Finals “live” (6 PM PST on ABC) from their VIP seats.

“We started Project Gratitude out of a deep, heartfelt sense of gratitude and highest respect for the ultimate sacrifice that was made by our nation’s fallen heroes and their families,” explains Sharlene Hawkes, former Miss America and President of Remember My Service Productions. “By recognizing each of the women and their daughters as honorary Miss Americas–and giving them the VIP experience that Miss Americas have received over the years–it is just our way of doing what we can to pay tribute to these great Americans.”

The chairman of Project Gratitude is Kathleen Gagg, Executive Director of the Got Your Back Network, who has organized a broad group of volunteers and sponsors to support the tribute (see below for more information about the sponsors) each year.” We are so honored and humbled to do our part in helping return the salute to these incredible families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice”, stated Kathleen Gagg.

To be part of this event via in-kind or monetary donation please contact Shana Smith at or Kathleen Gagg at

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The Got Your Back Network will host a holiday party to ring in the season.
On Dec. 19 at 6 p.m, at the beautiful Pacific Events Center on Camp Pendleton, the exclusive surviving family only event will celebrate the holiday season.
“We’re looking forward to hosting so many families of our fallen heroes,” said Shana Smith, event chair. “Being able to hold events like this further the mission of the Got Your Back Network by creating a network between individual families creating a much larger community.”
The party will include appetizers and a guest visit by Santa Clause – make sure you are staying on his ‘Nice’ list.
Surviving families please RSVP to by December 12.
Got Your Back Network connects with military families who have lost a spouse or parent while serving our country. Our goal is to give comfort, answer a special need, offer guidance and bring a brighter day.

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September 11 is now more than just a date on the calendar, it’s a day in our lives that will forever be linked to New York City and our war on terror. It’s a day that many people congregate and talk about where they were on that day. Each of us remembers where we were when we heard the news, most of us didn’t turn the tv off for days. I had just gotten home from a vacation to Mexico, thankfully I had decided not to extend my trip as I had hoped. I turned on the television and saw the second plane hit the tower and thought it was so horrible that things like that happened in the world and was so happy it wasn’t in the US. Then the newscaster said it was New York City… I almost passed out. That event was the start of a new life for all of us, a new way of so many things but it was also what prompted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have now resulted in more than 6600 service members lives taken.
On September 11, 2012 we were graced with the presence of 4 families of the fallen at Petco park for a Padres game. A night that was shared with laughter, food and good old American baseball. We are so glad that these families braved the cold AND the rain to spend that evening with us. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

On September 26 will be out last Padres game of the year, we still have a few tickets left if anyone is interested please email me at to RSVP.

Each year we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 however we cannot only remember them on this date but keep their memories alive everyday… the same rings true for our men and women in uniform. Please remember lives lost and those still fighting every.


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Board Members Shana Smith and Ali Koppel have signed up to run this years San Diego Color Run to raise funds and awareness for families of our fallen.  This will be each of their first official ‘races’ however this one is more about fun than time.  If you haven’t seen pictures or heard about a Color Run you are in for a treat; basically as you run people stop you and douse you with color.  You start in the race requirement of all white however by the end you look as though you lost the fight with Sherwin Williams!   
The Got Your Back team looking for teammates to run with us who are passionate about the cause and want to have A LOT of fun!  Please sign up to run with us or, if you can’t please consider a monetary donation to support Got Your Back and our mission.

If you would like to donate towards Shana and Ali’s run and support their efforts for families of our fallen please click HERE.

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We wanted to celebrate the end of summer and the welcoming back to school with a beach party on August 25! All families of the fallen are invited to attend.
We thought it would be great to have everyone bring something to share however the hot dogs and hamburgers are on us! Please email or Ali at to RSVP.

We are looking forward to a great day of fun in the sun and hope to see you all there!