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From my family to yours... Happy Thanksgiving!
From my family to yours, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
We have so much to be thankful for, and this year I’d like to share one person in particular that deserves our gratitude.
Earlier this month, I was extremely proud to attend the ceremony held at the Pentagon for Yorba Linda resident Bridget Blehm as she was sworn in to serve as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA).
Military families throughout Orange County are very familiar with Bridget and the incredible work she has done serving as Executive Director of For Families of Active Military (FFAM). For more than a decade, Bridget has hosted an annual Thanksgiving dinner to provide hope and support to local military members and their families. As a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Bridget is the ideal candidate to support and advocate for U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, and families of Southern California.
Bridget was one of five Californians to be selected to serve as a CASA, which comes with a 3-star general rank. Bridget’s duties will include participating in advisory panels that will help create a better dialogue between the civilian and military communities in Southern California.
Our military men and women make countless sacrifices for us and many are away from their families during the holidays. Making sure they have a place to go and get a nice, warm, home cooked meal on Thanksgiving is incredibly important. We’re so lucky to have such a dedicated hostess in our community.