Since January, a dedicated group of Bryan Cave staff, led by Anne Neilson and Maureen Stephenson, has collected and sent money and much-needed supplies to the firm’s adopted Marine platoon – the 3/4 Battalion – and other related Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon programs.
To date, the firm has sent 70 cartons of supplies in support of efforts to build a school in the village of Now Zad, Afghanistan, and to help patients and wounded soldiers at a hospital in Kandahar. School supplies, books and other materials have been sent to Adopt-a-Platoon’s Operation Children Care, which serves children throughout the Afghan region. Plans also are under way for the firm to begin sending additional supplies to the 4/7 Battalion, which has taken over the 3/4 Battalion’s post. In addition, Bryan Cave staffers have contributed $2,400 to send 20 marines to the annual Marine Ball on June 17, an event that will celebrate the 3/4 battalion’s return home.
In April, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon appointed Bryan Cave’s Neilson as the board’s corporate secretary. Since February, Bryan Cave has served as the organization’s first and only “Administrative Angel” partner, a result of the Bryan Cave team’s work in spearheading a system to streamline the delivery of materials to participating Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon troops.