While we didn't have to burn our personal mail as our colleagues did in Berlin, we were under numerous security regulations, including no travel to Eastern European countries -- for fear we would be abducted for what we knew or didn't know. (I plan to write about this European experience in the sequel to MRS. LIEUTENANT.)
To this day my husband and I are both security conscious. And just the other day I had been telling him how careful Trish Forant, founding president of eMailOurMilitary.com, is with the information she handles for her organization.
So when I got the following message from the eMailOurMilitary.com Facebook group to which I belong, I asked Trish's permission to reprint her message here because what she says is so important for all of us to remember:
It has come to our attention that there are people who do not wish to go through the registration process in full to become eMOM members and support our troops.Visit eMailOurMilitary.com now and learn how you can support Trish's organization and our troops.
Unlike some other organizations, eMail Our Military requires that troop supporters provide basic information before they are given access to membership and our service members support information.
Before you can become an approved member and receive the name, rank, address and email address for a service member you must register with your name, address, phone # and email address.
As stated on our website and registration form, for the safety and security of our military personnel, we ask that registrants kindly take a moment to fill out our membership registration form in full.
Having this information ensures that our military service members are protected in case problems should arise.
Because eMOM members DIRECTLY support the U.S. effort to end terrorism and are corresponding and supporting our deployed troops one-on-one, we believe that anyone who wishes to become a member won't mind sharing some basic information to ensure the safety and security of our deployed troops.
If you believe this is too much information, we disagree. When it comes to the safety and security of our military service members, you can NEVER be too safe.
eMail Our Military and its officers will cooperate fully with the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, the FBI and all other appropriate governmental authorities to investigate all violations if our site or service is used in any way with the intent to harm our military service members or civilian volunteers, or you send anything illegal and/or prohibited.
Regrettably, if someone is unwilling to share some basic information to ensure the safety and security of our military personnel, they will not be able to receive basic information on the service members we support.
If there are some extenuating circumstances involved and you do not have all of the required information but can provide other means of verification, we are more than happy to discuss the matter with you.
We want everyone to have the ability to support our troops and we want every service member to receive support.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs at LA Internet Business Examiner, Operation Support Jews in the Military, and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her company Miller Mosaic LLC builds call-to-action websites for book authors and small businesses.