Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
WLEN-FM in Adrian, Mich., took action when it learned that more than 100 homeless veterans were living in the woods of Lenawee County, a part of the state where the wind chill can dip far below zero. In response to the veteransí immediate need for help, WLEN created "Thank A Vet" day, an 11-hour broadcast to bring awareness to the community of the issues local veterans face, including homelessness. The event collected cash for a special account set up through Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corp. called "Dire Needs of Lenawee County Veterans." The account provides immediate assistance for a warm place to stay the night, food, personal hygiene items, clothes, medical care and other urgent needs that canít wait for the application process many veteran programs require. The small city of 23,000 showed its big heart donating almost $5,000 during the one-day drive. WLEN was a National Association of Broadcastersí Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.