It's fine to fly the flag in support of U.S. troops in the gulf, buat least a few businesses and professionals are going a step further.
Randy's Landscaping Inc., a family-run enterprise in the Dundalk area, has established a Shattered Families of the Persian Gulf scholarship fund to assist with the college education of children of Marylanders who are killed in the war. Selection of recipients will be made by Armed Forces representatives.
"We felt the need to help out in some way the children who might lose a mother or a father over there," says company president Randall E. McMonigle.
The company, which set up the fund with a $1,500 donation, hopes to raise a total of $100,000 by challenging other businesses and individuals to contribute. Thursday through Sunday, Randy's will have a fund-raising booth at the White Marsh Mall. Call 668-4713 for information.
In Columbia, attorney Harry B. Siegel is offering free legal advice the relatives of military personnel now in the gulf, on problems arising from war service -- such as payment of debts, landlord-tenant disputes, taxes, default judgments, interest on loans, mortgage and other foreclosure actions. Call 730-7733 or 792-8111.
The Maryland State Bar Association's Desert Storm Support Program refers relatives requiring legal advice to lawyers willing to help. That number is 685-7878 or (800) 492-1964.