MILFORD, N.H. -- Mitt Romney says he wants to encourage a "surge of support" for the troop surge in Iraq this summer.
To that end, Romney announced at a business here that he is contributing $25,000 of his own money to seven organizations aiding the troops and their families. He also placed the names and contact information for the organizations on his campaign's website to encourage supporters to give.
"I would like to show a surge of public support that can communicate to our troops over there that we care, we appreciate what you are doing, we want you to come home as soon as you can safe and sound," said Romney.
The campaign said the idea came from a conversation Romney had in Colorado with the father of solider in Iraq who told him that all the criticism of the surge is demoralizing to the troops. Later, Romney's nephew, Doug Robinson, came up with the idea of a "surge of support."
The organizations that Romney is contributing to are USO Care Packages, The Fisher House, A Soldierís Wish List, Packages from Home,
Operation Thank You, Operation Shoebox, and America Supports You.