Screaming Eagle Poker Association, a poker league that runs tournaments for soldiers based in Iraq, has seen its numbers swell as an increasing amount of U.S. servicemen and women sign-up to participate in the weekly games, and help make a difference in the lives of soldiers injured in the current conflicts.
According to its website, Screaming Eagle Poker was founded "with one idea in mind – 'taking care of soldiers'" The organization seeks to boost the morale of troops by organizing and managing free No-Limit Texas Hold'em events each week.
The organization offers a $25 annual membership to "any 'American Patriot' who makes this country a greater place to live, who fights everyday to achieve the American Dream, and upholds the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!" Members compete for points on the leaderboard and the occasional prize, since the army frowns upon gambling for money.
A portion of each membership fee is donated to Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mental and physical support to Armed Forces Service Members wounded during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Says the association on its website: "You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who answered the call and scarified themselves in order to hunt down the terrorists responsible for September 11th, as well as prevent future attacks from happening again."
In addition to donating 20% of each membership fee to Wounded Warrior Project, Screaming Eagle Poker's Board of Directors plans to sponsor and hold fundraising events to benefit the wounded soldiers and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Please see ScreamingEaglePoker.org for further details.