29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Spokane

May 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Volunteers are still needed for this event.   If you would like more information,  or would like to submit your Volunteer Application go here >http://www1.va.gov/vetevent/nvwg/2009/default.cfm Let’s try and get a great showing of Soldiers’ Angels at this event.

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Fisher House Mother’s Day Tea

May 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses | Leave a comment
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Thank you to all the wonderful Angels who helped to provide a lovely Mother’s Day Tea for the Moms at the Puget Sound Fisher House!I urge you all to make time to support the Fisher Houses. They are truly wonderful ‘homes away from homes’ for our Military,Veterans and their families.   Have a look at all the amazing work happening with the Fisher Houses.

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Wonderful guests of the Fisher House...such lovely lovely people!

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The Puget Sound Fisher House is a truly beautiful home with a loving atmosphere for all the guests and support networks. A lot of love and support happens here!

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Soldiers' Angels Jennifer & Mom Thank you so much for working with QFC to provide such beautiful bouquets & cards for all the Moms!

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Thanks to all the angels and businesses who provided the great spread for our guests!

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The Soldiers' Angels KT mother and daughter power house team that arrived early and worked so hard to make everything happen! Thanks Gals!

Angels Kathy, Sammi and Kt Hard at work in the kitchen

Angels Kathy, Jennifer, Sammi and Kt Hard at work in the kitchen

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Each Mom received a lovely glass vase filled with posies, thanks to Soldiers Angel Kathy and cards from Angels.

American Soldier Idol-Spread the Word!

May 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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An American Hero meets their Idol

Veteran Tickets Foundation to lead local singing contest

May 26, 2009 (PHOENIX, Ariz.) – Are you a budding country singer with just the right “twang” in your voice? Do you know every Toby Keith song and want a chance to meet him? Are you currently Active Duty or a Veteran of the U.S. Military? If you answered yes to these questions, your dreams might just come true as Veteran Tickets Foundation partners with the new Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill for VetTix “American Soldier Idol.”

Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill, located at Mesa Riverview, 1065 N. Dobson Rd, Mesa AZ 85201, will open on June 3 with a special “invite only” party. Prior to the event, Veteran Tickets Foundation will be hosting a singing contest, with the grand prize of an all access VIP package, including a meet & greet with Toby Keith.

“We really want our service men and women to know that this is a place they are always welcome,” said Frank Capri,” I Love this Bar and Grill Owner. “We look forward to hosting our military members not only at our grand opening, but long into the future.”
Active duty or retired military members possessing a “powerful set of pipes” are asked to submit a maximum 60 second video of themselves singing the popular Toby Keith song, “I Love this Bar” via email to Contest@VetTix.org no later than 11:59 P.M. Thursday, May 28. 


The top five entries will be posted by 5 P.M. Friday, May 29 on www.VetTix.org for public voting. Votes will be accepted through 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, May 31 with the winner being announced on Monday, June 1 at 10 A.M. on the Website. 


The winner of “American Soldier Idol” and three of his or her friends will receive a VIP experience including:
· One room, one night accommodation at the Scottsdale Hyatt Place Hotel





· Limo transportation to and from Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill provided by Lexani Limo

· Four all access VIP passes for the grand opening party at Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill beginning at 4 P.M. with media press conference

· $50 restaurant credit
Private meet & greet with Toby Keith

“VetTix is honored to have been asked to participate in this a once in a lifetime event,” said VetTix President & CEO Michael Focareto. “It’s well known that Toby Keith is a champion for the military, and our cause fits hand in hand.”

Additionally, “I Love this Bar & Grill” has donated 100 passes to Veteran Tickets Foundation to distribute to the Grand Opening as a way of saying thank you to military members and Veterans. 

Media contact: Heather Gray, VP Public Relations at Hgray@VetTix.org 602-703-4729.

About VTF
Veterans Tickets Foundation is a national non-profit, non-governmental 501c (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is simple: Give something to those who gave. The group gives without prejudice free tickets to all Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their families as a way of saying “thank you.” All contributions made to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. To learn more about the Veteran Tickets Foundation, please visit www.VetTix.org.

Memorial Day

May 26, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“Honoring the fallen and supporting their families is an important part of the work of Soldiers’ Angels. This Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) as we contemplate those who have given their all for this country, Soldiers’ Angels invites Angels and service members to share their Memorial Day activities live from across the nation. Simply take pictures/videos via your cell phone or write a text message and send it to Soldiers’ Angels (218) 779-7271 or ShelleMichaels@SoldiersAngels.org to be uploaded to the website or you can choose to upload your information here.

With all the Memorial Day parades and Soldiers’ Angels Information Stations going on all around our great nation this upcoming weekend, over 100 CTL’s and 100 or more Angels will be getting out the word about Soldiers’ Angels while honoring our great nation’s Fallen Heroes. 

Please join us as we honor those throughout our 200 years of history whose service and sacrifice have kept our country free and safe. 

Soldiers’ Angels OFFICIAL Facegroup can be found here:http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=8306&uid=18607581484#/group.php?gid=18607581484 for all year long support.

“THANK YOU” song by Emily Custer-
http://www.emilycuster.com

Thanks to Michael Yon for his permission to use his amazing photography for our Facebook group photo.
http://www.MichaelYon-online.com.

There are many links and tributes posted around the web and through links on our  Facebook and I encourage you all to take some time and visit the various websites. It is humbling to say the least. 

Forever Grateful

Angels Needed MAY 25, 29 June 6th

May 21, 2009 at 11:41 am | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Hello angels! We’ve been invited to set-up a booth to help promote our organization during the Rose Festival madness at the waterfront village in Portland.

We need 2-3 volunteers per date.

the dates/times are:

Monday, May 25th @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Friday, May 29th @ 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, June 6th @ 2 pm – 4 pm

Please contact: Melissa French – sactlwa01@gmail.com
if you can help!

City of Dupont * Operation We Love Our Military*

May 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Let’s have a show of Soldiers’ Angels joining in the festivities!

United in Strength

May 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.”

Check your local listings for events happening near you. Go out and celebrate those who serve and sacrifice to protect your freedom. 

 

Call to Action-Who is Your Hero? tweettoremind.org

May 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Dear Friends,

We all have people in our lives we consider heroes.

All of us at the Bob Woodruff Foundation would appreciate your support and participation helping raise $1.65M for our heroes returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan by participating in our TweettoRemind campaign. Through the power of the social web, Tweet to Remind campaign aims to raise $1.65 million by Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 to ensure our service members get the help they need as they integrate back into society.

This is a call to action, requesting you write a short blog post or tweet telling us who your hero is on Tuesday, May 12.
After I was severely injured while reporting on location in Iraq, my family and I realized we had a unique opportunity to reach out and help many of our nation’s injured heroes. In January 2008, my wife Lee and I started ReMIND.org, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as their families. Our current project is the TweetToRemind campaign, which asks individuals and corporations to donate $5.25 or more in an effort to raise $1.65 million by the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

I have so many heroes in my life who have affected me in so many ways. But after what my family and I went through more than three years ago, my greatest heroes are the doctors, nurses, medics, soldiers, pilots and others who risk their lives on a daily basis to save injured soldiers and bring them back to their communities. They did it for me, and my family and I can never thank them enough.
This is what I ask of you: on Tuesday, May 12 post a simple blog or tweet answering, “Who is your hero?” and asking them to do the same. Please link to your blog post from your Twitter account, a link back to <a href=”http://tweettoremind.org“>www.tweettoremind.org</a>, and the ChipIn widget which you can copy onto your blog.

I hope you find it in your heart to support this effort on May 12 and throughout the campaign which ends on Memorial Day, May 25th.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
Bob Woodruff

“SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” IS NO LONGER A SLOGAN. IT’S AN ACTION.

info@tweettoremind.org
www.tweettoremind.org
www.remind.org
www.twitter.com/Remind_Org
www.twitter.com/BobWoodruff
www.twitter.com/LeeMWoodruff

ReMINDers
*OEF and OIF veterans are eligible for free VA health care for their combat injuries up to 5 years after separation from duty. (VA)
*Nearly 20 percent of U.S. service members returning from combat will report symptoms of PTSD or major depression. (RAND)
*Nearly 90% of today’s seriously wounded U.S. military service members are surviving. (VA)
*Over 320,000 U.S. service members have sustained a TBI during deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. (RAND)
*More than 1.64 million U.S. service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since October, 2001. (DoD)
*Costs resulting from PTSD and major depression for troops deployed since 2001 are expected to range from $4-$6 billion. (RAND)
*As public concern over these injuries grows, policy changes and funding shifts are already occurring. (RAND)
*Of those reporting a probable TBI, 57% have not been evaluated by a physician for brain injury. (RAND)
*Processing times for veteran disability benefit claims has decreased from 230 days in 2001 to an estimated 145 days in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)
*When combat stress exceeds the capacity of an individual to cope, literal injuries to the brain and mind can result. (RAND)
*Symptoms and repercussions of combat stress include depression, anxiety, misuse of alcohol and drugs, strains in family functioning, separation and divorce. (RAND)
*Nearly 5.3 million veterans will receive care at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)
*Medical science provides a better understanding than ever before of how to care for a new generation of service members suffering the psychological effects of warfare. (RAND)

***Support our troops is no longer a slogan. It’s an action.***

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