Thanks from Afghanistan

February 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thanks from Afghanistan

Soldiers’ Angels recently received this note from a Staff Sergeant on a PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) in Afghanistan.

Dear Soldiers’ Angels,

Thank you all very much for the package, especially the movies and MOOSE MUNCH (which was gone in less than a minute).

There are some times we get sad over here and think that people in the States don’t really care about us, so when we get something like this it really boosts our morale. So this package, it really means a lot. On behalf of PRT Panjshir, we’d like to say thank you and God bless.

Attached is a picture of us for the greatest organization ever–Soldiers’ Angels. You guys are the BEST! Thank you.

–SSgt R., US Air Force

PRTs are military teams that work with local government officials, U.S. government civilians and local military/police personnel to assist people in rebuilding or improving their neighborhoods. They spend a great deal of time away from the main bases and out in the countryside among the locals. This PRT, which is very isolated, received a large package from Soldiers’ Angels while waiting to be adopted by individual Angel volunteers.

As of this writing, there are 1106 Heroes waiting to be adopted. You can help.

Washington supports Fellow Angel & Team while deployed

December 16, 2010 at 8:53 am | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Thank you Washington Angels for supporting fellow angel, Amy and her Medical Support team recently deployed to Afghanistan.

“I can’t thank you & your team enough for everything. I wasn’t expecting so much support, we were truly blown away. Attached is a pic from the goodies we received (i’m 2nd from the left). Thank you again ladies for all your support!

Angel Amy & Medical Support team in Afghanistan diggin' some of the goodies sent from their Angels in Washington!!

Merry Christmas, Love and Support to all of our Troops serving around the world!

Hero to Hero! Thank you for your service!

Washington love and support reaches troops!

January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 2 Comments
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Angels in Washington have reached out to schools for help with sending letters and cards to our troops and Veterans with great success.  Schools have been excited to participate in this effort . This is such a great partnership of support on so many different levels and as you can see by the letter below a wonderful way to keep morale high!   One of our awesome angels, Debbie Henrie has nurtured a super connection with her Spokane community schools.   Thank you to all and of course thank you to our Troops!

My name is Spc xx xx of the United States Army currently deployed. I felt deeply moved to send an e-mail to you with thanks for the letters that the 8th grade student body sent over the holiday season. I was in the gym yesterday and noticed one of the letters was posted up on the wall, so I began to read. It did not register to me at first, but as I continued reading I realized that the intelligent 8th grader who wrote the letter was indeed from my own home town! I could hardly believe my eyes! I realized that there must be more letters where this one had come from. I then walked around the entire base looking for the rest of the letters, reading each one with a bigger and bigger smile. They were all sent with the best holiday wishes, and hopes that we are safe, happy and returning home soon. I hope that you would pass on to the students who so kindly wrote to the soldiers here, that I (on behalf of us all) am so thankful for the support. It is comforting to know there are people outside our families who remember our service through the holiday season. Being a soldier can often be a thankless job, so it is one heck of a morale booster recieve letters that remind me of the reasons I chose to serve. We appreciate the kind words of encouragement more than you know, so once again, thank you for thinking of us!

Never forget that freedom isn’t free

Spc xx xx,

Army Strong!

HELP COP KEATING

October 8, 2009 at 5:11 am | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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In the last 36 hours, bloggers from “left” to “right” have teamed up with the American Legion and other military support organizations to support the survivors of the battle at COP Keating. And Soldiers’ Angels has jumped in to help!

Not only did the soldiers of COP Keating fight a ferocious battle that included a breach of the base at one point, they lost eight of their brothers (while they donated blood as the battle raged) and watched their living quarters go up in smoke.  A participant in the battle who got out later wrote via email, “Most people back home don’t even know, no one gives a s***.”

Well, he’s already being proven wrong!

Blogger and troop supporter extraordinaire “Tanker Babe” was the first to sound the alarm pointing out that while the very-most basics would be replaced by the US Army, these heroes needed more.  Bloggers across the political spectrum answered the call as Tanker Babe began to coordinate specific item donations of extra clothing and toiletries.  Soldiers’ Angels pitched in with 54 pairs of socks and a stack of cards and letters written by kids, and within 36 hours Tanker Babe was proud to report, “Mission accomplished.”

The American Legion also stepped up to lead in lifting the morale of these brave warriors another way:

    In the battle for Combat Outpost Keating, the men of Bravo Troop 361 Cavalry lost every possession they had, save for the clothes on their backs.  These men have lost friends, their outpost, and all their belongings. One soldier who made it out wrote that “most people back home dont even know, no one gives a s***.” Well, many of us do. And you can prove it by giving whatever you can. These guys need things like running shoes, and other essentials, as well as some comfort items like iPods and DVD players. The American Legion has kicked in $1000 to start the fund, and your humble blogger will be the first to donate $100. I intend to get these items out by the end of next week. ANY amount you can give, no matter how small will help us prove that we care.

Congratulations to all involved in this great effort, a wonderful example of the amazing things Americans can do when we all pull together!

Three more fallen Ft. Lewis Warriors

September 28, 2009 at 5:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rest in Peace Brave Warriors. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these 3 brave soldiers and all of the courageous men and women still in harms way. 

“Three Fort Lewis soldiers, including one from Bellevue, were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the military announced Saturday.

Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds, Sgt. Edward B. Smith and Spc. Joseph V. White died when a bomb exploded near their Stryker in Omar Zai, Afghanistan. The three served with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has served in southeastern Afghanistan since July.

Fifteen of the brigade’s 3,900 soldiers have been killed since it deployed in July; all but one death has been the result of roadside bombs detonating near a vehicle or during a foot patrol.”  

 

 

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Prayers go to the Families of Stryker Fallen

September 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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The Fort Lewis PAO released additional information about 5-2 Stryker soldiers killed in Afghanistan.  Prayers go out to the family and friends of these brave soldiers, may they rest in peace. 

“FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. David T. Wright, II, 26, of Moore, Okla., and Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell, 24, of Carlisle, Pa. died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device Sept. 14 in southern Afghanistan. The Soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009.

According to unit records, Wright enlisted in the U.S. Army Feb. 16, 2007. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Aug. 2, 2007. Wright completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga., and reported Fort Lewis, Wa., on Aug. 7, 2008, where he was assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

Wright’s civilian and military education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma (2006), the Infantry Officer Basic Course (2008), Army Combatives Level I training (2008), Air Assault Qualification Course (2008), and Airborne Qualification Course (2008). His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Media, Airborne badge and Air Assault badge.

According to unit records, McConnell enlisted October 25, 2005.at Harrisburg, Pa., and reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training. Upon graduation, he reported to Fort Bragg, North Carolina on March 13, 2006. He reported to Fort Lewis, Wash. on Jan. 31, 2007, where he was assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

McConnell’s civilian and military education includes a High school diploma, 60+ hours college credit (2005), the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman Qualification Course (2005), Airborne Qualification Course (2005), Warrior Leader Course (2006), and Combat Lifesaver Course (2007). His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal (four awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Air Assault Badge.”

Portraits of Love

September 1, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Underwitten by Fujifilm: Soldiers’ Angels  and over 275 professional photographers of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) have teamed up to send a piece of home to our deployed troops–just in time for the winter holidays–through an effort dubbed Portraits of Love.

Volunteer photographers across the country are opening their studios this September to offer free portraits to military families who have a loved one deployed overseas. The portraits will be uploaded to pmdaportraitsoflove.com , and a free print will be sent to the family member in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever they are deployed around the world. The ultimate goal is to send 10,000 free family portraits.

“This project is the photo industry’s way of giving back to our soldiers, and thanking them for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Jerry Grossman, the president of the PMDA who has spearheaded the effort. “Our industry is uniquely qualified to bring an important piece of home to our soldiers, and we’re pleased to be able to organize this effort.”

“It’s incredible how motivating a simple family photograph can be to a soldier who is far from home,” said Soldiers’ Angel Toby Nunn, who has served two tours in Iraq. “This volunteer effort is one more way that we can help our soldiers cope with their situation,” he said.

Military family members can find participating photographers in their areas by visiting the Potraits of Love website (in order to attend the portrait session, families will need military IDs). Photographers interested in volunteering their time can also sign up on the site.

A must read- Michael Yon’s latest dispatch

August 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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The entire article is a must read.

From Michael Yon’s Michael Yon: Do Americans Care about British Soldiers? – [19 August 2009 Helmand Province, Afghanistan]

A gunshot ripped through the darkness and a young British soldier fell dying on FOB Jackson.  I was just nearby talking on the satellite phone and saw the commotion.  The soldier was taken to the medical tent and a helicopter lifted him to the excellent trauma center at Camp Bastion.  That he made it to Camp Bastion alive dramatically improved his chances.  But his life teetered and was in danger of slipping away.  Making matters worse, the British medical system back in the United Kingdom did not possess the specialized gear needed to save his life.  Americans had the right gear in Germany, and so the British soldier was put into the American system.

British officers in his unit, 2 Rifles, wanted to track their man every step of the way, and to ensure that his family was informed and supported in this time of high stress.  Yet having their soldier suddenly in the American system caused a temporary glitch in communications with folks in Germany.  The British leadership in Sangin could have worked through the glitch within some hours, but that would have been hours wasted, and they wanted to know the status of their soldier now.  So a British officer in Sangin – thinking creatively –asked if I knew any shortcuts to open communications.  The right people were only an email away: Soldiers Angels.  And so within about two minutes, these fingers typed an email with this subject heading: CALLING ALL ANGELS.

Soldiers’ Angels Shelle Michaels and MaryAnn Phillips moved into action.  Day by day British officers mentioned how Soldiers Angels were proving to be incredibly helpful.  The soldiers expressed deep and sincere appreciation.  Yet again, the Angels arrived during a time of need.

Don’t miss the rest of this story Here : MICHAEL YON including an amazing blog post from Mary Ann from Soldiers’ Angels Germany.

Valour-IT grant awarded to Soldiers’ Angels

February 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the second time in three yearsSoldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT</a> has received a grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) through SAAF’s Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD).

The grant of $210,000 is expected to purchase at least 300 laptops, which will be distributed to wounded veterans at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) or living in the surrounding area. The computers will be used for communication, post-military employment preparation and physical and occupational therapy, and will be fitted with adaptive technology from the Department of Defense for severely injured users, including voice-control. As one of the largest treatment facilities for wounded veterans in America, BAMC is a major hub for Project Valour-IT and Soldiers’ Angels works closely with caseworkers there to identify recovering service members in need of a laptop.

Wounded veteran and Valour-IT co-creator Chuck Ziegenfuss knows firsthand the power of Valour-IT. He reported that using a voice-controlled laptop while he recovered was “the first time I felt whole since I’d woken up wounded.”

This is the third SAAF/TRIAD grant for Soldiers’ Angels, forming a growing bond and furthering the reach of Project Valour-IT, which has already distributed 3,000 laptops nationwide. “With the money from this grant we will be able to touch many more heroes who need Valour-IT Laptops,” said Veterans Support team leader, Twyla Choate. “Soldiers’ Angels is thrilled to once again be given the opportunity to help those who have done so much for us.”

In 2007, Valour-IT received a $150,000 grant from TRIAD.  Soldiers’ Angels proudly salutes the work of official volunteer grant writer Cheryl Walker, who wrote both of the TRIAD grant applications for Valour-IT.

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