Vets Help at Soldiers’ Angels Warehouse

July 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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SAN ANTONIO, July 21, 2010 –

Soldiers’ Angels celebrated the grand opening of its first permanent, Angel-managed facility in support of America’s service members, wounded, veterans, and their families with what is expected to be the largest exhibit on the war on terrorism since 2003, as seen through the eyes of America’s heroes and those who support them.

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First permanent Angel-operated warehouse is opened near Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Courtesy Photo

“Salute to Heroes and Angels” is an exhibit spotlighting America’s military men and women who continue to serve in wartime, and the homefront patriots who help ensure they are loved and supported.  Framed by 9-foot canvas murals, the installation includes interactive video screens, photos, letters from the troops, stories of fallen heroes, highlights of the dozens of Soldiers’ Angels teams and projects, plaques and certificates documenting the organization’s impact, and opportunities for visitors to record their own stories on video, join Soldiers’ Angels, or request support for a service member or veteran.

Soldiers’ Angels proudly announced the opening, staffed by four recent veterans and Angel volunteers on March 12-13, 2010.  The warehouse consolidates and streamlines SA’s extensive packing, shipping and screen-printing activities in support of the troops, reducing the organization’s overhead expenses and providing an employment opportunity for veterans.

“It’s a better bang for benefactors’ bucks,” explains Soldiers’ Angels Operations Manager Toby Nunn, who oversaw development of the warehouse.  Located across the street from Brooke Army Medical center in San Antonio, Texas—a city with the highest concentration of wounded and other active duty soldiers in the United States—the 10,000-square-foot facility reduces shipping costs for SA by its proximity to one of the largest targets of SA’s troop support efforts.

In addition to the reduction in overhead, the cost of paying for the warehouse staff itself fits the mission of Soldiers’ Angels by supporting veterans.  “Staffing it with recent veterans helps provide a soft-landing for their transition to civilian life,” Nunn explains.  “It surrounds them with like-minded people as they learn the corporate world.”  This is especially helpful for those who may be struggling, Nunn says with enthusiasm. “You can’t say, ‘You don’t get it.’ Because you’re looking at a bunch of people who do.”

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Soldiers’ Angels receives Spirit of Hope Award

October 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 1 Comment
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Soldiers’ Angels humbly announces the impending receipt of the prestigious Spirit of Hope Award, to be presented by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Trustee Richard M. John and Operations Manager Toby Nunn will be in Washington, DC on October 27 to receive the award in the form of a unique bronze medallion, which is being bestowed in recognition of the many troop support activities of Soldiers’ Angels in 2008.  Past recipients include U.S. Military service members, senators and congressmen, and everyday Americans.

 

The Spirit of Hope Award originated with the USO, inspired by the efforts of Bob Hope to support and raise the morale of American military servicemen and women.  It is now handled by The Wiegand Foundation, and each of the five military branches as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense have the option to honor up to two people or organizations each year with a bronze or silver medallion, for a total of twelve honorees. All twelve medallions have never been bestowed in the same year, and the Secretary of Defense has bestowed only two medallions since 2003.

 Receipt of the Spirit of Hope Award is a tribute to all the Angels who make Soldiers’ Angels such a powerful organization–the individuals, families, companies who work together as a team of Angels to make sure no Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, Marine or Guardsman goes unloved!

Stay tuned for more on this tremendous honor… 

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.”

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