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.

Veteran’s Day Card signing event with the Red Cross

November 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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SOLDIERS’ ANGELS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO JOIN THE RED CROSS CARD SIGNING FOR OUR HEROES  on VETERAN’S DAY PLEASE JOIN IN THIS EFFORT IF YOU ARE IN THE BELLINGHAM AREA   EMAIL soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com or perhaps you’d like to join in  one of the other Veteran’s Day activities or start your own. Let’s Discuss 🙂

 

 

You’ve got Mail; Angel Mail that is!

November 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear Angels, Troops and Supporters,

Youíve Got Mail; Angel Mail That Is!

Do you have a webcam? Put it to use and send a FREE video email to anyone from Angels Mailî and a donation will be made to Soldiersí Angels.  The more video emails you send, the more you help Soldiers’ Angels.  (ANGEL MAIL)

Angels Mail was created by Marlo Anderson for Soldiers’ Angels as a thank you for that our organization does to support the troops, as his son is in the National Guard and received support from Soldiers’ Angels while he was deployed.

What else is new regarding our social media? Soldiers’ Angels launched our new Twitter Background that the MindComet team created for us as a part of the CommuniCause $25,000 Social Media Makeover . Some people might think No one is going to see your Twitter background – everyone uses a mobile device or desktop application.î They’d be right – but only in part. People who are reading an account’s tweets are generally already subscribed to the account. In this case, it’s really about spreading the word and gathering new followers and supporters. A Twitter background is just like a Facebook landing page. Upon arrival, the user is posed with a decision: should they follow or not? Putting our best WINGS forward is crucial to enhance our success in that decision making progress for others to follow us on www.twitter.com/soldiersangels.

Our Facebook Landing Page has all the makings of intrigue. If you are not a fan or like us already, please check out our Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/SoldiersAngelsOfficial When you arrive at our Landing Page you will see we offer three simple options; To Adopt, To Donate or to Join a Team. These three options are crucial to the existence of Soldiers’ Angels.

At any given point in time, we have hundreds of service members waiting to be adopted by individuals across the globe with a simple commitment during the deployment of that warrior with 1 letter a week and 1 package a month.

We are also a one stop shop in troop support with over thirty teams to choose from. If you want to bake, we have the Angel Bakers. If you want to help the wounded, we have the Wounded TLC team. There is a place for you if you love babies, canines or chaplains. We have the Ladies of Liberty that focuses on pampering deployed females. We have teams for veteran and family support and many more.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, but have the financial resources, we have a place for you too, you can make a donation online, via mail or by texting Soldiers to 20222.

There is a place for everyone at Soldiers’ Angels. We encourage you to check out all our options. Our American warriors, veterans and their families deserve to know that we stand wingtip-to-wingtip in support of all they have done for the freedom, rights and liberties we have as American citizens. As Patti Patton-Bader our founder says, Each of our volunteers create ripples of kindness that add up to an ocean of greatness.”

Remember all those that have served on Veterans’ Day and bow your heads in thanks this Thanksgiving Day. Be There for our warriors, they are always there for us.

Wingtip-to-Wingtip,

Shelle Michaels

National Communication Officer

ShelleMichaels@soldiersangels.org

Please also join our FB Soldiers’ Angels Washington Group so you can keep up to date with what is happening here in Washington and email soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com if you’d like help, have ideas or just to say hi to fellow WA angels!

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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Gold Star Mother’s Day

September 28, 2009 at 5:44 am | Posted in Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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Today is Gold Star Mothers Day, a day to honor and remember the mothers who have lost a child in wartime military service.  Soldiers’ Angels strives to support these mothers and families every day of the year, and is honored to draw particular attention to them on this special day recognizing their service and sacrifice.

Gold Star Mothers Day began in 1994 under President Clinton and has been continued by his successors.  This year’s proclamation reads as follows:

The sacrifices of our military servicemembers are etched in the walls of our monuments and felt at empty dinner tables across America. To those who have given their lives for our country, we honor them as guardians of our liberty and pay tribute to their valiant service. As our Nation remembers our fallen men and women in uniform, we also recognize the profound loss and sorrow of the family members they leave behind.

Few know the honor of service and the costs of war more than Gold Star Mothers and Families. They have given our Nation their most precious treasure, and we remain forever in their debt. Honoring the memory of their lost loved ones, these extraordinary individuals dedicate themselves to helping heal the hearts of other military families who bear the great burden of loss. Through their strength and service, they emulate their loved one’s selfless dedication to our country.

On this day, we express immense gratitude and profound respect for Gold Star Mothers and Families. Our country’s fallen heroes left the comfort of home so that we might know a more peaceful world. They endured extreme hardship so that we might enjoy freedom. They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be safe. They represent the best of America. In their memory, may we fulfill our solemn obligation to continue their work of securing a safer, freer world for generations to come.

Wings of Freedom Tour In Washington!

June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Thanks Angel Jessica for letting us know about The Wings of Freedom Tour.     

 

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6/15 – 6/17 Bremerton, WA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)

Airport: Bremerton National Airport Location: General Aviation Ramp

– 6/17 – 6/19 Port Angeles, WA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)

Airport: William R Fairchild Intl. Airport

Location: East General Aviation Ramp –

 

6/19 – 6/22 Seattle, WA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)

Airport: Boeing Field

Location: Seattle Museum of Flight

– 6/22 – 6/24 Pasco, WA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)

Airport: Tri-Cities Airport

Location: Bergstrom Aircraft

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NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY MARCH 25 2009th

March 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Found this on One Marine’s View

NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY   MARCH 25, 2009 

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The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.

See more here: http://www.cmohs.org/

 

Also from One Marine’s View

Who Are America’s Heroes?’

Posted: 18 Mar 2009 06:27 PM PDT

Tr%20MEDAL%20OF%20HONOR Airline Experience Begs Question, ‘Who Are America’s Heroes?’ 
By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 – The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a recent commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: “Name just one of the fiveMedal of Honor recipients from the current engagements in Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon.”
But the passengers’ response – more specifically, the inability of all but just one to respond – revealed how little the average American knows about its military heroes.Bombarded by superhero lore almost from birth, many Americans grow to revere fictional heroes as well as sports and celebrity icons. But silence descended over the cabin of a flight bound from Jacksonville, Fla., to Baltimore when the conversation turned to those who had earned the nation’s highest honor for valor – even when a free cocktail hung in the balance.

Dale Shelton, an Annapolis, Md., resident who served five years as a Navy intelligence specialist, was the only passenger to press the button over his seat to beckon the attendant. Shelton’s response: Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, the first Medal of Honor recipient in the global war on terror and inOperation Iraqi Freedom.

Smith received the highest military honor for valor posthumously on April 3, 2005, two years to the day after saving more than 100 soldiers in the battle for Baghdad’s airport. His young son and widow accepted the award on his behalf during a solemn White House ceremony.

The flight attendant gave free drink coupons to Shelton, as well as his wife, Jean, and two other traveling companions. Then he returned to crew area to announce over the intercom that only one person had correctly answered the challenge.

This time, the attendant offered a second challenge: “Name an ‘American Idol’ winner.” The cabin lit up like a pinball machine as 43 passengers scrambled to push their attendant call button. Passengers named various Idol winners.

The attendant announced that he wasn’t going to award drink coupons for that answer, telling the passengers that “naming an Idol winner was not worth a free drink,” Shelton recalled.

“He concluded his announcement with the question: ‘What’s wrong with our country when out of 150 passengers, only one can name a Medal of Honor recipient, but 43 can name an American Idol winner?'”

Later during the flight, Shelton shared with the attendant his own frustration over “the current lack of appreciation of our military heroes.”

The attendant asked Shelton if he knew the names of the other four Medal of Honor receipts from the current military operations. Shelton said he was able to name three: Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor and Army Spc. Ross McGinness. 
All were killed sacrificing themselves to protect their comrades during enemy attacks.

Murphy, a Navy SEAL, died June 28, 2005, trying to save his team members during Operation Red Wing in Afghanistan. Monsoor, also a SEAL, died in Iraq on Sept. 23, 2006, using his body to absorb a grenade blast that likely would have killed two nearby SEALs and several Iraqi soldiers. McGinnis died Dec. 4, 2006, after throwing himself on a hand grenade in Iraq to save four fellow soldiers when insurgents attacked their Humvee.

Shelton said he regretted that he had forgotten the name of Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. Dunham died April 15, 2004, using his body to shield fellow Marines in Iraq from a hand grenade.

The flight attendant didn’t hold Shelton’s memory lapse against him. “He gave me all the remaining drink coupons he had in his possession and shook my hand,” he said.

(Editor’s note: A new special report on the Defense Department home page pays tribute to the five U.S. servicemembers who have earned the Medal of Honor for action in the war on terror.)

Recent MOH HEROES    

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 09:40 PM PDT

 

 

HEROES

February 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Saw this military motivator on  Blackfive and thought I’d Share….

 

HEROES

HEROES

Football Greats Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell Host Angels and Heroes

January 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Steelers star Franco Harris is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser for Soldiers’ Angels in Tampa (site of the Super Bowl) this week.  He’s great guy and strong supporter of the troops, as he’s proving here.   Milbloggers Chuck Z, Toby Nunn and Andi Hurley are among those representing SA at the event.  Here’s an early report from a press release going out at 0430 Eastern (Friday):

Football Greats Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell Host Angels and Heroes

 

2009 Grid Iron Golf Tournament in Tampa Spotlights Soldiers’ Angels

Led by football greats Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell, the 2009 Grid Iron Golf Tournament in support of the troops kicked off last night with the Immaculate Reception & Dinner at Timpano Italian Chophouse in Tampa.  Military support non-profit Soldiers’ Angels is this year’s beneficiary of an event that has been conducted concurrent with each Super Bowl since 1997 and has resulted in over $180,000 raised for a variety of charitable causes. The golf tournament itself is underway today at the renowned Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tampa, Florida.

“It’s wonderful that these football heroes chose to honor America’s heroes on the battlefield and the homefront. We are so appreciative of the generosity shown to Soldiers’ Angels by these stars,” says Soldiers’ Angels volunteer Andi Hurley, a military spouse and founder of Spousebuzz.com.  Other Soldiers’ Angels representatives attending the event include co-founder Jeff Bader, Treasurer Mark Concialdi, Team Development Director and veteran Toby Nunn, and wounded active-duty soldier Major Charles Ziegenfuss.   

As a Pennsylvania resident and proud Steelers fan, Major Ziegenfuss is thrilled to be in Tampa during Super Bowl week. “I just met Franco Harris,” he exclaims.  “For a Steeler fan that’s like meeting the Pope.  I tried to thank him for the tournament, and he thanked me!”

Fellow veteran Toby Nunn agrees that this is a special event.  “Some lucky celebrities are getting the privilege of playing golf with real heroes like Major Ziegenfuss and Staff Sergeant Adam Bruha.  The golf course is terrific, and the fellowship couldn’t be better.”

Established in 2003 by the mother of two young veterans, Soldiers’ Angels is fast becoming one of America’s premiere military support organizations. With an army of volunteers operating through over 30 different teams and projects, the organization supports deployed soldiers and their families, comforts families of the fallen, provides care and support in military hospitals and VA facilities, and much, much more.

ABOUT SOLDIERS’ ANGELS:  A volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as veterans and military families. For more information, see www.soldiersangels.orgor call 626-529-5114. Tax ID# 20-0583415

For more information about the tournament, contact Luana Scott at 619-279-5879 oronparpro@comcast.net.

Holiday for Heroes event in Bellingham held surprises.

October 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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“There may be someone who needs this more than me”  These were the words from the man who hobbled up to the table, and shakily donated our first dollar of the day.  This was a disabled Veteran. One of many to come to our table on Sunday Oct. 19, and take the time to write a card to send to the deployed or to donate a dollar. One young man asked my daughter Sammi to write while he dictated since he found writing difficult. Eloquent and heartfelt..We were moved beyond measure.  By the end of the day we had donations totaling $100.00 and a mountain of cards! We gave out all of the angel ornaments we bought for the little Christmas tabletop tree, and a bucket of candy canes! Thank you to Shelley Travis(the CTL who organized this event) and her hubby, Kathy Bergman, Peggy, Stephanie, Sammi & Shauna for all coming out to help! Although Saturday seemed to bring out those who made their dismay at supporting the troops known loud and clear, Sunday brought many to the table who showed their support by writing cards and donating.   Thank you to Patti, the founder of Soldiers’ Angels and Angels on the SA forum, for your encouragement to make Sunday a better day..and so it was!

Shauna & Sammi helping at Holiday For Heroes event

Shauna & Sammi helping at Holiday For Heroes event

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