Christmas at the Fisher Houses

January 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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Thank you Angels Maureen, (husband, Sister Nancy & husband)and Debbie (friend Sheryl and Cory)for cooking a wonderful Christmas dinner for the families of the Puget Sound Fisher House, and thank you Christine Sten and family for contributing a fabulous dinner to the Ft. Lewis Fisher House  Christmas Celebration. At such a busy time of year you gave of your time for the wonderful Fisher House families.  An incredible gift for those who have given so much for all of us.

Look at this Feast at the Puget Sound Fisher House! Thanks Debbie & Moe!

Digging in!

Sheryl, Cory and Gabriele

An amazing Ft. Lewis Fisher House Dinner provided by the Sten Family!

Ft. Lewis Fisher House Christmas

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Holiday Pampering at the Fisher House, Barbershop at the VA

December 19, 2009 at 2:34 am | Posted in Fisher Houses, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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December 3rd was a busy night for Soldiers’ Angels in Washington!  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with the incredible families at the Puget Sound Fisher House and the hospitalized Veterans at the Puget Sound VA.   I know we all feel enriched by sharing time with such amazing people.  

 Thank you to the “What’s Cookin‘” Barbershop quartet for the enjoyable music you provided at the VA. A great group of guys and wonderful singers!  Thank you to Naarah, Debbie, Deidre and all who contributed to the gifts and cards for our Veterans! 

The wonderful "What's Cookin' Barbershop Quartet!

 

While “What’s Cookin'”, Deidre and I (julie) were enjoying sharing music and visits with the Veterans at the Puget Sound VA,  there was lots of fun, fellowship and pampering happening at the Fisher House!  Angels Jeannette, Erin and Megan prepared a wonderful dinner for the Fisher House guests, while Mary Kay Angel Kim Hansen organized a wonderful Spa and pampering night, assisted by angel Sammi Morelli.  

Angels Jeannette, Erin and Megan. Thank you for the yummy dinner angels!!Angel Sammi and Mary Kay Angel Kim Hansen - Thanks for the Pampering Ladies!! Thank you Kim for the Mary Kay gifts and expertise for the evening!

 

Angel Sammi Morelli and Mary Kay Angel Kim Hansen-Beauty artists!

 

The Puget Sound Fisher House

 

Ready for pampering!

Beautiful!

 

Food and Fellowship

Thank you Angels and Mary Kay Sales Director/Angel Kim Hansen for providing this wonderful evening of Mary Kay Pampering  Thank you Fisher House families for sharing this lovely night with Soliders’ Angels. Love, Support and Prayers to you all.

Flag Day at the VA

June 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses | Leave a comment
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Thanks to the wonderful music of the WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND ,the amazing help from so many Angels (KT,Dawn,Jennifer,Judy,Jessica,Vern,Connie,Andrea,Susan,Sammi,Jewell), Boy scouts, and the VA Puget Sound, our Flag Day at the VA was an enjoyable event for the Veterans and Fisher House Families.  Thank you all for your generosity of time, care and passion for supporting our Veterans…and most of all thank you Veterans. We are forever Grateful!

Scouts in Action

Scouts in Action

Soldiers Angel Sammi singing the National Anthem/West Seattle Big Band

Soldiers Angel Sammi singing the National Anthem/West Seattle Big Band

Scouts/West Seattle Big Band

Scouts/West Seattle Big Band

West Seattle Band & Angels

West Seattle Band & Angels

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Busy with the decorations!

Busy with the decorations!

The Scouts were on the job! Such great work guys! We really appreciated you helping with EVERYTHING!

The Scouts were on the job! Such great work guys! We really appreciated you helping with EVERYTHING!

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Thank you to all who contributed to our Refreshment table

Thank you to all who contributed to our Refreshment table

Flag Day Refreshments  Dawn

Flag Day Refreshments - Soldiers Angels Dawn - A great hostess!

Waiting for the last minute tune ups for the band.

Waiting for the last minute tune ups for the band.

Veterans, Angels-KT,Jennifer,Jewell,Sammi,Andrea

Veterans, Angels-KT,Jennifer,Jewell,Sammi,Andrea

They listened, enjoyed and some danced. All in all a wonderful day!

They listened, enjoyed and some danced. All in all a wonderful day!

And they danced!

And they danced!

I have more pictures to post and wish I could post some of the wonderful pictures of the Veterans and families who enjoyed the day. Many were seen cuddled up listening to the great Music of the West Seattle Big band.  The pictures were priceless.  Stay tuned and thanks for a great day Veterans. It was an honor to share this moment in time with you.

“The Alzheimer’s Project Featuring VA Puget Sound

April 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Just saw this article by Scott Fontaine  FOB Tacoma   

“THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT,” featuring VA Puget Sound, debuts May 10 on HBO 
One of the most devastating forms of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Today, Alzheimer’s is the second most-feared illness in America, following cancer, and may affect as many as five million Americans. As the baby-boom generation reaches retirement, that number could soar to more than 11 million by 2040 and have a huge economic impact on America’s already fragile healthcare system.

Scientific research is gaining momentum in discovering ways to treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s. HBO’s “THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT” takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, including researchers at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.

“We are honored that the research we have conducted at the VA Puget Sound was included in this important documentary,” said Dr. Suzanne Craft, Associate Director at VA Puget Sound Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Washington. “Our work has critical public health implications, because it addresses the question of how widespread conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and insulin resistance increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even more importantly, our research suggests novel approaches to treating or preventing this devastating disease through development of new drugs targeting insulin pathways or through lifestyle changes.”

The first of the four documentaries in THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is “The Memory Loss Tapes” (debuting May 10), which provides an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s, each in an advancing state of dementia across the full spectrum of the progression of the disease. “Momentum In Science” (May 11 and 12) is a two-part state-of-the-science film that takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 25 leading scientists and physicians including Dr. Craft’s research at VA Puget Sound, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances. “‘Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?’ with Maria Shriver” (May 11) captures what it means to be a child or grandchild of one with Alzheimer’s, while “Caregivers” (May 12) highlights the sacrifices and successes of people who experience their loved ones’ descent into dementia.

1st Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Conference

March 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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If you are interested in attending this event, please email Julie at soldiersangelswashington@gmail.com  for more information and a registration form.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity in our own backyard!   Hope to see you there! 

 

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We invite you to join us at the 1st Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Conference, presented by the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council on: May 4, 2009, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 S. 176th St., SeaTac, WA 98188. 

A registration form is attached. The conference fee is $35.00 per person (includes a meal). A confirmation with the final agenda and other details will be sent in April via email or mail. 

The goal of the conference is to provide opportunities for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), caregivers, advocates, and TBI professionals to increase their understanding of TBI, improve TBI programs, and improve collaborations in Washington State. 

The conference topics and confirmed speakers include: 

w TBI Model Systems, Kathy Bell, M.D., University of Washington Medical Center

w The Healing Power of Humor, Debbie Wooten, Comedian

w Yoga and Meditation for Individuals with TBI, Colleen Mehner, Instructor

w Advocacy 101: How to Advocate for Yourself and Your Loved One, Fred Langer,

   R.N., Esquire, Advocate 

w Soldiers & Veterans with TBI, Fred Flynn, DO, FAAN, Medical Director/Neurologist, TBI Program,

    Madigan Army Medical Center; Maryanna Karl, MS, MFTI, Regional Care Coordinator, DVBIC;

    Tara Stablein, LICSW, CCM, Polytrauma Social Work Case Mgr., VA Puget Sound.

w The TBI Council: Open Forum Interactive Discussion

w Speak Out! Advocating for Youth, High School SAMs (Self-Advocacy for Motion)      

   students from Eastern Washington

w TBI 202: Best Practices in Washington State

w And Others! 

Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state. The conference will include exhibits from non-profit and for-profit organizations.  

To make lodging arrangements, please contact the Seattle Airport Marriott at: 1-800-314-0925 by April 13, to receive the conference rate ($108) or at www.marriot.com  Please make sure you mention you are attending the TBI Conference.  


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OPERATION VALENTINE ACCOMPLISHED

February 16, 2009 at 1:51 am | Posted in General Troop Support | 2 Comments
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Operation Valentine is now complete thanks to many Soldiers’ Angels and their communities, working together to honor our Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.    Thank you to all the Angels, Schools, and Communities for your help in bringing  Valentines of Gratitude to our Veterans! 

   

A beautiful trip down to Ft. Lewis for A Special Delivery

A beautiful trip down to Ft. Lewis for A Special Delivery

Three Wonderful Angels At the Warrior Transition Brigade...Sammi, Wanda & Susan

Three Wonderful Angels At the Warrior Transition Brigade...Sammi, Wanda & Susan..standing by just some of the Creations from Washington communities, schools. scouts, and Angels across the State!

A wonderful creation from a student from West Seattle's Madison Middle School

"I want you to know that I appreciate your service."

A Madison Middle School Student's gift of gratitude....

You are my Hero...

A thoughtful gift of gratitude from a student at Madison Middle School

A thoughtful gift of gratitude

A gift of gratitude from a Student at Madison Middle School

"I just want you to know my family honors you and all that you have sacrificed for us."

Shine Bright with All Your Might....words of encouragement and wisdom

Shine Bright with All Your Might....words of encouragement and wisdom

Happy Valentines Day from Cody at Ferndale Mt. View School

Happy Valentines Day!

The Truck from BD&A arrives with all the games! THANK YOU!!

The Truck from BD&A arrives with all the games! THANK YOU!!

Chaplains Assistant Dinkins, John & Tom from BD&A

Chaplain's Assistant Dinkins, John & Tom from BD&A

Chaplains at Work!

Chaplains at Work!

Sue the Energizer Angel hard at Work!

Sue the 'Energizer Angel' hard at Work!

Hard at Work

Hard at Work

 

Soldiers Angels Wanda pitchin in to get the job done.

Soldiers' Angels Wanda pitchin in to get the job done

 

 

Danita from the WTB & John from BD&A gettin it done!

 

Danita from the WTB & John from BD&A gettin it done!
Sammi stacking them up high

Sammi stacking them up high

Danita and some Happy Warriors!

Danita and some Happy Warriors with the donated Games!

 

Getting there...

Getting there..

Games, games and more games !

Games, games and more games !

Happy OT office group with their games

Happy OT office group with their games

He loves his Doctors!

He loves his Doctors!

 

Wanda and another Happy Game Recipient

Wanda and another Happy Game Recipient

Thank You Warriors

 

Thank You to our Warriors

 

The Chaplain presents our Soldiers Angels with special coins from TF Phoenix

The Chaplain presents our Soldiers' Angels with special coins from TF Phoenix

 

Thank you to BD&A Games, John and Tom from the Warehouse, Soldiers’ Angels Susan, Wanda & Sammi, Washington Valentine makers, Danita, Chaplains and Warriors of the WTB for making it a great day! We are so thankful Warriors for your service!

 

 

Christmas Mission of Gratitude Complete!

January 22, 2009 at 4:55 am | Posted in Fisher Houses | Leave a comment
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After weeks of snow storms that had angels snowed in, our Christmas Campaign evolved into Operation Happy New Year. Our mission of gratitude was finally complete with deliveries made on January 11 to the VA’s & Fisher Houses. 
Many angels, churches, organizations including Soldiers’ Angels & The Elks, clubs, families and friends pitched in to make this a very successful campaign!       

Thanks to Angel Susan Katris, we arrived at the Vinning Sparks office building in Seattle and saw box upon box of games donated by Rick Rayl and the company BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates) Susan had been busy wrapping most of the 400 games before Christmas and the employees got in the spirit and donated all the batteries included for one of the games. It was absolutely overwhelming to see so many boxes and know that these would help our goal of giving something to each Veteran/FisherHouse Family a reality. The only problem was how to transport them to the VAs! It was all of a sudden very evident we needed either a semi trailer or a lot of vehicles! 

We got busy wrapping the remainder of the games, sorting stockings, candy, blankets and other items donated by so many generous people. The stockings were filled to the brim with such thoughtful items..so lovely and the blankets…many handmade were heartwarming to see. 

Thanks to Susan Katris, Lori Thompson, Gail Jensen & her son Daniel, Lindsay Herbst, Kathy Bergman, Tracy Patterson,KT Layton, Dawn Day,Jewell & Tony Morelli and myself (julie Morelli) we sorted and packed up our vehicles to convoy to the Puget Sound HCS (Seatte & American Lake) and the Fisher Houses. 

It was lovely to visit with the Veterans & their families at the Hospitals. They were incredibly appreciative and enjoyed the visits more than anything. That’s the thing…the visits are the real gift….and from all the feedback received, we warmed the hearts of many. 

I remember our first Walmart event to help this endeavor beginning with the horrible experience of angry people hurling insults about the military, the attending angel feeling so hurt and me thinking oh man..we are in trouble! Then the next day with the advice and encouragement of Patti and a few adjustments, we turned it around to be such a showing of goodwill that continued all the way to the final delivery. In such difficult times, people really pulled together to make a difference..to show our gratitude to our Veterans.

My heartfelt thanks to every single person that helped on this project. I appreciated all the advice, help to spread the word and donations you were able to generate.  You made a difference Smile Wings 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay, Susan, Tony & Jewell busy wrapping Games donated by Rick Rayl at BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates)

Lindsay, Susan, Tony & Jewell busy wrapping Games donated by Rick Rayl at BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates.

 

Thank you Angel Susan Katris for wrapping all these games!!! Thanks also to Vinning Sparks for the use of the office & all the Vinning Sparks employees for donating the batteries for the games. You made so many happy with your efforts!

Thank you Angel Susan Katris for wrapping all these games!!! Thanks also to Vinning Sparks for the use of the office & all the Vinning Sparks employees for donating the batteries for the games. You made so many happy with your efforts!

 

Angels KT, Gail, Organizing stockings

Angels KT, Jewell & Gail, Organizing stockings

 

 

 

The beginnings of our stack of Blankets. It got much higher! Thanks to all angels, companies and organizations who donated the blankets!

The beginnings of our stack of Blankets. It got much higher! Thanks to all angels, companies and organizations who donated the blankets!

More Beautiful blankets!! Thanks to all the people who bought and made these lovely gifts!

More Beautiful blankets!! Thanks to all the people who bought and made these lovely gifts!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Another Beautiful Creation!

Angel Kathy Bergman holds another beautiful creation!

Angel Lindsay & Tony working hard!

Angel Lindsay & Tony working hard!

Angels, Tracy, KT, Daniel Tony, Gail and Jewell sorting candy & stockings. Yes all those boxes are ready to go!

Angels, Tracy, KT, Daniel Tony, Gail and Jewell sorting candy & stockings. Yes all those boxes are ready to go!

Angels Kathy and Lori sorting!

Angels Kathy and Lori sorting!

 

I missed some people in these photos!  Thanks for helping everyone. It was a great effort by a ton of people 🙂  You made a difference by remembering !

OPERATION VALENTINE> WASHINGTON & OREGON ANGELS NEEDED!

January 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We have launched our Operation Valentine to spread some love and appreciation to our Hospitalized Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week Feb 9 – 14th! 

 


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