Valentines headed for Spokane VA

February 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thank you Trinity school students and angel Jean for making sure the Veterans at Spokane VA are visited with lots of Valentines and TLC!

Aren’t these  creations Fabulous?? If you have a youth group or school that would like to participate in making cards for our Hospitalized wounded and Veterans throughout the year please email…soldiersangelswashington @wordpress.com  This is a great way to nurture an attitude of gratitude with your students and provides a huge morale boost for those that have served so bravely on our behalf.

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Oprah Show>The Bravest Families in America… What you can do

January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 5 Comments
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Today on the Oprah show, “First lady Michelle Obama, Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward introduce us to some of the bravest families in America as they cope with the invisible wounds of war.” http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/The-Bravest-Families-in-America

Former South Dakota Army National Guardsman Sgt. Corey Briest (Ret.) and his wife, Jenny were among the guests. Briest, of Yankton, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb near Baghdad,Dec. 4, 2005, while serving with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 147th FieldArtillery, South Dakota Army National Guard, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. … Soldiers’ Angels have stood with Corey and Jenny since his injury.”

The message of the show was simple…..be grateful, never forget and DO something to show your support.

If you want to do something and are not sure what to do go to soldiersangels.org We have many teams you can join such as the wounded TLC team which helped show support to Jenny and Corey.

Do you live in Washington and would you like to help?? Email soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com  We need you!

Soldiers’ Angels is an all encompassing organization that is dedicated to supporting our Deployed, Wounded, Veterans and their families. As Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Oprah and the First Lady said today…..it takes the communities to step up to make a difference.  “We owe them everything”…..therefore we all must do something.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

WTB Caregiver Appreciation Certificate -Soldiers’ Angels

November 6, 2010 at 11:14 am | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 1 Comment
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SOLDIERS’ ANGELS WAS PRESENTED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM THE WARRIOR TRANSITION BATTALION OF JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD ON NOV 5, 2010. IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR AND GRATITUDE WE SERVE IN SUPPORT OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS.

 

Our awesome Angel Wanda accepting!  Thank you to all of our fabulous angels who give their love and support to the Wounded Warriors and their families.

Halloween at the WTB (Warrior Transition Battalion)

November 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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On October 29, Witches, Goblins, Princesses and ANGELS (Soldiers Angels that is!!) joined the Wounded Warriors and their families for a Trunk N Treat at Joint Base Lewis McChord Washington!  Soldiers’ Angels sponsored the trick or treat prizes for the event and Angels Lisa, Erin, husband Tom and Nita (with her amazing photography) pitched in to decorate their vehicles and provide candies for everyone!! Thank you angels for your generosity of time, $s and Angel TLC to make this a great event!!

Great Antennae!!

 

 

To Honor the Sacrifice of SPC Aaron Aamot

December 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 4 Comments
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Spc Aaron Aamot

 

Obituary from the Bellingham Herald….. “Aaron Seth Aamot was born on April 12, 1987, in his grandmother’s house on the Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA. He was killed in action on November 5, 2009, in Afghanistan. Aaron was raised in Whatcom County on a small farm in Custer, WA. He was active in the Critters & Co. 4-H Club and the Ferndale FFA. The Whatcom Youth Fair and the Northwest Washington Fair were favorite events for Aaron. The attacks on September 11, 2001, gave Aaron the determination to serve his country in the armed forces. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 2006, he went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being stationed at Fort Lewis, Aaron enjoyed his role driving a Stryker vehicle in the newly formed 5th Stryker Brigade. The 5-2 SBCT deployed in July 2009 to the area around Kandahar. Aaron was driving his Stryker on a patrol when it hit a buried explosive. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Julie (Hinds) Aamot of Custer; siblings, Matthew (Angela), Joshua, Nellie (Ricky) Huisman, Benjamin (Catrina); Dale; Ethan; and Daniel. Grandparents are the late Arnold Aamot and Charlotte (Reeck) Aamot of Bellingham, and William and Donna (McDougle) Hinds of Sedro-Woolley. Aaron was a devoted uncle to nephews Elijah, Samuel, Oliver, and Nathaniel, and nieces, Evelyn, Janett, Ella, and Catherine. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

RIP Brave Warrior. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.   

When Aaron came home…..a community was there…….

In Honor of Spc Aaron Aamot

 

 

 

 

An idea to ‘do SOMETHING’ found it’s way through the crowds on the bridge and quickly became an all out effort of support for Aaron’s 5-2 1 17 Regiment and 5th Stryker Brigade. Thanks to the Aamot Family, particularly brother Matt, Captain Kim who pledged support to get any donations to Afghanistan, and a determined, not to mention well organized group of citizens a Donation Drive was launched.  Soldiers’ Angels was honored to be involved and to work alongside such amazing individuals. 

 

 

Thank you KGMI for spreading the word and for helping with this incredible effort, People's Bank, Local Firehalls and Businesses for hosting donation boxes.

 

The fabulous KGMI & People's Bank Team

 

The morning of the broadcast we began with this box and the donations kept pouring in! Thank you everyone!

 

Mother Julie Aamot working hard at sorting through donations. It was an honor and absolute joy to spend time with the Aamots. They are incredible. One can't help but love them for being such gracious, humble, loving beings. It was a privilege to get a little glimpse into Aaron through stories shared on this day, to see what a wonderful young man, son and brother he was.

 

Cards from School Children

 

More heartfelt wishes of support from our School Children

 

Firefighters hard at work

 

The sorting process begins!

 

CBS taking a gander for their later broadcast

 

Getting there!

 

Angel Kathy Bergman (left) was at the Legion early helping to organize,

 

The fabulous Chris from Ludtke Trucking (who donated a truck for transport to Ft. Lewis) and the Legion #7 Hall for the organizing.

 

Boxes being filled for the 5-2 Wounded

 

Becky Raney-Organizer Extraordinaire & helper - Soon those boxes were stacked taller than Becky!

 

Becky and Our Wounded Boxing Crew

 

Becky Raney, Ethan and Matthew Aamot

 

Thank you Becky Raney and the amazing group of people who spearheaded this effort and did an amazing amount of work to get the job done. Also, thanks to KGMI, People’s Bank and all of the community businesses for hosting donation boxes and spreading the word to get them filled up.  Thank you to all the great folks at the American Legion #7 Hall in Bellingham for the food, the space and support. Soldiers Angel Kathy Bergman for helping to organize and direct the work at the Legion.  Big hugs and thanks  to Grizzly and Scooter from the Combat Vet team for zipping around the county to pick up all of the donations. You guys are awesome! Thanks to everyone else who helped pick up, sort, box and ship the donations, including Chris & Ludtke trucking who arrived at Ft. Lewis with a full load of supplies!  Thank you Whatcom County and all of the listeners of KGMI (some even from Canada) who stepped up and stopped by to donate!  

The donations continued to come in and those boxes behind Becky, Ethan and Matthew continued to stack higher and higher in the Legion Hall.  Many thanks to  all of the Volunteers who were there bright and early and who stayed till late in the evening each day and to the incredible Aamot family.  We hold Aaron in our heart and prayers and your family will always have our love and support.  

We continue to  keep the 5th Stryker Brigade and Aaron’s Regiment in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of our brave men and women in uniform who serve on our behalf.

Soldiers’ Angels VA Volunteer Orientation

October 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In September 2008, Washington Soldiers’ Angels attended a VA Volunteer Orientation at the VA Puget Sound HCS.  An enjoyable opportunity to meet other angels in the state, and learn about being a Volunteer in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. I highly recommend attending the next one in the new year if you missed this one!  Thanks to Director Jeff Honeycutt and Fran at the VA for extending the invitation!Soldiers' Angels VA Volunteer Orientation

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