Help for SA Georgia! Wingtip to Wingtip

December 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Here’s another great opportunity to support the troops with just the click of a mouse!

Soldiers’ Angels Georgia is in the running for $1000 to help with their massive annual Christmas Stocking project for National Guardsmen deployed from their state, but they need your help!  You can help SA Georgia win the DollarDays.com Community Pride photo contest, simply by voting for them with a click of your mouse.  Currently, SA Georgia is in 4th place, but the 1st place project has twice as many votes!
The Dollar Days contest challenges nonprofit customers to use a photo to show how they use Dollar Days purchases in their charity work.  SA Georgia’s photo shows a happy soldier who has received a care package from Georgia Angels, one of the average of 5,000 they send every year.
Supporters can vote once per email address, per day, and the deadline is December 31, 2010.  Please share this link with your friends and families, add to your Facebook page or any forums in which you participate.
Put your mouse to work and help Georgia Angels support the troops!  (And don’t forget to use the buttons here to spread the word!)
VOTE HERE: http://www.photoscramble.com/ContestView.aspx?ContestId=64



“He has no personal effects”

August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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A must read Blog post from ” My position on the Way”

“He has no personal effects. The only things that came with him from downrange[to Germany] were an envelope with a couple of [military challenge] coins and his Soldiers’ Angels backpack.”

That, in and of itself is a powerful statement.

About 10 last night, a friend of mine from college called to tell my Mrs. her husband (also another friend from college) was wounded in Iraq. His leg was badly injured, and he was in Germany, but would be transported to WRAMC soon.

The Mrs., who has walked many miles in those shoes.

Then I did something that I absolutely hate having to do: I shot a red-star cluster (a flare we use in the army that shoots a rocket up to about 250 feet and then shoots a shower of bright red sparks. In training, it is used to alert everyone on the battlefield that a serious real-world injury has happened, and mark the location for pickup.

In war, it is used to tell the helicopter where to land to pick up the casualties.

My figurative red star was fired out into the community of milbloggers and more importantly, Soldier’s Angels. Between the time I found out (actually before) a Soldier’s Angel in Germany was present, holding his hand, making sure he was comforted and taken care of, contacting his spouse, who was back in the states trying to wrangle arrangements for their two kids. (Sound familiar so far?) and the time I woke up this morning, SA-stateside had energized their wounded team, making sure that he (and the other critically wounded patients flying in today) would have someone waiting on them.

They’d contacted his spouse again, making sure that anything she needed was also getting taken care of. Did she need someone to watch the kids? The dog? Did she need someone to run errands so she could take a nap? Was there anything at all she needed? Not to mention getting her information–gleaned from thousands of patients and families Soldiers Angels has cared for–to help her ask and answer the questions she had yet to think of. Other Angels were securing a beach head for her–making sure she was taken care of logistically at Walter Reed. Everything they could possibly do to pave the way, allow her to focus on her soldier, is being taken care of. (How many of you know there is a dunkin’ donuts and a subway in the lobby at WRAMC, or would even think that she might want some gift cards for them?) SA already purchased them!

As a leader, one of the scariest places to be is when you don’t know what it is that you don’t know. You can’t be sure if you’ve planned for the most likely possibilities if the battlefield is too uncertain, or if you are entering an area that you never dreamed you’d be entering. You are planning in a vacuum of information, on unfamiliar terrain, and have no idea what you need to do to make progress. Soldiers Angels tries to fill that information void–to help those spouses figure out what they need to do, to prioritize what needs to be done, to provide that much-needed information and prioritization to a spouse who is on an emotional precipice. Moreover, they make sure that no soldier goes unloved–whether it’s holding hands in the ICU in Germany, or in Walter Reed, or Brooke Amy Medical Center, or Bethesda, or Balboa, or anywhere a wounded soldier finds himself.

Read more here >MY POSITION ON THE WAY

Soldiers’ Angels Luncheon with Jeff Bader and SFC Toby Nunn

June 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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On May 15th,  Soldiers’ Angels in Washington hosted a  luncheon to celebrate our Armed Forces with Community Leaders, Soldiers Angels in Washington, and those who we connect with in support , such as the Fisher Houses, Madigan Army Medical Center, and the Warrior Transition Brigade among others.   We were thrilled to welcome and introduce our special guests, Jeff Bader ( Co founder of Soldiers’ Angels, author of May No Soldier Go Unloved and SFC Toby Nunn author of  Northern Disclosure , filmmaker of the PBS #1 Documentary in 2008  Bad Voodoo’s Wars and youngest recipient of the Audie Murphy award .  Check out Toby Nunn’s Briefing Room to read a really nice blog entry about the luncheon.

I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the Soldiers’ Angels Organization and even more so after meeting these two amazing people.  Without a doubt, Integrity coupled with a heartfelt commitment and passion of support for the Armed Services, Veterans and their families are at the core of the Soldiers’ Angels Organization.

We all love Patti for a reason. She has a heart of gold, is brimming with positivity and a genuine spirit of generosity and humanity.  She digs in and focuses on getting the job done and doesn’t get distracted by bumps in the road. They only serve to increase her determination.   Patti Patton Bader is a class act all the way and  it was so great to meet and get to know Jeff, her husband  and Toby. Two more class acts who are equally as wonderful.

Their positive energy was matched by every single person who attended the Luncheon, There were a few missing faces due to a huge traffic jam and time constraints, but for the most part, people battled through the traffic and took time out of their very busy days to attend.

It was a delight to have a chance to spend time with others in the community who share gratitude and a passion of support for our Military, Veterans and their families.  These are hard working, positive, dedicated people who live their lives with gratitude and commitment to honoring and supporting the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve to keep our world safe and free.

Thank  you to Mayor Linda Bird from the City of University Place , Deputy Mayor Penny Coffey and  Council Member Larry  Wilcox from the City of Dupont,  Amy Cruver executive Assistant for Representative Jim McCune 2nd District for attending.  I encourage everyone to  discover  these beautiful  Washington communities and work together to bring Support to our Armed Services, Veterans and their families.  These are all city officials that are motivated to do the same….so reach out and see what you can do together!

Also in attendance were  Jodi Land  and Nikki Wasierski from the Ft. Lewis Fisher House. The Fisher House is a home away from home for Military families needing to be near their hospitalized loved ones.  If you haven’t been involved with the Ft. lewis or VA Puget Sound Fisher House activities and support, I urge you to do so.  If you are interested, just email and ask about how you can be more involved as a volunteer.

Other Special guests included,  Julie Calohan from the  Madigan Army Medical Center’s Public Affairs Office , Lisa Palmer Soldiers Angel from Madigan, Danita Dahl and Spc John Dinkins from the Warrior Transition Brigade at Ft. Lewis and Kathy Horinek from the WTB FRG, husband WIlliam (just deployed) and Becky Craig from McChord.  These people continue to inspire as they work tirelessly to meet the needs of those they serve. It makes a difference when these professionals are welcoming, efficient and positive. I hope you all will sign up for support events in the future and will be able to meet these great people along with the Warriors and families.

As Jeff and Toby mentioned in their speeches, every single person attending the luncheon was a special guest. It is truly the 200,000+ volunteers of Soldiers’ Angels that make the wheels keep turning and it was definitely evident in the planning of this luncheon.  Soldiers’ Angels in Washington were honored to host this gathering and jumped on board with ideas, advice and help from the moment of conception to the day of the event.   We did have a few bumps in the road with a change of venue at the last minute and a huge traffic jam on the day, but I have to say Soldiers’ Angels,  are a positive and determined group of people!!  It always amazes me how awesome the Angel Network is!   Thank you to everyone who was on the ready when we were in the planning stages, especially Angel Lori who put a great deal of work into organizing food, and Wanda who did an enormous amount of work with hand delivering invitations to the Dignitaries and Commanders, printing the programs, helping find a new Venue and a million other things that came up along the way.  Also Melissa French who was in charge of making sure the Soldiers’ Angels Table was complete. Melissa did such a fantastic job.  Thank you so much!

Warren Nevins, one of the first Soldiers’ Angels was in attendance,  Ola Ward Retired Nurse from Madigan, Sue  Berry(Ft. Lewis) along with Angels Tineke , Rebecca , Cecilia,  Rani , Nancy , Andrea , Sammi and Jewell . I have to go through my list but hopefully I haven’t missed anyone!   It was so great to meet and chat with everyone! I Love it when angels get together! So many interesting conversations and connections were made. Very inspiring and enjoyable!  I’m still sorting out pictures and finding some good ones, but here is what i’ve found thus far.  If anyone else took some please send to soldiersangelswashington @ gmail.com   and I’ll add to the collection.

Jeff Bader  Co Founder of Soldiers' Angels

Jeff Bader Co Founder of Soldiers' Angels

CTL Melissa French at the Soldiers' Angels Table

CTL Melissa French at the Soldiers' Angels Table

SFC Toby Nunn speaks at Soldiers' Angels Luncheon Ft. Lewis

SFC Toby Nunn speaks at Soldiers' Angels Luncheon Ft. Lewis

Angels Wanda, Tineke and Ola

Angels Wanda, Tineke and Ola

William,Kathy,Lila June

William, Kathy (WTB FRG) and Lila June Horinek

Angel Rebecca and Jeff Bader

Angel Rebecca and Jeff Bader

Toby, Becky,Melissa,Julie,Jeff,Nancy,LarryWilcox,PennyCoffey

Toby, Becky,Melissa,Julie,Jeff,Nancy,LarryWilcox,PennyCoffey

Warren, Sammi and Jewell

Warren, Sammi and Jewell

Brothers At War > Coming to Lakewood Mar 27

March 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Brothers at War

Brothers at War

Soldiers’ Angels is partnering with the acclaimed new documentary Brothers at War Movie  to help tell the stories of America’s warfighters and their families. Directed by civilian Jake Rademacher, who followed his two military brothers to document their combat deployment and return home, the documentary is an intimate portrait of a military family during wartime.  It is currently screening in a number of cities across America, and Soldiers’ Angels volunteers will be in attendance at each screening location to invite viewers to bridge the military-civilian divide by actively supporting service members and families like those portrayed in the documentary! If you would like to participate, please scroll down for more information.
As Patti points out, this a great opportunity to connect average Americans with those who protect us. “Fewer people serving in the military means fewer Americans have personal knowledge of the sacrifices and challenges of military life,” she says. “Brothers at War helps bridge that divide. The story of these heroes needs to be told, and our soldiers need to know their service is appreciated and that they are not forgotten.”

A winner at the 2008 GI Film Festival, Brothers at War has been receiving rave reviews from military supporters, veterans and military families.  Angel and military spouse Greta had a chance to preview the film and was very impressed.  “No other footage since Bad Voodoo’s War has portrayed anything so real and unbiased about the war and the soldiers who serve in it,” she wrote. 

Soldiers’ Angels encourages all Angels to spread the word about this tremendous documentary across the country and to attend a screening near their homes.

Screening Locations (showtimes and location details to be announced; email  cvink@soldiersangels.org if you would like to assist the Angel activities at a screening near you):
Friday, March 13
Georgia: Columbus
Illinois: Chicago, Warrenville
North Carolina: Fayetteville, Jacksonville
Virginia: Arlington
Washington, DC

Friday, March 20
Ohio: Akron

Friday, March 27
California: Monterey, Oceanside
Georgia: Augusta, Savannah
Illinois: Decatur
Louisiana: Shreveport
Ohio: Cleveland Heights, Dayton
Tennessee: Clarksville
Texas: Killeen, San Antonio
Virginia: Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk
Washington: Lakewood

 

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!

 

 

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