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!

A Moment of Silence

July 27, 2009 at 5:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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July 27, 2009  Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence was started to honor every American service member Killed-in-Action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with a Moment of Silence from this day forward.

Every Monday from 6:00-6:01 PM (CST) we ask that you pause for a Moment of Silence for our heroes that have been Killed-in-Action.

The first listing is in full- the second listing is Twitter compatable. Please Retweet. Also hit the share button to share this list with others.

RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealeton, Va., died July 24 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

RIP: Marine who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y., and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 22 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA., and Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho.

RIP: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga., died July 21 in Methar Lam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 148th Brigade Support Battalion, Cedartown, Ga.

RIP: Four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 20 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (STRIKE), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:

Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, Texas.

Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga.

Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, Texas.

Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla.

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#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, MA 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y 7/23 Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, ID 7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA  7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga 7/21 in Methar Lam, ASTAN. 148th BGD Support BTL, Cedartown, Ga

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#miltiarymon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm (CST) RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21,Bealeton, Va., 7/24 Salman Pak, Iraq, Fort Bragg

Call to Action-Who is Your Hero? tweettoremind.org

May 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Dear Friends,

We all have people in our lives we consider heroes.

All of us at the Bob Woodruff Foundation would appreciate your support and participation helping raise $1.65M for our heroes returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan by participating in our TweettoRemind campaign. Through the power of the social web, Tweet to Remind campaign aims to raise $1.65 million by Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 to ensure our service members get the help they need as they integrate back into society.

This is a call to action, requesting you write a short blog post or tweet telling us who your hero is on Tuesday, May 12.
After I was severely injured while reporting on location in Iraq, my family and I realized we had a unique opportunity to reach out and help many of our nation’s injured heroes. In January 2008, my wife Lee and I started ReMIND.org, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as their families. Our current project is the TweetToRemind campaign, which asks individuals and corporations to donate $5.25 or more in an effort to raise $1.65 million by the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

I have so many heroes in my life who have affected me in so many ways. But after what my family and I went through more than three years ago, my greatest heroes are the doctors, nurses, medics, soldiers, pilots and others who risk their lives on a daily basis to save injured soldiers and bring them back to their communities. They did it for me, and my family and I can never thank them enough.
This is what I ask of you: on Tuesday, May 12 post a simple blog or tweet answering, “Who is your hero?” and asking them to do the same. Please link to your blog post from your Twitter account, a link back to <a href=”http://tweettoremind.org“>www.tweettoremind.org</a>, and the ChipIn widget which you can copy onto your blog.

I hope you find it in your heart to support this effort on May 12 and throughout the campaign which ends on Memorial Day, May 25th.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
Bob Woodruff

“SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” IS NO LONGER A SLOGAN. IT’S AN ACTION.

info@tweettoremind.org
www.tweettoremind.org
www.remind.org
www.twitter.com/Remind_Org
www.twitter.com/BobWoodruff
www.twitter.com/LeeMWoodruff

ReMINDers
*OEF and OIF veterans are eligible for free VA health care for their combat injuries up to 5 years after separation from duty. (VA)
*Nearly 20 percent of U.S. service members returning from combat will report symptoms of PTSD or major depression. (RAND)
*Nearly 90% of today’s seriously wounded U.S. military service members are surviving. (VA)
*Over 320,000 U.S. service members have sustained a TBI during deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. (RAND)
*More than 1.64 million U.S. service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since October, 2001. (DoD)
*Costs resulting from PTSD and major depression for troops deployed since 2001 are expected to range from $4-$6 billion. (RAND)
*As public concern over these injuries grows, policy changes and funding shifts are already occurring. (RAND)
*Of those reporting a probable TBI, 57% have not been evaluated by a physician for brain injury. (RAND)
*Processing times for veteran disability benefit claims has decreased from 230 days in 2001 to an estimated 145 days in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)
*When combat stress exceeds the capacity of an individual to cope, literal injuries to the brain and mind can result. (RAND)
*Symptoms and repercussions of combat stress include depression, anxiety, misuse of alcohol and drugs, strains in family functioning, separation and divorce. (RAND)
*Nearly 5.3 million veterans will receive care at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)
*Medical science provides a better understanding than ever before of how to care for a new generation of service members suffering the psychological effects of warfare. (RAND)

***Support our troops is no longer a slogan. It’s an action.***

Washington Facebook, Twitter, and Blog help strengthen our Team!

April 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | 1 Comment
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Hello Washington!  In our efforts to build a strong Washington team and increase our support efforts, Soldiers’ Angels Washington has created a Patti/Soldiers’Angels approved, Washington Facebook Page, Facebook Group and Twitter page.  We encourage you to join all of these groups.  These social networking sites are great ways to ‘meet’ other angels, discuss projects and events you may be working on, brainstorm ideas or simply see what’s coming up next in the state without having to dig for information or wait for an email. By being a part of these Washington  State sites you not only can connect on a local level, but you will be directly connected (with a click) on the national level to the directors and official group. It’s a fast way to receive information! I love it!   Here are the links:

Washington Facebook Page

Washington Facebook Group    (For discussion, event listing/inviting and larger postings)

Washington Twitter Page

Subscribe to our Blog too (by clicking on the subscribe button on the rt.menu)   These are all great ways to build a strong Washington team by keeping us connected and informed!  The more connected we are, the more our support efforts can grow and benefit those who have served and continue to serve.  Thanks Angels!

For those of you in the Vancouver WA/Portland area, you may want to also add our Oregon State sites. There are many events that come up for that area and joining will help you keep informed! The links are listed on the Oregon Blog here > SOLDIERS’ ANGELS OREGON

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