2nd Annual: Support the Red, White and Blue; Give Love, Give Blood

January 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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During the week surrounding February 11th, 2011 Soldiers’ Angels encourages Angels and friends across the entire country to honor those that have shed their BLOOD for us by heading to your local blood bank and donating a pint. You can check the eligibility requirements for donating here.

In coordination with WEAR RED Friday and Valentines’ Day weekend, please take time out of your busy schedule to give a pint. If you can’t give RED you can always give GREEN and donate $$ online www.soldiersangels.org.

Send your photos of your giving experience to ShelleMichaels@SoldiersAngels.org or pixt them to 218-779-7271 for automatic posting to our Facebook fan page.  Let u know here at Soldiers Angels in Washington  soldiersangelswashington@gmail.com

A Night For Our Heroes Fundraiser Needs You!

September 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington Invites YOU to our 2nd annual “Night For Our Heroes” fundraiser, Oct 2 at the Lakeway Inn, Bellingham. 6pm no host cocktails, 7pm Dinner.  The theme is Founding Father’s Banquet.  Dress as your favorite “founding father” if you like; otherwise, casual attire.
For more information on Tickets, Auction items or Sponsorships email soldiersangelswashington @gmail
We need your help to spread the word. TIckets, Sponsors and Auction items still needed. This is your chance to contribute in some way to those who serve and have served, even if it is to spread the word!! We can do this!!

Crafty Creations for our Deployed, Wounded & Veterans

August 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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I’m always so amazed and inspired by the talent of our angels.  I know many of you are working on Blankets of Belief, Hope and Gratitude  all year long. If you aren’t a part of the SA sewing team please join or ask me how. Bless your hearts for that incredible thoughtfulness and time you put into each creation. I have had many wounded warriors and families come up to me at the various events and share how much YOUR creations mean to them.  One of the things we will be doing across the state for our Day of the Deployed efforts are donation/blanket drives. If you are part of a quilting/crochet/knit group, or think you could inspire others from your community/church or service clubs to join together to produce some Creations for our Deployed/wounded and Veterans please email  soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com   I would also love to post pictures of your creations if you attach a photo I’ll add it to the blog.

The following blanket was made by the loving hands of  Angel Jean who also just made some lovely hats and gave them to a homeless outreach in her area.   Thank You Jean!

This lovely fellow were made by our Angel Debbie & Mom . We haven’t come up with A name for the Bear Campaign yet… Troop Teddy Bear…Special Forces: Bear Hugs, Mission Grrratitude, Oh my gosh there have been quite a few. Debbie says they are easy to do. Two parts to the pattern.  These Bears might be the perfect project for Girl Scout and Boy Scout Groups. I know several blanket makers who are wanting to add a few Bears to their projects too.   We’d love to send lots of these for our Day of the Deployed Effort on Oct 26 and for the holidays.  Email Soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com if you’d like to give them a try!

Many of you are part of the Angel Bakers and others have helped with fabulous culinary creations for the Welcome Homes and events we’ve participated in, along with your regular baking you send to our deployed service members.   You’re all amazing!! I would love to include some pictures or even recipes you’ve used if you like.  It might help non cooks like me get inspired!

Just Listen to Support the Troops!

August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington, have been welcoming home many of our troops over the last few months.   I’m sure all of us, particularly those who have experienced deployment first hand will relate to the following video from Jesse Dayton.

“As one of the musical artists involved in Voices of a Grateful Nation (a partner of Soldiers’ Angels), Jesse Dayton has been using his talent to support the troops.  His heart-rending song, I’m Comin’ Home, has been featured on the organization’s musical CDs, which help fund activities that use music to help returning and wounded soldiers re-acclimate and recover.  Now he’s asking for a little help—all you have to do is listen!”

If CMT.com records at least 1000 hits a day, Jesse’s video and his PSA for Soldiers’ Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation will be put into regular rotation of music videos on CMT. Getting Jesse’s PSA on CMT will be a wonderful way to help spread the word about what Soldiers’ Angels does.

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LISTEN TO JESSE HERE

“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

A must read- Michael Yon’s latest dispatch

August 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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The entire article is a must read.

From Michael Yon’s Michael Yon: Do Americans Care about British Soldiers? – [19 August 2009 Helmand Province, Afghanistan]

A gunshot ripped through the darkness and a young British soldier fell dying on FOB Jackson.  I was just nearby talking on the satellite phone and saw the commotion.  The soldier was taken to the medical tent and a helicopter lifted him to the excellent trauma center at Camp Bastion.  That he made it to Camp Bastion alive dramatically improved his chances.  But his life teetered and was in danger of slipping away.  Making matters worse, the British medical system back in the United Kingdom did not possess the specialized gear needed to save his life.  Americans had the right gear in Germany, and so the British soldier was put into the American system.

British officers in his unit, 2 Rifles, wanted to track their man every step of the way, and to ensure that his family was informed and supported in this time of high stress.  Yet having their soldier suddenly in the American system caused a temporary glitch in communications with folks in Germany.  The British leadership in Sangin could have worked through the glitch within some hours, but that would have been hours wasted, and they wanted to know the status of their soldier now.  So a British officer in Sangin – thinking creatively –asked if I knew any shortcuts to open communications.  The right people were only an email away: Soldiers Angels.  And so within about two minutes, these fingers typed an email with this subject heading: CALLING ALL ANGELS.

Soldiers’ Angels Shelle Michaels and MaryAnn Phillips moved into action.  Day by day British officers mentioned how Soldiers Angels were proving to be incredibly helpful.  The soldiers expressed deep and sincere appreciation.  Yet again, the Angels arrived during a time of need.

Don’t miss the rest of this story Here : MICHAEL YON including an amazing blog post from Mary Ann from Soldiers’ Angels Germany.

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

Valour-IT grant awarded to Soldiers’ Angels

February 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the second time in three yearsSoldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT</a> has received a grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) through SAAF’s Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD).

The grant of $210,000 is expected to purchase at least 300 laptops, which will be distributed to wounded veterans at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) or living in the surrounding area. The computers will be used for communication, post-military employment preparation and physical and occupational therapy, and will be fitted with adaptive technology from the Department of Defense for severely injured users, including voice-control. As one of the largest treatment facilities for wounded veterans in America, BAMC is a major hub for Project Valour-IT and Soldiers’ Angels works closely with caseworkers there to identify recovering service members in need of a laptop.

Wounded veteran and Valour-IT co-creator Chuck Ziegenfuss knows firsthand the power of Valour-IT. He reported that using a voice-controlled laptop while he recovered was “the first time I felt whole since I’d woken up wounded.”

This is the third SAAF/TRIAD grant for Soldiers’ Angels, forming a growing bond and furthering the reach of Project Valour-IT, which has already distributed 3,000 laptops nationwide. “With the money from this grant we will be able to touch many more heroes who need Valour-IT Laptops,” said Veterans Support team leader, Twyla Choate. “Soldiers’ Angels is thrilled to once again be given the opportunity to help those who have done so much for us.”

In 2007, Valour-IT received a $150,000 grant from TRIAD.  Soldiers’ Angels proudly salutes the work of official volunteer grant writer Cheryl Walker, who wrote both of the TRIAD grant applications for Valour-IT.

Cpt Rob Yllescas Update from Dena

December 1, 2008 at 9:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008

Rob is with God now

Well, today Rob went to be with the Lord. Last night his ICP’s went really high and they took him for another CT scan. The scan results were devastating. So, we decided to let him go Home. He went very painlessly and quickly. I don’t know when his funeral will be but it will be in Nebraska in my hometown. I will let you all know the details when I get them. Thank so all so much for the thousands of prayers you sent for my husband. We now have an angel looking over us.

 Dena  needs your prayers.. I hope you’ll visit and show your support.

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