Other Programs that Support Our Troops

LetsSayThanks.com

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them..


Artists Tom 24 & Dan Wills have released the album, "Safe 'N Sound In Watertown," with a title song that honors Fort Drum (NY) fighting men and women and their families, giving a sincere thanks for sacrifices that protect freedoms in America and around the world. Tom and Dan have partnered with the Northern NY-Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), so that a donation of part of the proceeds from album sales will go directly to a fund for the benefit of families of Fort Drum soldiers. Listeners can find this CD on the web at this link: http://cdbaby.com/cd/tom24danwills2.

Show a Special Military Family You Appreciate Them

Military families know military service is not a job, it's a lifestyle. While this lifestyle provides endless opportunities for adventure and learning, at the same time families are subject to unique challenges. The National Military Family Association (NMFA) Family Award provides an opportunity to recognize those families who have made the most of the adventure and conquered the challenges. The NMFA Family Award is given to 12 families who exemplify the best of the military family lifestyle. Each winning family will receive $500 and a $250 donation will be made to a charity of their choosing. Additionally, one winning family will be chosen as the NMFA Family of the Year and will receive $1000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., where they will be honored at a reception with key military leaders and the program sponsors. They will also have the opportunity to present a check in the amount of $500 to the charity of their choice. Any active duty, reserve component, or retired family of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or commissioned corps of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service, are eligible, as well as the families of fallen service members, or families of wounded service members who were injured in the line of duty within the past three years and have since been discharged. Nominations will only be accepted online at www.nmfa.org/familyaward.

Free Holiday Messages to Troops Will Be Hosted by Stripes.com

Washington, DC, Thursday, October 20, 2005 -Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper of the U.S. military, will host a free Holiday Message posting service online at Stripes.com beginning November 1, 2005.

Many of the messages submitted online by the early deadline of November 28th will appear in the December 17th edition of Stars and Stripes (selected on a "first come, first served" basis).  All messages submitted by December 9th will be published online at Stripes.com beginning on December 18th.

"Stars and Stripes has a mission of service to our military and their families," said Margaret Irish, director of marketing. "Helping them exchange messages-for fun and for free-is an important part of celebrating the holidays."

To send a free message, visitors may go to Stripes.com and click on the Holiday Messages button, any time from November 1st to December 9th

Stars and Stripes is equipped to publish only those messages received online and in English. Every effort will be made to print all the messages received for Middle East, Europe and Pacific recipients, but Stars and Stripes also reserves the right to limit the number of messages actually published based on the space available.

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Stars and Stripes is a DOD-authorized daily newspaper distributed for the U.S. military community. Editorially independent of interference from outside its editorial chain of command, it provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective, staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair and accurate manner. By keeping its audience informed, Stars and Stripes enhances military readiness and better enables U.S. military personnel and their families to exercise their responsibilities of citizenship.

MAKING AUDIO MEMORIES... A great new company providing a wonderful opportunity for the loved ones, family and friends in your soldiers life to record personal messages of love and support. You may also choose to include some of your soldiers favorite music, fun moments and memories to personalize your CD even further. The process is so simple, and once all the messages have been recorded, Making Audio Memories will take the recordings to create and blend an emotion filled CD that will become a treasured keepsake for your soldier while he is away from home...and when he returns your family will cherish the sentiment that has been forever recorded to mark this unique time in your life, and in history What a special gift to give your loved one as he is about to deploy, or to ship to him as a surprise from home he never would have expected. Making Audio Memories is offering a 10% military family and friends discount with each order, just be sure to enter the promo code FREEDOM with your order.

To get started, just click on the link, it is that easy. This is an opportunity you DON'T WANT TO MISS. Your Making Audio Memories CD is a great gift for your soldier, one you will enjoy doing for him as much as he will love receiving this gift of love...get started on yours RIGHT NOW!!!
www.makingaudiomemories.com

Help Our Troops Call Home"-AT&T in sponsorship with AAFES allows you to purchase prepaid telephone calling cards for deployed Soldiers.  The advantage of this program is an increased number of minutes per dollar purchased versus other telephone calling cards.  For additional information go to https://thor.aafes.com/scs/default.aspx

Purchase "Gifts From the Homefront" gift certificate - These gifts can be redeemed by troops in their local exchange overseas.  Anyone may purchase these "Gifts from the Homefront" with a U.S. credit card or check, but only authorized AAFES customers can redeem them at any PX or BX overseas.  Sold by CertifiChecks, these gift certificates can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, and they come in denominations of $10 and $20.  At this time military authorities have advised that CertifiChecks can only be sent to a specific service member at his or her APO or U.S. mailing address. For additional information visit the AAFES Web site at http://www.aafes.com/.

Hugs - Have you heard about the "Hugs" project? It's a really great group of people who are dedicated to sewing and sending evaporative cooling ties to our troops in the "sandbox". We have already sent out over 50,000 homemade "hugs" which sounds like a lot until you consider that we have over 145,000 people in the desert right now. Cooling ties are simple to make but the benefits are dramatic, they can lower body temperatures by 1 to 4 degrees.

If you think you might be interested in helping out, please reply and I'll send you all the information to get you started. Each one of us is funding our own efforts, buying our own material and postage. These hugs cost about 50 cents to $1 each to construct and mail and there is nothing I can think of that you could buy and send to the military people in the Middle East that they would appreciate more. It was 117 in the desert today and they are really suffering from the heat. It will get up to 135+ next month, we need to get these cooling ties to them NOW.

Maybe you have a loved one serving in the desert but even if not, please consider if it were your son or daughter over there, your husband or wife. How good would you feel if a group of strangers wanted to give them a "hug" and say, "we appreciate your service to your country"?

Operation: Give A Hug
http://www.operationgiveahug.org/
help comfort children that have a parent overseas by providing them with special dolls.

Karen
Edmond, OK
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thehugsproject/

Lost Loved Ones - Maintained by CNN, this is a list of Soldiers who have given all for us.

Voices From Home
Support the Families of Soldiers
USO Cares sending care package donations (monetary only, they will purchase the packages)
Operation: Uplink donating phone cards to keep our soldiers talking with their families
Operation: Dear Abby to send a message.
GoArmy.com
Send messages through "Stars and Stripes"
Operation: Air Conditioners - Sending Air Conditioners to our Troops in Iraq
The Army has established a Family Assistance toll free number at 1-800-833-6622,
United Way Homefront Response:
to: help Utahn's cope with wartime pressure, reach out to neighbors in need, apply for assistance @ www.uw.org or 1-888-896-9790

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross at Walter Reed is looking for incidentals/comfort items for sick and wounded Armed Forces Personnel now recuperating at the hospital. When someone stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere is wounded or falls ill, they’re immediately evacuated and eventually end up stateside. It takes weeks for their personnel effects to catch up with them.

Things that the Red Cross is asking for are:
telephone cards of at least 30 minutes
rolling luggage (small), totes, carry-ons
individually wrapped snacks
magazines
notepads, pens
playing cards and games
sweat pants and shirts (all sizes)
All items should be donated to the American Red Cross, ATTN: Barbara Green, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20307-5001. Checks should be made out to the American Red Cross.
For more information, call (202) 782-2080 or e-mail Barbara.Green.1@AMEDD.army.mil


FREE GIFT BASKETS FOR MILITARY SPOUSES OF THOSE DEPLOYED
Let's help get the word out and show those military spouses that we appreciate them "holding down the (home) fort." Go to this web site for more info on donations or nominating a spouse to receive a basket. http://www.wahmfest.org/helpaspouse/ You can also contact them by email or phone at: execdir@wahmfest.org or 1-800-466-0294. POST IT...near your computer, and address book.

Our military wives need and deserve this small recognition for their sacrifices, please, nominate someone you know, and spread word about this wonderful opportunity to serve our soldiers by looking out for their wives in any small way we can.

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