Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Mail Call....Time is Running Out

As you can see by the USPS website for Holiday Shipping Cut Off Dates (look under the
Military Mail section) December 4 is the cut off date for Priority Mail shipping to
and December 11 is the cut off date for Priority Mail Shipping to all other APO/FPO 's.

so time is running out to get those packages or cards out to our troops.

You can still go by the Soldiers Angels Store and order a
Wrapped in Holiday Spirit Care Package sent to Any Hero

Out in Illinois, the great folks at Toys For Troops are having a packing party on
December 6th If you aren't in that area? as they say on their website ...As always, if you're not from Central Illinois, you can still participate in the merrymaking: If you'd like to send a box of gifts to a soldier, we'll give you a name, address, some gift ideas, and shipping advice.....or you can help them send their packages by sponsoring the cost of shipping 1 box.....details and contact info in this post on their blog.

Operation Love From Home is busy sorting through their cards and packing boxes for shipping,also, as you can see here the date has passed to get your cards in.....but you can Still donate towards postage and shipping costs, contact or

Lastly, as I said in this post , if you want to send a card to a recovering soldier? cards should be postmarked no later than December 7 and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

(One tip I'd like to add to that is that hospitals suggest to avoid cards that have 'glitter',which might get into open wounds)

If you're just not going to be able to get anything sent out in time for the holidays? Fear not :)

You can always consider becoming a Soldiers Angel as we head into 2010.....there are many Teams or Projects you can get involved in, click on the Teams & Projects-How To Help link on the main website

as , another great troop support website, says
"Help them all year, not just at the holidays"

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Get Ready for Wreaths Across America 2009

Originally uploaded by kasee102

Picture from Arlington National Cemetery,Arlington Wreath Project,2008
Above is a picture from Arlington National Cemetery last year, when my husband and I participated in Wreaths Across America there.

In the years prior to that, we've gone to our local National cemetery to participate, you can find a slideshow I did from our participation in 2007 here

This year's Wreath Laying will take place on December 12 at noon across the country, you can find out more (and locations near you) at the main Wreaths Across America website.

Whether you participate at Arlington, or at a local National cemetery near you? We have always found this to be a very moving and meaningful way to honor our fallen veterans.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Comments by

Came across this article with a message worth passing on today

Be an Angel for a Soldier this Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving day, as we count our blessings and give Thanks........we want to especially give Thanks for all those who have chosen to serve our country.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday Hero

Rear Adm. Ned Deets
Rear Adm. Ned Deets
U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Ned Deets speaks with Frank Chebatar, president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, at the conclusion of the base consolidation ceremony. The two bases consolidated to form Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Military Monday

While I don't 'tweet', I'm aware that Monday is designated as "militarymonday" on Twitter.
A search on Twitter brings up some of the tweets using that hashtag here

Friend and fellow Soldiers Angel member and blogger Greta is one of the founding forces of #militarymon (she still blogs, however, both here and here , and she's got a new gig over at RightPunditsMedia YouTube channel )

My friend JP at who is also greatly enamoured of tweeting on Twitter :) is continuing to blog,also, thank goodness (for dinosaurs like me,lol, who just can't make that jump into tweeting...I have enough trouble thinking what the heck to say on my Facebook status, for pete's sake :) and he put up a nice post Nov.9
My 10 Favorite Experiences as a Military Blogger

Whether it's through blogging or Soldiers Angels ......supporting the military has brought so many unexpected blessings into my Own life, also, that I wanted to write a post supporting #militarymon

even though I don't 'tweet' :)

and to say how Thankful I am, for those who are currently serving, and those who are veterans, not only during this Thanksgiving week, but every day.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Prayers needed for a Milblogger

Blackfive has the information here Spiritual warfare for a wonderful man

Keeping Concrete Bob, and his family, in our prayers here!

Update: Bob Checks In

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Operation Christmas Tree

We sent one to our soldier when he was deployed last year, read more about this
here Operation Christmas Tree

No, You CAN'T send Christmas cards to "Any Wounded Soldier"...but, you CAN still send cards to recovering soldiers at Walter Reed

This is the time of year when emails circulate asking folks to send Christmas and holiday cards to 'Any Wounded Soldier' at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.....which, sad to say, you CANNOT do, due to security considerations.
However, there IS still a way to get those cards to recovering soldiers at Walter Reed, and elsewhere.........from the WRAMC website

The American Red Cross again will sponsor a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad.

The card campaign includes those working and receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc., will partner for the third year to provide screening of all mail sent to the following P.O. Box address:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Cards should be postmarked no later than Dec. 7 to reach servicemembers recovering at Walter Reed.

People shouldn’t send cards to Walter Reed unless they are addressed to a specific wounded warrior.

Due to security restrictions, Walter Reed cannot accept generic mail addressed to “A Recovering Soldier” or “Any Soldier.” In past years, hundreds of cards were returned to senders because of generic addresses, many sent in response to misleading e-mails.

Soldiers Angels Web Surfing


A Holiday Edition of Soldiers Angels Web Surfing because time is running out to get those cards and packages in the mail in order for them to reach our troops in time for the holidays......

View From the 8th Floor says Adopt A Troop.Send Letters. Send Care Packages.

Ballseye's Boomers has a great post Ballseye’s Choices For Care Package & Stocking Stuffers

Airman Mom says If You Can't Feed a Hundred People, Then Feed Just One. ~ Mother Teresa

(and major Congratulations! to her, for her blog being featured in an article in the
Washington Post With 2 sons serving, mom blogs for others By Meghan Tierney )

There's still time to get our troops Wrapped in Holiday Spirit!

that's the surf!

RIP Sgt. Benjamin W. Sherman...and Praying for Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, Missing....

the DOD News Release DOD Announces Army Casualty, Dustwun Status brought to my attention not only the sad news of another death of a young soldier, but also that the missing soldier is from my home state:

The Department of Defense today announced the identity of a soldier currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) and the death of a soldier who were both supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The two soldiers were members of the 1st Battalion, 508thParachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va., has been unaccounted for since Nov. 4 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, when he went missing while involved in a resupply mission.

Sgt. Benjamin W. Sherman, 21, of Plymouth, Mass., has been identified as having been killed while participating in the Nov. 4 resupply mission.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch had this story today
Army searching Afghanistan river for Chesterfield soldier by Reed Williams

Keeping both families in our prayers here.......

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wednesday Hero

Staff Sgt. Dennisur Thompson
Staff Sgt. Dennisur Thompson
U.S. Army

Staff Sgt. Dennisur Thompson, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, overcompensates a left turn while on a driving simulator as a part of the Save a Life Tour in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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2009 USPS Holiday deadlines for shipping to the Military

The link to the page on the USPS page is HERE

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Random stuff.....

Came across this book during the Valour IT fundraiser......I'll add it to the list of books I'd like to read:)
Reporting for Doodie

Another book that looks interesting The Monuments Men

chocolate for the troops in a bottle Chocoley

Kat's card drive still going on Yikes!

An Officer's Outrage over Ft.Hood

Hat tip to Assoluta Tranquillita for leading me to An Officer's Outrage over Ft. Hood

there are others out there speaking their minds about this,
also worth reading Cowardice, Not Blindness from the USNI blog

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

You can read more about the history of Veterans Day HERE

Thank you, to each of our nation's veterans........

and a special thank you to the veterans in my own family.......

Grandad, Dad, Tony and Aunt Lynn.....some served in wartime, and some in peace.....but they all chose to serve, and for that I am forever grateful.

The Project Valour IT fundraiser heads into the home stretch....

If you haven't already given, please consider giving today......

the fundraiser ends on November 11th, there's still time to help wounded soldiers.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Keeping the Ft. Hood community in my prayers...


SOLDIERS' ANGELS STANDING BY FOR FT. HOOD-- We are collecting cards and NEW stuffed animals for the families and children of the fallen/wounded heroes.

Please send cards and stuffed animals/blankets/anything NEW that may brighten the life of a child to:

Soldiers' Angels Warehouse
4408 PanAm Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78218

WE WILL FOCUS on the HOLIDAY OUTREACH as a major push.

Fallen Heroes by Kevin Morgan

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

VAULT™ and the USO partner on campaign to send messages to u.s. troops

ATLANTA, Nov. 4, 2009 – The approaching holiday season is a time of hope and family for millions of Americans, but hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops stationed around the world will likely celebrate far from home again this year.

In an effort to boost morale with messages of support and gratitude, VAULT is partnering with the USO and country music act Montgomery Gentry on

“The Uniform of Heroes: The Taste of Support” campaign.

Entering its second year, the program provides a unique opportunity for people to send hand-written postcards to “any service member” stationed worldwide.

Beginning today, people are encouraged to write messages of support on pre-addressed postcards, which are available through VAULT displays at convenience retail outlets and on VAULT standees in grocery stores where VAULT is sold.

They also are available at VAULT-sponsored events and on , while supplies last. Consumers can provide postage and easily drop the postcards in the mail for delivery to a USO collection center for screening before being distributed to U.S. troops.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for all Americans to recognize the special contributions and sacrifices made by U.S. troops, especially during this time of the year,” said Neil Golson, VAULT Brand Manager, Coca-Cola North America. “These messages will go a long way in bringing comfort and lifting the spirits of our troops, especially those who are a world away from home.”

In addition to boosting morale through the postcard program, VAULT is asking consumers to contribute to the USO by donating their own MyCokeRewards points, which translate to cash for the organization. MyCokeRewards points, found under caps and on packaging of more than 60 products from Coca-Cola North America , can be redeemed at to donate funds that help support the continuing efforts of the USO to provide a home away from home to U.S. troops wherever they serve.

Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America, recently presented $100,000 from last year’s campaign to Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO, during a special performance by Montgomery Gentry at The Tabernacle Concert Hall in Atlanta. The concert served as the kickoff of “The Uniform of Heroes: The Taste of Support” campaign.

“We’re proud to continue the effort to support our U.S. troops, and it’s exciting to partner with VAULT on this important campaign once again,” said Troy Gentry. “VAULT and the USO have created a great way to spread goodwill and offer our thanks to the brave men and women serving our country. We hope thousands of people will get involved again this year.”

“Corporate partnerships, like the one we have enjoyed with Coca-Cola for 68 years, are the lifeblood of the USO, and programs like VAULT’s ‘The Uniform of Heroes: The Taste of Support’ make an enormous difference to the troops who defend our nation,” said Gibson. “We’re very pleased to work with VAULT and Montgomery Gentry again in generating awareness and delivering much-appreciated thoughts and well-wishes for U.S. troops worldwide.”

The VAULT postcard program replicates the popular service previously operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, which allowed the American public to send mail addressed to “any service member” for more than 17 years before being discontinued in 2003 due to security concerns. “Since email has become the primary form of communication for soldiers, handwritten, personal notes are especially valued and can provide an incredible morale boost,” said Gibson. “By teaming with VAULT and leveraging the reach of the Coca-Cola system, we’re giving people across the country a chance to send a note of support or gratitude to our troops delivered through the network of USO centers.”

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Wednesday Hero

This Week's Post Was Written By Greta

Col. Henry J. Cook
Col. Henry J. Cook
U.S. Army

Past National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart, after serving over fifteen years with MOPH, gaining invaluable experience while in the positions of National Aide-de-Camp, Chapter Commander, Region Commander, National Junior Vice Commander and National Senior Vice Commander.

He was a career Special Forces (Green Beret) officer for thirty-three of the total forty-two years that he was on combined active and reserve duty. His combat tours began in 1967-68 when he operated behind enemy lines in for extended periods of time conducting operations with native guerrilla troops as the Executive Officer of the 4th Mobile Guerrilla. He saw additional combat in 1969-70 when he led a U.S. Special Forces Mobile Strike Force Battalion (MIKE FORCE), consisting of Green Beret officers and sergeants leading Cambodian mercenaries, again working behind enemy lines as well as reacting to attacks on friendly bases, often requiring that his unit be parachuted into hostile drop zones.

Later, he participated in Desert Shield (Saudi Arabia), Desert Storm (Kuwait) and Iraq, and Operation Provide Comfort (Support to Kurdish refugees in Northern Iraq.

For his valor and military skills, Colonel Cook was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for Valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold and Silver Stars, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Combat Diver Badge, Special Forces Tab, and numerous other U.S. and foreign decorations.

Henry Cook is now twice retired, as a soldier and as a lawyer and resides in Diamondhead, Mississippi. He is a member of the Pro Bono Consortium representing veterans who appeal denial of claims and is a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. He’s been a member of the Mississippi Bar Association since 1978 and also serves as a Municipal Judge Pro Tem in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Other significant contributions to veterans by Henry Cook include: a major role in the creation of the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Ocean Springs and helping raise over $500,000 to help MOPH members in Louisiana and Mississippi who lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. In addition to MOPH, he also belongs to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Special Forces Association (SFA), Special Operations Association (SOA), Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW).

You can read more about Col. Henry in this PDF file on pages 31 & 32.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Soldiers Angels VALOUR IT Web Surfing


A 'surf' of the web for posts related to the Valour IT fundraiser

Nice Deb had the same idea, check out her post Project Valour IT News and Links

The Daley Gator weighed in for the Marine Team with
Your Valour IT Marine of the Day

and Miss Ladybug blogs Nolan Ryan is Helping Support Valour IT

For Team Navy,from the USNI blog Valour IT: Giving in Action

and View From the 8th Floor is blogging posts every day (and also has the Navy blogroll on her sidebar)

Soldiers Angels New York posted Why I Like the Air Force

and sometimes,LOL, it just gets silly........Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive posted
Navy Brings out SEALS to Support Valour IT

and Mudville Gazette had the Valour IT Trick or Treat

There's lots more out there, this is just a sampling......

the Navy blogs are also listed at the bottom of the page at the link to join the Navy Team here

the Air Force blogroll is listed at the page to join the AF team here

the Marine's blogroll is listed on the Marine Team sign-up page here

and the Army Team's blogroll is listed at the Only page you really need to sign up your blog at,

While I'm partial to the Army:) go check out All the blogs listed that are participating in this 'Virtual Fundraiser''s a great way to get introduced to some bloggers you might not otherwise have come across....and you Might be able to leave a snarky comment or two on a competing Team's post,LOL.

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My 'surf' of the web for news by, and about,
Soldiers Angels

From The Daily Journal in NJ Don't forget the soldiers this holiday

From The Paladin at Furman University in Greenville,SC
Students to send Thanksgiving Overseas

Great post from a new-to-me blogger at Savoring the Sweet Life

From the NewsTribune in Illinois Penny collection makes 'cents' in effort to help soldiers

That's the surf!

Passing the Word Along....

Stars and Stripes Holiday message program is ready to roll again, check out the main page

and on November 14th, there will be a Veteran's Day 5K run held at Camp Slayer in Baghdad....
Run For the Fallen is suggesting folks consider 'shadow running' with this event.

Another "Blog to Book'

A blogger Coppola A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq

who was deployed in 2005 and 2007 with the Air Force,

has joined the ranks of those who've turned their blogging into a book

the book Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq

(yet another book to add to my 'wishlist' :)