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support our troops No matter what your political beliefs - I encourage you to take a moment to remember that the people in uniform sacrificing daily - and many giving the ultimate sacrifice - are not *the war*..they are our Brothers,Sisters, Moms,Dads,Aunts, Uncles,Nephews,Nieces,Cousins, in-laws, Husband, Wife, Step Dad,Step Mom,step brothers and sisters ...ie..Our Heroes are our Family Members...

Once they are on foreign soil and in harms way - they deserve for us to remember them, think about them, pray for them, support them through letters, care packages, etc.

Our Heroes don't do what they do because they *love* war...They do what they do because they love US - their countrymen - & our country - our way of life..our diversity..etc.

It doesn't take much time or effort at all to write one letter to a Hero serving overseas.

About a year and a half ago when I was running a grass-roots Support Our Troops group on myspace - (which I am going to get active again later this summer) - I became friends with a 20 yr old Hero on his first tour over in Afghanistan..

What he told me made me even that much more determined to make a difference..and to get the word out to others that we need to take the politics out of the war when it comes to supporting our troops.

He told me that he had been on tour for a year - since he was 19 and that his ENTIRE FAMILY - meaning parents,siblings, aunts,uncles, cousins - had told him TO HIS FACE *BEFORE* he left the States to serve - that THEY WOULD *NEVER* WRITE NOR SEND A CARE PACKAGE ***BECAUSE HE WAS IN 'THAT WAR'***

He told me that he felt sad all the time..that he was doing what he was doing because HE LOVED *THEM* ...He said that he was scared of dying but he was scared of terrorism MORE.. and that all he wanted/longed for is to feel that at least he would be remembered if he happened to die while in harms way in the line of duty

He kept asking why his family didn't love him enough to remember him...that it was like his first 18 yrs all of a sudden stopped having any meaning to his family and that puzzled and hurt him


People....How many other Heroes out there are just like him...just wanting to know that someone will GIVE A DAMN about them & take the time out of their day to REMEMBER ..to be grateful..and to pray in whatever your religion that they would make it back safe - but if not..to let that Hero know he meant something to someone!

I'm going to write a letter to one of our Heroes today... What are you going to do?

These organizations are American ones..for those of my friends in countries who are American Allies & also have troops/Heroes involved in the War on Terrorism I encourage you to look up the organizations in your country ..If you'll let me know which country you are from I'll do some research - get in touch with other friends and find a Hero from your country that you can actively support. As always when supporting our Heroes - OPSEC rules HAVE to be followed.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides college scholarships grants, based on need, along with financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.

The objectives of the Night Stalker Association (NSA) are to:

1. To preserve the memories and comradeship kindled by the mutual experience of service with the 160th SOAR(A).
2. To render assistance to worthy members, their surviving spouses, and families by means of college grants, loans, special financial assistance, camaraderie, and personal guidance.
3. To provide for the collecting and dissemination of information concerning the organization and its members in local and national reunions.
4. To provide for the patriotic assembly of its members in local and national reunions.
5. To perpetuate the "Night Stalkers Don't Quit" spirit and tradition for future generations.
Lead the Way Fund, Inc.

is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of families of U.S. Army Rangers who have died, have been disabled or who are currently serving in harm's way around the world. The funds raised will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other financial aid programs. The Lead The Way Fund, Inc. was created in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan who was killed in Iraq while serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Operation One Voice

is a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise funds to help support the children of fallen Special Operations Forces. Special Operations Forces consist of; Army Rangers, Green Berets, Spec Op Aviators, Navy Seals, Air Force Special Operations pilots, para-rescue and Marine Force Recon.

The Armed Forces Foundation
info@armedforcesfoundation.org


Promote the morale, welfare, and quality of life of the United States armed forces community. Provide quality support, recreation, and educational services to contribute to the retention, readiness, and mental, physical, and emotional well-being and enjoyment of the military community. More recently, meeting regularly with wounded soldiers at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Read Hospital to provide support, give gifts, and show the soldiers appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Includes food gift certificates, turkeys for the troops at Thanksgiving and all-day events for families and their children.

Naval Special Warfare Foundation

Our mission was not created by war, but it has been made more important and more difficult as a result of it. Our focus is on family and the special community that is Naval Special Warfare. Since our inception, the goal has been to provide educational and motivational support, promote health and welfare programs and perpetuate the history and heritage of U.S. Naval Commandos. Our Foundation is strong, our leadership is dedicated and our mission is noble. Support Navy SEAL families. Your support matters.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

The Special Forces Association is a non-profit veterans' fraternal organization formed in 1964, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is chartered in the State of North Carolina. The purpose for which the Association was formed was to unite, fraternally, all men who are now or ever have been assigned to the United States Army Special Forces, to perpetuate Special Forces traditions. No person is barred from joining the association because of race, color, religion, sex, or political affiliation.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
info@woundedwarriorproject.org


Service(s) Provided:
Provide free assistance to veterans attempting to obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. Represent veterans on state and federal legislative issues. Work with business and government leaders to ensure veterans are given equal opportunity in hiring. Provide outreach to modern veterans through programs and services that address their unique needs.

Soldiers' Angels

Frequent flyer miles, voice activated laptops, cards and letters of encouragement, personal hygiene items, clothing, snacks, trips (when ambulatory and able to have day passes) as diversions from the life of hospital life, transportation to and from airports, hotels, and shopping, hotel accommodations for family on a short-term basis, and companionship to the wounded and their families.

Operation Hero Miles

Allows troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan to fly home on leave for free. It also gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

1) The opportunity to use their free time to learn job skills with a local company and to have meaningful interaction with the civilian business community (2) if appropriate, more formal training on the job, in a local business or at a technical institution (3) as required, transportation to and from the job or training site (4) mentors. When the patient's family visits, arrange free hotel rooms and rental cars.

The Fisher Houseâ„¢ program

is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Operation First Response

Sweatshirts, socks, underwear, toothbrushes, razors, etc. and backpacks for delivery of these essentials. O.F.R. also provides assistance to families of wounded heroes with travel expenses and financial burdens they incur during his period. Care begins at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center with a special nurse who is caring for wounded. Her unique position puts this organization in contact with families who need their help. She also passes out the backpacks.

Helping Our Heroes Foundation

Provide patient advocates, identify and fund educational opportunities for the soldier, coordinate specialty counseling (financial assistance, career, housing, etc.), and assist with emergency funding needs as deemed appropriate.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of members — veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

C.A.U.S.E.

Provides personal care and comfort items to, and organizes recreational opportunities for, members of the US Armed Forces receiving medical treatment and/or recuperating in government hospitals or rehabilitation centers.

Hope For the Warriors

The mission of Hope for the Warriorsâ„¢ is to enhance quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriorsâ„¢ actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured.

Veterans Benefits Administration

This web site is dedicated to the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide quality information and assistance to family members suffering the loss of their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers.

Disabled American Veterans

With more than 1.2 million members, Disabled American Veterans is an organization of disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families.

The organization accomplishes this goal by providing free assistance to veterans in obtaining benefits and services earned through their military service. It is fully funded through its membership dues and public contributions. It is not a government agency and receives no government funds.

DisabilityInfo.gov

This user-friendly Web site contains links to information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members.

Operation Homefront

was founded by CinCHouse, a non-profit community of military wives and women that serves those families in times of need, especially during deployments. Provides crucial car repair assistance, home & appliance repair, refurbished internet computers, moving & transportation assistance, furniture, food distribution, and children items. Now also providing Hurricane Katrina relief for military families.

Brain Injury Association of Oregon

Severely Injured Center – It serves as a back-stop to every other government program intended to help military members and veterans who suffer severe physical or mental wounds from war. If a severely injured veteran has hit a roadblock with finances, education, job assistance, counseling or child care, they should call the center. The goal is to prevent them from falling through the cracks of more well-publicized programs from the services, the Department of Veteran Affairs or any other federal agency.

Navy Region Southwest

Through our free workshops, services, classes, our dedicated staff can help enhance the quality of life for all military members and their families, single Sailors, reservist, and retirees. FFSC is also proud to support military commands by providing programs and training, when you need it, at your site

. US Wounded Soldier Foundation

Provide clothes, hygiene items, and other personal effects to US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items include large duffle bags and back packs, small electronic games, portable CD players, CDs, battery-powered electric shavers, slipper socks, fleece blankets, and winter jackets.

America Supports You –

Spotlights what citizens are doing to support the military and provide a mechanism to send email messages to deployed forces. The program ensures military families are aware of how the public supports our military force.

The Psychological Operations Association (POA)

is a non-profit private organization of men and women working to assist and advance the capabilities of our military forces in Psychological operations.

THE NATION'S VOICE FOR DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE Enable America

is working in partnership with people with disabilities, elected officials, educators, government agencies and employers to assist people with disabilities in achieving greater independence through opportunities for employment, civic involvement and community participation. Enable America invites you to join the fight to reduce the unemployment among people with disabilities. We want to give Americans with disabilities a voice and independence, to live fuller, richer, more productive lives.

The US Army Ranger Association

works closely with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Ranger Training Brigade in order to give meaningful support to the active duty Rangers. USARA cooperates with the Ranger Veteran associations of the Ranger Battalions of WWII, Merrill's Marauders, the Ranger Infantry Companies (Airborne) of the Korean War, the LRRP, LRP, Rangers, and Ranger Advisors of the Vietnam War, and other recognized Special Operations associations. USARA conducts national and regional events, with the Annual Ranger Muster being the highlight of the year.

Military Family LifeStyle Charitable Foundation, Inc. (MFLCF)

will provide our military members and their families the dignity and respect owed them by our Nation for their commitment and selfless service in preserving the freedoms we all enjoy. MFLCF will accomplish this task by hosting golf tournaments throughout the United States and donating the proceeds to various charities and charitable organizations that help support the financial, physical, and emotional needs of military members and their families. Support Of Our Troops
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