Thursday, November 8, 2007

What we can do for our troops from home.

This time of the year it is sometimes easy to get lost in our own list of things to do-but don't forget our troops this season. Kudos to everyone who’s pasted a “support our troops” ribbon on your car! It sends a clear message that we’re behind these selfless folks and their families 100+ percent! Remember when you crawl into your warm bed tonight that over 100,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen are away from loved ones, doing their jobs in stressful situations, and coping daily with the overwhelming negativity our media sends their way. Let’s do something positive to support them in their efforts to complete the mission. There is a multitude of things we can do here at home. I wanted to post this now so that if anyone has intentions of sending Christmas packages to military, you need to allow shipping times, you should be planning this now, don't delay! As the holiday season approaches, there is a larger volume of mail and increased chance of delay or mishaps.
Here are a few ideas for what you can do for our troops...(for more, see my post on this blog, In Memory/Nick Walsh, I salute you)
1. Visit Stars & Stripes website ( ) then click on “Ways to Support our Service Members” button on the left side of the page. It will take you to for an extensive list of ways you can support American troops.
2. When you are making out your Christmas cards, send one to a soldier who is recovering at a hospital. Cards will be distributed to soldiers who may not be receiving alot of family support.
Send a letter to a recovering American Soldier at either or both of the following addresses:
A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,
NW Washington,D.C. 20307-5001
A Recovering American Sailor c/o Bethesda Naval Hospital
8901 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20814
3. Send a contribution to the Family Readiness Group at your local Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy or Coast Guard facility
4. Some military installations have something similar to the Ronald McDonald House, where military families can stay while their loved one is recovering. Send a contribution to them.
5. Send a donation to the Patriot Guard Riders who are invited guests of families at the funerals of fallen soldiers. These are the folks who have been protecting families from protester harassment by circling their motorcycles to provide a protective barrier. They also attend soldier welcome home ceremonies Their website is Each state has a State Captain who would make a fine point of contact.
6. Send a donation to fund refreshments at your local military installation. For Fort Carson, Colorado, follow this link:
7. Fly the American flag!!!! Here’s a site that offers flag protocol:
8. Visit and see how your state supports American Soldiers, read thank you messages from the troops, and access ways you can offer your support.
9. There are several web sites online where you can send a solider a care package. You can either make one yourself (use a approved list of things that are acceptable) or purchase one pre-made. Shipping is included in the price.
10. Visit a local military unit (with permission). Ask if you can deliver baked goods. Express your thanks on behalf of all of us.
11. I want to make mention of what Golden Corral Restaurants are doing...Send Holiday Greetings and Support to Our Troops October 1 – November 15, 2007 This year, Golden Corral will offer guests the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our military serving the cause of freedom overseas. Post cards will be made available at all Golden Corral restaurants. Guests will have the occasion to write a message to those serving out of the country and drop the post cards in a receptacle in the restaurant. Golden Corral will see that the post cards are delivered overseas in time for the holidays. Golden Corral’s goal is to deliver over a half million of these personal greetings to those protecting our nation far from home.
Military Appreciation Monday
November 12, 2007
For the past 6 years, Golden Corral has been honoring the US Military with a free “thank you” dinner and beverage at any Golden Corral restaurant on Military Appreciation Monday (first Monday after Veteran’s Day). This year, Golden Corral has designated Monday, November 12, 2007, from 5 to 9 pm, to honor any person who has ever served in the United States Military.
From the first Military Appreciation Monday in 2001 to the present, Golden Corral has donated 1.5 million free “thank you” meals and $1.9 million dollars to the Disabled American Veterans.
Between November 1 and November 12, 2007, the Disabled American Veterans Organization will accept contributions to be used in the local and state DAV chapters.
Forgive me if I post this again, I just think it important that our troops know we support them. It is worth reminding.

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