Supporting Our Troops

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    I just happened to be perusing Fort Carson's website when I came across this following information on how to support the troops that are deployed.

    One quick note..... to me, it is very sad to see that the military can no longer accept letters addressed to "Any Servicemember". I remember grabbing letters out of the mail bags both during my first tour in Korea and again later during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Losing those letters is kinda like losing an old friend. I guess the troops of today are more used to email anyway, but still.......

    5. I want to send a message of support to our troops – where do I send it? Can I send goodies/books/etc?

    Answer:DoD officials ask citizens not to flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Defense Department can't accept items mailed to "Any Servicemember”. However, there are numerous other ways in which you can show your support for our troops. The following are websites for several organizations sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. While it would be inappropriate for DoD to endorse any specifically, Service members do value and appreciate such expressions of support:

    Donate a calling card to help keep service members in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/
    Send a greeting via e-mail through http://www.army.mil/ToOurSoldiers/ or http://anyservicemember.org/ or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net
    Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defense America web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html
    Make a donation to one of the military relief societies: Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/
    Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/
    Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/
    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/
    Donate to "Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html
    Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/
    Volunteer at a VA Hospital http://www.va.gov/vetsday/ to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.
    Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House athttp://www.fisherhouse.org.
    Support your troops and lift their spirits by sending them a special "Gifts From the Homefront" certificate at http://www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm

    U.S. troops deployed to the Persian Gulf region and other overseas locations can now receive personal messages from family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and supporters via the pages of "Stars and Stripes" as well.

    "Messages of Support," a daily section that debuted March 17, gives family and friends of deployed service members a chance to pass their greetings, words of encouragement and announcements free of charge. "Messages of Support" can be e-mailed to "Stars and Stripes" 24 hours a day at messages@estripes.com, are limited to 50 words or less and will be printed on a first-come, first-run basis.

    "Stars and Stripes" reserves the right to screen and edit all messages and to omit any determined inappropriate.

    Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one deployed.
     
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    Awesome Free, thanks for the links! I remember sending letters to soldiers during Desert Shield/Storm. I also had friends there so I sent to them too. I haven't during this time, but I'll definately check out those links and find something that I can do! Thanks again!!
     
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    my pleasure. i am trying to get some businesses together here in vegas to donate a bunch of computers for "internet" cafes in Iraq for the soldiers.

    I have an AS400 we no longer use that I am going to donate as well as a bunch of desktops and a few laptops.
     
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    Oh that's great!! Well the only computer I have is the one I'm on now, and as much as I want to do for the soldiers, um, you aint gettin' my computer, LOL! But I will find something. :D
     
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    Thanks for those links Free!!!!! I used to love to send the "Any Servicemember" letters... I actually still keep in contact with one guy in the Army that answered one of my letters. I've sent two USO Care packages over already, even though I would love to be able to put the actual package together myself, I completely understand the reasoning behind why that cant happen.

    I've been looking for different links/ways to help out... this should keep me busy. Thanks again!
     
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    Again, my pleasure! I hope many more will follow your lead!

    I can tell you, the troops appreciate it!
     

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