For the first time since VIETNAM, everyone in America knows someone -- a friend, relative, colleague, neighbor, classmate, or acquaintance -- that is overseas fighting.
At the very least, we all know someone who has been to, or is about to go to combat. Despite your personal and the public's feelings about the current administration, the policies that govern our military, their leaders, or the actions that have lead to deployment, we still need to support our troops till they all come home and help in the transition when they get back.
Even if you just send a little random something to your service member, that little bit means a whole lot. Below is a list of how to show that support to the people who need it most -- OUR SOLDIERS!!
How to send a package to your soldier
Check with your local post office for details and dates for your soldier's military address.
The DoD list:
The Department of Defense as requested that people send messages, cards, letters, care packages and the like to show support of our troops. They have even released a list of organizations that are most common, up-to-date, and frequently send support to the troops.
Troop Support is a comprehensive list of how to send support, visit those wounded, support and help families, get involved, start your own projects, or help at support events.
Support Our Troops is a program created by The Department of the Interior to help soldiers who are home, wounded, or veterans of all wars. They also support troops on leave, deployment, or assigned to domestic bases.
Stars and Stripes is an online store where you can order bracelets, magnets, flags, and other items to Show Your Support!!
America Supports You ~~ Includes a list of other ways to show your support
Operation Support Our Troops
Operation USO Care Packages
If you are a TEXAS AGGIE or know a service member that is a "FIGHTIN' TEXAS AGGIE", you can show your support through The Association of Former Students and the Aggie Network.
Hire A Hero is a website for former service members that need jobs, or help transitioning back into civilian life. It is also a place where employers can post job openings.
Lets Say Thanks is a web site, 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. It is FREE and it only takes a second. It also helps out a children's charity.
The organizations listed above are non-propaganda sites and are just interested in showing support and helping keep the public updated with needs of our soldiers. If that changes, please let me know, as I am more interested in showing support to our troops than promoting ideas and beliefs that I may/may not agree with. That basic bickering accomplishes nothing but more "To Do" lists.
Also, if there is an organization that you think I should add, please let me know. Please let me know if there is an event, drive, or other fundraising opportunity that I can either help with or add to the list.
© 2009 Caypay