How to be a Soldiers’ Angel — "May No Soldier Go Unloved"

I have discovered a new way to be helpful to others as well as  to feel more worth while as a person. I’m on the Letter Writing Team of Soldiers’ Angels. Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led  non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. There are over 200,000 Angel volunteers assisting veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. Here a some of the ways you can easily be an Angel yourself.

Adopt a Soldier – Individualized support throughout deployment
Angel Bakers – Homemade treats for the deployed
Blankets of Belief – Showing deployed troops, "We believe in you!"
Blankets of Gratitude – Handcrafted love for hospitalized veterans
Blankets of Hope – Handcrafted comfort for the wounded
Cards Plus Team – Extra TLC for soldiers & families
Chaplain Support Team – Help chaplains support the troops
Community Team Leaders (CTLs) – Representing Soldiers’ Angels at home
Cooking with the Wounded – Chef-created dinners and culinary education
Eagle Cane Project – Handmade canes for the wounded
First Response Backpacks – Supplies for wounded in-country Hero Packs – Care packages
Ladies of Liberty – Extra TLC for deployed females
Letter Writing Team – Personal letters for the deployed
Living Legends – Remembering the fallen and their families
Memorial Portraits – Drawings for families of the fallen
Operation Birthday Cake – Shipping gourmet birthday cakes to deployed troops
Operation Outreach – Supporting families waiting at home
Operation Phone Home – Calling cards
Operation Top Knot – Handmade gifts & virtual baby showers
Scarves – Handmade heat and sand protection
SA Germany – Supporting medevac’d wounded/ill and medical staff at Landstuhl
SOS:Kids – Helping deployed soldiers help local kids
Tank Support – Helping Veterans Travel to Medical Appointments
Valour-IT – Adaptive laptops for the wounded
VA Crochet & Craft – Handmade comfort & dignity for hospitalized Vets
Veterans Support – Assisting veterans facilities
Wounded TLC – Letters and care packages for the wounded

I’ve discovered that some of the soldiers are able to respond back to me while others aren’t able. They may be in the trenches fighting, return to camp to shower, eat and sleep. Then return to the field with little time for anything else. I am very grateful to my Letter Writing Team mentor, Donna Stephens. She is undoubtedly an outstanding individual. Warm, friendly, encouraging, giving and delightful. I am truly blessed with her guidance.

Please consider joining Soldiers’ Angels. You’ll be glad you did. Don’t ponder over it. Just jump in! It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a lot of money to be an Angel. Just love and kindness. Make yourself feel good and Join Here. It is FREE! You may also contact the Soldiers’ Angels organization.

Warmly……………David

4 Responses

  1. This sounds marvellous for both the giver and the receiver — must be something similar in the UK.?
    David, you and Pam and your readers may like to know that Bruce Bane has just begun a blog about living with dementia at ‘http://brucebane.wordpress.com’. Bruce has FTD, as does Vicki at ‘www.vickisvoice.tv’.
    All good wishes
    freda

  2. David — glad you did connect with this outstanding group — I’m on two of their teams and occasionally send a blanket to Landstuhl. The regional team leader is a great lady too and is always full of ideas on how to help our service members.

  3. […] A quite interesting blogger I came across is also a letter writer , as you can see on his post here How To Be a Soldiers Angel […]

  4. David, Hello. You were the first on to comment on my blog about my husband’s Alzheimer’s whick I began nearly two years ago. I thought about you today and wondered how you were doing. Browsing through what’s posted I see that you were doing better in the past. That’s the awful part about LBD and Alz., and all the other Dementia Umbrella diseases is that they don’t get better. Recently, my answer to everyone about me and Ken and Alz is that things are going smoothly; not good or bad, but smoothly. And that’s good. I do hope things are going smoothly for you and Pam as well. My heartfelt affection and empathy is with you and your readers as we all travel through this maze of mystery. Sincerely, Ann

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