October 28, 2011
I followed Soldiers for Angels on Facebook for about a year before I joined. I was already sending boxes to several different Marines and Soldiers that were family or their friends. It breaks my heart to think that even one of our heros goes without any mail at all. One particular story tugged at my heart. A Marine Sniper on a joint billet with Soldiers in Iraq needed some TLC. 3 deployments and no mail. I thought long and hard about the commitment it would take. 1 letter per week and a box per month. Usually not a big deal, but I was already sending my Marine son in-law and his best friend boxes every couple of weeks as they are in a remote area with no access to purchase anything. So, after about 15 minutes, I accepted the offer of adopting this soul I will probably never meet. I sent him and email and had a reply the next morning. The joy he expressed when he received his first box was beyond what my heart could take. We email back and forth regularly. Within a few weeks, he told me that he had put my name and contact information on a piece of paper he keeps on him and on his computer. That document had the names and contact information of the people he wanted to be notified if anything happened to him. In his email after his first box, he told me that he didn't know how, but someday he would figure out a way to thank me. As a Mom, that was the way. Now instead of two daughters with Marine son in-laws, I have two daughters with Marine son in-laws and a Marine son.
Thank you Soldiers Angels. They have me for life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Linking me with a young Marine Sniper who had separated himself from the unit of Soldiers he was assigned to because of Philosophical differences between the Army and the Marines. The situation of one person from a branch with an entire unit from another is a recipe for tension.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would not change anything except to have a chapter in my area.
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My heart went out to the young man's situation.
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My heart went out to this young man's situation.
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It is a worthwhile cause that impacts our military heros and there families in so many ways. They are impacts that last a lifetime.
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