I’ve volunteered with Soldiers Angels for almost a decade. The money you spend goes directly to the soldiers you are supporting because you choose how you support other than a validation fee which is nominal . It is truly a chartity that exists because of its volunteers and offers a direct way to care for our deployed armed forces while also providing assistance to veterans. I couldn’t be prouder to be able to serve those who serve with the assistance of this team.
Not only am I a volunteer of Soldiers Angels, but I myself am a proud Army Wife. My husband has told me stories of soldiers who receive no letters, no care packages, no love or support from their friends and family. Sometimes, these poor men and women don't have the family or friends to show their support, so it makes them feel even more alone in an unfamiliar state or sometimes foreign country. Some men and women silently suffer, while others make the devastating decision of taking their own life. They would rather die than be secluded and alone. Soldiers Angels provide our men and women serving our country with that love and support, that friendship, an ear for listening. To know they have someone who is thinking of them, praying for them, be there for them in any way at the drop of the hat, makes them feel loved, wanted and needed (and they truly are!). Soldiers Angels is a wonderful organization doing tremendous things for these men and women fighting for our country. I'm so proud to call myself an Angel :).
My husband was deployed last year. His angel was amazing. She sent him books and so many things to keep him busy. She touched me the most when she never forgot about me as the spouse and always emailed to make sure i was ok and if i need to even just talk. To us, that is the true definition of an angel. Thank you SA for creating something that is so important when we are away from our loved ones. You all will never know how much you really touch our families hearts every single day.
Soldiers Angels not only helps spread the word about getting care pkgs and programs to men and women serving our country to show our support and thanks, but also have programs for those who have served like older vets, new vets, and wounded vets. It's not just about Christmas care pkgs when everyone is thinking of them but letters during the lonely times away from family and between holidays to let them know they are supported back home and someone cares. After a long day fighting and rep the USA, they deserve a marching band but I know I can provide a letter to say Thank you or a pkg of fav cookies or even toothpaste (no corner store in those rocky mtns) with the help of Soldiers Angels. Don't think you can get anymore American than Red, White, and Blue to the heart of Soldiers Angels! As a vol through Soldiers Angels, I get to personally thank soldiers on the ground for all they do through SA Letter Writing Team. I also personally adopted a soldier through SA, putting a face behind the letters and boxes he receives from my family. Then there are the prog getting laptops to wounded soldiers in Hosp, Babyshowers for wives at home while the Dad's to be are serving overseas, and the list goes on ...
This organization is absolutely amazing in what they do. I have several friends and family members in the military. Some of them have received care packages and letters of support from members of the Soldiers' Angels, and they have repeatedly told me how helpful it was to them while they were so far from home. It is because of them that I joined the Soldiers' Angels myself in hopes to spread that same level of appreciation and support to other members of the military, especially those who may not have as much support from home. I actually heard back from some of those to whom I had sent letters telling me how much it meant to them to know they had my support and appreciation. Soldiers' Angels continues to do incredible things for the men and women of our military, and I am proud to say I volunteer through them.
My name is Robert Trickle and I am a Ranger from 3rd Ranger Bn. I just want to say that Soldiers' Angels is an awesome organization and I hope everyone supports them cause they sure do support us in the fight. I have been deployed 4 times to Iraq and Afghanistan during my career and each time we received tons of support and care packages from Soldiers' Angels. They definitely made a difference and boosted the morale in the younger generation. I hope everyone takes the word of a Ranger and gets out their to show their support. Thank you Soldiers' Angels.
Bob "3" Trickle
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I joined Soldiers' Angels about 4 years ago, maybe 5. I'd heard about it from a blog I was reading at the time and their mission to bring a piece of home to deployed soldiers through letters and care packages intrigued me. I checked out their website, read up on their organization, then put it under prayer to God. If I was going to do this, I needed to be sure I could fully commit myself to sending letters and care packages to the soldier I adopted. As they point out on the Soldiers' Angels site, this is serious business. After many months, I was sure that I would be able to support a soldier through my letters and packages. I can say that I've loved every single minute of my volunteer time with Soldiers' Angels. I've never needed them, but I know that if I had questions or needed support, someone from Soldiers' Angels would be there for me. They've grown and adapted over the years I've been with them, and they only seem to get better. I only wish I could afford to do more to support their efforts to uplift our military men and women and their families. As for what I've gotten out of my experiences...well, words aren't adequate to describe how much I've received by volunteering and by serving those who serve our country. When I sit down to write a letter, I give a piece of myself and my little life to a stranger, hoping it will take them out of their day for just a few moments. Perhaps bring a smile to their day. Having to stop and really look at my life every time I write to my soldier, it makes me see how blessed I am and how much God pours out his love for me. How could I not share those riches with someone who's far from their own family and friends? Since volunteering with Soldiers' Angels, I've found it's imossible to stay mired down in self-pity or self-absorption when I know my adoptee has given up more than I've ever been asked to give up...and they volunteered to do so. Soldiers' Angels has provided me with the priecless opportunity to serve those who serve all of us in this great nation. I can never thank them enough for allowing me this time to do my tiny part in giving back to our military.
To be a member of Soldiers' Angels is something I regard with great pride. To see the good things that are done by this organization is so up lifting. The lives that are touched count in very high numbers. While we are sometimes able to see the thanks in peoples eyes as they are being assisted, so many times our actions are felt in places very far from home. To be at an event and have someone come up and thank you for what they received while deployed, or a family member of a lost soldier coming up and thanking you for all Soldiers' Angels means to them, really makes your heart swell. If you have a love and respect for our military members, then you should also check out Soldiers' Angels. You may do so at www.soldiersangels.org.
Soldiers Angels has many programs to benefit the military and their families, and also veterans. My first experience with the group was when I adopted a deployed soldiers through them. I was able to send cards and packages and it made me feel good to be able to help a soldier who is so far from home. Soldiers Angels has many groups and projects where you can donate. If you can't adopt a solider, then you can use your talents to do some great work. I especially like the sewing team. I am aking a quilt to send and also have made a crocheted blanket of gratitude for a veteran in a VA hospital. Crocheting and knitting is part of the sewing team. It enables me to do my part in giving back and it warms my heart to be able to do so.
Soldiers Angels has been such a blessing to me. I don't personally know anyone in the military but through this organization I have been able to adopt over 14 new friends since 2008. I have a heart for making sure our deployed know that they are remembered, loved and appreciated! Soldiers Angels makes it so easy.
I recently participated in a local festival. The guy in the booth next to me was doing so much bragging about our organization, that I didn't have to do much. It seems a friend of his had bragged about how much his Angel had done to get him through his deployment - even flying to meet him when he returned home.
These guys are so special and appreciate everything we do - we have to force them to tell us if there is any special wants or needs. Also important is that I have always had whatever support I neede from the organization. For our leadership in Patti to local SA's - if I need anything - they are there to help me.
Soldiers Angels - the nonprofit with heart and integrity...May no soldier go unloved!!!
I have been a part of this wonderful group for 5 or so years. I first joined to send care packages to someone since everyone that I knew who was deployed already came home. This has been on of the best things that I have ever done! Because of Soldiers' Angels I have met great honest people that would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it. I have had wonderful opportunities to help not only our deployed military aboard, but the homeless veterans for the last three years we have volunteered with the local VA hospital to help with their Stand Down as well as given them donations, If you are looking for a great way to support our troops both active and our veterans this program is one of the best!
The angels are amazing! I was in desprate need of a double stroller after a long complicated pregnancy, and they totally pulled threw! I can't thank them enough for all they have done, they are some amazing people who spend there extra time doing great things for others!
I have been adopting soldiers and making Blankets of Belief and Blankets of Hope for about 4 years. I got involved with Soldiers Angels during my son-in-law's first deployment to Iraq.
I looked at several Soldiers aide organizations and really liked all that I saw on the Soldiers' Angels website.
Two years ago my adopted soldier was a 24 year old female. After having several adopted "sons" who communicated minimally, imagine my delight when I immediately received an email from "S", starting out "Hi, Mom! I'm so excited to be adopted by you"!
We corresponded regularly, through email and Facebook. She was a darling Iraqi national serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Since she could not go home for her leave, due to security issues, she came to the US and spent a week with my family. We had a wonderful time getting to know her and showing her around our city. I learned so much about life in Iraq and what it's like to live in a war-torn country. She became a US citizen on July 4, 2010.
I still hear from her now and then, as we are still on Facebook, but meeting her enriched the lives of my family and me.
My son-in-law was also adopted by a family, who kept in contact with my daughter and showered her and the children with gifts and cards the whole 15 months he was away. This meant so much to them as they were 2500 miles from home and family.
I am grateful to Soldiers Angels and their wonderful ministry.
Soldiers' Angels has made such a difference in my life. When the war first started I was looking for some way to help. Then I found SA. When I first joined I was not very involved. I had one soldier that I adopted and that was it. Then I started to read the forum and realized what they were going through and how they were living so I adopted two more. Three is the limit so I started looking for other ways to help. I became involved with other parts of the group. I joined the Living Legends team. I make cards and send them to the families that have lost loved ones. I found a poem and a beautiful picture so I made post cards and I enclose them in each letter. I have received so many thank you cards back from the families saying the card/poem helped them so much. I shed tears when the cards go out and even more when the thank yous come back. This has made me appreciate those I love so much more knowing they are close to home and safe because others have volunteered to go fight for all of us. I joined the Deployed Medical Support Team and I make blankets and pillows to send them so those that are injured can be a little more comfortable. A little piece of my heart goes with everything I send over. I also joined the Chaplain Support Team and have become a co-leader with it. I have tried to learn a little about all the religions that our chaplains support so I can better understand what they need. I have learned to ask for things that our heroes can use. So many people want to help and just don't know how to and I understand because that is exactly where I started. I have had many heroes over the years. Some I heard from and some were silent but I hope that I have made a difference in their lives because I know they have made a difference in mine. I have received letters from some that wrote after they came home and said we make such a difference while they are over there, just knowing they aren't forgotten and that they are appreciated. I try to let them know that they are loved and prayed for and that they are truly America's Heroes. We are the only country that has a 100% volunteer military and they do this for all of us.
I have been involved with many support organizations and most of it with our wounded warriors not only in supporting them but also public awareness of our heroes coming home. Soldiers Angels has not only done a lot for the wounded and their families but also those deployed and their families. As a First Sergeant deployed to Taji, Iraq they ensure not only I but those in my unit were taken care of and felt the love from home. When i arrived in country I had several large boxes waiting my arrival and this was after asking that they not worry about me. TO my surprise and pleasure of our folks we had a new coffee maker, mugs, coffee, sugar and various creamers. No more did I see my folks grabbing a cup of coffee to go from the DFAC; but rather folks waiting for me to fire up the coffee maker and get fresh ground coffee; no doubt we were spoiled by the love from Soldiers Angels.
I was adopted personally and the cards and letters made a huge impact of my moral but even more I posted them in my office and folks would come in just to read a card or look at the pictures various schools had sent. To say that SA made an impact would be an understatement. Care packages with letters, magazines, toiletries, and lots of snacks made it not only bearable for me and the troops but also for those that we were there advising and training.
One angle (volunteer) actually went to visit my grandmother that was in a nursing home outside of San Fransisco. They became friends and although I could not be there for the passing of my grandmother, this Angle was her friend and took care of her until she passed away. My daughter received cards and letters while I was deployed with words of encouragement while I was away but also letting her know how much her sacrifices were also appreciated. I know my family is not alone and that Soldiers Angels does so much to reach out to so many and their families, they do this without asking for anything back.
Patti and Jeff as well as everyone at Soldiers Angels have become family and I do all I can to give back when i am able. God Bless Soldiers Angels and all those that make a difference in the lives of our military families.
I joined Soldiers Angels close to 6 years ago. My oldest son & I got involved as a way to help repay the troops overseas for all the work they had done for us as a country and also to learn more about the war. I've met some incredible people from volunteering with them, not only in my state, but nationwide! We've adopted 7 different soldiers and sent care packages to them while they were overseas. We've also sent countless letters & done articles for our local papers to raise awareness. It was a great feeling when a couple of the solders replied to my son's letter and thanked him for all the work he was doing by supporting them. He's in college now and his younger siblings are involved with helping me volunteer now. We've made it a family event that all my children have learned from. This organization does amazing things to help support our troops in so many different ways, if you ever want to volunteer to help our troops, Soldiers Angels has a way that will fit your interest!!
I became part of the Soldier's Angels letter writing team in June. Since then I have written over 36 letters to soldiers and have sent at least 20 care packages. I wanted to "do" something for our deployed soldiers since they are so far from home. I enjoyed writing the letters so much that I have adopted a few soldiers. I write to them regularly and send care packages. I feel they are all part of my family and I pray they are safe. Soldier's Angels made it possible for me to support our troops.
My name is Karen Twombly. I recently stopped smoking after 23 years. So, I had a little extra money that I could do whatever with. I just didn't find anything that made me happy and feel really good about giving up smoking. But then I stumbled across Soldiers' Angels. I was so excited. I am very much in support of our troops. My husband is a Vet of Desert Strom. I absolutly love our soldiers. And like it was sent from heaven here was my thing I could feel good about. Be excitied about. I am new. I have only written a letter. But I am gathering things up for the first care package. I always wanted to be a part of the military but physically couldn't. Now I feel like I am doing a little something.
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 have been with Soldiers' Angels for 3 yrs. I have had the honor of helping our service men and women by writing them and sending them packages. Being able to help them have a bit of home, is a small part of the joy I get when sending a package. To pack up a Christmas tree and trimmings and send it to someone who LOVES to decorate at Christmas is a gift better then anything you can buy in the store. Knowing that all that is giving to Soldiers' Angels goes to the soldiers is great also. I can't image my life without them.