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Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Travelers Aid, Veterans

Mission: Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) 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. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, we have hundreds of thousands of volunteers assisting veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. Soldiers’ Angels responds quickly to requests for support and provides individualized, immediate assistance.  It is a “one-on-one, get it done quickly” organization.  Our volunteer Angels at home adopt individual deployed troops and stay in touch throughout their deployment. Wounded soldiers and their families are asked what they need, and Soldiers’ Angels responds in a hundred different ways:  voice-activated computers; financial assistance for loved ones to stay with their wounded family member; phone cards to call relatives who can’t visit as often as they wish, etc.  Both the organization and the program have grown, but, unfortunately, the needs of our deployed soldiers and their families are growing even faster. This is especially true for our young men and women who are wounded. The government is providing first-class medical care for our wounded soldiers, but it will never be able to provide all of what they deserve and so many services desperately needed by their families.  Soldiers’ Angels works closely with the Department of Defense, the nation’s major veterans groups and a variety of other military support organizations to make sure these brave young men and women who are being helped.

Target demographics: the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and Veterans of all eras.

Geographic areas served: the United States and around the world

Programs: - Adopt a Soldier: Individualized support throughout deployment - Angel Bakers: Homemade treats for the deployed - Chaplain Support Team: Help chaplains support the troops - Ladies of Liberty: Extra TLC for deployed females - Letter Writing Team: Personal letters for the deployed - SA Germany: Supporting medevac'd wounded/ill and medical staff at Landstuhl - Valour-IT: Providing adaptive laptops for the severely wounded or injured - VA Hospital Support - Living Legends: Comforting the loved ones left behind when a warrior falls on the battlefield - Operation Top Knot: Handmade gifts & virtual baby showers - Adopt-A-Family: Holiday adoption program to support a family's holiday needs - Women of Valor: Support to female caregivers of Post 9-11 wounded, ill and injured service members. - Sewing Team: Handmade blankets, scarves and pillowcases - Cards Plus Team: Extra TLC for soldiers and families

Community Stories

970 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soldiers' Angels is a lifeline for our soldiers. We provide support through letters, cards and care packages to soldiers that would never receive support from home. I have been an Angel since 2005 and can honestly say that this is the one thing I have done in my life that I am most proud of. To know that you are supporting those that protect us when they might not get support from anywhere else is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soldier's Angels is one of the best nonprofits out there. They focus on support and caring for all deployed military and their families. I am on a special team with Soldier's Angels called Ladies of Liberty. As a woman this is very empowering to me to be able to lift up these women who are braving conditions and activities that some men wouldn't be able to handle. This nonprofit is very important for all of the female soldiers out there in making sure they are taken care of and supported.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Soldiers Angels in 2006/2007 because my husband had been deployed to Iraq and was adopted by a Soldiers Angel. He told me how amazing his angel was at sending him carepackages and letters which he shared with his soldiers. He told me that it made a world of difference in the morale of his soldiers to know that a stranger cared enough to recognize their sacrifices. I have since adopted about 6-8 soldiers myself to help carry on that tradition as a way of saying "Thank You" to Soldiers Angels for the care they bestowed upon my husband and to all our men and women in uniform as well as their families. It's such an amazing program that I am honored to be a part of!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

back when the war started i got an eamil from a lady name Patti she had 3 pages of names of hero's out in the war zone they all needed some tlc. that is when Patti got going she got everyone she knew to start sending tlc boxes , letters to the troops. From there it became a 501c. i do think there is more than 200,000 angles out there helping give tlc to our heros. my self i like to help any one they send me but my heart is with the k-9 units. this way i send to 2 at the same time our k-9 units needs so much. they need goodies for the dogs and them selfs. they need people to understand that they are both working to keep this world safe. You have to remember the dogs need special stuff , like a cooling vest, doggles, bones, tennis balls you name it is what they need. but most of all they need a person who cares.. God bless our troops , God bless our k-9's and Soldiers Angels. THANK YOU SOLDIERS ANGLES FOR LETTING ME HELP THE TROOPS.....

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was scanning websites one day and came upon the Soldiers Angels I looked over the page and decided to adopt a soldier. I myself am a vet and thought it would be a great way to give back. I know how it is when you get a letter in the mail when you are away from your loved ones. It is a very rewarding organization. It is so easy to order off their site and send a care package. I also am the owner of a pink Soldier's Angel shirt, in which I wear it proudly. God Bless the Service Men and Women that dedicate their lives for our Freedom. I recommend this organization for everyone that wants to get involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Soldiers Angels in 2006 because a stand was set up for Military Support. I went home and researched the website, and found that the organization truly took care of our Troops, families, and Veterans alike. I joined immediately, and adopted a soldier. I wrote letters, and sent packages, and now have a forever friendship with this soldier. I have since adopted more soldiers, and it is so rewarding to know that a little time and donation, can make their experience over there a little easier to bare. I was so happy that I found a way to give back to them, when they so freely serve for all of us. Little did I know, that both my sister and my brother-in-law were both to be deployed in 2007 to Iraq and Afghanistan. It never meant more to me then it did at that time, to know that my loved ones had extra care from this amazing organization. Soldiers Angels has provided so many ways for volunteers to be in action, and feel needed. Soldiers Angels have allowed volunteers to network in our local communities, to help our local VA Hospitals and Wounded heroes. Here in Pennsylvania, a group of volunteers have come together to support Soldiers Angels efforts. We go to airports and welcome home soldiers right out of the gate, we also send them off with honor and pride, and unfortunately, we have also shown support with Flag lines at funerals or memorials of our Killed in Action. Soldiers Angels has provided every person a means to incorporate themselves into the organization and use their own resources to support our Military. Teams within the organization that anyone may join include, Card and Letter writing, Sewing for blankets, animal lovers for Deployed K9 units, Baby showers for Mom's while their husbands are deployed, Valour-IT, a laptop program, to provide soldiers with technology to connect with home, and the list goes on and on. Soldiers Angels have even provided a store on their website, so we volunteers can purchase items for ourselves, and for our Veterans. I recently became apart of the Soldiers Angels Day of the Deployed Team. This is a proclaimed day to recognize all Soldiers, past present and future, that have been deployed overseas. What an honor to be apart of something so special, but so deserving to our brave men and women, serving our country. Overall, I suggest this Non-Profit organization to anyone in the world. I am proud to be a member of Soldiers Angels Foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was already a member of another non-profit organization that hosts a Bestowal service for our Military. I think its the best part of being a member. But always felt there was more I could do for our active military. Then I found Soldiers' Angels.. I immediately adopted a Soldier, I hope I brought him as much joy in his stay in Iraq as he gave me here in the States. I never expected to hear from him, and in January he emailed me. WOW.. I felt like he was my son, and I wanted to do all I could to take care of him, while he protected me from danger. In his Christmas care pkg, I wrapped every single item in wrapping paper so he would have Christmas presents. The day after I was notified he was returning home I adopted another one. This time its a girl!! We have emailed back and forth, and I have sent my first care pkg, I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed doing it for her.. I will continue adopting a Soldier til they ALL come home... I feel like I found what I was looking for to show support for our military. If I can bring a smile to them for just one moment while they are away, if I can show them we at home CARE about them, then I am happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One day I was looking through a local paper and came across a story of a woman who belonged to Soldier's Angels. I had always thought about what could I do to help out. You always want to think about "great things" that should be done to help our troops. But in reality it's the little things done by many people that makes the Biggest difference. So I started out by adopting a soldier then went on to becoming a Community team leader. In the summertime my husband and myself go out to all different events and sell items and take donations and get all kinds of things to send packages to deployed soldiers. We also, are a Major part of the River Jam Music Festival in August. This will be our thidr year. Last year when the traveling Wall from Viet Nam was here in Hawley, we met and gave flags to the VN Vets. That was so powerful. So be a part of something. It is so worth your while. I did and I am so happy I did.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister had joined and she told me she adopted a soldier. I was overjoyed at the fact that there was something that we could do for our military!!!!! I went to the site and adopted. I get a package out at least once a week filled with all kinds of goodies. It's quick and oh so easy!!!! It is the least we can do for the people that are keeping us safe!!!! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ladies of Liberty team of Soldiers' Angels focuses on the needs of deployed female servicemembers. We understand that females are instrumental in the current war (as in the past), and make special efforts to support them in their missions while showcasing our appreciation for their service. We assist with supplies for their unique health and hygiene needs, and help them experience a few pampering moments to rejuvenate and "be good to themselves." Ladies of Liberty is a group of teams composed of 50- 60 members with a team leader and assistant who all work together to support 50-60 different female soldiers per team. The program originated in a University of North Dakota Women's Studies class taught by Shelle Michaels in the 2006 summer session. The students originally adopted 24 females from the North Dakota Army National Guard (1-188th ADA JLENS and SECFOR). Almost two million women in America's history have been veterans--from the American Revolution to Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, women have served in some way in every American conflict. Thirty-three thousand women served in WWI, and almost 500,000 took part in WWII. During the Korean era, 120,000 women were in uniform, and 7,000 were deployed in-theater during Vietnam. In Desert Storm, seven percent of the total U.S. forces deployed were women - over 40,000 personnel. In terms of the scope of women serving our country, Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are no different than past conflicts. Today's heroic deployed women--whose patriotism, courage and perseverance are shaping the nation on a daily basis--are in the same tradition of strength as those who served previously in this special sisterhood.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently joined Soldiers' Angels (SA) a few days ago and decided to join the Cards Plus Team. I went to the store and bought a few cards right away, wrote them out and sent them off. It didn't take me long at all to accomplish this task. :) I was concerned that perhaps I wouldn't have the time to devote to actually adopting a soldier. However, after seeing the numbers of soldiers that want to be adopted growing each day on the SA website, I knew that I couldn't turn away from adopting a soldier and making sure he or she felt the appreciation and support of those of us here at home. It is important to realize that SA is not a political organization....politics aren't discussed. The focus of the organization is having compassion for our deployed service members (and vets) who face great challenges on a daily basis and offering them some much needed support. Essentially, you are serving those that serve. :) I adopted my first soldier a couple of days ago from the SA website and it literally took all of a minute. I love the feeling that you can go to the website and seconds later be involved in doing something positive in the life of a military member who is living and working under oftentimes very challenging circumstances (to say the least). Also, SA has great resources and suggestions for care packages you can send off to your adopted soldier. You can even send off care packages directly from their website at reasonable prices. Plus, your money goes towards the wonderful efforts of SA, which is a plus. SA has resources and links to various companies that provide free shipping to APO/FPO (i.e. overseas military) addresses. Yesterday, I linked up to a terrific brownie company from the SA website and sent a package of brownies to my adopted soldier within a few minutes. I've also written and sent over my first letter to this individual...it didn't take that much time to write....plus I had a great time writing the letter. I haven't been involved with this organization for very long, however, I would highly recommend them based on my brief experience. Most individuals looking to complete volunteer service want to see or feel a direct benefit of their time spent or money given. If you're in search of that type of experience (which you probably are), I would highly recommend that you check out Soldiers' Angels.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am speaking as someone that has been in Angel for 6 months now. I joined back in November of 2009 and the first thing I did was join the letter-writing team, a team that's dedicated to writing letters to our deployed troops. A month later, I adopted a soldier. That's my personal involvment with Soldiers Angels. I feel that the pros of this organization really outnumber the cons; being a part of Soldiers' Angels is VERY rewarding and what I love about this organization is that you can do so much to help out our military. While our group does emphasies greatly on "adopting" a soldier, if you can't financially committ to adopting a soldier, you can join various "teams" such as the Letter Writing Team or the Cards Plus Team. What I love about this organization is that it's quite diverse...we do things not just for our currently deployed troops but also for our wounded troops, our veterans, their families, and even for the fallen. Not to mention the Staff members are fantastic and are VERY dedicated to helping with the cause. One particular issue I had stands out; I was pen pals with a soldier in Iraq but I lost her address and was worried because I didn't this soldier to feel like I was ignoring her and I felt bad. I contacted the Letter Writing Team leader and explained my dilemna and within the next day, I got a response back with her address. Any other questions I had, I would get answers to either within a couple days or a couple hours. I think the best part of SA is when you recieve a response back from a soldier you wrote to or sent a care package to...it really brightens up your day and they are VERY appreciative for all that we do as Angels! It's very rewarding and I encourage those I know to join or to at least donate to our cause. I feel that as far as "cons" go, there really isn't any. I think people do need to keep in mind that if they do join SA and adopt a soldier, there are cases when you will adopt someone and you won't hear back from them at all throughout their deployment. It's not that they don't appreciate your time and effort (they do!!), it's just that depending on their job or location, spare time to contact back can be pretty scarce. Also, every once in awhile, you will get a letter or a package returned to you and this can be due to a change in the soldier's location. However, in SA, there are contacts you can write to if this sort of thing happens. That's all I have to really say as far as "cons" go. Overall, Soldiers Angels is truly an awesome organization to be a part of and I am so proud to be involved with a group full of hard-working, dedicated people who make it their mission daily to make sure that no soldier goes unloved!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Soldiers' Angels in September 2006, shortly after learning of my younger brother's upcoming deployment at that time. I'd never before had experience with an organization of this kind, and it was a relief to know that level of support was available to our men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom. The response to my application was almost immediate, and I received a call not more than a day later. I was given the name of my first "adoptee" the following day, along with a list of letter suggestions, care package themes, and pertinent information for any issues that might arise. I was also directed to the forums so that I could share my questions and experiences with other members. While the forums are not by any means mandatory reading, there is invaluable information to be found there, as well as incredible camaraderie and support. The good works of Soldiers' Angels goes beyond the letters and care packages it's members send out to Soldiers every day. SA also has teams to support just about every aspect of the needs of our military you can imagine: Virtual baby showers for a Hero's new little one, Vet packs to support those who have sacrificed in the past, even chaplain support. Beyond even that, however, Soldiers' Angels support each other. Several months ago, while my younger brother was deployed in Iraq, a good friend of his was killed. It was devastating for him, and he was close to the Hero's family. Knowing my brother had also had a birthday recently, Soldiers' Angels responded with so much coffee (and even a grinder for the fresh beans!) that my brother ended up having to donate most of it to his buddies. In addition, Soldiers' Angels sent my brother a cake from Operation Birthday Cake. Not long afterward, our father passed away. My brother was still deployed, and I can't begin to imagine how he handled the heartache along with his already tough job overseas. He had only long enough to fly home, get Daddy's affairs in order, and go right back to war. Once again, Soldiers' Angels was there, and literally dozens of Angels responded with letters and care packages that kept my brother and his unit's spirits lifted for I'm sure quite some time. More recently, the people of Soldiers' Angels have been there for me, through phone calls and emails with words of encouragement for my own difficult personal circumstances. I feel honored and privileged to be considered a part of such an amazing and worthy cause. Keep in mind as you consider becoming a part of this type of organization that it is an all-volunteer organization, and one in which information (both to and from Angels, as well as Soldiers) is fast-moving and constantly changing. There will be occasional glitches in the system, but I can guarantee you that I have seen more miracles and works of kindness from this "Band of Angels" than with any other organization of it's kind. Ultimately, in the words of one wise member of Soldiers' Angels, it comes down to this: "We do what we do, because they do what they do!"

5

Donor

Rating: 1

My husband and I signed up to be soldiers angels at the end of last year. After a few weeks of not hearing from our local contact, I emailed and asked about getting our solider's name. I was told, basically, that we would get it when they get it and we would know what they know. I trusted those instructions and emailed back that I didn't realize there was a wait involved. Several weeks more passed into a few months, again, with no contact. I finally recieved an email telling us that we were no longer needed as our soldier (name listed) had been sent home. I was appalled and disappointed to realize that perhaps, this young man was told that he had been assigned a SA but never received anything since WE were not told of him. I emailed our contact again stating as such and have heard NOTHING back in response even though the email had been verified as being sent. No explaination, nothing. As a writer for military issues, and a mother to service members myself, I am appalled at the lack of integrity I have just witnessed. While I would hope that this was an isolated incident, I have since come across certain curiosities involved with this organization which do not sit well with me. One of which was found at the American Institute of Philanthropy/ charity watch from 2007. I am heartily disappointed and thoroughly digusted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soldiers' Angels (SA) is one of the best military/veteran support organization I have been involved with for many years of supporting our troops and their families. Through the various teams of volunteers across the country there never seems to be an issue or need that Soldiers' Angels can not assist with, whether the need involves sending letters and care packages to our deployed heroes, supporting the families of those deployed or our wounded heroes or the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice SA is there to lend support and do what needs to be done.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com. We are one of the most comprehensive directories of resources and information for military and veterans. We provide all of this to our users free. We also facilitate partnerships connecting corporations with outstanding non-profits. It is amazing what can be accomplished when good people join forces to help others. The best part of my job is the honor of working with many wonderful non-profits on an regular basis that put forth effort and energy to make a real difference in the lives of those who serve, past and present. I have worked with Soldiers Angels many times on many initiatives. I also constantly send them requests for assistance for military and veterans. They never say "NO". It is not in their vocabulary. I can tell you without a doubt that they are the "real deal". They work tirelessly to help military, wounded warriors, their families and veterans 24/7. They have a dedicated network of volunteers and nothing is impossible with these angels. I also want to commend Soldiers Angels and especially their founder, Patti Patton Bader, because they are team players and work well with other groups. It is not about them but about helping our military and veterans. Please feel free to contact me. I am in the position to know all the good ones/guys. Sincerely, Debbie Gregory, CEO MilitaryConnection.com debbieg@militaryconnection.com http://www.militaryconnection.com 800-817-3777,ext. 124

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this organization and have many titles. This is the best one for helping our military abroad and here in the states. We sent 180,000 Christmas care packages last year to every troop that was in the War on Terrorism. As of today, 20 June 09, there are over 500 that need adopting. Please visit our site at www.soldiersangels.org Remember it is not whether you agree or disagree about the wars, it is about those men and women who have volunteered to give their life for this country and their people. Meloney