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Nonprofit Overview

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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

When I joined Soldiers' Angels I was looking to give back. My own father taught me what WW2 was like and that all looked for mail call. He recalled the time he got Limburger cheese in a shoebox It took two weeks to get that box.. It smelled horrible, and yet everyone wanted to have a taste... It was that little bit of home and a bit of food everyone knew. The box has not changed and the Soldier still loves to get Mail Call, but by being part of Soldiers' Angels we send boxes faster, know they are received, and the return is knowing we Angels make the day better for those who" DEFEND US EVERY DAY"

I started first with Soldiers' Angels on a team to give one box a month, but after meeting other Angels did my first full adoption. This is adopting one soldier and making a commitment to a letter a week a box or two a month. How exciting it got as I knew all the candy bars I sent this soldier enjoyed and shared. How humbled I was as my adopted Soldier only asked from toys and stuffed animals for the Children in the country he was in... He said"the children has so little here". Just like my own family I grew to knew and cheer when my Soldier was happy and give support when he felt lonely. A letter or a box is like having that hug from someone, or the blanket wrapped around... Simple things one box and yet so important. And when the Soldier comes home it is Angeling to give the pat on the back of welcome home and well done!

IT was 4 years before I joined as a Community Network Coordinator along with other CNC's to help guide those interested in Soldiers' Angels. The Tsunami Hit Japan within my first month and before I left for a trip to another state. Here I was a new CNC in front of cameras and asking people to give their time and talents to help our Angels in Japan. Still on the phone between other CNC Angels while waiting for my flights to see what more we could do to help the people of Japan with much needed boxes. All the time the Directors of Soldiers Angels assisted in what we could all help with.. What wonderful guidance they gave. When I did make it home we still had more work to be done. Memorials for Soldiers with Living Legends Team, Ice Cream socials at Veteran's Home, blankets to the Marines, cookies to the Army, and one more item.. Helping a drum hike walk to assist a man with a dog and a slugger bat signed by Governors of each state.... Now the Federal Day finally voted in on October 26, 2011 honoring "Day of the Deployed".... Each and every year.

For myself this Non Profit provides more for the soldier and connecting honorably and respectfully. Soldiers' Angels guards and protects each military need and reminds every Angel of the duty they hold to the Soldier and their Families. To our Soldier no matter what war or conflict they are or have been in they now know there are Angels who work hard to make sure they are loved and never forgotten. And like the box my own Army Dad got two weeks to get him, the new soldier miles from home get their own box at.... Mail Call ... and I can only feel my own Army Dad smile at me from above as a thanks for doing a good job taking care of the troops...... Thank you Patti Patton-Bader for creating a 501 (c) (3) www.soldiersangels.org for me to put into practice what my Army Dad taught me............. Diane CNC of Central Wisconsin.