Help our soldiers! Great website...

  1. I don't know about anyone else, but I get pretty sick of sitting at home and not being able to help the soldiers, wherever they may be. I found this great website a while back,

    www.anysoldier.com

    You can pick a service branch, location, etc. Just from reading their responses will make you cry so have some tissues close by. If you read the main page and FAQ, it'll orient you to the site. Also, a soldier serves as a representative. This rep. gives packages and letters to those who don't have family or friends to send them anything. I'm getting ready to send some Christmas cards. I should have done this weeks ago, but it just hit me that they needed cards.

    If anyone wants, maybe we can go together on the larger items. Please PM me or post here. Whether you agree with the war or not is beside the point, we are simply helping those who chose to protect our country. They don't get a choice on where they go. While I'm eating Christmas dinner with my family they may be involved in a gun battle. Think about it.
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  3. by   nurse4theplanet
    www.treatsfortroops.com
    www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil
    www.OperationUSOCarePackage.org

    here are some other sites that offer similar services where you can adopt a troop or two.

    Let me just share something personal here, while my DH was deployed it cost us an arm and a leg for phone cards.....$400 a month +, to use the internet required money, plus various money he needed to buy a gatorade or a candy bar after a hard 18hr day....then I had to keep the bills paid back here. Didn't leave us much money for me to afford to send him care packages very often. I sent one every two months.

    BUT there was a local organization that 'adopted' our troops and made sure each soldier got a carepackage every two or three weeks. My hubby looked forward to these sooooooo much. It is amazing how excited someone will be to get a pack of gum and an American magazine when they are living in the desert in a foreign country.

    If you have ever had any desire to support your troops, but just don't know how....these sites are a great way to start.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    Aye, those are some good sites. Besides them, I'm also a regular contributor at:

    http://www.marineparents.com/usmc/

    Friendly word of advice - it's a great and noble thing to send care packages to grunts. But please, lets not waste any huh?

    What am I talking about? Well, please try and co-ordinate your efforts with some kind of agency. Not only does this cut down on 'prohibited' items (such as pork meats or raunchy magazines for example), but goes a great length to cut down on excessive duplication.

    Some perenial items will never be refused - a good bet is chocolates, toilet paper, sports or automotive magazines etc.

    One of the things I know (from personal and family experience - recently reinforced by my recently returned buddy) is the power of the simple letter. Mail call is always looked forward to. So if you think you can't contribute - think again! Writing a simple letter to a soldier can work wonders!

    I'm also a member at a MIL website - primarily developed to cater to MIL types and MIL families... but also open to the general public. Come meet the men and women who serve and their families and friends!

    Interested? Send me a PM and I'll send you the link. It is NOT an "invite only" website - but I've posted the link in the open before and sadly I've had some outright trolls come by and create havoc and nuiscance. The website is created by an officer in the US Army (just got back from A'ghan not too long ago) and is run by MIL, MIL family and civillians and has a variety of members on board - international membership to boot
  5. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    I'm also a member at a MIL website - primarily developed to cater to MIL types and MIL families... but also open to the general public. Come meet the men and women who serve and their families and friends!

    Interested? Send me a PM and I'll send you the link. It is NOT an "invite only" website - but I've posted the link in the open before and sadly I've had some outright trolls come by and create havoc and nuiscance. The website is created by an officer in the US Army (just got back from A'ghan not too long ago) and is run by MIL, MIL family and civillians and has a variety of members on board - international membership to boot
    You should feel free to post it here. I am willing to go head to head with anyone who threatens to attack any website whose intentions is to serve, support,and unite those who have sacrificed so much!
  6. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    You should feel free to post it here. I am willing to go head to head with anyone who threatens to attack any website whose intentions is to serve, support,and unite those who have sacrificed so much!
    Well, they wouldn't troll HERE - but there...

    Ahhh heck.....

    www.trackpads.com

    Army, Marine, Navy, Coastie, Air Force, Civilian - y'all welcome there.
    And not just from the US mind!
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.anysoldier.com/SuccessStories.cfm

    This is the we use. Several of us send packages every month.
    We have received e-mails.
    I was SO excited to see Iraqi kids with items I bought at Costco!
    What wonderful people these soldiers are:
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GREAT thread. Thank you for this reminder.
  9. by   Sable's mom
    I just got a chance to read this thread - it's great!! My youngest is an Air Force officer and DH is USAFRet (Nam vet) so I know how much the guys need stuff from home. I'm glad you guys listed the links - I never thought of it. :smackingf:
    Anyway, I agree that politics should have nothing to do with supporting the troops - Nam is a reminder that these guys will always remember how we treat them while they are doing what they are ordered to do. OK, I'm off my soap box now :
    Linda
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Awesome thread.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Yes, great thread!

    Roy - who send raunchy magazines??? Blech! :stone

    Here is one of the sites I go to - it has many links to ways to help.


    steph
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from stevielynn
    Yes, great thread!

    Roy - who send raunchy magazines??? Blech! :stone
    What? You mean boots don't read stuff like Maxim and Hustler and Playboy?

    Goodness! What is the Army coming to! :chuckle
  13. by   nurse4theplanet
    Bump Can we make this a sticky?
  14. by   jnette
    Great thread, and THANK YOU.

    I'm a member of a Navy Moms forum, and we do some awesome stuff there as well.. all year long.

    We owe it to our troops everywhere to remember their service, and to try to make life a bit more like "home" when at all possible.

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