This morning I was reading the latest entries in the Troops Support LinkedIn group, and a post by Gail grabbed me:
On Sunday I flew from Houston to Seattle and when checking in at the airport I noticed a group of soldiers getting ready to depart as well. As always, I went up to them, introduced myself and thanked them for their service and bravery. While visiting with them, I inquired where they were headed and most replied they were on their way to Iraq. I wished them God speed and to stay safe and that we would be praying for their safety. During our discussion, many of them told me how disappointed they were that more Americans didn’t support them and what they are doing. I replied that I believe the ‘silent majority’ does support and believe in what they are doing. They said they sure wished that more people showed it.
I am making a PLEA to everyone who reads this message to please talk to everyone you know to get involved with organizations like Operation Home Front and many other wonderful organizations like that to constantly show their support and appreciation. I am also asking all of you to write letters to the editors of your newspapers asking ALL Americans to get involved in showing their love and support for these brave troops who put their lives on the line to keep us free.
PLEASE, PLEASE don’t just read this message and hope someone else steps up to the plate. If enough of us get to the media, it may finally begin to have some results.
There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. I think many people don’t realize how much our brave men and women need our support and love. They need to SEE us actively supporting them and proving that we do INDEED care! I see it too often, soldiers begging to be written, desperately wanting some form of contact from “back home” — a letter, a postcard, anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to let them know that we have NOT forgotten about them!
I am begging you … please consider joining an organization to show our troops that we love and support them. Soldiers’ Angels is the organization for whom I volunteer my efforts and spare time, they do a tremendous amount of good work. As mentioned in Gail’s post, so does Operation Home Front. There are so many people trying doing so much good, and let’s face it, they can ALL use some help!
Here are a list that I keep on the Bama Angels site for those looking for other organizations to help:
- America Supports You
- Any Soldier
- Blankets of Hope
- Books for Soldiers
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Fallen Patriot Fund
- Guardian Angels for Soldiers’ Pet
- Homes for Our Troops
- Iraqi Muscle
- Marine Executive Association
- Military Working Dog Adoptions
- Move America Forward
- Operation AC
- Operation Hero Miles
- Operation Home Front
- Operation Outreach
- Operation Purple
- Operation Top Knot
- Operation Uplink
- Operation: Birthday Cake
- Patriot Guard Riders
- Pinups for Vets
- Recruit Veterans
- Soldiers’ Angels Veterans Support Team
- SOS: KIDS / Wings Of Hope
- The Home Front Cares
- Veteran’s Airlift Command
- Vets for Freedom
- Wandering Vets
- Wounded Warrior Project
Please PLEASE consider joining one of these organizations and doing your part to give our troops the support they so desperately need! There is so much that we can do … consider writing to your local papers, call or email the larger (tv/cable) media companies.
It’s time to show them what REAL SUPPORT is!!
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