Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Do you want to support the troops?

UPDATE: I am going to keep this post on top for a little while. So support some troops.

Here's how.

If you support the troops or have been wondering how to do it—check these links out
If you like what they do, donate or help them out. I cannot tell you how much good you do when you're downrange and you get a package in the mail from someone who cares back home. A book, a can of Barbasol, a pine cone. It means a lot. The books you send overseas get read, and I would collect this stuff and send it out to my guys on the firebases to use. No political messages…just we support you. Also some great things for R&R and family members.

You will need your Soldier’s address with APO/FPO and when he/she is expected to return from overseas

Let me know if any of these are not what they seem to be and I will remove them but a cursory link to each one seems legit.

Links to “free” stuff for troops:

http://www.operationhomelink.org/ - Free computers for spouses/parents of deployed soldier in ranks E1 – E5.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/2/prweb106818.htm - free mail/gifts sent to children of deployed soldiers.

https://www.operationuplink.org/ - Free phone cards.

http://anysoldier.com/ForSoldiersOnly.cfm - To sign up for sponsoring soldier care packages for theater.

http://www.appreciateourtroops.org/forourtroops.shtml - To have commander sign up for mugs for unit troops.

http://www.operationshoebox.com/ - free shoebox care package.
http://bluestarmoms.org/airfare.html - lowest airfare available.

http://bluestarmoms.org/care.html - free care packages. - free air conditioners/heaters.

http://www.heromiles.org/ free air travel for Emergency Leave, and for the family members of injured soldiers to travel to Medical facility.

http://www.bluestarmothers.org/airlinespecials.php - Airline discounts for R & R.

http://www.booksforsoldiers.com/forum/index.php - free books, DVD’s, CD’s.

http://prayercentral.net/engage/militaryprayer/daily.php - daily prayer and scriptures.

http://www.militarymoms.net/sot.html - free care packages (your family member signs up to have sent to you).

http://operationmilitarypride.org/smsignup.html - free care packages.

http://www.soldiersangels.org/heroes/submit_a_soldier.php - get adopted to receive stuff.

https://www.treatsfortroops.com/registration/index.php - free gifts and care packages.

http://www.emilitary.org/forums/index.php?s=c200230df4b511793b37d9fa7072b056&showtopic=354&pid=664&st=0&#entry664 - free bible, Christian video, and book for spouse/family members of deployed troop.

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov2004/n11232004_2004112312.html - free shipping/packing materials for shipping to troops.

Copy the link into your browser and go from there. I have now checked out all of these links and they are good to go, as in they are what they appear to be. Check them out.


Blogger AFSister said...

holy cow redleg! This is a great list!!!

Can't wait to go exploring....

9:36 AM  
Blogger redleg said...

have at it

9:43 AM  
Blogger ALa said...

Redleg -this is awesome...so glad you took the time to post all of these! Like AFSis said...can't wait to go through them all (and now I can blame you when my brother bitches that I only send stuff to soldiers and not him! LOL)

10:55 AM  
Blogger redleg said...

lists seem broke, are they working for anyone else?

3:48 PM  
Blogger redleg said...

lists seem broke, are they working for anyone else?

3:48 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Hi Redleg - AFSister tipped me about your site. This is an awesome list - Thanks!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Sir..I'm on it and have been with soldiers angels. waiting for response to get my soldier to correspond with, but it's a long wait.

Definitely give to the others. Phone cards, operation give were great things to donate to. I need to scare up some more funds for soldier's angels.

thanks for th list and hope that leg is feeling better.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Desultory Girl said...

redleg, nice job with all the links. thanks!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Darkbladex85 said...

Well Sir where do i start. It makes me glad to see people. Out there putting out the effort to support the troops. wether or not they are troops. Know troops or just wanna support them. I am gonna add you to my links cause I my self am gearing up and deploying to Iraq sometime in june. I get to go have fun at NTC in cali next though. On Behalf of the 1-109th IN (M) Iron soldiers, We thank you
SPC Stroup

5:19 PM  
Blogger CenterUniverse said...

I agree,

Its great to see people actively supporting the troops, I mean by taking action not just in their hearts and minds.

No matter what political standing one holds, our troops are doing a service for all of us, and we should all support them.

Republicans and democrats alike, seem to always agree on at least that. <><

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list. My family supports three soldiers. One is Bosnia (yep we still have folks there), one in Kuwait, and one in Iraq.

For some reason some of the support organizations can be slow to respond when you first make contact. I would like to think it is because they are overwhelmed, but more likely it is because many people are running these "link-up" services as an extra duty.

Sometimes you may have to ping them a number of times before you get a response. Just keep at it though. It is worth it.

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