Support our Military

Ima_Celery(OHzoned 6)July 30, 2006

If you have the time and are interested in supporting the American soldiers please look at the link and perhaps "adopt" a soldier.

If sending packages, please keep in mind that depending on the time of year the daytime temperatures in Iraq or Afghanistan may be high so watch that you do not send something that will potentially melt in the heat like chocolate (unless you get the melt proof chocolate made by Hershey's).

Requests include the following:

any reading material (pornography is prohibited)

baby wipes

eye drops

Pop Tarts

Rice Krispie Treats (not the breakfast bars)

walkie-talkie...(PLEASE include the batteries needed but do not install them in the devices)

any kind of munchies / snack food

tuna fish / salmon (with mayo on the side)

DVDs...(something funny.....no war movies)

Kool Aid / Lemonade Mix / Ice Tea Mix (the kind with the sugar already included)

drinking straws

a kind note of support

If contacting a soldier, you could of course ask him or her what they might like to have to make their life more tolerable while on duty.

Placing items within zip-loc bags will also greatly reduce the dusty sand that permeates everything there also.

Adopt a Soldier

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Other links:

USO.org

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For a list of comprehensive legitimate organizations:

Department of Defense

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To send a letter of support for anyone in the military:

Support

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Help set a world record.

Toys for Tots

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To help upgrade safety for our military Operation Helmet

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To contact a person in the US military and send a letter of support please visit this site Operation Dear Abby

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For the birdwatchers, welcome to Birdwatching in Iraq

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A Soldier's Poem

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To help the pets of military personnel contact the following:

Foster Homes

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I believe this was sent as an e mail: RED FRIDAY

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday - and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar

will wear something red

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED. And it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON

If you don't agree DO NOT attempt to belittle someone who does and say it is an empty gesture!

-If our actions can make a difference then they are not empty gestures.

-If our actions bring comfort to someone then they are not empty gestures.

-If our actions console someone then they are not empty gestures.

-If our actions prompt someone to do something POSITIVE then they are not empty gestures.

An empty gesture is one that is made without thought or meaning behind it. An empty gesture is not seen. Not noticed.

Happily I think the Support thread has helped countless people involved in the military and their families. There are so many links to help people get started or to give them new ideas. Far more people look in and don't post than do post.

All praise and respect for those who served in the past,serve in the present and will serve in the future!

[THE FINAL

INSPECTION ](http://photobucket.com)

[The Soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass. ](http://photobucket.com)

["Step forward now, Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~](http://photobucket.com) There is still a lot of good in this country and here is a very nice remembrance for those who served and are no longer with us. God bless the USA and for what it stands. Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.

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Ima_Celery(OHzoned 6)

posted in error as a new thread rather than to the Support our Troops #3.

Sorry.

Mike

    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 9:20AM
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youreit

Two is better than none at all. Thanks, Mike!!!

Brenda

    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 10:24AM
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fairy_toadmother

thanks mike!!!!! no errors whatsoever. :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 8:46AM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

If there was only one image from this conflict that would always stay with me, it would be this one:

U.S. Marines pray over a fallen comrade

    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 8:24PM
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youreit

I think that would make a wonderful statue.

Brenda

    Bookmark   November 6, 2006 at 8:59AM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

From an email which was I authenticated through snopes.com:

"I assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. "

So while shopping this Xmas, remember that those who support our military deserve OUR support.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2006 at 8:42PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I guess I know where I will be shopping this weekend. No kidding, that is a huge financial burden for any company to maintain. Sandy

    Bookmark   November 29, 2006 at 9:49PM
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youreit

That is awesome! I may be in the market for a clothes washer....Kenmore, here I come!

Brenda

    Bookmark   November 30, 2006 at 7:43AM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Just a friendly reminder that if any of you kind souls use the USO or any other similar organization to send Christmas gifts to our troops overseas, that it needs to be done SOON in order for the packages to get there in time.

Same goes for many other organizations, like one of my personal favorites Toys for Tots.

Thank you.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2006 at 11:27AM
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youreit

Thanks for the reminder, Fi guy!

I was also reminded in a recent email of this ad I saw while watching the Super Bowl last year (I think that's when I first saw it).

The best ad I've ever seen.

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Pick your viewing preference

    Bookmark   December 3, 2006 at 1:20PM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Heather Martin, a six year old sings a poem that her mom wrote. Heather's brother is curretly serving in Iraq.

If the video doesn't touch your heart, please check your pulse!

Here is a link that might be useful: When Are You Coming Home?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2007 at 10:36PM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

A dedication of sorts to the JanCarkner & AHughes of this world:

Here is a link that might be useful: A Song

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 11:00PM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Bert Brady was ABC's Person of the Week for his Welcome Home a Hero Program. A shame that our boyz from previous conflicts did not have the same warm reception they deserved. Watching that video, it's clear that even after so many years some of them still have not forgotten that.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2007 at 10:39PM
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youreit

This little man supports our military! Way to go, Riley and the 6th Ranger Battalion!

Brenda

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 10:38AM
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rosequartz

As a mother of a daughter in the military, it is heartwarming to see support for our soldiers. My daughter is an Army combat medic currently serving in Iraq and most people are clueless as to what it feels like to have a child in the military.

Thanks for supporting our sons and daughters who give so much of themselves !

Pam

Here is a link that might be useful: Support Our Troops

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 11:33AM
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youreit

PLEASE be sure to thank your daughter for us, Pam! And thank you for raising such a fine, upstanding, brave woman. :)

Laura Brown supports our military! Thank you, Laura!

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Laptops for the Wounded

    Bookmark   March 25, 2007 at 9:26AM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Hi Pam. A big Oooooorah (or Hooorah as they say in the Army) and a huge THANK YOU to your daughter. Medics and Corpsmen are a Godsend. I know in my day, the Navy Corpsmen always got treated great, as well they should. They took care of us grunts like we actually were worth something! :-)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:38PM
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