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Support our Military

Posted by ima_celery OHzoned 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 30, 06 at 9:09

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!

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THE FINAL
INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"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~

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.






Fiddler's Green

Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers' Green


It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

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I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

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I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

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How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"

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When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

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I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.

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Of unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom isn't free.

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It is the Soldier , not the reporter
who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier , not the poet,
who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier , not the politicians
that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the
Pursuit of Happiness

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who respects
the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin
is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military,
pray for our men and women
who have served and are currently serving our country
and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom that you enjoy.

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THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

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C3Ds Mike


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

Sorry.

Mike


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 30, 06 at 10:24

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

Brenda


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


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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


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 6, 06 at 8:59

I think that would make a wonderful statue.

Brenda


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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.


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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


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 30, 06 at 7:43

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

Brenda


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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.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 3, 06 at 13:20

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


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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?


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

Here is a link that might be useful: A Song


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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.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 26, 07 at 10:38

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

Brenda


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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


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 25, 07 at 9:26

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


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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! :-)


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