This is a new program that we can all participate in. It's easy, fullfilling, and will help us all ease our pain and frustration. It will allow us all to be a part of the solution. - Here’s how it works – If you have someone in the military, no matter where they are, give us their address and we will find 7 people to adopt your soldier. Each of the 7 adoptors will write the soldier one day of the week. If you want to adopt a soldier just give us your name and address and we will match you with a soldier.
another listing: www.adoptasoldier.org/ Check the web site for updated information throughout the year for new suggested ideas/items for holidays: Valentine's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Christmas, etc.
Post by grannyjotx on Mar 27, 2003 19:34:41 GMT -6
Sending mail to Navy personnel
To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to service members forward deployed unless you are a family member, loved one or personal friend. Mail from family members and loved ones has always been encouraged and the military mail system will continue to work hard to get that mail to service members overseas.
There are many well meaning Web sites, TV stations, and charity groups that are promoting donations to overseas service members. While well intentioned, you should not use them and you should discourage others from using them. These unsolicited letters of support or care packages to service members raise a force protection issue, since anonymous donors are different from legitimate family members and friends. DoD has cancelled mail programs which encouraged the American public in general to mail to "Any Service Member" (versus a specific deployed person). These new programs attempt to do the same thing by gathering names of service members to send mail. While legitimate mail from family members and loved ones is always encouraged, these donor programs, which collect and pass out service members’ names and addresses, is discouraged.
On Oct. 30, 2002, the Department of Defense (DoD) suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" traditional mail programs due to force protection concerns. The Department of the Navy and the DoD cannot support creative and well-intentioned efforts that defeat force protection measures, but can instead recommend alternatives to mail and donation programs. To show support to troops overseas, the following are recommended:
Log on to the following Web sites to show support, to include greeting cards, virtual Thank You cards and calling card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones: Defend America — www.defendamerica.mil/support_troops.html
Other ways by which you can show your support. Service members do value and appreciate such expressions of support: Visit Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteer your services to honor veterans who served in past conflicts. The Department of Veterans Affairs web site can be found at www.va.gov
Donate a calling card to help keep service members in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at www.operationuplink.org/
Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org
Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one deployed.
Questions about finding the e-mail address of a Navy person are addressed on our e-mail FAQ page.
U.S. personnel deployed to the Arabian Gulf region and other overseas locations can now receive personal messages from family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and supporters via the pages of Stars and Stripes newspaper as well. "Messages of Support," a daily section that debuted March 17, gives family and friends of deployed service members a chance to pass their greetings, words of encouragement and announcements free of charge. "Messages of Support" can be e-mailed to Stars and Stripes 24 hours a day at firstname.lastname@example.org, are limited to 50 words or less and will be printed on a first-come, first-run basis. Stars and Stripes reserves the right to screen and edit all messages and to omit any determined inappropriate.
The following information may be helpful also.
I got the information below from one of my news letter from a conservative action news alert group.
You can help support our troops in the Middle East, with a morale boost like they've never seen.
One of The items they're requesting the most is an international phone card.
ACTION ITEM: Here's the easiest way to get a "morale package" to our troops:
(1) Buy a copy of USA Today with our full-page "RightMarch.com" ad in it; tear out that ad. (It's also available for printing online at www.conservativealerts.com/usatodayad.pdf) (2) Buy an INTERNATIONAL pre-paid Phone Card at your local Wal-Mart, service station, or whatever's closest to you. If you can't get one locally, you can buy one online (http://www.conservativealerts.com/phonecard.htm -- scroll down after you click through, and get the "Global Caller" card), and print out the information that's e-mailed to you on how to use it. (Soldiers are desperate for these, to keep in touch with their families back home.) (3) Check with friends, neighbors, church members, etc., and see if they have a son/daughter/relative serving in the military that would like to receive a care package; get their name & address for delivery. (4) Pack up a large envelope or small box (like a shoebox), insert the ad and the phone card (or virtual phone card printout), along with a note of encouragement, and ship it off to your soldier. Instant "morale packages" for our troops!
To ensure that mail gets through to troops, the following information is given on addressing. Recommended address: * Soldier's Name (Use of rank is optional) * Organization to which assigned (Organization name should be included if you have it; however, it is not always used for certain types of forces) * Unit # xxxx (Unit # is a four digit number assigned to some units, but not all. Where assigned, it should always be used. Soldiers will have notified friends and family if they have one assigned) * APO AE 09xxx-xxxx (APOs served by New York have a 09 prefix (09xxx); APOs served by San Francisco have a 96 prefix (96xxx), and APOs served by Miami have a 34 prefix (34xxx). The last four xxxx represent a ZIP 4 add-on to the normal five digit APO Zip Code, and have been assigned to some forces. Where assigned, correspondents should have been notified and the four digit add on should always be used to help in automatic sorting of mail.)
THIS IS IMPORTANT: You can NO LONGER send a package to "any service member", ever since the first anthrax threats emerged. The Department of Defense cancelled the anonymous "any service member" mail programs on October 30, 2001. The cancellation has not been rescinded and still remains in effect. The instructions here are the BEST WAY to get your "morale package" to our troops fighting in the mideast.
If you don't have a family member deployed overseas, check with your friends, colleagues, or church members to get the address of someone who is serving. If you still can't find anyone to send to, then package up your items and send them to:
Operation ShoeBox will package the items and mail them to specific service members who have been deployed. They also need help with postage to mail packages to the troops, but they aren't set up to accept checks or cash. What you can do, if you want to help, is to send them a US Postal Money Order payable to US Postmaster. They can turn these over to the Postmaster, who will apply the amount to the Operation ShoeBox account at the Post Office, on which they can draw for stamps. It costs about $6.00 to send a shoebox.
NOTE: Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know who might also want to send a "morale package" to our troops fighting overseas for our freedom and the freedom of others. Thank you!
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2003 19:44:49 GMT -6 by grannyjotx
The following was in the Killeen Daily Herald today. I won't quote the whole article. "Althought these programs provide an excellent means of support to friends and loved ones stationed overseas, they also provide an avenue to introduce hazardous substances or materials into the mail system from unknown sources, a fort spokesman said.
Unsolicited mail, packages and donations from organizations and individuals also compete for limited airlift space used to transport supplies, war-fighting material and mail from family and loved ones."
It continued on to say, "Some individuals and groups publicize the names and addresses of service members, ships or units on Web sites, with good intentions. The result, however, is a potential danger to the troops they wish to support."
They went on to say to show support to troops overseas, the following are recommended:
"Log on to the following Web sites to show suppor, to include greeting cards, virtual Thank You cards and calling card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones:
For those who do have friends and/or relatives serving "do not send pressurized items (such as shaving cream), chocolates (they'll be soup in the desert), pornographic materials (illegal in Muslim countries) or liquor.
Do send non perishable food items such as instant coffee and Kook-Aid packets, tea bags, beef jerky, bubble gum, tuna pouches, microwave popcorn, granola and power bars, trail mixes, lollipops, instant soups, oatmeal packets, individual servings of dry cereals, hard candies and fast-food condiments such as ketchup, relish, mustard, etc., to name a few.
Fun stuff: Small amusements such as puzzle books, paperback books, yo-yos, squirt guns and hack sacks go a long way to providing diversion during stretches of tense waiting or simple boredom. Phone cards are highly prized."
"Mailing instructions: Put anything that could leak or melt or has a scent in a zipper-style bag. Use a sturdy, corrugated brown box free of other markings (they can confuse and slow down processing). Fill all extra space with foam peanuts, bubble wrap or popcorn. Double tape all seams with strong packing tape. Fill out a customs declaration and dispatch note. In the upper left corner, write your complete return address. In the bottom left corner, write a re-direct address of another soldier or write "if the person to whom this box is addressed has been redeployed, keep the box and share it with your unit."
The above is also an excerpt from the Killeen Daily Herald.
I hope this information is helpful to those of you who wish to support our troops. I know as the wife of a retired military man that your encouraging support means a lot. Another avenue of support I might suggest is to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or the local newspapers around army, navy, airforce bases stating your support and encouragement for our troops. The spouses and family members of those troops often times forward these newspapers to their husbands, sons and/or daughters.
I just received this e-mail and thought I would pass it on. It has some more ideas of what to send and how. He is suggesting that you contact someone who has family or close friends over there and add your things to their packages. (I do not know this LTC Corad or Lt Bateman--this was forwarded to me) The list though is some things that I've been told they would be happy to receive.
Subject: Items needed on the front Hey all, I received this message from LTC Conrad by way of LT Bateman. If you are sending boxes, keep them small, and add some extras to share. These guys need things out there and I'd like to help them out as much as possible. Red Cross cannot send out packages right now nor can organizations wanting to help....they want to make sure family members things get through....so....maybe we can help by sending some extras. I did learn today that you can go by Red Cross and pick up some items there since they cannot get them out....they are free...give it a try. Red Cross is located in Soldiers Plaza. Lets do what we can for our people! HOOAH!!!!
Pass this on to your own families and maybe they can send some extra things over too. Have them send it to your spouse.
FRG Leaders...please pass this on. Many thanks...Carol
Here are some items they need at the front lines (small packages/containers are best - shoebox size). For liquid/capped items, tape the lids/caps shut, and possibly put the item in a ziploc bag in case it bursts during shipping. For the items listed below, don't feel you need to get all the items, or boxes/packages of items (like envelopes/batteries/ziplocs); just a few will suffice.
- Clothes pins
- Liquid laundry soap (they have to hand wash their stuff and hang to dry)
- Hand Lotion
- Vaseline (for wind/sun chapped lips/cheeks)
- Sun block
- Chap stick w/ SPF
- Small snacks (beef jerky and trail mix are favorites)
- Cheap sunglasses (UV rated ones). They go thru them quickly out here.
- Envelopes/paper/pens ("click" pens, not ones w/ removable caps that get lost)
- (Ensure at least one envelope/paper with return address for them to write back. No stamp needed.)
- Batteries (AA and D Cell for flashlights)
- Kool-aid/Gatorade powder mixes
- Ziploc bags
- Small religious/prayer booklets
- Underwear (male, boxers, large) (sounds funny, but guys are throwing theirs away after several days of use w/ no showers.)
- Baby wipes
- Baby powder
- Bubble Gum (takes place of brushing some days)
- Disposable shaving razors
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste (brush head covers are also a neat idea)
- Small washcloth (the 12 inch x 12 inch kind, and a dark color
Regarding soldier support. There will soon be a whole new group of soldiers heading to Iraq. They will need letters of support from home. You can register with www.adoptaplatoon.org or many other sites. I personally have been involved with the adopt a platoon group.
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or direct you to someone who can.
Nancy, I love your newsletter and this board. Thanks for all the hard work!!
I have had the pleasure of supporting one brother and one sister-in-law who served in the Canadian Forces Peace Keeping in Egypt. I am centering on what my sister-in-law said was most appreciated by the LADIES.As she so eloguently put it, it is not just the men who are over here, and we have needs also. So food for thought in our packages and care packages would be greatly appreciated to include disposable rasors, hand creams, shampoo, hair conditioners, deordorants, bar soaps with travel containers, plastic bottles of mouth wash, female personal hygene products like pads and tampons. The biggest most welcome thing was the yeast infection cures due to the extreme heat.Any and all foot fungus powders.The candy was really appreciated as was the most prized item of all toilet paper.As she put it anything that did not still have the wood chips or bark in it was very much appreciated in that department.The zip lock bags were very much appreciated as the troops were able to use them over and over again.Pens, paper, envelopes always needed. So if you have a son over seaseas serving throw in a few extra things for a lady in his pack, he will know someone who will be very appreciative of the gift. I was reminded that not all soldiers get gifts or care packages from home. A special note of thanks to both Gregg and Carol for this insite and prompting me to make this post for the ladies needs also.
Excellent idea about the yeast infection meds. I have supported female soldiers but never thought about that. Good thinking!! Thank you for the idea. ;D
I am a solider that is deployed to Afghanistan with a large group of soliders from the Iowa and Minnesota Army National Guard. While it is not anywhere as badas Iraq, we miss most of the comforts of home as well. Here, I am in charge of cooking meals for my fellow soliders and am trying to utilize every resource I can to bring some variety to the menus here. We are rather limited on our choices but a few simple things would really make the difference. I need a good salsa recipe that I can e anything like make from combined fresh veggies and canned goods. I do not have cornstarch or cilantro alvb. Also if you have some really good basic recipes for what to do with breaded chicken fillets, I would love to her them. I do my best to provide for my fellow soliders for sometimes a hot meal is the best part of our days here. We all appreciate what all of you do to help us out from home while we are deployed over here. I know how much it means to receieve those care packages from home while so far away. We all share them with our fellow soliders. The only other thing I can ask of each and every one of you is to keep us all in you prayers daily. For many of us, this deployement is just the first rotation to the middle east that will happen over the next two years and with God on our side, we will each return safely home to family and country. --Thanks- cburke
I have been sending things to soldiers I have found on the www.anysoldier.com web site. I have received several emails from recipients. They reallyreally do appreciate anything we send them. We can pick up chips, pop, gum, other snacks from any gas station on any corner. We can go across the street for a nice cappachino, order pizza, buy a magazine, watch a movie, etc. We take all these things for granted, but when soldiers enlist and are sent somewhere all this is lost. I really enjoy sending them some things to brighten their day. I include my email address and they send me their thanks! I have gotten my church and workplace (I work at a hospital) involved also, so we can send more stuff. It is cooler there now so chocolate won't melt, and other things that wouldn't survive the heat are safe for now as well. If you send something, be sure to write a note because they are starved for information from back home!