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Below is a web link containing a list of independent organizations that help support the troops. This might be a great reference for PAOs, voluntary service and other services interested/involved in supporting our troops.



Care packages are requested for 1st Cav. troopers in Iraq.



Support fund for Screaming Eagle families:
Eagle Family Support Fund
PO Box 929
Ft. Campbell, KY 42223-0929

All monies go directly into the support fund and are used for relief of trooper`s families that are having troubles. Donating food by providing checks payable to the post commissary. All recipients are pre-screened for eligibility by the Army Emergency Relief.


The Pentagon recently asked the public to stop sending unsolicited letters and packages to military personnel deployed to the war in Iraq. Instead, it suggested other ways of showing support. They include:

* Sending e-mail or donating prepaid calling cards to soldiers by logging on to http://www.defendamerica.mil.

* Giving a $25 donation to Operation OSU Care Package by calling (866) USO-GIVE or logging on to http://www.usocares.org.

* Sending a $10 or $20 "Gifts from the Homefront" certificate that troops can use at post exchanges by calling (877) 770-4438 or logging on to http://www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm.

The above announcement was transcribed from Army Times, 7 April 2003.
NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 623-02 (703)697-5131(media) IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2002 (703)428-0711(public/industry)


With the holidays approaching, thousands of Americans are again asking what they can do to show their support for servicemembers, especially those serving overseas in this time of war. Below are Web sites for several organizations that are sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. While it would be inappropriate for the Department to endorse any specifically, servicemembers do value and appreciate such expressions of support:

Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/

Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net

Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America Web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html

Make a donation to one of the military relief societies:

Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/

Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/

Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/

Donate to"Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html

Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/

Volunteer at a VA Hospital: http://www.va.gov/vetsday/ to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.

Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one overseas.

Please do not flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Department cannot accept items to be mailed to "Any Servicemember: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov2001/b11282001_bt603-01.html ."

Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual servicemember's address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unneccessary delays.

The support and generosity of the American people has touched the lives of many servicemembers, over 300,000 of whom are deployed overseas.

Web version: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2002/b12122002_bt632-02.html


"VFW Operation Uplink"
Until they come home, we'll bring them voices from home...

Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a "free phone card". Using contributions from supporters like you, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

VFW Foundation :: Operation Uplink


At this time there are over 350,000 of our men and women deployed overseas. These days are a very lonely time for our country's soldiers who are far away from home.
Help put a smile on a soldiers face by sending him/her a message of Love & Support.

SOS - Support Our Soldiers !

Friends of Our Troops / Military Mail Call


FORT BENNING, Ga. — Pamela Bates worried about getting depressed after her husband shipped out to Kuwait for a possible war with Iraq. Her solution was a project that keeps her busy 16 hours a day and also lifts the spirits of thousands of soldiers living in tent cities in the Kuwaiti desert.

Her Adopt-A-Soldier Web site — Hugs to Kuwait:


— was originally intended to serve only members of her husband’s unit, the First Battalion of the 10th Artillery Regiment from Fort Benning. But the overwhelming response from soldiers, military families and other supporters led her to expand it to all branches of the military and even to a British unit.