- OPERATION: WELCOME HOME HERO! *need your help!*
"Welcome Home, Hero" PROJECT - NEED YOUR HELP!
OK, y'all - I need your help! :) I can't believe I didn't think of this SOONER!!!!!:
As y'all may know, several of our family's adopted soldiers are in the process of returning.
What I would like to do is collect a WHOLE BUNCH of "Welcome Home" emails, to include with our family's "Welcome Home" package. *mumbles to self: "why didn't I think of this sooner?!"* The idea is, when he gets home, instead of having "only" a stack of bills waiting for him (and how depressing would that be, haha!), to have a nice big fat envelope FULL of Welcome Home, Thank You, We're Proud of You type messages. How cool would that be?! And why didn't I think of that sooner?! argh!
:) I would be ETERNALLY in y'all's debt forever and greatly appreciate it!!!!!
Please email all Welcome Home messages to me at Welcome_Home_Hero@yahoo.com as soon as you can. Just put "Welcome Home" or something similar in the subject line.
VERY IMPORTANT: I MUST HAVE ALL MESSAGES RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2006!!! I plan on mailing them out on Saturday, May 6.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Price of Post Card of one of the area's places of beauty.....40 cents
Price of Post Card Stamp .........24 cents
Getting a Thank You card from a Soldier that says "Thanks for sending me a little bit of 'home'.................PRICELESS!
And,because I "have no life" as my sons so nicely phrase it,lol, here are some more places to go 'surfing' on the Internet.
First up, two calls for videos from soldiers. One of them was posted on Blackfive Click here: BLACKFIVE: MilBlog TV and the other was information from a fellow Soldiers Angel member:
Military Channel Project- Description
Are you currently in a war zone fighting for our country? Or do you have a loved one who is stationed overseas, on the front lines? We want to know what life in the military is like. MY WAR VIDEOS, a new program from the Military Channel, will share personal perspectives on day-to-day life in a war zone. We want to feature video messages, home movies, letters, and photos sent home by you, the soldiers.
This program is designed to tell soldier's stories in their own words up front and personal no spin, and no political agenda. If you'd like to participate in this program, or you know someone that would, we'd like to hear from you as soon as possible, please note our contact information, below:
MY WAR VIDEOS will premiere on the Military Channel on Memorial Day, 2006.
Send your ideas and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: When sending email, video or pictures, we'd like to know your: Name, Rank, Military Affiliation, U.S. Base, Current Base, Email Address, and a family contact in the U.S.
(They got the info from P.J.DeGross, who is a stellar troop supporter in Nevada, and you can check out her site at
Thursday, April 27, 2006
With the opening of the Flight 93 movie, I thought I would repost this picture, taken in Bloomington,MN in 2004 at Jefferson High School when I was visiting my parents. My brother and one of my sisters both attended high school with Mr.Burnett (graduating in different years) and my brother knew him later in life.
P. O. Box 118
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Just wanted to ask for prayers for two soldiers...one who was just injured within the past few days, and is related to a friend.....and one whose parents have asked for prayers for him during a long and difficult recovery. I can't really give out more information than that, but thank you for remembering them!
If you know of someone who has an injured relative, or you know an injured soldier? CaringBridge has free sites to set up to keep friends and family informed.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Just gonna list some places I've been 'surfing' today
First, any of you who remember the MTV show about Joey Bozik? His wife put up the final post on his site this month Click here: Joey
Continuing with the wounded soldiers? Don't think I've mentioned this young lady before....she was injured in an accident while serving with the Indiana National Guard in 2005, and subsequently paralyzed. Her mother had not updated in several months, I just happened to check in today and it had been updated Click here: Aubrey Shea Youngs
Then I went to check on Capt.Jason Click here: Captain Jason but I got knocked off the Internet briefly in the middle of that and when I got back on, I came across this site while doing a 'search' Click here: Airline Pilots Security Alliance - IN MEMORIAM: CAPTAIN JASON DAHL Read all the articles underneath, tissue alert.
Speaking of Memorials, have I mentioned before that Legacy.com has a site listing all those who have died in the war? Click here: In Remembrance
Continuing with the 'war' theme, I came across a cool site with a documentary in progress from a unit out of Lebanon,Oregon in 2004. There are video clips and pictures on there.
I stopped by a blogger not listed in my blogroll(imagine that)
And two Soldiers Angels members have a fairly new blog Click here: The Angel Sistas
I DO go other places besides 'milblogs',LOL.....my sis and her husband are currently waiting to complete an adoption in China, and they are sharing the journey Click here: A Red Thread to China and then I always like to stop by Terry's place.....she always has beautiful pictures, and I always feel refreshed Click here: Terry's Timeout
Lastly, from my mom....news about Monopoly
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
stand by them until they can be disarmed. The reason she is so special is
she trained off lead to go up to a mile ahead. She carries 2 radios one is
stuck in transmit the other in receive (she can't hit the little button yet)
her boss communicates with her via the radios and
arm signals. She understands about 10 directional commands, forward,
right, left, back etc.. She also has some head gear with goggles she wears.
They work much harder and in much worse conditions than most of us over
Just thought I'd remind everyone there are more than good people working to
save lives everyday, She does what she does for pepperoni type treats and
squeaky toys. If all of us could just be so unselfish. "
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wanted to remind everyone that the Milblogging conference is this weekend
Wish I could have attended, since it's so close...but I will just have to follow the online updates:) Speaking of milblogs, the Djibouti blog("totum Depeandent") has disappeared...either shut down by higher ups in the chain of command of the soldier, I suppose, or changed to a private blog? Being able to read the thoughts and activities of soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan has been an eye opener for me, and that's one of the reasons I think the Milblog conference is a wonderful thing.
SIGN OF THE TIMES? Going through the check out line at the dollar store yesterday, I saw where they have new magnetic ribbons now....instead of red,white, and blue ones saying "Support Our Troops"....they are all blue, and simply say "Bring our troops home safely." Anyone(all two of my readers,lol) have thoughts on this? Please feel free to leave a comment....I think there might be a workaround to having to have an AOL screen name to be able to leave a comment? (If there is, can someone let me know?)I think it might be possible to also leave a comment with an AIM screen name? Wish I was more technical:)
I realize it might be constraining to have this on AOL precisely because of the above?(needing to have a screen name) but my whole purpose for starting this blog on AOL was to promote Soldiers Angels and supporting the troops using the AOL journal format. So I will continue to try and work within the constraints of that forum.
Monday, April 17, 2006
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and challenges they overcome.
Military children face many obstacles unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and frequently being uprooted from school.
"Military children endure a great deal of change as a result of a parents military career," Douglas Ide, a public affairs officer with the Army's Community and Family Support Center, said. "The military family averages nine moves through a 20-year career. And in doing so, their children must say goodbye to friends, change schools, and start all over again."
Throughout the month, numerous military commands will plan special events to honor military children. These events will stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle, defense personnel and readiness officials said.
"Installations are honoring military children by providing the month packed with special activities that include arts and crafts shows, picnics, carnivals, fairs, parades, block parties and other special activities, focusing on military children that highlight the unique contributions they make," according to a Defense Department fact sheet.
The Defense Department will also launch a new toolkit series called "Military Students on the Move." The toolkit includes material designed to promote more efficient and effective methods of moving military children from school to school. The toolkit includes material for parents, children, installation commanders and school officials, Defense Department officials said.
In addition, the U.S. Air Force recently launched its "Stay Connected" deployment program kits in conjunction with the Month of the Military Child. The kits include items like teddy bears, writing pens and disposable cameras.
"The purpose of the Stay Connected kit is to provide young people and parents an avenue to keep a connection during the deployed members' time away from home," Eliza Nesmith, an Air Force family member programs specialist said. "The items in the kit come in pairs, so that the young person and parent can have an item that will help them remember each other."
Air Force bases will choose the best distribution method to correspond with an existing event or develop a new event to best serve their families. For example, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., will give out Stay Connected kits to deploying servicemembers during its basewide Month of the Military Child celebration, planned for April 8, Nesmith said.
Throughout the month of April, the U.S. Navy child and youth programs will also be hosting special programs and events to salute military children. These events will include, carnivals, health screening for children, youth talent shows, and more, Navy officials said.
"Events that celebrate the Month of the Military Child stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle," Larrie Jarvis, a Navy child and youth programs analyst said.
Army bases will plan their own events such as fun runs, bicycle safety courses, carnivals, fishing derbies, community service projects, and other events geared specifically toward children and youth, Army officials said.
The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who died March 28. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.
DoD Personel and Readiness Office
Fort Campbell Month of the Military Child Web Page
U.S. Air Force Services
U.S. Army Child and Youth Services
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Have to share a cute story....my daughter saw the Easter basket we had made to send to the Fisher House So she immediately asked "is that MINE?" and when we told her 'no, that's for a family of a wounded soldier " she was saying, "Hey! I'm your DAUGHTER! where's mine??????"LOL....of course we have one for her also, but her dad told her "well, you're a TEENAGER now, aren't you a little old to be getting an Easter basket?"So she's not sure if she's getting a basket!
And wanted to give you all an update on the wounded soldier I had earlier posted about needing cards and prayers?
Thursday, April 13, 2006
As Rose commented in the previous entry, there are a lot of cute emails floating around about Easter...just had to post the pic.
And she asked how my middle son was doing? He is LOVING the new job he got at the jail.I am so proud of him, he worked really hard to get that job, and long term hopes to become a police officer.
In the 'this and that' dept......just finished sending an Easter basket to a 'Fisher House' at Walter Reed Army Medical center yesterday. That was a project by Soldiers Angels, if you want to know more about the Fisher Houses,
Thanks to my oldest son and his fiancee for helping me to get and send the basket! I'm still slogging away at the job hunt.
In the funny story dept....this past Sat. my daughter went to a party for the handbell choir. When her dad and I picked her up,she was of course telling us about the party and then I heard her say that a boy had 'cut his lip in a treadmill accident'.
I started laughing while her dad asked 'how in the heck do you cut your LIP in a treadmill accident?!did he forget to walk, or what?" and she replied "he wouldn't really give us the specifics of the accident!" By this time, I am leaning my head against the window and laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes...becase,A. of all the pictures in my head of how this accident COULD have happened and B. because if you had asked me to guess for a million years about "things she will tell us after the party"...I never would've guessed THAT!
Then, yesterday at my boyfriend's son's track meet...my boyfriend says "oh, your sister sent my son a mammogram for graduation." I'm going "she sent a WHAT?!": (thinking to myself, why would she send THAT?) and he said 'a mammogram..." I said "um...honey...a mammogram is a test for ...um.....women's breasts." and he say "Oh! I meant that she sent a MONEYGRAM!' ROFL. My life is always so interesting.:)
Well, I hope everyone has a happy Easter weekend. Please remember all of our troops in your prayers, and God bless!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Just surfing the 'blogosphere' this morning (think of that,computer geeks,we have our own 'sphere') and I think I'm going to point out a few places I found to be interesting places to go. (the lazy woman's way to write a blog post,lol)
First up, I am a huge fan of Milblogging.com
Saturday, April 8, 2006
I started this blog mainly as another way to 'get the word out' about supporting the troops. So I decided in the beginning that I did not want to get into anything controversial on here, as I felt that would detract from the message.
However, I feel I do have to say something about this particular subject...because it's the opposite of 'supporting the troops'.I don't know how many of you have heard of Fred Phelps? I refuse to call his organization a 'church', because I don't think it's representative of anything to do with churchgoing, or for that matter Christianity, as I know it.
You may have seen news reports that Phelps and his organization have been picketing the funerals of soldiers killed by IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices).This has led to legislators trying to enact laws to restrict picketing at funerals
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Went on a field trip with my daughter's class to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday. It turned out to be a much COLDER day than any of us expected!
I had long wanted to see the Holocaust museum,and was looking forward to sharing the experience with my daughter. Instead, I shared it with two boys who kept trying to ditch the rest of the group. The museum likes to have a 1:7 ratio of adults to kids...we had so many chaperones that the group I was in had a 3:7 ratio. And there were two boys who had obviously gotten attached to our group just to round the numbers out....so they did the museum tour in under an hour.
Since our guide said that over 10,000 people would be visiting the museum yesterday, I felt one of us chaperones needed to keep tabs on the boys.....way to easy for them to be lost. And I've got that old 'responsibility' thing engrained in my makeup, so I felt like since I had volunteered as a chaperone, I needed to chaperone. It was pretty frustrating though....these boys obviously cared nothing for the whole idea, and were just intent on getting done as soon as possible.And the selfish part of me was a little irked that on what was probably the last field trip with my daughter, I was spending it chasing two complete strangers through a museum I'd always wanted to see , at a pace that meant I was seeing pretty much nothing but a blur.
If you'd like to see more about the museum, here's a link
Sunday, April 2, 2006
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Contrary to what my family thinks,lol, I do actually spend time AWAY from the computer. Just finished reading a good book this morning, "While They're at War...The True Story of American Families on the Homefront" by Kristin Henderson. A very good read.
Update: As one of my friends pointed out, I'm not the best book reviewer,lol. I should have said that this was written by the wife of a military chaplain, and her own husband had also been deployed twice when she wrote this book. In response to my friend, it was "real stories about real people", and did NOT have a pro or anti war stance as far as I could tell. One of the things I liked best about it was that it gave me a greater understanding of what military families go through, and a greater respect for the sacrifices they make and what deployment is like for them. God bless our military families!
Saw this on Snopes.com:
There is a young soldier (a 23 year old Tennessee National Guardsman) named Sgt. Kevin Downs.
He was blown out of his tank in Baghdad a year ago and left with no feet, mangled arms, and burns over 60% of his body. He is a Tennessee boy. Everyone else in the tank was killed. His condition is not good. A surgery to improve the use of fingers on one hand inadvertently caused previous skin grafts to break down, and the grafts on his legs are cracking as well and may require beginning over at square one.
Kevin is tired and low in spirits. He needs our prayers and support through cards. Would you please send him a note or card to let him know you are thinking about him? Remember him in your prayers as well.
Now I am going to ask a special favor from me. Would you please send this to as many people that you can in your e-mail addresses? Hit FORWARD and let my e-mail introduce Kevin to your e-mail buddies. I would love to see him get cards from everywhere and hopefully he will know that people all over the country appreciate him leaving the safety of his home and country and fighting for our freedoms. I personally have never met Kevin or his family but when my minister let us know that Kevin needed a lift, I couldn't keep quiet.
I love America and know that it could very well be one of my family members. Thank you for all that you will do.
His address is:
Sgt. Kevin Downs
Brooke Army Medical Center
3851 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Thanks again! Every little card and prayer will help!