MWD's Love Care Packages Too!

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Our deployed service members are not the only ones that work hard to protect us-- Military Working Dogs (or MWD's) do too! There are more than 2,500 Military Working Dogs in the US Armed Forces and, at any given time, hundreds of those four-legged heroes are deployed with their handlers. Angel Lisa, a member of the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team, has an adopted service member that just so happens to be one of those handlers. When she sends care packages to her service member, she also includes extra special treats for this adorable pup! He is pictured with Milk Bones dog biscuits, Girl Scout Cookies, and Grab the Gold treats (the last two are, of course, for his handler!). 

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PTSD: Know the Signs

June 27, 2017

Today is National PTSD Awareness Day. Whether you are in the military or have a military family member or friend, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of PTSD so that it can be treated right away. Please take a moment to learn more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and some available resources to help individuals cope. 

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Soldiers' Angels Special Operations Forces Team

June 20, 2017

Within the ranks of the U.S. Military are a few elite groups of specially trained military service members who make up the United States Special Operations Forces. These men and women are trained to go on special missions that are often very dangerous. We are so fortunate to have a team of Angels who serves these elite heroes. Learn more about the Soldiers’ Angels Special Operations Forces Team (aka SOFT) and the highly skilled Angels who support the team.

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Military City USA

June 19, 2017

San Antonio, Texas has a long history of consistent military presence that has spanned nearly 300 years. The city has been known to many as "Military City USA," and on June 19th, 2017, that title became official. The City of San Antonio revealed their new logo and trademarked term "Military City USA." Soldiers' Angels is proud to call San Antonio home to its headquarters and grateful to serve the many active duty service members and veterans that also reside in and around the San Antonio area. 

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Celebrating Military Fathers

June 16, 2017

This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to honor the dads in our lives, and all that they’ve done for us. For many, fathers serve as strong leaders, providers, and supporters. To all the superhero dads out there, we salute you! Want to show a military dad you appreciate them? Click here to download and share our "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" image with them.

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Supporting Wounded Heroes at Landstuhl Hospital

June 15, 2017

In addition to programs for deployed service members, their families, and our veterans, Soldiers' Angels supports medical treatment facilities at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The mission of the Soldiers’ Angels facility in Germany is to provide on-site support for patients during their stay at Landstuhl after medical evacuation from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other theaters of operations such as the Horn of Africa. Learn more about how you can help Soldiers' Angels support wounded service members at Landstuhl.

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Veterans Supporting Veterans

Soldiers' Angels has created a Veteran Internship Program designed to help veterans adjust and transition to civilian life and find long term employment. Through a generous grant, our interns receive a monthly stipend to be VA Site Coordinators supporting their local VA Hospital. Learn more about the Veteran Internship Program here.

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More Socks Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

As you probably know, Soldiers' Angels held their first ever "Warm Feet For Warriors" campaign that ran from February 15 - April 30, 2017. Because this was the first year of our campaign, we set our initial goal fairly low-- hoping for just 1,000 pairs of socks. Imagine our surprise when we reached 1,271 pairs after just one month of the campaign! So we upped our goal to 2,500 pairs... and after one more month, we surpassed that goal! The campaign officially ended on April 30th, but the socks continued to roll in throughout May. We are very excited to announce that, although there are still some socks trickling in, as of last week we had collected 11,373 pairs of socks!! Thank you all for your generous support of this initial campaign!! These socks are already keeping the toes of our veterans and service members toasty and you can bet that next year we hope to make the campaign goal even higher!

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Unexpected Honor

Angel Jen, a member of the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team, supported her adopted service member during the entire length of his 9-month deployment. Although she only heard back from her busy service member three times during the course of those nine months, she diligently supported him with letters and care packages. Once his deployment drew to an end, imagine Angel Jen's surprise when she received a flag in a handmade display case from her service member. Tucked inside the case was a beautiful "Thank You" letter that read: 

"I would like to give you this American flag as a token of my appreciation for your continued support not only to myself, but also all my brothers and sisters in arms that you have supported through Soldiers' Angels. You truly are an Angel, giving up free time you could be spending on your two boys each time you write a letter or make a box. It always brought a smile to my face and I will be forever grateful. Please know that I appreciated everything and all your efforts. It's Americans like yourself that makes soldiers like myself continue to serve and sacrifice some of our freedom so that you may sleep well at night. Thank you! Thank you!!"

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Freedom Award

Soldiers' Angels President and CEO, Amy Palmer, was presented with the Freedom Award at the 2017 Tribute to Women Business Leaders. The event, now in its tenth year,  is hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and recognizes women who are making a difference in San Antonio and across the country. The Freedom Award is presented to a woman working in the military, police/fire, or other public service industry and who places the welfare of others before her own.

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You're One Tough Cookie

Angel Melisa, with the help of her two daughters ages 7 and 3, put together this tasty looking care package for one lucky service member! Melisa is a member of the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team-- a team dedicated to sending homemade treats and other tasty snacks to deployed service members. Included in this cute "You're One Tough Cookie" care package were: chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They included a note that reads "Thank you for keeping us safe." 

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Summertime is Here- Time to Get the Kids Volunteering!

Involving your children in charitable efforts can give them a different perspective, one where they see how impactful helping others can be. So why not spend some time this summer volunteering or giving back in some way? Need a cause to get behind? Involving children in efforts that support our military and veterans is a great way to talk to them about the sacrifices others make for our country. Sophie has been volunteering at the VA Hospital with her mom and it has really made an impact on her. Read our latest blog to see what Sophie had to say and discover five ways to involve your children that give back to our military and veterans.

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Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive

Hospitals are cold. Deployments are long. A blanket may seem like a simple gift-- but think how much warmth and comfort your favorite blanket provides for you when you are cold or lonely. Let's share that cozy feeling with veterans and deployed service members! Soldiers' Angels is collecting NEW blankets of any kind (store bought, handmade, no-sew, etc) to distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals and ship to deployed service members. Twin size is preferred.Be sure to include a personal note of thanks tied or attached to each blanket! Read our Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive blog for full details. 
#SoldiersAngelsBlanketDrive runs from May 1 - August 31, 2017.