Holiday Help for Military Families

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The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program is a great way to give back to deserving military families for the holidays. Participants "adopt" an eligible military family and provide gifts for the children and a grocery gift card for the family to purchase their holiday meal. While this program is a fantastic way to give back, we also understand that not everyone can afford to "adopt" an entire family. But don't worry-- you can still help provide holiday help for the families who have requested support! Visit our GoFundMe account here and donate whatever you can to the program! Through your generous donations on GoFundMe, families that are not adopted by our Angel volunteers will still receive holiday help from Soldiers' Angels.


Other Highlights

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Never Underestimate the Impact of Kindness

October 22, 2019

In today's world, it often feels as if kindness was left by the wayside... like way, way, wayside. From being constantly inundated by frightening news of active shooters and grisly acts of war, to the technology addiction that keeps our eyes and our fingers so busy that connecting with those around us becomes an afterthought— the opportunities to feel kind or be kind seem to be less and less. 

With that in mind, it is important that we never underestimate the impact of an act of kindness, no matter how small— like this inspiring letter and newspaper article.


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Day of the Deployed

October 22, 2019

Did you know that Day of the Deployed was actually founded by Soldiers’ Angels? Each year on October 26th, we honor the brave men and women who are deployed through this National holiday. Day of the Deployed was first launched in 2006 by then-Governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven, in support of Soldiers’ Angels. The effort spread, and in 2010, 40 states had proclaimed a Day of the Deployed. In 2011, the U.S. Senate passed with 100% yes votes to make the day a National Day of Honor. Learn more about this holiday and how you can show your support.


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How PTSD Affects Sleep

October 22, 2019

While getting adequate sleep is challenging enough for many people, it's especially difficult for PTSD sufferers, who may have nightmares about their traumatic experience. They may also be afraid to fall asleep for fear of experiencing disturbing dreams. Learn more about why PTSD affects sleep so badly and how those suffering can get better sleep.


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Supporting Generations

October 22, 2019

We love receiving thank you messages on Facebook and our website. The messages vary from simple thank you's to longer sentiments about what the support meant to them. Every once in a while we hear stories that touch us so deeply that we just have to know more. This happened recently when Jerik reached out to say thanks for the support we were giving him during his current deployment to the Middle East and that we also supported his father years ago during his deployment to Afghanistan! Here's their story.


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Treats for Troops Registration Open!

Registration to become a collection site for this year's Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops campaign is now open! Collect extra Halloween candy from your community by becoming an official candy collection or candy buyback site. Soldiers' Angels will ship the candy to deployed service members and hand out to veteran patients at VA Hospitals across the country. Please note that the collection site is responsible for the cost of shipping the candy to a Soldiers' Angels representative! Before you register, we recommend reading the Treats for Troops FAQ page. Once you are ready to become a collection site, please visit www.SoldiersAngels.org/TreatsForTroops.


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Sending Little Bits of Love

Our Sewing and Crafting Team has many dedicated Angels who donate their time and talents to show support and help comfort service members, wounded heroes, veterans, and their families. They make scarves, quilts, hats, “No-Sew Blankets”, lap blankets, baby bundlings, chemo caps and other handcrafted items that are distributed to active duty service members, expectant military families, and in VA hospitals around the country. Learn more about Ann, who is one of those talented Angel volunteers. Her incredible hand-made American flag blankets have become a source of comfort for many that we support.


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Three New Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Programs

Since the inception of our Veteran Support Program, Soldiers' Angels has been working with VA staff and the veteran populations we serve to determine where needs exist and where Soldiers’ Angels can meet those needs. Over the years we have had a lot of success with our current list of Veteran Support initiatives, but based on need, we found three more areas that could use our support. Learn about the three new areas of support in the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Program


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PTSD: 101

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone— no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, or culture. It occurs when someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Many of our service members develop PTSD after witnessing and/or experiencing combat. Despite many years of research surrounding the disorder, there are still plenty of misconceptions and many people who go undiagnosed. Here are some things you should know about PTSD.

 


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Moving and Relocating: How to Help Your Child Cope

Every move, no matter how big or small is stressful. And if moving is stressful for adults, imagine how stressful the event can be for little ones. This is especially true for military families who often have no choice regarding if they move, when they move, or where they move to. Click here for tips that can assist military families in helping their child cope with moving and relocating.


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How to Have a Stress-Free Move When Reassigned

Reassignment can be hard on the family. We leave behind friends, schools, and the lives we had begun to create for ourselves. However, there are ways we can ease the transition, and make the move itself as smooth as possible with a bit of planning. Do you have an upcoming reassignment? Check out some of these great moving tips from guest blogger, Amanda Henderson.


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Making Paracord Bracelets for Troops

You know those really thick braided bracelets you see a lot of military, hikers, survivalists, and first responders wearing? As cool as they look, they are not a fashion statement. They’re called paracord bracelets and are a very necessary survival item. Paracord bracelets actually started as a way for service members and first responders to carry extra cord in a lightweight, compact manner-- and the service members we support love to receive these useful bracelets in care packages! Learn more about how you and your team can make paracord bracelets and get them to our service members.


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How to Start a VA Representative Site in Your City

Our Veteran Support Program has grown quickly over the last few years and that growth shows no sign of slowing down! Soldiers’ Angels currently works in over 30 VA Hospitals across the country, providing volunteer support, doing patient visits, giving out supplies like box lunches and hygiene kits, and organizing luncheons and other group activities. At each VA site, the team on the ground is completely volunteer-based!! We receive a lot of questions regarding starting a Veteran Support team in a city where we currently are not located-- so we put down some tips to getting started! Click here to learn how you can start a Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Team near you.