Meet a Military Caregiver

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This month is Military Caregivers Appreciation Month at Soldiers’ Angels and we’re highlighting a few of the amazing caregivers who are supported by our Angels on the Women of Valor Team. Caregiving can take a serious toll on both caregivers and their families. On a daily basis, these women face isolation, physical/verbal abuse, exhaustion, and other challenges that come with caring for a military hero who has both invisible and visible scars. Meet Valerie and learn more about her journey of providing care for her wounded hero.


Other Highlights

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Be Part of the Celebration!

July 13, 2018

2018 marks the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels! To commemorate this special occasion, we are hosting an ambitious packing project on October 26 where we will be packing 15,000 care items for troops and veterans in just 15 hours! 5,000 care packages, 5,000 box lunches, and 5,000 hygiene kits. Be a part of the celebration by donating items or cash for the 15,000 care items; becoming an event sponsor; or by hosting your own collection drive or packing event! Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels 15th Anniversary Celebration.


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From Military Family to Military Supporter

July 13, 2018

It can be a difficult feat to find a way to give back as a family. With busy schedules and varying interests, getting everyone in the family to participate in the same activity is most definitely a challenge. But with some dedicated research, it can be done! That's how the Ayers Family found Soldiers' Angels. A retired military family, they knew their passion was to provide support to the military community. They also enjoy quilting together as a family— so when they saw the Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive, they knew it was a perfect fit. Read their story here and get some inspiration on finding a way your family can come together to give back.


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Healthy Tips for Military Kids

July 13, 2018

Military life can present many unique challenges for military children. From a parent deploying to the entire family PCSing, the schedules and routines of military children are constantly being disrupted. Those disruptions can often lead to unhealthy eating habits and even other unhealthy choices, such as drugs and alcohol. Guest blogger, Amanda Henderson, takes a look at some ways to incorporate healthful choices and activities into busy schedules


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PTSD: One Man's Struggle

June 27 may seem like any other day for many people. But for those suffering from PTSD, today is a day to stand up and spread the word about this debilitating and often deadly disorder. Today is National PTSD Awareness Day: a day to talk openly about PTSD, discuss causes and symptoms, and, most importantly, encourage those who may be suffering in silence to reach out and ask for help. In observance of this important day of awareness, we present a special blog written by one of our team members, David. After serving as a Combat Medic in the Army for six years during the early years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, David has endured the effects of service-related PTSD for the past 12 years. Speaking publicly about his disorder for the first time, he has agreed to share his story with us in hopes that it will encourage others to do "the bravest thing that those of us that suffer from this illness can do"— seek help. Read his story here.


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PTSD Resources

PTSD can be debilitating for those who suffer with it. It can break up families, lead to substance abuse, and in some cases end in suicide. But our heroes don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective treatments and many resources out there for those who suffer. Today is PTSD Awareness Day. Please share this list of PTSD Resources on all your social channels. You never know who may be suffering in silence that may benefit from the help these resources can provide. 


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Food Distribution Opens in Orlando

Soldiers' Angels hosted the first of what will now be a monthly Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Orlando, Florida on Friday, June 15. The event provided approximately 50 pounds of food to 200 veterans and their families. This event is now held monthly in 6 cities across the country: Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Orlando, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas. If you are a veteran in need of food assistance and living in one of those cities, click here to sign up to receive text notifications about future food distribution events.


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We're Halfway There!

We're halfway to our goal!! The Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive has been running since May 1st and this year our goal is to collect 1,000 blankets for deployed troops and veterans. As of now, we have received 505 donated blankets and the Blanket Drive will be collecting new or handmade blankets through July 31! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this campaign! For anyone interested in donating or learning more, please visit: www.soldiersangels.org/BlanketDrive


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National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides™ is Changing Veteran Lives

Thanks to a program called Recycled Rides™ by the National Auto Body Council, deserving veterans across the country are receiving much-needed vehicles. Soldiers' Angels recently partnered with Caliber Collision and GEICO to provide Leon, a homeless veteran in Seattle, with a car. Leon and his family were living out of their own car for several months before that vehicle was totaled in an accident and left the family without shelter. Leon has since received a promotion at work and found stable housing for his family. The only missing piece was a vehicle. Read Leon's full story here.


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Special Thanks to Our SOF Team

The Soldiers' Angels Special Operations Forces Team (SOFT) is a group of veteran Angels whose mission is to support the elite military service members that make up the United States Special Operations Forces. As you can imagine, Special Operations Forces troops rarely get any pampering. They are trained to go on special missions that tend to be in remote, hard-to-reach locations. It is not uncommon that Angels on our SOF Team never hear anything back from the service members they support. The sensitivity and remoteness of the missions of these service members often hinder them from having the time or ability to stay in contact with their Angel. That is what makes this 'Thank You' to our SOF Team so special. 


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Summer Activities to Teach Kids About Giving Back

School's out for summer! Hopefully, if you have little ones at home, you have already mapped out a plan for summer camps, activities and fun. But... did you include any charitable activities in those summer plans? Teaching your children about giving at a young age will instill a sense of philanthropy that will grow with them for the rest of their lives. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States that support an array of causes. If your child is interested in supporting something specific, check out GreatNonprofits to search by city or issue. If your child is interested in supporting our troops and veterans, we've got you covered! Just check out our blog with all of the many ways kids can get involved with Soldiers' Angels.


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Where to Turn in Times of Crisis

The type of support we provide here at Soldiers’ Angels is not the only support needed by our military, their families, and our veterans. We are often asked about resources for financial support as, unfortunately, many of our heroes and their families fall on hard times during or after deployment. Although there are many organizations out there that provide this type of assistance, we put together a reference list of charities that we have worked with and vetted. Click through to our blog to learn more about how these organizations can help you.


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Veteran Bat Company Partners with Hops for Heroes

Memorial Day 2018 marked the 7th annual brewing of a very special beer: Homefront IPA. Craft breweries from across the country participate in making this special beer and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Soldiers' Angels to support our mission of providing aid and comfort to our troops, military families, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras. This year, we were very excited to have a new partner in the project, Veteran Bat Company. Learn more about Veteran Bat Company and how these bats play a special role in brewing Homefront IPA.


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The Final Count is IN!

The final count from the 2018 Warm Feet for Warriors sock collection drive is IN! Our goal was to collect 8,000 pairs of socks... but we actually collected... drum roll please... 14,111 pairs of socks!!! Thank you all SO MUCH for your incredible support of this initiative! Because we use socks in care packages and at VA Hospitals so frequently throughout the year, we will gladly accept sock donations at any time (donations just won't count towards Warm Feet for Warriors). Otherwise, join us next February for the 2019 Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors collection drive!