Patti from soldiers Angels forwarded this letter to me last night.
June 24, 2005
Dear Soldiers' Angels,
On behalf of the troopers of the First Cavalry Division, I would like to personally thank you for the tremendous support you have shown to our soldiers and their family members during our deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Division enjoyed numerous successes throughout our mission in Baghdad Culminating with the historic Iraqi elections on January 30th. I am convinced that these accomplishments would not have been possible without fabulous contributions such as yours. Not only were these gestures sincerely appreciated, but they rallied the morale of the soldiers, often at the most necessary times, and were absolutely critical to our mission completion. In other words, we could not have done it without you!
Thank you again for your friendship and support. We are extremely grateful for your dedication to your country and to America's First Team.
MG Peter W. Chiarelli
U.S. Army Commanding Officer
Fort Hood, TX
~~~~I think Patti sent it because she knew my husbands Brigade was attached to the First Cavalry, while in Iraq.
Well Patti you should be proud, you have truly made a difference. I cannot think of any other organization that has made such a difference in soldiers lives.
For some of you that have never been over to Soldiers Angels, here is a quick tour of my favorite things they do for Soldiers, and families.
They give you quick links to the Daily World news. This was especially handy while trying to find information about my husbands unit. It saved me from scouring the internet for hours and hours at a time.
Soldiers Angels has some way for everyone to give. SO- you don't have any money, that is ok. Maybe you can make a quilt, or have your church, or other civic organization make a quilt?
Do you have the time and money to adopt a soldier that has no family? DO not take this responsibility lightly, if you choose it....A letter, or package can make all of the difference in the day of a soldier that HAS family. Think about what it could do for that soldier who has no one.
Do you have frequent flier miles, you will never get around to using? Guess what, they could sure use them. Think about the difference you could make getting someone home for a child's illness, or the death of a spouse.
DO you have just 5$, you can donate to the ARMOUR up program. These blankets provide our soldiers with extra protection from IED, and gunfire, they can be used in vehicles.
Could you pool your money together at work, and purchase a care package?
There is a soldier at Walter Reed, that needs hygiene items, and clothing. When you are injured on a battlefield, you do not get to pack a bag.
Patti, thank you from My Family to Your Family. I have never seen one person, make such a difference in such a short time. I am glad my family did not require your services while my husband was deployed. I was comforted that if anything every happened, Soldiers Angels would have my back.
Thanks for remembering those who have fallen, and remembering those who fight the good fight, so I can stay home.
Gods Blessings to you, your family, and all of your volunteers.