Friday, October 18, 2013

TVs for SAMMC

10/17/13

Thanks to a surprising series of connections, Soldiers' Angels is working to make a difference in the challenging recovery journey of severely-burned military patients at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). On Veterans Day, Soldiers' Angels held a luncheon with the SA Board of Trustees and key staff members of SAMMC, pledging to furnish the Burn ICU individual rooms with TVs to provide smiles that will help patients cope.
"I can't imagine what I would've done without a TV in my room, just me and my thoughts…yeah, that would've been really tough", said SFC Amadore P. a former in-patient at SAMMC. A TV can be an enormous help to a severely-burned patient who will likely face months of very difficult in-hospital treatment. 
 
The project will provide a TV for each of 16 new rooms in the Burn ICU that do not currently have one. Due to stringent standards  of sterilization required in a burn unit and the  need for electronics to interface with bedside  controls, anything introduced into the unit  must meet specs not attained by conventional  TVs, which results in a  cost that far exceeds the cost of an average TV set.
For the patients it impacts, this project is huge, but it all began with a small conversation. Richard, an Army Reservist who Soldiers' Angels was able to help as he transitioned from Active Duty, recently started working at the SAMMC emergency room, discovered the lack of TVs in a chance conversation with fellow medical personnel at SAMMC. A few days later, he stopped by the Soldiers' Angels Support Center in San Antonio and told his friends there about the situation. Immediately, Soldiers' Angels began laying the groundwork to meet the need.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Brand New Site!


Soldiers' Angels is thrilled to announce a revamping of Operation Veterans Outreach to more-directly connect veterans who need assistance with the people who want to help them. 

Propriety Operation Outreach software on the new site allows applicants in need to post pictures and background about their military service as they request donations of time, money, services or materials.  Patriotic Americans then browse a list of current needs or sign up to be notified of future postings based on keywords, type of need and location of the recipient. 

"It's like Craig's List for America's Veterans," says Soldiers' Angels Chief Program Officer Lance Dowd.  "The real power of this new site is its ability to galvanize the community surrounding a veteran to become personally involved in supporting that veteran.  We're continuing to enable all Americans to make a measurable difference in the lives of our nation's military men and women, which is the unique power of Soldiers' Angels." 
 
To be eligible for assistance through Operation Veterans Outreach, applicants must be a transitioning/wounded or honorably discharged (Honorable or General Discharge status) member of any branch of the US Military, including National Guard, Reserves and Coast Guard.  Eligibility is also extended to the immediate family of those killed in action.

Click here to create an Operation Veterans Outreach supporter or applicant account!  You can also make a general donation without signing up.

Angel-eye View


Did you get your Angel-eye View?  If Not, click here to sign up!

Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels
May No Soldier Go Unloved

HELP THE CAUSE

You can help us ensure that ALL military gets the support they need!
DONATE NOW

SA ELSEWHERE

SHARE THIS EMAIL
FOLLOW on TWITTER
JOIN on FACEBOOK
Military to civilian, adult to child, veteran to veteran.  True support is all about making
a connection.  How would you like to connect this week?


Veterans Hugging
 
VOLUNTEERS FOR VETERANS NEEDED
Soldiers' Angels is expanding our volunteer presence at VA medical facilities around the country.  This week we're featuring the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY.  Click to find out how you can volunteer!  read more >
 
Military Child
 
ARE YOU READY?
The Month of the Military Child is just two weeks away.  Are you ready to show your support and appreciation for the littlest members of the military family?  Click to see how you can honor  their hidden sacrifices.  read more >
 
I'd Rather Be Fishin'
 
 
FISHIN' FOR HEROES
Soldiers' Angels staff member Michael was honored to be able to escort five of his fellow wounded warriors on a trip to Mexico for fun and fellowship, thanks to some amazing supporters of the troops.  Check it out!    read more >

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Creative Angeling

Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels
May No Soldier Go Unloved

HELP THE CAUSE

You can help us ensure that ALL military gets the support they need!
DONATE NOW

SA ELSEWHERE

SHARE THIS EMAIL
FOLLOW on TWITTER
JOIN on FACEBOOK
Ever noticed how much creativity there is among Angels supporting the troops?
If you didn't before, you will now--check out what's going on!


Basketball Soldier
 
MARCH MADNESS FOR THE TROOPS
So, you think you know NCAA Basketball?  Prove it!  You can turn your basketball know-how into gifts for the troops with a Soldiers' Angels bracket.  Each winner means another hero gets a gift!   read more >
 
Veteran Owned
 
IT'S OFFICIAL!
Do you know a veteran who has dreams of being an entrepreneur?  Tell them about the new Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy--It's officially off the ground, with UTSA on board!  read more >
 
Stacks of Packages
 
 
POSTAGE STILL NEEDED
Awesome care packages are sitting on the warehouse floor, full of things that our deployed troops need.  Each one will cost over $16 to send, and every dollar you can contribute will make a difference to the hero who gets one.   read more >

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels
May No Soldier Go Unloved

HELP THE CAUSE

You can help us ensure that ALL military gets the support they need!
DONATE NOW

SA ELSEWHERE

SHARE THIS EMAIL
FOLLOW on TWITTER
JOIN on FACEBOOK
This week is all about taking action that makes a difference.  However you choose
to help the troops and their families, simply taking action is what means the most.


Adopt a Veteran!
 
ALL-NEW OPERATION OUTREACH!
Do have a specific way you can help a hero?  Would you like to focus your efforts on heroes in your area?  You can sign up to be notified as soon as a hero has a need you can meet, or simply choose where to donate.  Check it out!  read more >
 
Candy Hearts
 
GETTING READY FOR MOM
Month of the Military Child, that is...  We've got bunches of things you can do to show the littlest members of the military family that their sacrifice is noticed.  From t-shirts to gifts, to a special color you can show your support!  read more >
 
Candy Hearts
 
 
OPERATION EASTER BUNNY
Easter is very early this year, so we've got to get hopping if we're going to make it a happy day for children of wounded or ill service members.  Please take the time to make a kid smile--check out how you can help The Bunny.  read more >

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Seeds of Inspiration


Etsy shop Seeds of Inspiration is inspiring people to support the troops through Soldiers' Angels.

Formed just last October, the shop offers "unique handcrafted aromatherapy items to lift your spirits and inspire others to bring about positive change in our communities."  Owners Barb and Dean believe everyone has something to give back but can become overwhelmed when looking at the great need in the world.  So, Seeds of Inspiration asks people to do one small thing each quarter of the year to inspire other people to do what they can.  "Change comes at an individual level, so if we all do something small, we can make a huge change in our communities," Barb says.

For the first quarter of this year, Seeds of Inspiration has been offering their patriotically-themed Seeds of Service Scented Star potpourri as a gift to deployed troops or with a 25% donation to Soldiers' Angels for each Star purchased.  Each Star is only $4.50, a conscious choice to encourage as much participation as possible.

Barb and Dean found Soldiers' Angels via an Internet search when they were looking for local military support nonprofits to work with.  "We were so impressed with the work that you do, and the volume of work that you do," Barb says, adding that she liked that Soldiers' Angels focuses the troops and their families and is not top-heavy with staff.

Available as a limited-edition item through March 2013, the Scented Star is designed specifically with patriotism and the troops in mind.  It is made with red, white and blue fabric and is infused with all-natural materials and the scent of apple pie.  Customers can purchase a Scented Star to be delivered to Soldiers' Angels for a hero's care package, or purchase one for themselves with 25% of the cost donated to Soldiers' Angels.  The hero's star comes with a handwritten note from the purchaser.

Thank you to Seeds of Inspiration for serving as an example to the community and working to inspire each of us to do what we can to support the troops!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Love (and Cake) in the Bronx




Love (and Cake) in the Bronx


02/19/13



Last week, veterans at the James J Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY received some sweet proof that they were not forgotten. Soldiers' Angels VA Support Team Leader Martha Neyman, Board of Trustees Member Rich Lowe, and Josh Kay of Bake Me A Wish visited the Center, armed with gifts, delicious food and--most-importantly--love and appreciation.
In addition to the food, Soldiers' Angels donated six small refrigerators for use by families of veterans who travel together long distances to receive specialized treatments conducted at the Peters VA, as well as three laptops for use by patients who do not have their families near them. Martha herself delivered 82 lap robes, caps and scarves that were handmade by members of a senior citizens center club called "Hands in Motion" near her home. In addition, the VA was provided with a video game system for morale and therapy, as well as a $1000 check for quality of life improvements at the facility. Bake Me a Wish also supplied 60 special "love cakes" as part of a catered lunch for patients.
"They were just so thankful for us to be there," reports Martha. Some of the veterans in attendance knew Soldiers' Angels from their deployments and eagerly expressed their gratitude. "We had lots of comments about how much support from groups like SA meant to them," Martha says. She adds that the veterans were surprised by the gifts they received. "We got hugs, we got handshakes, we got thank you from just about everyone," Martha recalls "They thought it was really cool that someone would do that for them. They reaffirm what Soldiers' Angels is doing. When you're out there, you see the lives that SA is touching."
For years, Bake Me A Wish has been partnering with Soldiers' Angels to send scrumptious cakes to deployed troops, so the Peters VA event was an introduction to the experience of those troops once they come home. While he as there, Josh was able arrange for a regular supply of cakes to give each incoming family as a welcome. He is also working on a way to get birthday cakes to patients in the Community Living Center (nursing home), since most don't have family who can are able to visit or celebrate with them.
Martha points out that supporting veterans here at home is just as important as adopting deployed heroes. "Our Angels go all-out while our troops are oversees," she says. "But when they come home, this is where as great a need remains. There are just so many that don't have family support."
To get involved with the VA Team Martha leads and help these veterans feel as supported here at home as they are on deployment, email veterans@soldiersangels.org.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Amazing Angels!

Congratulations to the 2012 Angels of the Year!

 

A resident of Florida, John Adkins does so much to ensure that the many military personnel, veterans and family in his area know that America has their backs.  From a project designed to cover a neighborhood park with flags while raising money for troop support projects, to supporting the leadership of fellow Angels in last year's Run for Remembrance on 9-11 and providing a number of activities for wounded warriors in his area, John is a whirlwind of Angel activity.  In addition to his own leadership, he has a real knack for inspiring the people around him to step up and lead efforts in support of the troops themselves.


Diane Snider is Team Leader for Deployed Medical and also works with Cards Plus & Living Legends, plus helps out a lot with group adoptions for heroes in very austere conditions.  She's an all-around, "everything Angel," mentoring, organizing, tracking and coordinating projects and teams.  "I do lots of logistics," she says.  All that volunteering adds up to Averages over 20 hours a week!

 

Besides being a CNC, Julie Morelli heads up the Washington Wounded Team, working very closely with the Warrior Transition Battalion at nearby Ft. Lewis.  She coordinates with Angels, businesses, and donors to regularly provide gift baskets for warriors and families along with monthly dinners there.  This last year she also worked with a local vehicle repair shop to refurbish a van for a wounded warrior family.


Founder's Award - With a loving spirit that doesn't seek recognition or titles, Kristy Spurgeon is a perfect candidate for the Founder's Award, given to an Angel who embodies the selfless passion and spirit of Soldiers' Angels without filling any formal leadership role.  She's so modest that it's hard to get her to talk about what she does, but needless to say, she's a very busy Angel.

Congratulations to all of the amazing Angels who have dedicated themselves to caring for our troops and their families!