Thursday, September 27, 2007

Eagle Scouts Assist the Wounded

One of my jobs at Soldier's Angels is to work with Eagle Scout candidates who want to do a service project to help wounded American Soldiers. A few facts about Eagle Scouts: only about 3% of boys who enter the scouting program earn the Eagle Rank. It takes over 300 individual requirements and several years to accomplish the necessary steps. The final, and one of the most challenging requirements is performing a service project to aid the community. The scout is responsible for planning, organizing and running the project, which can often run into hundreds of hours of work. My son Chris earned his Eagle 4 years ago, so I can attest first-hand the amount of effort and dedication it takes.

Here are a few of the amazing young men who recently completed their Eagle Rank by working with Soldier's Angels: Bryan S, Troop 581, Seaford, New York

Collected and shipped toiletries, games, cd's,dvd's, puzzle books, playing cards, candies, pens to several Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq.

Tom L. of troop 342 in Eden Prairie, MN ran a donation drive and collected supplies to make dozens of backpacks for the wounded. He also raised enough money to pay for all the shipping, and had enough left over to make a $800 Donation to Soldier’s Angels.

Please join me in honoring these young men who decided to make a difference for our Wounded.


Saturday, September 15, 2007



Friday, September 14, 2007

Cold weather is coming, our wounded need blankets

One of my medics wrote that it is getting cooler in Iraq...only 115 degrees yesterday. Still, the fall is coming and it does get cold there. Even more so in Afghanistan, where we also have many American troops. Every wounded soldier who is evacuated by helicopter or airplane needs a blanket to keep warm, and an amazing group of Angels has made thousands of them. The "Blankets of Hope" project provides guidelines for volunteers, collects the blankets and gets them into the hands of medics all over the world for use by our wounded and sick American soldiers. Blanket of Hope made by Soldier's Angel Karen

You can read all about them here, along with directions how to make a blanket yourself. It's easy, they even have directions for "no-sew" blankets that anyone can make. Last Christmas Eve, my family made some as we sat around

We occasionally get photos of the blankets, and they are amazing. I've included a couple of that i got recently, including some made by Karen, who turns out a dozen or so every week with her sewing group.

So keep those blankets coming, our guys need them.