Monday, January 25, 2010

From the 141st Infantry Medics

This is my new favorite picture.

These medics received a shipment of snacks, t-shirts and other supplies from us, and they decided they would like to pay it forward. they made this picture, and are forwarding it and the information to their families and employers back home - encouraging everyone to support Soldiers' Angels.

Soldiers giving back to help other soldiers through Soldiers' Angels. I love it


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

From Task Force 14th Med

We often receive notes of thanks that humble me. It sometimes seems like what we we do in our medical support team is small "Hey Eric, please send 24 pair of sweat clothes to this address", or "Caren, please send some of that coffee and Girl Scout cookies we got to this CSH". But I guess it makes a difference to the folks who need it most. It is the generosity and hard work of thousands of volunteers, donors and American patriots that make Soldiers' Angels possible.


Dear Soldiers’ Angels,

On behalf of all Soldiers of Task Force 14th Med deployed to Camp Cropper in Baghdad, Iraq - I want to send you a letter of appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the support we have received during our current deployment. We want to say thanks very much for your steadfast support. We are assigned to the 14th Combat Support Hospital based out of Fort Benning Georgia to support the Global War on Terrorism in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10.

The Soldiers of Task Force 14th MED have received many great things from your organization, actually there have been many boxes received which contained all sorts of things including letters, personal hygiene supplies, books, “goodie bags”, snacks, candy, and Girl Scout Cookies to mention just a few.

The response of Soldiers receiving support is a great thing to witness. You can see their eyes getting big with a smile on their face. It is because of people like you who inspire and support them from back home in the “good ole” USA. Your organization has a tremendous significant and positive impact to their morale. Through you, they realize they are supported and are humbled. It is because of you and people like you who support us, we owe great thanks to. We are very blessed to have you on our team.

I realize the amount of dedication, time, effort, coordination, money, and compassion involved in what you are doing as donations to us. I am touched by the outpouring of support we as a unit have received from Soldiers’ Angels. We are proudly here to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. You give us motivation to make it through the stresses endured upon us during a yearlong deployment. Please share with all of the volunteers and supporters you have at Soldiers’ Angels. With each and everyone’s support it truly makes a difference and we are extremely grateful.
MSG Johnny Davis
Chief Ward Master
TF 14th MED

Pennies for Patriots - Pennsylvania School kids pitich in

The students at Anita Flemming's school in Montgomery, Pennsylvania saved their pennies to buy phone cards for or troops overseas. Anita contacted Soldiers' Angels this year to see how else her kids can help, and they are putting together hygiene kits for our troops in Afghanistan.

Click Here for a really sweet news story about these great kids.

Anita is not only a teacher, but she is also the wife of an Iraqi war vet, and the mother of a soldier who just deployed to Afghanistan this week. I am honored to be part of her team.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Eagle scout steps forward to help the wounded

Our newest Eagle Scout is Chris B., of Troop 354 in Willow Grove, PA. For his service project, Chris contacted Soldiers' Angels because he wanted to do something for our injured service members.

Chris and his troop, friends and family collected over 200 sets of sweat clothes, boxes of toiletries, dozens of DVD's, and $1000.00 in checks for Soldier's Angels to purchase phone cards for the injured soldiers.

Chris has demonstrated the highest ideals of Scouting: To help other people.

Thanks Chris!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How one small person can make a very big difference

This is a picture of Ellie, who is in the first grade at the grade school in my neighborhood. When her school decided to collect candy for our soldiers, Ellie organized her entire neighborhood and collected 70 lbs all by herself.

I got the opportunity to meet her and present her with a Soldiers' Angels pin, and a thank you letter and t-shirt from the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq.

What a sweet little girl, and proof that one person, no matter how small, can make a big difference.


Friday, January 08, 2010

A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to slow down. Murphys Law of Combat

The above words of wisdom come from one of our medics at the 28th CSH in Iraq. I've always wondered where medical personnel get the strength to deal with the horrors of modern warfare.

I guess it's all in the attitude. A little morbid humor, mixed with endless compassion and professionalism.

Sorry for the long gap in keeping this blog updated, I'm back.