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03-11-03, 03:26 AM

Our nation is at war and we need to support our troops and their families.

We will show you how.

The Support The Troops Campaign is the follow-on effort to the well known "America Remembers Campaign". America Remembers Camapaign was founded in 1983 and worked at Christmas time with nationally syndicated columnist Dear Abby to encourage Americans to send holiday cards and letters to U.S. troops stationed overseas and deployed at sea. America Remembers Campaign appeared in over 1400 newspapers worldwide and each year helped over 50,000 U.S. troops to receive tons of supportive Christmas cards and letters. U.S. military units participating each year included: U.S. Army and Air Force units in Germany, England, Italy and Korea; U.S. Navy ships in the Atlantic and Pacific including all the aircraft carriers at sea; U.S. Marines in Okinawa and at U.S. embassies in over 50 countries and Coast Guard ships and isolated radar sites in Alaska and throughout the Pacific.

The Support The Troops Campaign offers three ways you can show support for U.S. troops and their families:

- Help donate new books to a library on an U.S. military base or ship through our Books For Bases program

- Make a donation to help fund grants to the little known nonprofit groups that provide much needed services and support to U.S. troops and their families.

- Spread the word in your community and encourage others to participate.

Photo credits U.S. Department of Defense

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28241 Crown Valley Parkway #426
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Phone (949) 347-6999

03-11-03, 03:27 AM

Contact:Jerry Newberry
telephone: 816/968/1168
email: jnewberry@vfw.org

Support Our Troops
How You Can Help

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is again in the forefront of patriotism as the organization and its members find ways to show support for America and her armed forces. As our nation prepares for war, thousands of our active-duty and Reserve service members, along with the National Guard, will be deployed overseas and stateside for what is expected to be a tough battle. Supporting our troops now is more important than ever before. It is our duty as Americans to do our part to keep their spirits and morale up.

Adopt-a Unit
One way your Post or Auxiliary can show their support for our troops is through the Veterans of Foreign Wars "Adopt-A-Unit" program. You can have audio-taped books and playing cards sent in your name to the unit of your choice. Any Post or Auxiliary can sponsor an active-duty, National Guard or Reserve unit or ship. Contact your Department Military Assistance Program chairperson or MAP at National Headquarters at (816) 756-3390, ext. 211. You also may e-mail MAP at map@vfw.org.
Website: http://www.vfw.org/whatwedo/wha_MAP.htm Adopt-a-Unit Guide, Adopt-a-Unit Application
April 02 VFW Magazine article: http://www.vfw.org/magazine/apr02/USSEnterprise.htm

Operation Uplink Phone Cards
Operation Uplink is one of the most appreciated assistance programs offered by any veterans organization. The VFW's Operation Uplink phone card program provides our service men and women with precious minutes of time to talk to loved ones back home. Despite the appreciation that our service personnel and hospitalized veterans have for this program, we need the support of generous people like you to keep the phones ringing. Your donations make it possible for service men and women and hospitalized veterans to make free phone calls to friends and family.

To help them put the call through, send your contribution to:

Operation Uplink
VFW National Headquarters
406 West 34th Street, Suite 710
Kansas City, MO 64111.

You may also donate online. For more information, call (816) 968-1102 or email uplink@vfw.org or jdickerson@vfw.org.

Are you an American serviceperson that needs a phonecard to call home or a patient in the VA hospital that wants to call loved ones? If so, click here to request a phonecard.

03-11-03, 03:32 AM






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03-11-03, 02:20 PM
Last year a statement headlined "Not in Our Name" denouncing military action in the War on Terror was signed by Hollywood celebrities, activists and a variety of public figures. This is our answer.

An open letter from Charlie Sykes and Jeff Wagner to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces:

Let there be no doubt in your minds as you embark on this mission that you carry the hopes, the prayers, and the gratitude of your country with you.

Every generation learns anew that freedom carries a steep price. You are paying that price with your courage and your commitment, no less than those who fought to liberate Europe, to defend freedom in Korea and Vietnam, and to combat aggression in Kuwait a decade ago.

As our fathers and grandfathers fought against and defeated Nazism, fascism, and communism, our generation must confront terrorism. You have answered the call.

We know that you neither wanted this war nor fired the first shot. The war against America began on September 11, 2001, with the murder of 3,000 Americans. You fight in their name.

You fight in the name of our children and our children's children who will not have to face a world dominated by terror.

And you fight in the name of each and every one of us who sign below.

We know that all war is brutal, ugly, and dangerous. But we also know that the price of inaction is even worse. We have learned the lessons of history - that the fruit of appeasement is war on an even more brutal scale.

You fight so that the world will not have to face the nightmare of a tyrant like Saddam Hussein armed with chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons which he can use to threaten, intimidate, and murder. You fight today so that others will not have to fight even more savage battles in the future.

We know that you have seen the antiwar protests around the world and in our own country. But know this: your country is behind you.

You are our sons, our daughters, our brothers and sisters; our wives and husbands. You are the best this country has to offer.

In the difficult hours ahead, as President Bush said, "the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has prepared you. Your honor will guide you. You believe in America, and America believes in you."

You fight IN OUR NAME.


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03-11-03, 05:27 PM
I would like to Quote From a Royal Marine Memorial epitaph,which would serve all the Forces In the present Conflict.

03-11-03, 06:07 PM
Number 41,946 sigining in - God bless them all

03-13-03, 03:23 AM


'Hugs To Kuwait'

FORT BENNING, Ga., March 6, 2003

Pamela Bates, an Army wife who has launched an Adopt-A-Soldier Web site, sits beside her laptop at her home at Fort Benning, Ga. (AP)

"If we can make one soldier smile, then we're happy."
Pamela Bates

(AP) Pamela Bates worried about getting depressed after her husband shipped out to Kuwait for the possible war with Iraq.

Her solution was a project that keeps her busy 16 hours a day and lifts the spirits of thousands of soldiers living in tent cities in the Kuwaiti desert.

Her Adopt-A-Soldier Web site - Hugs to Kuwait - was originally intended to serve only members of her husband's unit, the First Battalion of the 10th Artillery Regiment from Fort Benning. But the overwhelming response from soldiers, military families and other supporters led her to expand it to all branches of the military and even to a British unit.

"I don't have a guarantee that my husband will return," she said. "I pray for his safety and I have to support those who watch his back everyday."

Bates launched the Web site on Jan. 4, two days before her husband, Sgt. Daniel Bates, boarded a plane for the Middle East. He is an artilleryman in the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which would likely take the lead in an invasion of Iraq.

So far Bates has arranged the adoption of more than 9,800 troops, and 18,000 people from every state and 11 countries have applied. She and a group of volunteers screen the applicants and then link them with troops who agree to be adopted.

Mitch Dunn, a disabled Vietnam veteran, and his wife, Sandy, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, have adopted two sailors aboard the USS Constellation, an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf region, and three soldiers from Sgt. Bates' battalion.

"Every letter I write, I say, 'I hope the good Lord brings you home safely,"' said Dunn, who was wounded in Vietnam while serving aboard a Navy river patrol boat. "You know those kids have to be scared. If you're not scared, there's something wrong with you.

"It really means a lot to get support from people back home," he said.

Sandy Dunn has become one of the four assistant managers who help with Hugs to Kuwait, which has also linked churches, civic groups, scout troops and veterans' organizations with the troops who soon may face combat.

"I was determined that I was going to do something for the guys in his unit," said Bates. "It never was supposed to get this big."

Her Web site also offers chat rooms that provide support for military spouses, tips on what to include in care packages for soldiers and soldiers' pictures from the desert.

It has a link to another group, Operation Military Pride, which works to boost the moral of troops based overseas through cards, letters and care packages. Operation Military Pride plans a Washington rally on Armed Forces Day, May 17, to show support for the military.

"We've created a community, and it's been a godsend for me," said Bates, who has two teenagers. "I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself. As a spouse, you can get the blahs when your husband is deployed. You don't want to get out of bed."

She runs the Web site from a laptop while seated on a sofa in the living room of her home in a military housing development. She receives more than 100 e-mails a day and her coffee table is piled high with printouts. She also gets a flood of regular mail from people who want to apply, or to offer their thanks and support.

"When I get down in the dumps, I read the letters that people send to me thanking me for setting up the program, and it always picks me back up," she said. "I support my husband 100 percent and what the military does, 150 percent. I have to be strong for him and for my kids."

Bates, who had little experience with Web sites, built the site on her own.

"We're home. We feel safe and comfortable with our families and friends," Bates said. "They don't have that. What they are doing is what they have been ordered to do, what they took an oath to do. If we can make one soldier smile, then we're happy."

By Elliott Minor
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03-13-03, 07:31 AM
Operation Military Pride.......

Make sure you check out the things need for Care Packages......