Great list of support organizations.
The Department of Defense discourages the publishing of lists of the names of troops stationed overseas and has terminated the "Any Soldier" form of mailings. This is why we are unable to offer random names on deployed HeroBracelets. There are, however, two resources in this list that can help you with that if you are interested. Unless you know of someone overseas or know of someone who has a loved one overseas, it is difficult to know how you can help. Here are some suggestions of how you can continue to support our men and women stationed overseas.
AAFES Gift Certificates
The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.
Adopt a Platoon
Adopt a Platoon has several ongoing projects to ensure that every soldier overseas does not walk away from mail call empty-handed.
"America Supports You" Program (U.S. Department of Defense)
Showcases community activities and projects so the American public and the U.S. military serving at home and overseas will know firsthand how much the American people appreciate their service and sacrifice. Americans are invited to share their troop-support activities online. Everyone who shares their story will receive a dog tag with the "America Supports You" logo, while supplies last.
Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that helps people send care packages to members of the armed services in Iraq.
Blue Star Banner (American Legion)
A Blue Star Service Banner displayed in the window of a home is an American tradition. The banner lets others know that someone in the home is proudly serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As Americans do their best to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and the ongoing war on terror, the Blue Star Service Banner tradition reminds us all that war touches every neighborhood in our land. Call 1-888-453-4466. Most Emblem Sales merchandise can be ordered 24-hours-a-day via the Internet.
Blue Star Mothers
The Blue Star Mothers was founded by service members' moms during World War II. Any mother with a son or daughter in the military can join.
Books For Soldiers
Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books. You can also donate DVDs and CDs requested by soldiers.
Camp Doha provides valuable information for those about to deploy, their friends and families and anyone who wants to support the troops.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into cash. The cash is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers in Iraq.
Thank any service member stationed throughout the U.S. and the world with an e-mail.
The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
Freedom Calls Foundation (Raytheon)
The Freedom Calls Foundation enables our troops to communicate free of charge from their base camps with their families at home by internet telephone, instant messaging and video conference. You can donate money to help keep this project going.
Groceries for Families
The men and women who lay down their lives for us are terribly underpaid. Help a family by purchasing gift certificates to the commissary.
Gives out service members' names to the general public, but only if the member gives permission. Go onl;ine at the site above, or write or call Homefront Headquarters, Attention: C Bender, PO Box 307, Bryn Mawr California 92318, (909) 862-6280.
Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops assists injured veterans and their immediate families by building new or adapting existing homes with handicapped accessibility.
Hugs From Home
Hugs From Home is an internet organization that supports deployed soldiers. Supported soldiers are currently stationed in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Germany, Japan and Asia. The mission is too see that no soldier is left standing at mail call with empty hands. It does not matter where they are stationed, so long as they are deployed.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides grants to the families of servicemen and women who died in Iraq. You can donate online, through mail or by calling a toll-free number or by purchasing a HeroBracelet.
This site provides support to all of the moms out there who has a son or daughter in the military.
Operation: A Bit of Home
Operation: A Bit of Home supports over 150 different soldiers per day by providing necessary and hard-to-get toiletries.
Operation Air Conditioner provides not only air conditioners but space heaters (the desert is cold in the winter) for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Operation Give provides toys, clothing and school supplies primarily to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Seeks to lift troops' morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending Care Packages to service members overseas. Checks can be sent to Operation Gratitude, 16444 Refugio Road, Encino, California 91436, or via credit card online.
Operation Hero Miles
You can donate your unused frequent flier miles to help soldiers travel on emergency leave. They are also used to help families fly to hospitalized soldiers.
Operation Interdependence supplies care packages to deployed soldiers. You can help out by providing goods, coordinating efforts or donating funds.
Operation Iraqi Children
Many soldiers are rebuilding schools in Iraq and scrounging around for school supplies. Help by donating a school supplies kit.
Operation Military Pride
Operation Military Pride is a volunteer organization that sends cards letters and care packages to troops.
Gives out service members' names to the general public, but only if the member gives permission. Visit them online, write Operation ShoeBox, P.O. Box 1465, Belleview, FL 34421, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Support Our Troops
Has sent about 118 tons worth about $2.7 million, "one box at time", according to its founder Mary Kay Salomone. For the holidays, she and her 500 "angels" around the country are sending close to 2,000 Christmas and Hanukkah boxes. They can be contacted at Operation Support Our Troops, 325 Laurel Ridge Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
Operation Tribute to Freedom
Send your "Welcome Home and Thank You" message to U.S. troops supporting the global war on terrorism.
If you are one of the thousands of Americans who have flown a flag, attended a rally, helped organize a parade, emailed a thank you, or attended a homecoming for a member of America's military forces, let us know. By doing so, you will officially become part of America's nationwide Tribute to Freedom.
Just fill in the information at http://otf.afis.osd.mil/join_the_team.cfm. In recognition of your efforts, and as a token of our deep appreciation, you may print out - and proudly display - your own official Operation Tribute to Freedom Certificate.
Operation Uplink (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Donate money to Operation Uplink. The money is used to purchase phone cards so servicemen and women can call home.
Become some soldier's angel by adopting a service member.
Treats for Troops
Treats for Troops helps get you provide packages to your loved ones overseas. If you don't know anyone, the Foster-A-Soldier Program matches you with a registered soldier by branch of service, home state, gender, or birthday - or you can choose to sponsor a group of soldiers.
You can sponsor care packages provided by the USO with a $25 donati