September 25, 2006

Below is information about my annual Christmas Card Drive, Operation: Love From Home. Please do what you can to send some holiday cheer to our men & women serving in harm's way this holiday season! :) If you have a blog or website, please consider posting this informtion on your blog or website; if you do not have a blog or website, please forward this on to as many people as you can. My goal this year is to EXCEED last year's total of 2,500 holiday cards. Thank you all in advance for your participation and support for our heroes!!! God bless, Kat. PS - I also have a flyer available in Word format, if anyone would like something "pretty and printable" to distribute.


During this holiday season, let's show our troops we love and support them!!!! From September 30 to November 30, I will be collecting holiday cards for troops stationed in high-combat areas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Being away from home and living in harsh conditions during the holiday season is especially difficult ~ they need to know we have not forgotten them!!! Mail from home helps to keep our troops' morale strong, making a very real difference in their lives.
Send your signed, unsealed holiday cards to:

Mrs. Kathy Orr
P.O. Box 1660
Loganville, Georgia, 30052

The cards can be handmade or store-bought... for that matter, they don't even have to be cards; a hand-written or typed letter is just as wonderful! This is a great opportunity to get your Scout troop, school, church and other civic organizations involved in doing something to show support for our troops.

If you wish to send an email greeting (which will be printed off and mailed along with the holiday cards), please send an email to:

**IMPORTANT GUIDELINES: This is not a "dating service" of any type. Please do not send suggestive or otherwise inappropriate cards or materials. Please also refrain from making political statements of any nature. I will be reading and screening every card received to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to. Remember: This is strictly to let the troops know that we love them, we are proud of them and that we HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN them!

If you have any questions, please contact me at

September 18, 2006

9 / 11 WHAT WE SAW

September 16, 2006


Letters and Messages

4 The Troops
A Million Thanks
Give 2 The Troops
Letters From Home
Marine Parents
My Soldier
Operation Dear AbbySend a Message to Our Soldiers
Soldiers Angels
Support Our Soldiers America, Inc.
The Freedom Fund
Voices from Home Foundation

Phone Cards

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Help Our Troops Call Home
Operation Uplink

Other Support
Adopt a Soldier Ministries
Ahern Family Charitable Foundation
America Supporting Americans
Angels In Camouflage
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5
Carolina Troop Supporters
Defending Freedom
Eagle's Watch Ministries
Fort Bragg Area Community Foundation
Gift of Groceries
Gold Star Wives
Homefront HugsKeepers of Freedom
Kitchen Table Gang
Military Heroes Fund
Military Pets Foster Project
National Next of Kin Registry
Patriotic Pillow Project
Operation Care and Comfort Operation Helmet
Operation HomeLink
Operation Noble Foster
Operation Stephen's Touch
Operation Troop Appreciation
Remember Bracelets
Salute The Troops
Spirit of America Blogger Challenge
Support Heroes
The Home Front Cares
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
The White House Commission on Remembrance
Unmet Needs Program
USA Cares
Uniting Through Reading

Send Packages
4 The Troops
Any Soldier
A Soldiers' Wish List
Adopt a Platoon
Caring For Troops
Defenders of Freedom
Give 2 The Troops
Have a Heart/Adopt a Soldier
Hearts Across the Miles
Helping Our Troops
Hugs Project
Jacob's Adopt-A-Soldier Program
Keystone Soldiers
Keystone Marines
Keystone Sailors
Keystone Airforce
Local Heroes
Montana Supporting Soldiers
My Soldier
Operation AC
Operation Care and Comfort
Operation Care Packages
Operation First Response
Operation Gratitude
Operation Holidays
Operation Interdependence
Operation Military Pride
Operation Military Support
Operation MomOperation Morale
Operation PaperbackOperation Shoebox
Operation Support
Operation Troop Appreciation
Operation We Care
QCFISTPackages from Home
Patriot Packs, Inc.
Shadow Warrior
Share Our Gifts Foundation
SI Yellow Ribbon Campaign
Soldiers' Angels
The Freedom Fund
Treat the Troops
US Troop Care Package
USO Care Packages
Support links for Troops

Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA
corner of Victory and LouiseHope to see you this weekend!Fondly,
Any Soldier Inc.P.O. Box 1929LaPlata, MD 20646

Nina Gayheart, Area Manager
Austin, TX

Operation Interdependence®
A Civilian-to-Military Delivery System®
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Personal email:

Supporting those on the frontlines of freedom

Alessandra Kellermann President
Homefront Hugs USA
Deployed Troops, Families Get Homefront Hugs Read more(click here

Free Stuff for Troops. We have run these thru ACS, JAG and MWR, and all appear legit. - Free computers forspouses or parents of deployed soldier in ranks E1 - E5. - Free phone cards. - To sign up forsponsoring soldier care packages for theater. - free shoebox carepackage. -free cookies. - lowest airfareavailable. - free care packages. - free air travel for EmergencyLeave, and for the family members of injured soldiers to travel toMedical facility. - Airline discounts for R & R. - freebooks, DVD's, CD's. free care packages (yourfamily member signs up to have sent to you). - free carepackages. -get adopted to receive stuff. - free gifts and care packages. free shipping/packing materials for shipping to troops.

US Troops Support

Helping Our Troops

Operation Homefront - San Diego

you can

or call toll free:866-424-5210
write:Operation Homefront - San DiegoP.O. Box 26747San Diego, CA 92196
Operation Care Package 611 Wilcox Street Joliet, IL. 60435


Operation Care Package P.O. Box 1122 Joliet, IL. 60434-1122
815 - 723 - 6960

September 11, 2006

US MARINES ~ 9 / 11

September 10, 2006

Why I Support Troops - an Essay

I've been active in "adopting" deployed Soldiers (and Marines, and Air Force, and Sailors) for approximately six years through various organizations (and most recently, via Soldiers' Angels). I have to tell you that it is a WONDERFUL, deeply touching, and life-changing experience! It is hard to describe the feelings that go along with supporting a Soldier ~ the personal satisfaction of doing something for someone else, the bond you form with your "son" or "daughter" (even when you never hear from them, you still get amazingly attached!), a deeper appreciation of the sacrifice so many make on our behalf, and yes, even awful fear and *much* "maternal" worry as we listen to the news and hear of "our" Soldiers being in harm's way during this time of war. We do not just merely send letters ~ we give our hearts and souls to serving these brave men and women who so courageously serve us. We cry with each other when we hear of Soldiers being wounded, or worse yet, killed while serving our country… while serving us. We encourage each other and comfort each other when we fear for "our" Soldier's safety, holding each other up through those long, dark hours of "not knowing" if our Soldier is all right. Soldiers' Angels is more than just a volunteer organization ~ it is a close-knit "family" with a huge and loving heart.

During my years of adopting troops (which began well before 9/11/01 ever happened), I have had the honor of supporting several Soldiers: First, before the war, two Soldiers in Kosovo, followed by (after the war) several in Iraq and Afghanistan. My first adopted Soldier in Iraq was adopted by our family right before the war began ~ I had the incredible privilege of supporting a 1 Lt. with the 3rd Infantry, 3rd Division. This was back during the "Shock & Awe" days… I watched the "Shock & Awe" attack on TV, and thought of my adopted "baby" over there right in the middle of it all…. and believe me, I didn't sleep a wink for worry about my "son" and his unit. I about collapsed from relief when I heard they were going home! I never heard a word from him before, during or after his deployment, but I still feel honored to have had a small part in his world, hopefully bringing a bit of joy into a dark place.

Since that time, I have continued to adopt Soldiers and Marines, Airmen/women and Sailors. Of late, I have been requesting specifically to be assigned troops who are serving in high-combat areas. My heart has been broken as I hear of fallen hero after fallen hero… and I want to do SOMETHING to provide a bit of extra encouragement and TLC to those who are out there on the front lines…literally. I cannot fight ~ but I can support and encourage those heroes who DO, at least in the small way I can. It's not much, but I can assure you…my little letters and cards are not half-hearted… they are filled to overflowing with love and gratitude and good ole American pride! I wish I could do so much more… but what I can do, I do, to the best of my ability.

Supporting Soldiers and Marines in the middle of the war makes the whole thing even more real and personal in a profound way. It's not just faceless names on the news… those are MY guys and MY gals out there… they're talking about MY TROOPS on the news!!! Is it hard on my nerves? You better believe it!!! I constantly watch the news and check the D.O.D . "Fallen Warriors" list, trying to make sure all my "kids" are OK. How many nights have I lost sleep, worrying, praying and even crying a time or two (or three, or four) for my "kids?" But how could I NOT support these heroes?? My adopted Soldiers - and thousands more - are risking their lives to keep our nation safe and free. Sending letters and sharing news of home with a Hero so far away is such a tiny thing ~ yet it makes an incredible difference to these guys and gals!

Once in a very great while, we will get a response from one of our Heroes. And always, without fail, it reinforces my resolve to continue doing everything in my power to "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!" It is amazing the difference something as simple as a letter can make! Imagine being surrounded by the horrors of war and death and fear and rage…imagine working 16, 20 or more hours a day, every day, far away from home and family… missing holidays and other important events… and the only tangible contact you have with home is whatever comes in the mail.

Yes, it's THAT important.

The troops ~ our heroes ~ need all the love and support and encouragement they can get!!! And that is why it is literally my life's mission to make certain that they know – really know – that we back home have not forgotten them, will not forget them, appreciate them, and are so, so very proud of them. Our troops live in my heart and are in my prayers always.


There are many, many ways to get involved in supporting our troops - I mean, moreso than just putting a "Support Our Troops" magnet on the car (they are cool, I have tons...but the troops can't see them from 10,000 miles away, LOL!). Check out any one of these fine organizations - there are a lot of different ways, big and small, that you can chime in and make a real difference!


These photos were taken at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site in NewYork, on September 13, 2001. They were taken by someone named "Ed" who wasallowed into the area by a member of the emergency response crew, at a timewhen all civilians -- including most journalists -- were forbidden to enterthe area. As a result, these photos are just about the only close-ups evertaken of the World Trade Center site so soon after the 9/11 attacks.

And, the next time some bleeding-heart, blame-America-first, appeasementmonger starts bad mouthing the U.S. for "overreacting" around the globe,sent them this, and add our first motto: DON'T TREAD ON ME!

September 09, 2006

Sgt Guerrerolopez Carlos ~ Marines

September 08, 2006


September 07, 2006

Project Pray Flags

Dear Project Prayer Flag Volunteers;

Angelica and I wish to say "Thank you" from our hearts, for your sacrifice of time, efforts and love for the Nations troops! Without the Lords Direction , Provision, and his Servants, this work of His would not be accomplished. We thank you so much!!!

We have been busy compiling the Patriot Pack totals and your work of Love has resulted in 55,000 Patriot Packs completed !!! What an accomplishment! Every one of these packs, cards,and your handwritten letters, will be shipped over the next three months to the Troops!

Project Prayer Flag's- "Operation Christmas Care"
Please be in Prayer for Operation Christmas care-Coming up in Late October/Nov. We will be compiling soldiers, and unit lists over the next two months. Pray for a wide open door with Commanders, Chaplains and designated personnel. Please continue to pray for Provisions! For more information, please email Shawn Black or review our website at

Affiliated Ministry Opportunities

Ministry to Camp Pendleton/29 Palms Marines: If you would like to sign up to pray, go to Camp Pendleton on Sundays to help the Marine Families or any other questions concerning serving in Camp Pendleton, please contact "Armor Of Light " Ministries .Chaplin Steven Brown.

Phil Presley- Daily Military Prayer Chain:
This is a daily Prayer Chain, which reaches thousands of people throughout the world. You are able to email and be put on the daily list .From here, you will receive lists of soldiers each day to pray for. A great Prayer Resource!
Chaplain Phil Presley

"Touch Of Home" Ministries- Diane Boone
This small Homespun ministry from the Crestline Mountains, ships toilette/Hygiene Items and small gifts to soldiers in remote Areas. Contact Diane Boone:

Shields of Strength -Kenny Vaughn
This National Ministry works with Armor of Light and helps ship "Scripture Dog Tags' to Soldiers overseas! Wonderful story and blessing to Troops.

Mom's of Military
This group is from the Yorba Linda -Friends Church and supports our Military through Prayer and deployment support.For more Information, Please email or call Jeannette Hicks:

Operation Interdependence
For Information on This Troop support group, please review their website at For Further Information on this group and or Information on the Northwood -Irvine's (Orange County') Memorial and upcoming events, please contact Clara Honea at




Through His Love,

Shawn Black

September 06, 2006

Eyes fo WAR

Eyes on the War
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was one of the most intensely photographed wars of our time. A showcase of the work of 24 photojournalists. (Interactive, 2003)

Baghdad Hospital
In April 2003, civilian casualties from the war fill Baghdad's Saddam Hospital, forcing staff to bury bodies in the hospital's garden. (Video)• Video: Saddam's Head Rolls -->


On the beginning of the new millenium, international terrorism, civil and economic chaos, and the growing availability of weapons of mass destruction present an endless array of threats, that the world's national security concerns could not have predicted, even as recently as the end of the Cold War.One unit experienced is unconventional special operations missions, is the US Navy SEALs, classified maritime special operations unit, trained to respond to conflicts around the globe.Today's threats to world peace, have reinforced the demand for a rapid smaller military response to situations were a full scale military intervention is not practical.These situations are known as “conflicts other than war”.For the first time, cameras were allowed into the secretive world of the US Navy SEAL Teams, despite restrictions on filming surtent classified subjects, the events pictured here are actual training and military operations, never before seen by the public.

Navy SEALs:

In Harms Way

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Next:Navy SEALs: The Silent Option

September 05, 2006

Dear Friends

Dear Friends of our Troops,

Received via email on 8-15-06: I received the boxes and handed them out to the company. Everyone really enjoyed the care packages and quite a few people commented on how nice they were.

Thank you very much for the packages.

Please pass on my thanks and the thanks of the 452nd Ordnance Company to everyone
that volunteered their time in assembling these packages. We really appreciate your support. -Tracey (aka SGT Jones)

The Operation: Care and Comfort holiday season has officially kicked off! In September and early October, we begin to ship packages with autumn themes. October brings Thanksgiving themes, and Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. begin in November. Hard to believe, but Christmas is coming soon, especially when we must prepare so far ahead in order to get packages to our Troops before the holidays hit.

Let the season begin! We started our drive on Saturday, Sept. 2nd with a Support our Troops rally and donation drive. Roberta and her Operation: Care and Comfort Elves had a successful day, collecting monetary and items donations! Our own Cookie did a great job promoting the event on NBC11, and the response was great. Thanks to Albertsons at Pruneridge for hosting this event!

We've made many changes to our original web site, and added a new one..., devoted to the upcoming TroopFest 2006 festival and benefit concert. The web site has a new section for service members seeking support, and it has been very popular! Our events page is better than ever, with care package assemblies and other events posted through the end of 2006. We are also adding pages for two of our volunteer teams that have been helping Operation: Care and Comfort for over three years each, assembling packages every month! They are Operation Yellow Ribbon Monterey, and soon, Families Serving the Military. We will also add volunteer pages and letters and emails from our Troops. We hope that these changes will be beneficial to our Troops, their families, our volunteers and donors!

We are going to have a very busy month, with a lot of opportunity for folks to get involved in many ways! Please help us spread the word. We need volunteers for many of these activities, as we plan to raise much needed funds to ship tens of thousands of pounds of care packages to our Troops, now through December!

Operation: Care and Comfort Events (please check our web site often for additions and changes):

Tuesday, September 5, The Conservative Forum of Silicon ValleyOperation: Care and Comfort will be presented with a monetary donation from the members of the CFSV. We will also be allowed to collect donations during this special meeting, featuring author Star Parker. For tickets and information, please visit

Time: 7:00 PM
Where: American Legion Post 419,
958 Homestead Road,
Santa Clara, CA

Thursday, September 7, Music in the Park, 5:30 pmSee The Greg Kihn Band in action! The concert is free, and family friendly. Operation: Care and Comfort was invited to attend last year, and we hope to have a table this year as well! For information, please call Julie at 408-373-8635 or email:!

Friday, September 8th, MidLife Vices at the Kings Head Pub! 9:00 pm - 1:00 amJoin OCC as we party with Marty, Byron, Don, Martin, and Glenn of MidLife Vices at the Kings Head Pub in Campbell! We will have admission and raffle tickets for TroopFest 2006, so come by and pick yours up! Remember, the Kings Head Pub also donated 10% of the proceeds for the entire day, to Operation: Care and Comfort!
Where: Kings Head Pub
201 Orchard City Drive
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 871-2499

Tuesday, September 12, Operation Yellow Ribbon Monterey Care Package AssemblyOYR Monterey will be assembling care packages for Operation: Care and Comfort! For more information, please contact Joan Bizzozero at (831) 625-5128.

Sunday, September 17, Willow Glen Care Package Assembly, 10:00 amJoin Julie, Cookie, and the gang for a huge care package assembly- the first of the holiday season! All ages are welcome. We start at 10:00 am, until we are finished! To volunteer or for more information, please contact Julie at (408) 373-8635 or, or Cookie at (408) 590-0731 or
Where: American Legion Post # 318
1504 Minnesota Avenue
San Jose

Tuesday, September 19th, The Iron Construction Charity Golf ClassicLast chance to get involved at the Iron Construction Charity Golf Classic! Whether you choose to volunteer, golf, or sponsor a hole or a military foursome, your tax deductible donation will help Operation: Care and Comfort ship Christmas packages to our Troops! Last year, over $20,000 was raised! Join our friend Tim Jeffreys of 98.5 KFOX as he plays to help support our Troops! Golf with local service members as their military branch competes against the others! For information, visit or phone Mary Halley, Manager of Business Operations at Iron Construction, at (408) 282-1080.

Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th,
Taste of Morgan HillJoin the folks from Operation: Care and Comfort, in the Army Recruiting Booth at this fantastic festival! Tickets will be available for TroopFest 2006, including raffle tickets! For information or to volunteer, please call Carole Rado at (408) 242-7830.

Wednesday and Friday, September 20th and 22nd, Families Serving the Military Care Package AssemblyHelen and her group will be assembling packages in the Berryessa, San Jose area. For information or to volunteer, please email Helen at, or Sherry Lynn RIddle at

Saturday, September 30th, TroopFest 2006 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, on board the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA

Got tickets?

Join us as we rock for 5 hours to the music of Greg Kihn, Tony Lindsay, MidLife Vices, The Cocktail Monkeys, Doghouse RIley, and singer songwriter Melanie Dekker! See bay area high school ROTC drill and color guards compete for trophies on the flight deck, and enjoy music and a BBQ lunch down in the hanger deck! Your adult ticket price includes a raffle ticket, for a chance to win a 12 day Holland America Cruise, or a fantastic rock star signed Fender Stratocastor guitar! If you can't attend, you may purchase raffle tickets to help the cause, or purchase then donate the tickets to send local military families as your guest. For details, visit our new web site,, or call Julie at (408) 373-8635! Proceeds will be used to send Christmas packages to our Troops, with a portion to be given to local military organizations.

October 1 - 31st, Trick or Treat for the Troops!
Our second annual "Trick or Treat for the Troops" begins. We have small collection bottles for change that may be used for monetary donations. Last year, some folks took an extra bag around and donated the candy to us, to send to our Troops. This is a great way for adults and teens to have fun, and our Troops sure appreciate the treats! Don't forget that Halloween is a great time to pick up bags of candy (Even chocolate now), on sale, to donate to OCC!

Saturday, October 7th, San Jose Sharks "Treats for our Troops" Game!Mark your calendars! OCC will be collecting items and monetary donations at the San Jose Sharks game! Volunteers and troop supporters will receive a special ticket price for this game, in a special Operation: Care and Comfort section!

To help, please contact Julie at (408) 373-8635! We will post more information soon, on the Upcoming Events page, at you can see, we have many ways for folks to get involved and help us send a little care and comfort to our Troops! Thanks for your support!

Julie DeMaria (408) 373-8635 troopsupport@comcast.netCookie Crissman (408) 590-0731 (cookie@piperitesystems.comRandy Bye (408) 577-2192 occrjb@yahoo.comCo founders,

Operation: Care and Comfort --
Thank you for Supporting our Troops!
Operation: Care and Comfort (military care package program)