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Be A Hero...To A Hero
Support Our Troops

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A Message from Pete and Pam Wright

Like many of you, we are frustrated by the wars. Like many of you, we said "We support the troops."

We asked ourselves, "What have we done to support the troops? What actions have we taken?'"

The painful answer: "Not much."

As a result, we spent a great deal of time on the Internet. We wanted to learn all we could about how ordinary people - like us and you - can support the servicemen and women who are serving in these countries far from home. Continue to read this message from Pete and Pam Wright.

Why Should We Help?

thank you from troops
"It means the world to us knowing that while we are on the front, America has our back. Thank you for all the support you have given. Your letters mean the world to us."

Thousands of US soldiers say they are grateful for letters and packages they receive from family and friends. But it is the support from strangers that they find astounding.

We hope you will take a few minutes to support these men and women who are serving in dangerous lands, far from home.

Pete & Pam Wright pack Wrightslaw orders with recycling envelopes for Cell Phones for Soldiers
As Pete and Pam Wright pack orders for Wrightslaw products, they include Cell Phones for Soldiers recycling envelopes in every package.

When you order from Wrightslaw, you will receive a small plastic envelope. Just slide in your unused cell phones into the envelope, seal, and drop it in the mail.

It's easy. It's free - no postage required. Program flyer

Helping Heroes Home - the newest initiative of Cell Phones for Soldiers. Helping Heroes Home provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

Donna Anders and Pete and Pam Wright with Commandant of USMC General and Mrs. James F. Amos at his Passage of Command ceremony Pete and Pam Wright with Commandant of USMC General and Mrs. James F. Amos at his Passage of Command ceremony at the Marine Barracks, Washington DC (Oct 22, 2010). Pete works extensively with military families and Generals Amos and Conway spoke to Pete about it after the ceremony. Both General Conway and General Amos mentioned "families with special needs children" in their speeches. The Marines are fortunate in this regard.

How We Can Help
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Check these websites to learn how you can help.

Thank you letter from Operation Gratitude to The Wrightslaw TeamThe Wrightslaw Team supports Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude - This all-volunteer organization sends care packages to individual service members deployed overseas, they want to lift troops' morale and put smiles on their faces - a great way to say "thank you."

video iconWatch "The Definition of Gratitude"

Dec. 7, 2013 One Millionth Care Package

Request a package


Holiday Mail for Heroes Holiday Mail for Heroes sponsored by the American Red Cross with help from Pitney Bowes.

 

Tell Them Thanks - Service members sign up for support and one of  our members "adopts" them throughout their deployment. Click the link to adopt a service member or be adopted. You will also be able to "Thank the Families" of service members.

Guard Family. You will find a contact name and number for the Family Assistance Center or Family Readiness Group in your area - Click your state. Staff at these centers love to have offers of assistance for deployed soldiers and their families.

Child with a Hero signAdopt A Platoon - Some troops in the field "have nothing." You won't find a better way to support a small group than by Adopting a platoon.

Any Soldier - Want to support a soldier who is in harm's way, but have no idea about what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? Here's how.

care packageBoatsie's Boxes - A wonderful family operation that sends boxes to hospitals, groups of young troops who are deployed for the first time, and reaching the Forward Lines of operation all over Iraq and Afghanistan.

Give2TheTroops® - a group that includes military troops, family members, companies, organizations, schools, volunteers and donors who want to support our troops.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Recycling bagCell Phones For Soldiers -The Cell Phones for Soldiers program was launched in April 2004 by 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie of Norwell, MA. Re-cycled cell phones provide millions of minutes on prepaid calling cards for our troops serving overseas. Brittany and Robbie plan to raise more than $9 million in 2008.

Soldiers' Angels - Soldiers' Angels supports tens of thousands of American Service Members stationed around the world. The numbers grow daily. Soldiers' Angels are dedicated to supporting service members during and after their deployments.

The Hugs Project -The Hugs Project, started June, 2004 in Oklahoma by Ray and Karen Stark, is a non profit 501 C 3 organization that makes cool ties (affectionately nicknamed "hugs" since they go around the neck) to help keep our troops and allies cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

Free kit for mailing

How Teachers Can Help

Have your class adopt a servicemember or a unit as pen pals. Use this project as an English lesson, letter writing skills practice, geography facts, art project, etc.

A soldier wrote, "I have a pen pal. She's in 2nd grade. In fact, her entire 2nd grade class is writing our legal team here. Their teacher is the sister-in-law of one of my colleagues. When we all received our first letters 2 weeks ago, just before Halloween, there was so much excitement. It's amazing how one letter from a child in Arizona can have such a positive effect."

Operation Kids 4 Troops started in the classroom of TSGT Spencer C. Cluff, a high school teacher (Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology) in Oklahoma City and an Air Force Reservist with the 507th Medical Squadron at Tinker AFB.

Encourage families to participate in the United Through Reading® Military Program that helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home. Find out how it works. Watch the video.

Many schoolchildren have had their lives deeply touched during this time of war. For DOD Support to Civilian Schools Educating Military Children and Resources, please go to the Military and DoD Special Education page.

Kids Can Take Action Too!

boy writing letterYou receive help from many people every day — bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers — and they appreciate it when you say "thank you" for their help.

But there is one group of people you may not even think about thanking — the men and women in the military who serve all over the world.

Tips for Writing a "Thank You" Letter to a Soldier. You'll find a sample of a thank you letter you can write to a soldier.

Thank You to Our Troops

Christmas Trees in Mammoth Lakes, CAThe Wrightslaw Team says a special "thank you" for your wonderful letters of thanks and support for our troops.

Ms. Mayfield's Fourth Grade Class
Mammoth Elementary School
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Letter to an American soldier from girl scoutA big Wrightslaw Team thanks to:

Girl Scout Troop 51181
Deerwood Elementary School
S. Perry's Angel ArtEagan, MN

"Thank you for doing the job of an American Soldier..."

The Perry Family, Ladera Ranch, CA

A Company, 1-17th IN BN, Afghanistan
1-17th Infantry
We sent your great letters
to soldiers in the
5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
1-17th IN BN in Afghanistan

Thank you letters from Ms. Robins Third Grade ClassThank You Soldiers art

 

November 2009

Ms. Robins' Third Grade Class
Lacy Elementary School
Raleigh, NC

Click here to see all art from Ms. Robins' Third Grade Class 

 

 

Letter to an American SoldierApril 2010 - More support for our troops.

Many thanks to:

Mr. Markusen's Class
Sheyenne 9th Grade Center
West Fargo, ND



2010 - Thanksgiving and Christmas

thank you art to soldiersYour letters, received just in time for the holidays, were sent to soldiers in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.

A big thank you to:

Ms. Kinseys' Class
4th Grade
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Rockford, MI

Merry Christmas

 

5th Grade Classes
Honey Hollow Elementary School
Moreno Valley, CA 92557

Click here to see all art from Honey Hollow Fifth Graders

 

Thank you American Soldiers

 

5th & 6th Grade Classes
Ms. McGuire, Ms. Bartell, Ms. Burch
Ms. Bailey, Ms. Farnsworth, Ms. Dewey
Moorcroft Elementary School
Moorcroft, WY

 

 

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

 

Click here to see all art from Moorcroft Elementary School

 

 

 

Happy Valentines to an American Soldier artHappy Valentines Day - February 2011

Ms. Stinchcomb's 1st Grade Class
Manchester Elementary School
Aurora, IN 47001

Click here to see all art from Manchester First Graders

 

 

March 2011

Letters to American Soldiers from Roseburg High SchoolMs. Kohler's Tenth Grade Class
Roseburg High School
Roseburg, Oregon 97470

 

Letters to American Soldiers from Fairview Christian Academy

 

Ms. Young's Sixth Grade Class
Fairview Christian Academy
Athens, TN 37303

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Sara and Ayden

       July 2011 - Happy 4th of July

Thank you letters from
Ayden & Sara
Preston, Iowa

 

Our Troops Respond

3-2 SBCT ArrowheadB Co 296 BSB 3-2 SBCT
Kandahar AF, Afghanistan

Ayden, Thank you so much for your letter.

I loved receiving it!

Thank you letter with picture from soldier

 

 

New Hope-Solebury Middle School lettersVeteran's Day - November 2011

Thank you letters from Middle Schoolers
New Hope-Solebury Middle School
New Hope, PA

 

Thank you cards from New Hope-Solebury Eighth GradersEight Graders' Thank You Cards

Click here to see thank you cards from New Hope-Solebury Eighth Graders

 

Mandie's letter from Spokane Valley, WA

Megan in Knoxville, TN


Mandie in Spokane Valley, WA

 

 

 

letter to an American Soldier from middle schoolers at Ida Price Middle School San Jose CAThanksgiving 2011

Thank you letters from Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders

Great job from the classes of Ms. Beckley, Ms. Dodge, Ms. Stein, Mr. Kirwan, Ms. Chieng
Ida Price Middle School
San Jose, CA 95124

 

 

Christmas 2011 - This holiday season we have received over 500 letters from students to American soldiers. Thank You!

Seventh graders letter to an American SoldierSeventh Grader letter to an Amerian Soldier

Seventh Graders
Ms. St. John's Class

Ida Price Middle School
San Jose, CA 95124

More art from Ms. St. John's Class

 

 

 

Thank you letter to an American SoldierThank you letter to an American SoldierBusiness Education Students
Ms. Down's Class

Vallivue High School
Caldwell, ID 83607

More art from Ms. Down's Class

 

 

 

Letter to an American Soldier

Letter to an American SoldierMs. Held's Classes
Period 7, 8

Fremont Ross High School
Fremont, OH 43420

 

February 2012

The first letters of the new year arrived this week. Many thanks to:

The Koman's and students from Swofford Career Center, Boiling Springs High School, Chesnee High School, & Chapman High School
Spartanburg, S.C.


Christmas - December 2012

Letters to American soldiers from Ida Price Middle SchoolLetters to American soldiers from Ida Price Middle School

Thank you Ida Price Middle Schoolers for always remembering our troops during the holidays!

Seventh Graders
Ms. Stein's Core Class

Ida Price Middle School
San Jose, CA 95124


 

Woodmont Charter School Third Graders Letters to American SoldiersWoodmont Charter School Third Graders Letters to American SoldiersGreat job!

Super letters from Ms. Gaston's Third Graders.

Third Graders
Ms. Gaston's Class

Woodmont Charter School
Tampa, FL 33617

 

 

Thank you to American SoldiersThank you to American Soldiers artThird Graders say Thanks!

Ms. Norrid's Third Grade Class 2012
Lyon Elementary School
Republic, MO 65738

More art from Ms. Norrid's Class

 

 

 

Thanksgiving - November 2013

Thank you to American SoldiersThank you to American Soldiers artMs. Norrid's Third Grade Class comes through again!

Ms. Norrid's Third Grade Class 2013
Lyon Elementary School
Republic, MO 65738

See all the art from Ms. Norrid's 2013 Class

 

 

Christmas - December 2013

art from Ida Price Middle School, San Jose, CASixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders
Ida Price Middle School
San Jose, CA 95124
letters from Ida Price Middle School San Jose, CA

Thank you Ida Price Middle Schoolers for always remembering our troops during the holidays!

Hundreds of letters to American soldiers arrived filled with art, oragami, friendship bracelets, pictures, artwork, photographs, awards, and poems and wonderful stories about the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Ida Price - who they are and what they like to do. More art from Ida Price Middle School.

See all art from Ida Price Middle School.

 

 

Thank to an American Soldier, Strath Haven Middle School

Just in time for Christmas packages for soldiers, thank you letters from middle schoolers arrive.

Middle Schoolers
Strath Haven Middle School
Wallingford, PA 19086

 

 

 

 

Second, Third, Fourth Grade Students
Davis
Elementary School
Marietta, GA 30066

Davis Elementary SchoolDavis Elementary SchoolDavis Elementary School

See all the art from Davis Elementary School

 

 

What Troops Miss Most

dad returns"I miss...

... the freedom to go somewhere and feel safe

... wearing something pink

... fresh butter and milk..."

 

Troops say they miss their families most.

USPS Military Care Packages:

This free kit may be ordered by calling 1-800-610-8734

For military families, associations and groups preparing to send care packages to service members overseas, Priority Mail is the packaging of choice. To address the current demand, the Postal Service has created a special "kit" that contains the necessary mailing materials based on the most popular items ordered to send care packages to the troops.

The kit contains five each of Priority Mail Box-4, Priority Mail Box-7 and Mili-Pac Tyvek envelopes / one roll of Priority Mail tape / and ten customs forms with envelopes.

Dimensions for Priority Mail Box-4: 7 x 7 x 6 (in inches)
Dimensions for Priority Mail Box-7: 12 x 12 x 8 (in inches)
Dimensions for the Mili-Pac: 12 x 15 (in inches) (Tyvek envelope)

All care packages must be addressed to INDIVIDUAL SERVICE MEMBERS as per the Department of Defense. The Mili-Pac features detailed addressing information and it is encouraged that that process is followed for all mail destined for military units overseas. The address block on the Mili-Pac includes Service member full name; Rank or rating; Military organization or unit; APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) with 9-digit ZIP Code.

*Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the DoD cannot accept items to be mailed to " Any Servicemember ." Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual servicemember's address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unnecessary delays. Please use websites like those listed above to help support the troops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Created: 11/11/07

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