Be A Hero...To A Hero
A Message from Pete and Pam Wright
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?
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.
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.
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.
Check these websites to learn how you can help.
The 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."
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.
Adopt 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.
Boatsie'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 -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.
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.
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.
You receive help from many people every day — bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers — and they appreciate it when you say "thank you" for their help.
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.
Pictures for Patriots Contest - Operation Gratitude
K-12 Students submit as many entries of your original artwork as you like.
First Place prize - $100 Target Gift card.
Deadline July 10, 2012. Find the Details.
The Wrightslaw Team says a special "thank you" for your wonderful letters of thanks and support for our troops.
Ms. Mayfield's Fourth Grade Class
A big Wrightslaw Team thanks to:
Girl Scout Troop 51181
"Thank you for doing the job of an American Soldier..."
The Perry Family, Ladera Ranch, CA
Ms. Robins' Third Grade Class
Click here to see all art from Ms. Robins' Third Grade Class
April 2010 - More support for our troops.
Many thanks to:
Mr. Markusen's Class
Your 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
5th & 6th Grade Classes
Ms. Stinchcomb's 1st Grade Class
Click here to see all art from Manchester First Graders
Ms. Kohler's Tenth Grade Class
Ms. Young's Sixth Grade Class
Thank you letters from
Veteran's Day - November 2011
Thank you letters from Middle Schoolers
Eight Graders' Thank You Cards
Click here to see thank you cards from New Hope-Solebury Eighth Graders
Megan in Knoxville, TN
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
Christmas 2011 - This holiday season we have received over 500 letters from students to American soldiers. Thank You!
More art from Ms. St. John's Class
Business Education Students
More art from Ms. Down's Class
Ms. Held's Classes
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
Thank you Ida Price Middle Schoolers for always remembering our troops during the holidays!
Super letters from Ms. Gaston's Third Graders.
Third Graders say Thanks!
Ms. Norrid's Third Grade Class
More art from Ms. Norrid's Class
What Troops Miss Most
... the freedom to go somewhere and feel safe
... wearing something pink
... fresh butter and milk..."
Troops say they miss their families most.