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.
Guard Family Program. 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.
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.
The Wrightslaw Team says a special "thank you" for your wonderful letters of thanks and support for our troops. See all the art on the Wrightslaw Hero Art page.
Special thanks to Kayley in RI. Your thank you cards for our troops are on the way!
Robert J. West Middle School
Many thanks to Ms. Smith's students who were "Reaching out to others" by saying thank you.
The Wrightlsaw Team appreciates your contribution to supporting our troops over the Christmas holiday.
Special thanks to Destiny and Dylan, from TN.
Your thank you letters to our troops are already on the way!
Clyde Boyd Middle School
Thank you again for another project from Ms. Flood's classes for all your letters to our troops. Your letters are on the way to our soldiers in time for the Holidays. Great job!
May 2019 - Patience Wright Chapter NSDAR
A second year for this wonderful project by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Patience Wright Chapter. Students participated in a study of the colonial period of history - while bringing awareness of the deeds and sacrifices of our soldiers serving at home and abroad, wrote letters to our soldiers. Martha Washington (aka Joan Bogaty) assisted students using period materials like quill pens to complete the project. These letters were sent to our partners at Operation Gratitude and to soldiers deployed at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
Well done Hailey in VT! Many thanks for taking the time to say "thank you" to our soldiers. Your letter is on the way to troops at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
The Wrightslaw Team says many thanks to Ms. Perrin's 8th graders at Tantasqua Regional Junior High School for all your letters.
Veteran's Day 2018
The Wrightslaw Team says a special "thank you" to Ms.Flood's 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Clyde Boyd Middle School. Your Veterans Day Assembly letter and art project was a wonderful way to thank and support our troops. The 200 letters and pictures you sent are already on their way to our troops around the world - just in time for the Christmas holidays. See all art from Clyde Boyd Middle School.
A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a 5th grade class fair culminating in a study of the colonial period of history - while bringing awareness of the deeds and sacrifices of our soldiers serving at home and abroad. These letters, were written by the students attending that fair. Their letters were sent to our partners at Operation Gratitude and to soldiers deployed at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). See all the art from the Fair.
Andrews Middle School
The Wrightslaw Team extends a huge thanks to the Andrews Middle School Student Council and their sponsor Ms. Lindsey. For their 2016 Veteran's Day project, they submitted 625, yes! 625, letters and pictures in support of our troops. Their wonderful work is already on the way to service members in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Great job!
The Cook Family and
Thanks to these Cub Scouts, we were able to send over 60 cards and letters to the troops.
Wolf Pack 1417
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders
Thank you 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 - who they are and what they like to do. .
Just in time for Christmas packages for soldiers, thank you letters from middle schoolers arrive.
Ms. Norrid's Third Grade Class comes through again!
Ms. Norrid's Third Grade Class 2013
See all the art from Ms. Norrid's 2013 Class
Thank you 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 2012
More art from Ms. Norrid's Class
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 .
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
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
Veteran's Day - November 2011
Eight Graders' Thank You Cards
Megan in Knoxville
Thank you letters from
Ms. Kohler's Tenth Grade Class
Ms. Young's Sixth Grade Class
Ms. Stinchcomb's 1st Grade 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 Grade Classes
5th & 6th Grade Classes
Many thanks to:
Mr. Markusen's Class
Ms. Robins' Third Grade Class
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, CA
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.
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Wright. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1998-2022, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.