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  • Audit Finds Military Support Program Badly Managed

    12/13/2008 11:06:45 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 2 replies · 397+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 12 Dec 08 | RICHARD LARDNER
    Breaking down the fees paid to the Susan Davis International, the audit says the department had nearly one dozen of the firm's employees working on the program in 2007 at a cost of $2.6 million, "or an average annual rate of $223,453 per person to perform public relations efforts."
  • Report Finds Mismanagement in America Supports You Program

    12/12/2008 5:13:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 167+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2008 – The Defense Department Inspector General reports that the America Supports You program was being managed in a “questionable and irregular manner,” the department’s top public affairs official said today. Robert T. Hastings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, spoke with reporters in advance of the release of the inspector general’s audit. Dorrance Smith, then-assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, requested the IG audit in May 2007. Still, Hastings said, America Supports You is a “tremendous initiative” for U.S. servicemembers and their families. As originally conceived, the program aimed to inform servicemembers...
  • In letter, Attorney Claims Misconduct by Stripes, DOD [by a FreeRepublic "Partner"]

    05/15/2008 9:11:49 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 34 replies · 299+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 14, 2008 | Jeff Schogol,
    ARLINGTON, Va. — A former attorney for the American Forces Information Service has sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, alleging serious misconduct by Pentagon and Stars and Stripes officials and saying she was retaliated against for pursuing her legal duties connected to the America Supports You program. In the letter, obtained by Stars and Stripes, former AFIS General Counsel Diane Beaver accuses Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison, and acting Stripes publisher Max Lederer of violations regarding how America Supports You was funded and how money was spent. "Ms. Barber and...
  • America Supports You: Group Provides Reading Program at Military Hospitals

    05/08/2008 4:26:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 97+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Maj. (Dr.) Renee Cevey, USAF
    LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, May 8, 2008 – Wilford Hall Medical Center here has launched a new program emphasizing the importance of literacy to parents and children alike. Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit organization, uses several methods to promote early literacy as part of routine pediatric care, including having volunteers reading aloud in pediatric waiting rooms. Its main approach, though, is to promote literacy during well-baby or well-child visits for children from ages 6 months through 4 years. Pediatric providers trained in the Reach Out and Read model offer age-appropriate tips to emphasize to parents and...
  • America Supports You: Sports Clinic Opens for Disabled Veterans

    03/31/2008 4:33:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 109+ views
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., March 31, 2008 – Sixty-seven veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are among 400 disabled veterans who converged here yesterday to kick off the world’s largest disabled ski clinic. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Gordon H. Mansfield praises participants at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic for applying the same qualities of dedication, pride and self-worth they demonstrated during their military service to their rehabilitation. Photo by Sgt. KaRonda Fleming, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Gordon H. Mansfield and Robert T. Reynolds, national commander of Disabled American Veterans, opened the...
  • America Supports You: Small Grant Sparks Big Celebration

    03/26/2008 10:39:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2008 – A grant of just $163 dollars from a group that supports military families turned out to be a really big deal -- not only for the recipients, but for the granting organization, as well. The grant put “Our Military Kids,” a group that supports families of deployed or wounded National Guard and reserve members, over the $1 million mark in grants given, said Gail Kruzel, one of the organization’s founders. This particular grant means that two young sons of Missouri Army National Guard Maj. Matt Bacon, who currently is serving his second tour in...
  • America Supports You: NHL Team Hosts Military Appreciation Night

    02/21/2008 4:27:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 148+ views
    America Supports You ^ | John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2008 – Away from the rigors of combat last night on an evening dedicated to their selfless service, the only shootout troops worried about was between dueling National Hockey League teams. During Military Appreciation Night at the Verizon Center here, the Washington Capitals honored some 5,000 servicemembers and their families with free admission and hosted dozens of wounded warriors from military hospitals. From the giant high-definition screen hanging from the arena's ceiling, shout-outs to servicemembers and videos featuring troops and hockey pros projected onto some 18,000 fans attending the Capitals-New York Islanders contest. At a pre-game...
  • America Supports You: Group Facilitates Valentine’s Day Greetings

    02/07/2008 3:37:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 107+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2008 – Letting servicemembers know they’re not forgotten this Valentine’s Day couldn’t be easier, thanks to a national troop-support group’s online care package program. Operation Homefront’s “eCarePackage” program allows American citizens to send care packages to servicemembers and their families. The program also is available for military families to send and receive packages. “(Servicemembers and their families) just have to register, but it’s completely secure,” said Meredith Leyva, founder of Operation Homefront. “We don’t share any private information, not even first names.” When servicemembers or their family members register, they’re assigned a number that becomes their...
  • America Supports You: Newman’s Own Launches 9th Annual Awards

    01/31/2008 3:18:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 65+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2008 – Volunteer organizations providing support to military families can compete for a share of $75,000 in grant money that could make their efforts a bit easier. Newman’s Own, the Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times Media Group are accepting nominations for the 2008 Newman’s Own Awards through May 2. The Fisher House Foundation is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad. The three organizations are looking for innovative plans to support military families from the volunteer groups,...
  • America Supports You: Fund Supports North Carolina Troops

    01/28/2008 3:30:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 86+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – Servicemembers from the Tar Heel state who face financial burdens can turn to a newly established fund for assistance. The North Carolina Heroes’ Fund was established to provide support to military men and women from North Carolina or stationed at one of North Carolina’s many military bases, said Scott Stone, the fund’s chairman. “This support is primarily centered on hardships which these men and women, or their families, may have endured due to their service overseas,” he said. The assistance is provided through various methods, including direct payments or coordinating volunteer efforts. Family members...
  • Joint Staff Ops Director Cites Value of ‘America Supports You’

    01/25/2008 3:07:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 51+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2008 – The Joint Staff’s operations director told participants in the third annual America Supports You National Summit here today it would be impossible to put a price tag on what they give the country’s men and women in uniform. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham told more than 180 representatives of 122 troop-support groups at the Pentagon for the all-day summit that the work they do and the support of the American people provide “the center of gravity for our operations.” Troops rely on equipment, supplies, food and other resources to carry out their mission. But...
  • America Supports You Summit Helps Groups Build on Momentum

    01/25/2008 3:03:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 53+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2008 – More than 180 representatives of 122 troop-support groups gathered today at the Pentagon to share information and insights about ways to boost their efforts during the third annual America Supports You National Summit. Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Allison Barber, the program’s architect, opened the all-day session welcoming the participants she credits with making America Supports You such a big success. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to close the summit, thanking the groups for their contributions. The Defense Department launched the America Supports you program in November 2004 to showcase support for the country’s...
  • America Supports You: Airman Flies High After Surprise Proposal

    01/24/2008 3:57:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 91+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2008 – Simply communicating while deployed to Iraq can be challenging for servicemembers, but one airman discovered that trying to plan a surprise marriage proposal was nearly impossible. But help from several sources led to Air Force Senior Airman Robert Blackburn popping the question to his girlfriend, D’Ann Campbell, Jan. 18. “It was really hard for me to even get on the Internet over there,” said Blackburn, 22, who recently returned to his duty station at Hill Air Force Base, in Utah. But Blackburn’s moving request and a friend’s testimony submitted to “Dallas is Love,” a...
  • America Supports You: 130,000-Plus Send Troops Text Messages of Thanks

    11/25/2007 9:27:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 194+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2007 – More than 130,000 Americans sent messages of gratitude this week to the nation's troops through the "Giving Thanks" text messaging initiative. The initiative is part of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. "The 'Giving Thanks' text message campaign has been a wonderful example of how Americans are still passionate about supporting the troops and saying thank you for their service," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication and public liaison. "Hopefully, our troops serving in 177...
  • America Supports You: Group ‘Adopts’ Troops to Show Gratitude

    11/21/2007 3:51:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 94+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2007 – Connecting supportive Americans with deployed troops keeps one Colorado-based support group busy. “In the last two years and eight months, we have grown to 16,000 registered supporters,” said Ann Johnson, founder of Adopt A US Soldier. But that number doesn’t accurately represent the volume of volunteers, she added. “Many schools, synagogues, churches, companies and organizations are counted as one in our system, and yet the supporters are many more,” she explained. And they don’t just live in the United States. Johnson said Adopt A US Soldier has supporters in 52 countries. “It’s a very...
  • America Supports You: Americans Send Troops Thanks by the Thousands

    11/19/2007 3:54:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 327+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2007 – Since 6 a.m. Nov. 17, thousands of Americans across the country paused to text a message of gratitude to the nation’s servicemembers for their sacrifices through the “Giving Thanks” text messaging program. “It already feels like a terrific, successful campaign, because from the thousands and thousands of messages that have come in already, we’re seeing that the American people really just want a chance to say ‘Thanks,’” said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication and public liaison, of the America Supports You initiative. America Supports You is a Defense Department...
  • America Supports You: Operation Pinecone Shifts Gears for Holidays

    10/22/2007 4:51:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Toni Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2007 – For volunteers with South Riding, Va.-based Operation Pinecone, Halloween is over and the Christmas rush has begun. “We have 25 camps, four hospitals (and) two humanitarian aid contacts,” said Mary Hacker, who founded the group two years ago after deciding to super-size a care package originally planned for one family friend deployed to Iraq. “A neighbor came by, saw what I was doing, and said she had wanted to do something to help the troops but that she didn’t have a contact over there,” Hacker explained. Word spread through Hacker’s rural Virginia neighborhood and,...
  • America Supports You: Software Giant Lends Support to Troops

    10/09/2007 4:24:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2007 – As part of its continued commitment to honoring troops and their families, software giant Microsoft Corp. announced today that it has become a corporate supporter of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program. The America Supports You program connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. “As the demands of service continue to challenge and strain America’s armed forces, domestic efforts to support soldiers and their families grow increasingly important,” said Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft’s Federal Division. “Joining America Supports You is a key part of...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Gives Back to Military Families

    09/25/2007 5:36:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 107+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2007 – Military families have a new partner in their efforts to understand and cope with having a loved one in a battle zone. The Blewitt Foundation focuses on helping children experiencing loss, serious injury or related anxiety or fear. “Our primary mission is to provide special comfort, enjoyment and enrichment opportunities for U.S. military families … through partnerships with unique recreational and educational programs,” said Joe Cantafio, the foundation’s vice president of programs. “The cornerstone of our family-based program is fun, but not just any kind of fun,” he said. “The Blewitt Foundation provides all-expense-paid...
  • America Supports You: Media Icon Sheds Light on ‘Signature Wound’

    09/17/2007 4:31:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 100+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2007 – On Jan. 29, 2006, a roadside-bomb explosion near Taji, Iraq, started one TV news personality on a journey from war correspondent to casualty of war, and finally to co-founder of a fund-raising organization to improve awareness about traumatic brain injury. ABC news reporter Bob Woodruff, left, and Rene Bardorf, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury, meet with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England in July 2007. Woodruff and his family established the fund after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in January 2006 while covering the war in Iraq....
  • America Supports You: Walk Offers Family Chance to Reflect, Remember

    09/12/2007 4:46:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 98+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    SEBRING, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2007 – The more than 1,000 people who walked in the second annual Freedom Walk here yesterday did so to remember, reflect and commemorate those who were killed in the terrorist attacks six years ago. Irma McVicker (left), her daughter, Molly, and husband, Mark, remember their son and brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel McVicker, during a musical tribute at the end of Sebring, Ohio's second annual Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, 2007. Daniel was killed Oct. 6, 2005, while serving in Iraq. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For one...
  • America Supports You: Freedom Walk Helps Groups Spread Word

    09/09/2007 12:50:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 174+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2007 – As thousands of people filled the Pentagon parking lot at the end of the third America Supports You Freedom Walk today, they were greeted by groups individually working toward the collective goal of supporting troops and their families. Karina Rollins (right), talks with Lisa Dixon of Soldiers' Angels after participating in the third America Supports You Freedom Walk on Sept. 9, 2007, in Washington. The troop-support group, one of 21 participating in the event following the walk, offers a variety of support to servicemembers including letters and care packages. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click...
  • Thousands Commemorate Sept. 11 Anniversary During Freedom Walk

    09/09/2007 12:45:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2007 – In stark contrast to Sept. 11, 2001, when thousands fled the burning Pentagon building, today thousands walked toward it during the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the nation’s veterans, past and present. Army Sgt. Larry Miller walks across Memorial Bridge with his wife Holly and two children, Jacob, 5, and Kyla, 4. “It’s personal for me,” Miller said of the Freedom Walk. “I wanted to be here because this is a good event and a good cause.” Defense Dept. photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo...
  • Thousands Take Part in America Supports You Freedom Walk

    09/09/2007 12:29:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 178+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2007 – In the shadow of the Washington Monument and under the watchful eyes of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, some 8,000 participants gathered at the National Mall here to walk in the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk. Participants in the America Supports You National Freedom Walk arrive at the Pentagon, Sept. 9, 2007. The third annual walk started at the Lincoln Memorial. Defense Department photo by John Harrington Photography   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. America Supports You, a Defense Department program that connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families,...
  • Tours to Offer Rare Glimpse of Pentagon to Public

    09/06/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 152+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2007 – As it has for the past two years to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Pentagon will open its doors Sept. 8 and 9 for brief public tours. The tours, part of Sept. 11 commemorative events that include the Sept. 9 America Supports You Freedom Walk, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hodgin, director of the Pentagon’s tour program, said. America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and...
  • America Supports You: Group Gets Injured Troops Back in the Game

    09/04/2007 4:41:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 125+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2007 – A Maryland-based group is out to show severely wounded servicemembers they’ve still got game through the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project. Jason Beakes holds a prosthetic leg for Army Sgt. Brandon Huff at the end of the day’s runs at Dickerson Whitewater Course, in Dickerson, Md., March 12, 2005. Beakes, a champion whitewater kayaker, volunteers with Team River Runner, teaching kayaking to disabled veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo by Neil Hermansdorfer  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The idea for the program is to … get these guys active as soon...
  • America Supports You: Dinners Give Troops New Support Network

    08/28/2007 4:40:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 161+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2007 – For injured servicemembers, the transition between hospital and hometown can be a rough one. Kathy Pearce is working to make that transition a little smoother in Arizona’s Sun Valley with monthly “Hometown Heroes Dinners.” The dinners give still-recovering servicemembers a chance to get together with others in the area who have shared similar experiences. “What I was finding is that once they get back home … there is such a loss of that camaraderie once they’re not with their unit or they’re not in a rehab center,” said Kathy Pearce, a Military Severely Injured...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Tennessee Troops

    08/27/2007 4:40:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 173+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2007 – Troops from Tennessee are finding a local group is there to offer them a helping hand when they need it. The group, “Tennessee’s Helping Hearts,” works in many ways to honor and support servicemembers serving at home and overseas, Teresa Miller, the group’s president, said. “We strive to be there for our military so they are never alone,” she said. The group’s focus is supporting injured servicemembers, whether help needed is in a practical or material form or just for a day of stress-relieving fun. Group members put in a new driveway for a...
  • America Supports You: Walter Reed Society Has Special Meaning for Its President

    08/26/2007 10:39:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 184+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2007 – Janet Southby has been a driving force behind the Walter Reed Society since the group’s beginning in 1996. The Walter Reed Society works to enhance patient support and improve morale by funding special unmet needs of soldiers and their families during treatment and recovery. Southby served as first vice president of the group until being elected president in 2001 and has held that position ever since. “I have been privileged to serve with a dedicated group of volunteers on the Board of Directors and in other volunteer positions for the past six years,” said...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Supports Veterans Past, Present

    08/18/2007 10:29:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 142+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2007 – Veterans health care facilities have a friend in a newly formed nonprofit organization. The Gerald T. Parks Memorial Foundation’s mission is to support veterans, past and present, by providing funds to help repair and develop military and Veterans Affairs health care facilities, one of the foundation’s chairmen said. “We have just begun our initial project,” Terri Pendleton said. “We received our (nonprofit) status on June 28. Since then, we have contacted the Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, S.C., as well as the outpatient clinic in Rock Hill.” Both of the facilities have provided the...
  • America Supports You: Freedom Walks Total 157 Nationwide

    08/07/2007 5:24:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 146+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2007 – Planning for the 2007 America Supports You Freedom Walk is well under way in the nation’s capital as well as in 41 states across the country. The inaugural America Supports You Freedom Walk, created by Pentagon employees to commemorate the attack on the building and honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, was held Sept. 11, 2005. America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. As of today, 1,231 people have registered for the national Freedom Walk, part...
  • America Supports You: Group Connects Heroes, Employers

    07/30/2007 4:48:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 87+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2007 – An online nonprofit group is helping servicemembers preparing to transition to the civilian work world connect with solid job opportunities. “Our mission is accomplished through online networking, and the key to our success is our volunteers,” said Vikki Skrypez, volunteer coordinator for the group, “Hire a Hero.” Dan Caulfield, a former Marine, started the group’s Web site, www.HireaHero.org, in January. It currently has 5,000 former servicemembers signed up for help with job hunting. Participants are asked to complete a profile about their situation -- for example, what skills they have, how close they are...
  • America Supports You: Home-Front Groups Partner to Help Troops

    07/12/2007 4:48:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 192+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2007 – No single troop-support group can meet every request servicemembers make, but through partnerships with three other groups, Silver Star Families of America is coming closer. Under the guidance of Silver Star Families of America President Steve Newton, the group has teamed up with “Give An Hour,” “Soldiers’ Angels,” and the “Thank You Foundation.” These partnerships broaden the scope of resources the group’s able to offer servicemembers. “All three of these (partnerships) were launched within the last two weeks,” said Janie Orman, vice president of Silver Star Families of America. “They’re working great already.” Silver...
  • America Supports You: Teachers Learn How Kids Can Support Troops

    06/26/2007 5:13:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 84+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    SAN DIEGO, June 26, 2007 – Educators attending the Military Impacted Schools Association’s summer meeting here today got a warm thank you from the Defense Department and a lesson on how students can express support for servicemembers. MISA is a national organization representing public school districts that serve high concentrations of military children. “I do want to thank you, as an educator … for what you do,” said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison and a former teacher. “Many of you know that the morale of our troops is based on support that...
  • America Supports You: North Carolina Group Paints Picture of Patriotism

    06/22/2007 4:49:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 171+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Meghan Vittrup
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 – A North Carolina group has taken a creative approach to supporting the military by promoting patriotism through the arts. “We promote love of country, respect for the American flag and projects that support the patriotic art education of children,” said Eileen Schwartz, Flags Across the Nation’s founder. Some of the projects include three annual art contests: the Flags of Freedom Patriotic Art Contest, the I Love America Day Photo Contest and the Patriot Day Photo Contest. The art submissions from the contests are used to create quilts that are displayed around the country. In...
  • America Supports You: Teens’ Program Keeps Troops Connected

    06/21/2007 5:04:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 139+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 – Two Massachusetts teens are working to turn Americans’ unwanted cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid talk time for the nation’s troops. Brittany Bergquist, 16, and her brother, Robbie, 15, founders of Cell Phones for Soldiers, deliver prepaid phone cards to Coast Guardsmen aboard the USCGC Campbell. The Massachusetts teens collect and recycle unwanted cell phones, using the profits to purchase the phone cards. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Cell Phones for Soldiers is the original (cell phone) recycling program created to benefit the troops and provide free...
  • America Supports You: Care Package Recipient to Receive Free Jeep

    06/21/2007 5:20:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 375+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007 – One lucky patriot serving overseas will find another type of patriot awaiting his or her return home, thanks to an America Supports You organization and a Jeep dealers association. Operation Gratitude packed its 250,000th care package the morning of June 16. The contents included the normal food, comfort and entertainment items, as well as a homemade quilt donated by school children. But the package won’t be shipped until one more special gift is added to it next month. The treasure at the bottom of the box will be symbolic keys to a Jeep Patriot...
  • America Supports You: Group’s Monkeys Minister to Troops

    06/18/2007 4:43:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 281+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 18, 2007 – In Chelsea, Ala., offering servicemembers and their families encouragement is just plain monkey business. Beth VanSickle, founder of Sock Monkey Ministries, Inc., is joined by some of her creations before they ship out to provide hope and encouragement to deployed servicemembers. Sock Monkey Ministries volunteers create each monkey by hand, making it as unique as the message of support it carries. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Since February 2005, Sock Monkey Ministries, Inc. has been letting servicemembers know they’re not forgotten with handmade sock monkeys. Each monkey wears a yellow ribbon...
  • America Supports You: Restaurant Brings Taste of Home to Deployed Troops

    06/15/2007 4:46:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 407+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Matthew Clifton, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 15, 2007 – A large line could be seen extending from the chow hall here as the aroma of steak floated across the base June 13. Soldiers are treated to food from Outback Steakhouse on June 13 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Soldiers here were treated to a little taste of home when “Feeding Freedom 5” brought the “Down Under” taste of Outback Steakhouse to the base dining facility. “Feeding Freedom” is the program that brings food from Outback Steakhouse...
  • America Supports You: Bookseller Announces Large Donation (Barnes and Noble 300K items)

    05/18/2007 4:41:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 368+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., May 18, 2007 – Bookselling giant Barnes and Noble opened a new chapter in its history today by announcing a donation of 300,000 items to America Supports You home-front groups. Left to right: Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Smolen, commander of Air Force District Washington; Tony Rosenbaum, vice president of Y3K Graphix; Frankie Mayo of the Operation AC troop-support organization; and Marie Toulantis, chief executive officer of BarnesandNoble.com; and Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication and public liaison, gather at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., May 18, to announce a...
  • Rumsfeld pays visit to troops in Iraq

    12/09/2006 3:34:49 PM PST · by advance_copy · 213 replies · 4,872+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/09/06
    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday. "He's there to express his appreciation to the troops and to thank both the troops and their families for the sacrifices they are making," said Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Vician, a Defense Department spokesman. Rumsfeld's trip follows an emotional farewell Friday at the Pentagon, where the defense secretary defended his record on Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • America Supports You: Group Finds Low-Tech Solution to Pressing Problem

    09/11/2006 5:27:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 323+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Ensign John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 -- A group of American seamstresses is working to apply an old-fashioned skill -- sewing -- to help today’s wounded veterans. The nonprofit group “Sew Much Comfort” includes more than 2,000 people who sew specially made clothing for wounded servicemembers, who often find clothing off the rack doesn’t accommodate a variety of medical devices. Sew Much Comfort is a member of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, which highlights grassroots and corporate efforts to support U.S. troops and their families. Several of the groups set up tables at the end of the America Supports...
  • Thousands Converge on National Mall for America Supports You Freedom Walk

    09/11/2006 4:31:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 292+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 -- They represented a cross-section of America -- thousands of men, women and children of all ages, races and backgrounds from every corner of the country -- and came together yesterday during the second annual America Supports You Freedom Walk here to pay tribute to those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. Two soldiers who understand firsthand the loss of Sept. 11, 2001, cross Memorial Bridge during the America Supports You Freedom Walk. Army Spc. Cindy Davis from Headquarters Company at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, lost two uncles, both firemen, in the World Trade Center....
  • America Supports You: Assistance Program Brings Message to Freedom Walk

    09/11/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 -- Amid the thousands of walkers at the Pentagon yesterday commemorating the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the nation’s past and present veterans, was a group that looks to help those veterans in a very tangible way. The American Legion’s “Heroes to Hometown” program, which was represented at the end of yesterday’s America Supports You Freedom Walk, is a group that works to provide a seamless transfer for severely injured veterans from the hospital to their hometowns. “We wanted to be a part of this, of course,” David L. Marsh, assistant director of...
  • America Supports You: White Sands Hosts First 2006 Freedom Walk

    09/08/2006 8:58:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 718+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 -- White Sands Missile Range, N.M., yesterday became the first U.S. city to hold a local Freedom Walk to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and honor veterans past and present. More than 30 military and civilian employees at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gather for the Sept. 7 Freedom Walk to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and to honor veterans, past and present. Photo by Jose Salazar  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. More than 30 military and civilian employees at the massive range,...
  • Freedom Walks to Commemorate 9/11, Honor Veterans

    09/08/2006 7:22:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 898+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 -- Tens of thousands of Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are preparing to put on their walking shoes during the next few days as they participate in Freedom Walks to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to honor veterans, past and present. More than 30 military and civilian employees at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gather for the Sept. 7 Freedom Walk to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and to honor veterans, past and present. Photo by Jose Salazar  '(Click...
  • America Supports You: Chicago Gears Up for Sept. 10 Freedom Walk

    09/08/2006 7:24:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 537+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 – Chicago will remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the nation’s past and present veterans with a Freedom Walk on Sept. 10 at the north lawn of Soldier Field. The event is one of more than 120 similar events planned this weekend in all 50 states to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks. Chicago felt a deep-seated need to hold a Freedom Walk, Eric Schuller, senior policy advisor to Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, said. “Chicago’s kind of the heartland of the United States,” he said....
  • America Supports You: North Carolina Town Adds Freedom Walk

    09/06/2006 6:15:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 630+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – Waxhaw, N.C., will be awash in red, white and blue Sept. 9, as the town holds a Freedom Walk and “Waving Patriotism” event to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and honor servicemembers, past and present. Hosted by Flags Across the Nation, a nonprofit group that promotes patriotism, the events and walk will begin with a welcome ceremony at 11 a.m. near the town’s Memorial Wall and fire station and conclude at 5 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to write letters and create patriotic art for the troops. They can also brush up on flag...
  • South Carolina Capital Hosting Freedom Walk

    09/06/2006 6:34:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 728+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- Columbia, S.C., will remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and honor servicemembers past and present with a Freedom Walk Sept. 11, according to a news release from the city. The walk will begin at the State Capitol at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at City Memorial Park with a wreath-laying ceremony. Participants will include members of the general public, public service representatives, state and local government officials and representatives of all military services, the release said. Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is scheduled to...
  • America Supports You: Troops’ Songwriting Talent Showcased

    09/06/2006 6:12:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 302+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- Army Sgt. J.R. Schultz spent much of his down time in Iraq writing songs with his buddies. The endeavor paid big dividends when he entered the Dallas Songwriters Association’s “Songs From the Soul of Service” amateur songwriting contest. Army Sgt. J.R. Schultz was one of about 150 servicemembers who submitted original songs for the Dallas Songwriters Associations’ “Songs From the Soul of Service” amateur songwriting contest. He had two first-place songs, and a third song took a second place. “You Know Me,” his first-place entry in the country category, went on to take the grand...