Calling all Knitters and Crocheters ~

Soldiers Angels is putting out a call for people who can knit, crochet, sew or quilt.

We have some exciting news!! We have a new project that we would like all of you to consider helping with. It will benefit so many honorable and deserving veterans and we need your help to accomplish this goal! If you are interested please pass this information along to friends & families – church groups – sewing circles – Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts etc….


Introducing Soldiers’ Angels Operation Hug-A-Hero – “Honoring Our Veterans One Stitch At A Time”

Patti has asked our crochet team to help provide holiday cheer to TWENTY THOUSAND Veterans nationwide this holiday season. These blankets can be crocheted – knitted – quilted or fleece tie blankets. Once you have your blanket completed please wrap them individually in Christmas wrapping and place a tag or card with them letting our Heroes know who made the item and that you are a member of Soldiers’ Angels Organization. We ask that you please hold your blankets and mail them out on or near December 1st.

Once you get a package ready please email Terri Hansen at:

shansenfamily(at)embarqmail(dot)com

and she will provide you with the address of the nearest VA facility. In the email please include the number of blankets and the sizing. If you have a creation for a female please indicate on the outside of the package that it is intended for a female recipient.

The sizes requested are – 36 x 45 for lap afghans and 45 x 60 for blankets. Please remember that when crocheting/knitting and looming sometimes the measurements are not exact…that is fine!! Our Heroes will love them even if they are not the exact size requested!!

We thank you so much for considering this project! We feel like this is a wonderful way to wrap our veterans with love and show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made on our and our country’s behalf!

I’ve been knitting up some lapghans myself and I’ll be delivering them to the VA Hospital near here, as soon as I find the box I packed them in for moving….

When I was visiting the Palo Alto VA Hospital in CA, I would go into a room and see an afghan or quilt that someone had sent to the vets there. Some were in patriotic colors and others had special colors. So, I would ask them about it and their faces would light up! Some said, “I don’t know who made it or sent it, but it’s really great!” Or they would tell me of a relative who made it for them special in their favorite team’s colors. One thing is for sure, it most always was on the bed or wheelchair. And it meant a lot to them. Young vets or older vets. They love to be remembered and appreciated.

And one other thing, this doesn’t have to be just a Christmas project. There are patients at VA Hospitals year round.

So get out your needles and start making a {{hug}}!

Update ~

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, my daughter is in the Army Veterinary Corps.  She’ll be heading to Lackland Air Force Base in a couple of weeks to do some work with the Working Military Dogs there.


The mission of the 341st Training Squadron is to provide trained military working dogs and handlers for the Department of Defense, other government agencies and allies through training, logistical, veterinary support and research and development for security efforts worldwide.

 

 I can’t wait to hear about it!  She’s very excited, though I don’t know if it’s so much working with dogs or getting out of Hinesville for awhile.  I imagine it’s a bit of both, knowing her.  (We’re in negotiations right now about a stray dog that has come into the clinic.  She says we must take the dog if a home can’t be found for her in a couple months.  I have a feeling she’ll be bringing a “guest” with her at Thanksgiving…)

So ~ for all you dog lovers out there, there’s a way you can support our K-9 units!

Soldiers Angels also has a K-9 support project.  You can find out all about it by going to this link:

War Dogs 

Today we have over 2000 K-9 teams on the frontlines of the Global War on Terror. Nutritious food, high protein treats, hydration units, booties, cooling vests and many other items are necessary for our dogs’ successful missions.

 

Noise Sensitivity Training

Photo by Rob Martinez
March 26, 2007

Sgt. James Adolfson, 18th Military Police Detachment, Canine Section, comforts military police dog J.R. who is taking part in noise training in the Engagement Skills 2000 trainer here. The training helps desensitize MP dogs to the loud noises of battle and prepares them for deployment.

 

 

Killed in Iraq, Dog Team Buried together 

 Cpl. Kory D. Wiens and his partner, Cooper

They are a special and important, hard working part of our military and they really like their treats!

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September 30, 2007. Tags: , , , . Troop Support, Veterans.

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