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I've been overwhelmed at the outpouring of support for military families by Kossacks. Many of you have asked for specifics on how you can show your support and how you can help. Blue Star Families has a program that sends cards and letters of thanks and appreciation to military spouses and families that is quick and easy to do. Help Blue Star Families thank military spouses and families for the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make!

Blue Star Families has a program called Operation Appreciation which distributes cards and letters of support to military spouses, family members and children.  From their site:

The most significant result of Blue Star Families Military Life Issues Survey was that 94% of respondents felt that "the general public does not truly understand or appreciate the sacrifices made by service members and their families."

A disconnect means just that – the connection is broken. That means that all of you well-meaning, grateful civilians are also lacking a way to express your gratitude. BSF would like alleviate that disconnect through our new program, "Operation Appreciation."  Through this innovative program, members of the community who would like to support our military families can send cards expressing heartfelt thanks, solidarity, or just good old-fashioned encouragement.  The writer can choose to write a card to the parent, spouse or child of a military member, or to a veteran of the armed services.  All of the recipients will be current members of Blue Star Families.

Operation AppreciationThis is your chance to let America's military community know how much you appreciate all that they have sacrificed in order to keep our country safe.

To send a letter or card of support for military families you can:

  1.  Write a card (any type of card will do) targeted for:

                  (1). Parent of a servicemember
                  (2). Spouse of a servicemember
                  (3). Child of a servicemember
                  (4). Veteran

  1. Write the corresponding number for the recipient (1. for Parent, 2. for Spouse, etc.) on the envelope by the address line.
  1. Mail the card, in an unsealed envelope, to BLUE STAR FAMILIES, PO BOX 1906, Chesapeake, VA, 23327

That's it! Blue Star Families will sort and send the card to a member of our organization who matches the card’s target.

Visit Blue Star Families on the Web for more information on Operation Appreciation or more information on how you can help support military families.

Originally posted to WifeDuringWartime on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:21 AM PDT.

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    •  Thank you, m'dear! nt (6+ / 0-)

      A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

      by Hound Dog on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:23:59 AM PDT

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    •  Please keep doing this. (3+ / 0-)

      IndieArmyWife, I just wanted to tell you that I deeply appreciate your efforts to raise awareness and keep military families in all our minds here at DK.  Not just for the support that they need, although that is clearly the #1 reason -- but for unabashedly partisan reasons as well.

      Too often, "the left" is tarred with the "doesn't support the military" brush.  It's unfair, it's wrong, but we can't deny that it's out there.  Your diaries, and the support they receive here, show how very very wrong that idea is.  So not only do they provide a welcome reminder that the military and families need and deserve our support, but they also provide a welcome demonstration of the support that is out there on our side of the aisle.

      A twofer!

      •  Thanks for the encouragement! (3+ / 0-)

        You are so very, very right.  It's very easy to stereotype military families as "True Believers" who blindly follow the Army's dictates, believe in "God and Country" above all else etc and at one point that may have been true but I was SHOCKED when I married into the Army how many Left leaning people there are in service, especially among spouses. When I started my blog it was because I felt so isolated and lost in the sea of True Believers and I didn't think there would be any support for a big mouthed proudly Liberal Army spouse and yet I started getting emails from other people like me the day I put the blog up.

        The trouble is that often we're invisible. Isolated from the Left, and not welcome on the Right (not that we'd want to be on the Right anyway) we just exist in our little space.  I literally have sobbed over some of the responses of support I have gotten here because I did not think it was out there. Now that I know it is I'm more determined than ever to make a space for Left leaning military spouses to be more visible and more vocal so that we can have a better dialog with non military affiliated people on the Left, break down some of those stereotypes, and work together to accomplish mutual goals.

        •  I don't have the honor of being a mil. spouse (1+ / 0-)
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          kj in missouri

          But I am a military daughter -- my Dad was a 20-year Navy man, doing SAR during both Korea and Vietnam.  Until I came here to DK, I had no idea that what I had heard about "the left" was a pack of lies.  So I know, firsthand, that diaries like yours can do tremendous good.

  •  Thank you for the thoughts of inspiration (4+ / 0-)

    Every day you inspire something good that vitalize our community. Thank you    

  •  Thank you (4+ / 0-)
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    kj in missouri, llbear, nzanne, Hound Dog

    I'm a paper crafter and make a lot of cards. This is perfect for someone like me who has tons of supplies on hand, and can do this whenever.

    Birthers and Deathers and Town Hallers...oh my! Where's a flying monkey when you need one?

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:30:06 AM PDT

  •  Help the dogs and cats they love (1+ / 0-)
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    blue jersey mom

    ANother way to support depoployed soldiers is to help them bring home the dogs and cats they b efrinedin Iraq and Afganistan. Baghdad Pups and Nowzaddogs accept donations to pay the expenses for transporting the beloved pet of a deployed unit back to safety in Emerica or England.

    Second star on the right and straight on til morning

    by wren on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:33:04 AM PDT

    •  Wow what a hijack! (3+ / 0-)
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      llbear, sierrak9s, Vita Brevis

      that's some skilled hijacking right there.

      Pets ARE important, but, not the right place to be soliciting donations.

      •  Good on you. (1+ / 0-)
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        Vita Brevis

        Amazing how people think they could get away with stuff like that.

        Can you help me with this conundrum? Locally when it comes to helping military families, we do a good job for National Guardsmen on duty overseas. Every one of them gets a care package designed just for them every month.

        Where we fail is to connect with the needs of their families while they are gone. For privacy reasons the Guard will not release any information to anyone or any organization. What is the best way to make sure we at home have your backs?

        Committing the crime of torture mandates punishment. Covering up a crime is a crime. That must stop NOW.

        by llbear on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:48:24 AM PDT

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        •  Helping the Guard (2+ / 0-)
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          kj in missouri, llbear

          I am not sure off the top of my head how to answer that, but I can do some digging and find out.
          I 100% agree that Guard families need more support. One of my closest friends, a woman I've known since I was 10, is married to a Guard soldier who was called up after 9/11. He ended up doing three tour in Iraq, came home gravely wounded midway through the third one. During the first two she dealt with two pregnancies by herself, giving birth by herself, and raising infants by herself. When he came home he was seriously injured and they lived more than 8 hours away from the closest Army post so she was caring for two babies and her injured husband all by herself. She had family that helped out but it was still incredibly difficult. And there are too many spouses in that position.
          I will post anything I can find about support orgs for Guard families!

        •  check (1+ / 0-)
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          with the nearest guard group for your area.  they'll know of a family support group person to contact.

          "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

          by kj in missouri on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 09:26:38 AM PDT

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      •  Group that Helps Soldiers Pets (1+ / 0-)
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        Not that I want to encourage this kind of hijacking but this group:

        Helps find foster homes and pays for the pets' travel and sometimes their upkeep in foster homes while soldiers are deployed so they don't have to give up their pets and don't have to worry about a pet surviving while they are in combat.

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