Soldier’s Angels

Imagine you are a soldier wounded in action in Iraq or Afghanistan. Thanks to unprecedented efforts by the Army to save the lives of wounded soldiers, you stand an excellent chance of surviving just about any wounds. From self aid and buddy aid, Combat Lifesaver aid, Army medics, new technologies in shock/trauma care and  rapid medevac by helicopter air ambulance, and dedicated C-17 flying hospital aircraft, all that can humanly be done will focus on getting you to an in-theater hospital to stabilize you and then evacuate you to a regional medical hospital, usually Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany, where you can receive definitive treatment.

So far, so good. But for better or worse, a soldier’s platoon is both his “home” and his alternative family. Many a soldier has been wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan and woken up in Landstuhl AMC. Somewhere along the line, from the battlefield to the hospital, our wounded warrior was stripped naked, and everything he owns has either been discarded, or is still back in theater. He doesn’t have so much as  a toothbrush or a change of underwear. Hell, he doesn’t have any underwear to change out of. As emotionally traumatic as being wounded might be, finding yourself in a strange environment with little in the way of personal possessions and even lacking a pair of pants for the sake of personal dignity is even worse. Sure, eventually, the wheels of the Army will turn, and your possessions will catch up with you. But these things take time.

Into this breach has stepped a remarkable organization. Soldier’s Angels.  A volunteer based non-profit, SA has made it their mission that “no soldier goes unloved.”  One of their projects is the First Response Backpack. A simple backpack stuffed with some toiletries, some loose, comfortable sleepwear/sweats, maybe a few goodies, and a nice, warm blanket. Many is the soldier who has been torn from his friends to find that someone cares enough about him to make sure he had enough comfort items to get through the first few days. Go read the thank-you notes at the links. I challenge you to read them and not tear up.

Soldier’s Angels provides many more ways to show your support of Americans in the service. This just happens to be my particular favorite. I was reminded of this yesterday. I was at the Orange County Scottishfest. Soldier’s Angels had a booth there showing what they did for our troops, and of course, raising funds to continue doing it.

Soldier's Angels
Soldier's Angels

The wonderful ladies there weren’t necessarily the mothers of soldiers. They just felt it was important work, and they should be the ones to step up and do it. And God bless ’em for it.

Tomorrow is the day that we as a nation remember those who gave their lives on our behalf. Today, let’s take a moment to help out those who’s sacrifice is only slightly less. Give a little, won’t you?

Update: Welcome, Ace readers (you morons). Click on the link. Buy a backpack.

11 thoughts on “Soldier’s Angels”

  1. Thank you for your article! I have been an Angel for 3 years, and it is, hands down, the best thing I have ever done with my life. I have “adopted” over a dozen men and women from nearly all the branches of service and have come to know and love some of their family members, too.

  2. “Go read the thank-you notes at the links. I challenge you to read them and not tear up.”

    I didn’t tear up. It was my monitor getting misty…

  3. Thanks for the nod to SA. I am going to dye my hair red to get at the top of your page though! Seriously, volunteering with SA is the most rewarding thing I have done in a long long time. To know that what we do really makes a difference is the best feeling! If you see our booth at any event, come by and at least sign the inside of the blanket that will go in a back pack to a solider in a combat hospital and go with them to Germany. We have gotten many thank yous from them or their families as to how uplifting the sign of caring was. DON’T FORGET THEM, MAY NO SOLIDER GO UNLOVED. MAY NO SOLDIER WALK ALONE. MAY NO SOLDIER FEEL FORGOTTEN. UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME. Thank you.

  4. Hey! That’s me in the black SA t-shirt (and my daddy’s dog tags) telling someone about the first response backpack, also my personal favorite of all the things we do. And we had such an incredible show of support at the Scottish Festival! A million thanks to all who donated and signed cards. Thanks for the exposure. We love what we do.

  5. Thanks for helping to raise awareness about a great charity! I wanted to tell you about another opportunity to help. MindComet (an interactive agency) will be awarding a $25,000 Social Media Makeover to a charity. We’re asking Americans to help select this charity by voting.

    One of the charities competing in this annual event is Soldiers’ Angels. We were wondering if you wanted to help support them by putting a badge on your blog?

    Please check out their share page at
    http://communicause.com/my-cause/2255

    Thank you!
    Laura

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