Merry Christmas to our Armed Forces

Today is Veterans Day. A tradition that began in 1919 at the end of World War I. It’s a day set aside to honor ALL veterans who have served and are currently serving.

“What does that have to do with Christmas?” you ask. Simple. You can’t wait until the last minute to send Christmas care packages or gifts to members of our Armed Forces who are deployed.

Helping troops during the holidays – especially those far from home – is an honorable way to pay tribute to those who serve.

Even if they’re stationed on one of our overseas bases, you still don’t want to delay.

And please remember that our troops can be found all around the world in difficult situations … including those currently deployed in the Middle East.

In fact, I read a recent news article about students in Port Arthur, Texas, who prepared care packages. They collected hot weather boot socks, Chap Stick, single serving Crystal Light, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, gum, coffee, sunscreen, Q-tips, dental floss, hard candies, Ramen Noodles, granola and breakfast bars, baby wipes, Gold Bond Foot Powder and ready to use disposable toothbrushes.

The students sent 130 care packages to troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Receiving these packages is a BIG deal anytime of the year, but it takes on added meaning around the holidays. Especially for those troops who don’t receive anything at mail call.

In the words of Marine Staff Sgt. Pedro Nieto, “Ramen Noodles become a staple food item for military.”

For myself, I mix it up with some of the MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and make my own gourmet dinner,” Nieto, a New York native, said. “The foot powder helps too. While in Iraq the temperature might reach 140 degrees with heat index, and your feet are saturated.”

How can you help? Here are a few charity organizations dedicated to helping our troops.

United Services Organizations (USO) []

Operation Gratitude []

Christmas Trees for our troops []

Operation Care Packages []

There are many more such organizations. And they need your help.

Whether you’ve ever known someone who served or not … whether you yourself are a veteran or not … and regardless of your politics … those in uniform deserve your support.

Send a sailor, marine, airman or soldier a care package today. Wish them a belated happy Veterans Day, an early Merry Christmas, and thank them for serving.

For more gift ideas and posts on this topic, Christmas Deployed – Our Military Away From Home

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