There are a number of patriotic groups that are working hard to show our Servicemembers overseas and here at home that their service and their sacrifice is not for naught. After the security debacle that was September 11th, 2001, the military has made mailing packages to military members that you do not know from individuals nearly impossible without going through some of the public patriotic groups. This is to protect everyone involved, but there are a lot of options available in supporting some of these groups.
There are several groups that a citizen can show their financial, moral and emotional support for the troops. These organizations can receive certain products, money, or other donations and make sure that the troops receive them swiftly. One such group is “eCarePackage,” which is a part of the better-known and recognized “Operation Homefront.” ECarePackage is a method where consumers and citizens can donate specific goods and money and have it successfully routed to overseas Servicemembers in military service for the United States of America. Operation Homefront is the organization that administers the eCarePackage program, and they send packages to the troops every day. They maintain a list on their web site of things they accept and that you can send and how to become involved.
Many military families were concerned that the troops serving in the conflicts currently were not getting the same level of support that they have enjoyed in the past, so many of them got together with officials from the Department of Defense, and created the “Operation Homefront,” organization. This was partly to increase support but also to allow the security of everyone to be observed.
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Another program is the Wounded Heroes Foundation. They administer a program called “Their Care Project,” which is a hospital related program to help with the needs of Servicemembers that have been wounded. The Wounded Heroes group is base in Chicago, and administered at military and civilian hospitals around the world including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as well as other places around the world and Stateside. This is a group providing support for wounded soldiers and helps with money for special needs, medications, and is entirely funded from corporate and private donations. They seek things like: socks, pajamas, and travel sized toiletries. They also have a web site and it lists in more detail the things that people can do in support of American Troops serving.