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TROOP SUPPORT MAIL POLICY STRESSED
To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to service members forward deployed unless you are a family member, loved one or personal friend.

Please DO NOT post any military snail mail addresses on
public internet message boards, forums etc.
This puts Military personnel at risk
and often causes them problems
receiving packages from their family and friends.


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FR Canteen Post Office Established November 30, 2001
FR Canteen Main Page
New Thread Every Day since Oct 7 2001
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FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT
Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.
The FR Canteen is Free Republic's
longest running daily thread specifically designed
to provide entertainment and morale support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afganistain.

New Links and Info are added regularly.

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      Dear Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman,
                Coast Guard, National Guard...
I just want to thank you for being there....for me, my family, your family, for our country....for fighting to keep it strong and free.
I pray that God will bless you and keep you safe. You are all our HEROS, and when you return, there will be parties and balloons and fireworks and parades, and dancing in the street.
I'm proud of the courage, not only of the military who volunteer for battle,
but for the loved ones who remain behind.
Not only am I proud of our military,
I am proud of the wives and husbands and sons and daughters and moms and dads.
And, on behalf of a grateful nation, we thank you, as well.
We appreciate your courage and your sacrifice.

President George W. Bush
Will you take some time today to send some messages to the military?

Invite them to visit the FR Canteen by copying and pasting this url in your message.

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Proud Patriots - Sending care packages, e-mails, and snail mail to US Military worldwide.
Proud Patriots is a group of private Americans who are working to ensure
that our brave military heroes receive the support we believe they deserve.

CLICK GRAPHIC BELOW to Visit proudpatriots.org



Adopt a Platoon


Appreciate Our Troops
Purchase a Support Our Troops mug
and a free personalized mug will be given
to a current or former service member.


Books For Soldiers
Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books.
You can also donate DVDs and CDs requested by soldiers.


Camp Doha provides valuable information for those about to deploy,
their friends and families and anyone who wants to support the troops.


Cell Phones for Soldiers
Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into cash.
The cash is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers.


The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes,
built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers.


The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families videoconference
with their loved ones in the military.
You can donate money to help keep this project going.


Groceries for Families
The men and women who lay down their lives for us are underpaid.
Help a family by purchasing gift certificates to the commissary.


Homes for Our Troops
assists injured veterans and their immediate families
by building new or adapting existing homes
with handicapped accessibility.


Operation Air Conditioner provides not only air conditioners
but space heaters (the desert is cold in the winter)
for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Operation Hero Miles
You can donate your unused frequent flier miles
to help soldiers travel on emergency leave.
They are also used to help families fly to hospitalized soldiers.


Soldiers' Angels
Become some soldier's angel by adopting a service member.


Treats for Troops helps get you provide
packages to your loved ones overseas.
If you don't know anyone, the Foster-A-Soldier Program
matches you with a registered soldier by branch of service,
home state, gender, or birthday -
or you can choose to sponsor a group of soldiers.


Voices From Home allows military members
and their families and friends to send and receive
immediate voice e-mail messages
in remote locations around the world.


CLICK HERE
TO POST YOUR MESSAGE


Want to send a care package to Any Soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan,
but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?


“Operation USO Care Package”
Delivers Needed Items and Personal Messages to
Service Members Deployed Overseas

You, Too, Can Show a Service Member You Care
With thousands of U.S. troops deployed around the world, still actively engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom and the fight against terrorism, the United Service Organizations (USO) is offering a unique way for individuals and corporations to let our nation's defenders know we haven't forgotten them. “Operation USO Care Package,” sponsored by the USO World Headquarters and administered by the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro), enables individuals to write a personal message and financially support care packages that will be delivered to service members participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Because of heightened security, individuals can no longer send letters and packages to 'Any Service Member.' Operation USO Care Package is approved by the Department of Defense, providing a safe, easy way for individuals and corporations to show their prayers and thoughts are with our men and women in uniform.
Corporations may also contribute to this program through financial contributions, items donated in bulk for the care packages, or through implementation of an employee participation program. AT&T is a major supporter of this program, providing a complimentary toll free number for individuals to call for further information (1-866-USO-GIVE) and donating thousands of prepaid international phone cards to be included in the packages for the troops. “Our men and women in uniform give so much to the country, we wanted to give something in return as a token of our appreciation that would allow their separation from their loved ones to be a little easier,” according to Paul McQuillan, Defense Sales Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions.
“These Care Packages help the USO bring a touch of home to our men and women in uniform,” said Edward A. Powell, President and CEO of USO World Headquarters. The care packages contain an assortment of items the military have specifically requested, such as prepaid international calling cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, and sunscreen. They also include greetings from the American public, transcribed onto official “Operation USO Care Package” post cards by volunteers and USO staff members.
“Operation USO Care Package will continue for as long as our country is at war,” according to Elaine Rogers, USO-Metro President. “This program is possible because of the support from individuals, corporations and organizations that donate funds to sponsor these care packages.”
Individuals and corporations can learn more about how to get involved and support “Operation USO Care Package” through donations of product or funds, by calling 866-USO-GIVE.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT OPERATION USO CARE PACKAGE?
  • Individuals may donate $25, which goes toward sponsorship of an “Operation USO Care Package.” Personal greetings may be forwarded to our post office box with the contribution. USO will transcribe the message onto an official “Operation USO Care Package” postcard, available for preview here.
  • Corporations may make a tax-deductible financial donation to support “Operation USO Care Package.” A $25 donation goes toward sponsorship of one care package. Each care package will recognize corporate sponsors.
  • Corporations may donate items listed on the “Service Members’ Wish List” to USO-Metro, many of which may be branded with your corporate logo. These items must be sent in bulk from the manufacturer. Please call (703) 696-2628 for advance coordination of deliveries.
  • Corporations may delegate an employee to serve as its “Operation USO Care Package” liaison. The liaison will communicate your corporate involvement and enlist employees to participate. Employee participants could sponsor an individual care package, which would include their personal message. Corporations interested in participating in this option or willing to match their employees’ support should call (703) 696-2628 for further information.
Please send all checks and personal greetings for “Operation USO Care Package” to:
USO-Operation USO Care Package
C/O Pentagon Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 19221
Alexandria, VA 22320-9998
Due to the threat of anthrax following September 11, DoD suspended its practice of forwarding personal care packages and correspondence by the American public to “Any Service Member.” In its place, USO created a care package program. Through sponsorship of an “Operation USO Care Package,” an individual’s personal greeting will be transcribed onto an official postcard and included in the care package going to a service member.
MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW!
SERVICE MEMBERS' WISH LIST
Travel Size Personal Items* Miscellaneous Items*
Disposable Razors Playing Cards and Board Games
Toothbrushes Compact Discs
Toothpaste Current Movies on DVD
Tissues Crossword Puzzle Books
Shampoo/Conditioner Disposable Cameras
Shower Gel Pre-paid Global Calling Cards
Sunscreen Stationery and Journals
Baby Wipes Sunglasses
Hand Lotion Small Footballs, Softballs
Lip Balm CD/DVD Cases with Zipper
Cotton Swabs Individually Wrapped Snack Items
Sewing Kits Shoe Polish Kits
*Many of these items may be imprinted with your corporate logo and /or the USO logo.


Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel
and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones
by providing them with a free phone card.
Using contributions from supporters like you,
Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them
to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.
Providing Free Phone Cards for Troops and Their Families


Click Here If you would like to donate
to Operation Military Pride and help sponsor care packages.
we have permission from DOD facilities and ships
to write specific contacts.


Click on a flag to Visit the Home Site of Each Branch.
Army
Navy
Marines
Air Force
Coast
Guard


Info on items to send in a CARE package to the military.

Complete listing of ship FPO and APO addresses.
These addresses are on an official navy website.




APO FPO Shipping
All Military Post Offices (MPOs) have restrictions on items that can be sent using the APO/FPO system.
While there are several "rules of thumb" that can be referred to,
individual APO/FPO zip codes have restrictions that are specific to the overseas location they serve.

For the first time ever, these zip codes are now available in an online database
that can be searched quickly and easily to verify any and all restrictions to
overseas military bases, posts and camps.


Click Here to look for the
What are the restrictions search box
for your APO/FPO Zipcode?
on the left side of this link
http://www.oconus.com/ZipCodes.asp


Click on any emblem above to go their Home Page




CLICK BELOW to Send a free e-mail card to someone in the military.





How you can help:

Operation Independence http://www.oidelivers.org/

Idea List for Typical C-Rats

"If you were on the worst backpacking trip of your life, with no stores around for 6 months, what would you want to drop out of the sky?"

Brenda of San Diego, CA

 

(This perspective will get you into the right frame of mind for creating thoughtful C-Rats for platoon members.)

Here is the beginning of an idea list for your platoon. Please don't feel limited by this list. We're sure there are lots of creative ideas that have yet to be discovered. Please feel free to contact us with your great ideas so we can add to the list from time to time.

 
  • Beef Jerky*
  • Books
  • Cameras (disposable)
  • Camper style foods*
  • Candy*
  • Cards
  • Chapstick
  • Dental floss
  • Facial tissues
  • Fast food Hot Sauce packets*
  • Flashlights
  • Girl Scout cookies*
  • Gum
  • Magazines
 
  • Moist Wipes
  • Music CDs
  • Nerf toys (small footballs, etc.)
  • Odor Eaters (for boots)
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Personal message
  • Phone cards
  • Playing cards
  • Postage
  • Powdered drink mix* (non-alcoholic)
  • Razors
  • Sardines*
 
  • Sheets of stationery
  • Snacks* (cookies, granola bars)
  • Tea bags*
  • Toiletries (travel sizes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel games
  • Travel mugs
  • Tuna snack kits*
  • Valentines
  • Vienna Sausages*




SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

With the holidays approaching, thousands of Americans are again asking what they can do to show their support for servicemembers, especially those serving overseas in this time of war. Below are Web sites for several organizations that are sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. While it would be inappropriate for the Department to endorse any specifically, servicemembers do value and appreciate such expressions of support:

Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/

Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or www.OperationDearAbby.net

Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America Web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html

Make a donation to one of the Military relief societies:

Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/

Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/

Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/

Donate to"Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html

Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/

Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.

Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one overseas.

Please do not flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Department cannot accept items to be mailed to " Any Servicemember ." Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual servicemember's address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unneccessary delays.

The support and generosity of the American people has touched the lives of many servicemembers, over 300,000 of whom are deployed overseas.



A partnership between the USO, CertifiChecks, and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) lets every American make a contribution to the morale and well being of military personnel and their families at home and across the globe, especially during the holiday season.  Americans can buy Commissary gift certificates for loved ones stationed abroad—or send a gift certificate, through the USO, to a member of the armed forces they don’t even know, just to show their support and say “thanks!”

For Americans who would like to do their part to support our troops but don’t personally know anyone in the military, CertifiChecks will forward the gift certificates to the USO for distribution to non-specific service members. Through its worldwide military support network, the USO will ensure that the gift certificates are appropriately distributed directly to military personnel. The entire program is operated at a nominal cost to the USO. 

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can use the gift certificates just like cash to buy groceries and other basic necessities at any commissary worldwide.  The gift certificates can be purchased online at www.commissaries.com or www.certifichecks.com, or by calling toll-free 1-877-770-4438. The purchaser pays only a small processing fee to cover the costs of printing, shipping and handling, and the gift certificates are available in denominations as low as $25, making this an affordable way for every American to support our troops and brighten their holidays.



USO Gives Service Member Care Package Program Global Reach

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON -- The Operation USO Care Package program for service members deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom is being expanded globally, said Elaine Rogers, president of United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington.

USO-Metro has distributed 1,000 care packages monthly to armed forces members to boost morale since last December, Rogers explained. That successful program, she noted, also included messages of support and was sponsored by community businesses and other local organizations.

The USO care package program, Rogers noted, replaced the "To Any Service Member" letter program, which was suspended due to the anthrax mail threat.

Now, Rogers said, the USO wants to expand the care package program to support even more service members. The new program kicks off Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. at a special ceremony at Baltimore-Washington International Airport's International Pier, second floor.

"We wanted to give more Americans the opportunity to say 'Thank You' to our armed forces that are putting their lives on the line in the war against global terrorism," she pointed out.

The expanded program will work in tandem with the USO at BWI, she said, noting that many troops deployed overseas in support of war operations pass through that airport.

"We have a lot of flights going to the Enduring Freedom area," she added, noting that the military's Air Mobility Command at the airport is a partner in the program.

All service members on their way to the war zone from BWI will be given care packages, Rogers noted.

USO-Metro has also "joined with our world organization to expand this worldwide in the distribution of care packages," she added.

Rogers said information on how citizens can send a message of support and sponsor a care package is available at www.usometrodc.org/contents.html or by calling 1-866-USO-GIVE.

"We will take your message to the troops," Rogers said, noting that each care package includes an AT&T international calling card with 100 free minutes.

Military members serving overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom have told the USO they'd appreciate items like paperback books, various toiletries, candy, suntan lotion and snacks, Rogers noted.

"Many of those type of items will be included in the care packages," she said.

The USO, Rogers noted, also provides care packages to service members in hospitals who are recuperating from battle wounds. Care packages have also been given to troops deploying overseas from Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Polk, La., she added.

"Now, we're going to expand the program and work with other USOs in the distribution of the care packages," she concluded.



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