December 3, 2013
Welcome to Homefront Hugs USA, a somewhat corny name for a wonderful organization with a heart and passion for inclusion and peace, weary of the useless reasons for division, ready for us all to find our common humanity, and a passion to give unconditional support to our troops, their families and our veterans. Homefront Hugs was founded on October 11, 2001 a little over a month after 9-11 by myself, a former USAF pilot’s wife and daughter of a Foreign Service Officer and Army Officer. At first, we were simply a small group of volunteers and have now become a national volunteer organization with over 10,000 active members and 50,000 members in all.
Sign up for our newsletter and emails to keep updated on latest projects to support our heroes and make a difference in your community, while serving our troops and families, and helping in natural disasters and disaster relief where many times our troops are deployed and the amazing Red Cross.
We have our headquarters in spectacular Ann Arbor now which is in the, middle of the gorgeous Great Lakes, incredible sunsets, biking, golf, aviation, camping, fishing, skiing, music and art, wildlife, cherry and tulip festivals, lighthouses, the brilliance of all 4 seasons, with some of the warmest, friendliest Americans and outstanding public schools and universities. Ann Arbor is our 2nd favorite city in the world, second only to quietly sparkling Charlevoix, Michigan which should be on everyone’s bucket list. We also live among heroes from all religions and walks of life who have served our country humbly, courageously and serve heroes all over the USA.
But, we need you. We need you wherever you live in the USA and even the world. Whatever your age,sex, ability or passion, we need you.
Bottom line – you can help us from home – and you can choose any mission, from writing a card to our wounded troops and their angel medical staff who care for them, adopting a deployed hero or heroine with hundreds now our waiting list now with the latest deployments, or adopting a wounded veteran now home, or their brave family dealing with one of these many long deployments. You can even be one of the first to start a Homefront Hugs Kids or Teens Club in your school supporting our heroes. The first Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Club meeting was held in Gulf Breeze, Florida at our previous headquarters with a super response on March 15, 2010. Kids Rock! If you do not have time, please consider telling others about us…we are still a small grass roots organization with headquarters in the most beautiful state …Michigan. No one receives a salary here. We are all volunteers trying to make this war more bearable for all, making sure no soldier feels forgotten. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and pray our heroes come home soon safe to their loved ones once their missions are completed.
Let’s hope for peace this 2014…peace everywhere – in our hearts – families – neighborhoods – communities and countries. It begins with each of us as we enjoy our freedoms.
” Savor those special moments”, as my best friend Steve, a humble wise veteran, excellent writer and pilot, once told me. Life is short. One never knows how long they may last .
Freedom Endures. Freedom means sacrifice and its our turn now to say thanks and give back.
Sincerely yours in peace,
Alessandra ” Sandy” and son Ed Kellermann (co-president)
First – Mom to my Amazing and Funny Son
2nd – President and Founder of Homefront Hugs USA, Inc.
Recipient of the Four Chaplains Award
University of Michigan Alumnus , Proud Wolverine- GO BLUE !
OUR PHILOSOPHY FOR OUR MISSIONS:
Where Freedom Means Sacrifice and Freedom Endures
Where No Hero is Forgotten
Where our Heroes are Supported Without Conditions
Where we honor and dedicate our missions to our WWII veterans
who quietly and honorably served and helped eradicate an
evil leader and power we hope will never happen again so we must never forget.
Where we honor Dr. Henry J. Kellermann, the founder’s grandfather, helped to prosecute the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials and taught his family the incredible sacrifices of our WWII veterans for us all. May we never forget.
Where we honor and dedicate our missions to USAF Gulf War veteran pilot and my former husband Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix, Michigan whose dedication and ability to beat the odds, keep a sense of humor, and meet any challenge. inspired us to begin Homefront Hugs Steve is a laid back, intelligent caring man who also had the compassionate, kind heart of his Mom : Claire Rose Genia Schmidt , may she rest in peace.
Where we honor CW5 Dennis R. Bryson, USCG retired, who helped
inspire our missions at Homefront Hugs by helping us remember the Coast Guard,
and their sacrifices abroad and here during hurricanes,oil spills and natural disasters.
Where each and every serviceman and woman has served us with honor
as they serve with courage and faith in our freedoms and principles.
Where Americans will never forget 9-11-2001 and remember
how this country united so that perhaps the divisions can stop.
Where we attempt to make sure the shameful homecomings of Vietnam never are repeated and our heroes know that even once home, our country will ensure their needs are met.
Where we help our children and teenagers remember how precious freedom is and help them thank our heroes for this gift.
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