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Welcome . Whatever way you might choose to help us , know that no one earns 1 penny here.  This is a mission of love and sacrifice by a US Air Force family for almost 16 years during which they also lost their hero to brain cancer.  It’s personal . 

CURRENT TROOP NEEDS 

 November 28, 2017 

Remember our deployed and wounded warriors today. Thanks are never enough and missions continue every month .

Please consider helping our missions for our vets and troops in need now for the holidays 

104 care packages must ship in time for Hanukkah and Christmas. Encourage others to help as there are many troops truly forgotten and we check out all needs. 

Remember you may add as long a message as you wish when you help ship care to our heroes . We will handwrite your message on a beautiful  card and pack it in with all the support and morale items .

Please help sponsor even 1 care package’s postage for $18 .

Not everyone has someone there for him or her to even receive a postcard . To reiterate, we send needs in these care packages not just morale items at Homefront Hugs and noone here earns a penny – not in 16 years .

These care packages help prevent depression, isolation , stress, lack of sleep and even PTSD . These care packages remind our men and women in uniform and sometimes military families in crisis so they are not forgotten . Imagine if this were your loved one serving -and risking his or her life for our country and yet feeling no one cares . With 24+ active duty troops and veterans committing suicide now every single day -wrapping troops without any mail in support is critical during and after deployments. Your support really matters. 

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$18  is what we need for each box to ship via USPS – just the postage required to ship to deployed troops overseas who have no support system and for our wounded healing in hospitals overseas and here in the United States.

Only with your help , we wrap our troops in support to prevent depression ,isolation and yes, even PTSD . Your help does make a difference whether it is $5 or $50. 

 

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Click here on the yellow button to  donate to help our troops and veterans in need :




(No Paypal account is needed , any checking account and credit card is accepted and your financial information is secure and private )

 

🔶You can also always send a money order or check to our address below and we hope you add a note for us to pack into the care packages you help mail .

Homefront Hugs 

1881 West Liberty Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4147

Here, at Homefront Hugs, we remind troops and veterans they are never forgotten no matter how busy our lives  may get . 

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We send care to both our wounded and sick vets monthly  in over 8 hospitals and our deployed heroes wherever they serve .

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Our troops shine with compassion and courage at Homefront Hugs USA

” There is no better feeling than hearing your name called during mail call when you’ve had a tough day or are just missing home – thank you Homefront Hugs “, a soldier shared with us.

We also hope you email ” NEWS ”  to Info@HomefrontHugs.org for our latest newsletter /troop needs bulletin .  Your personal information /email address are never sold or shared for any reason by Homefront Hugs USA.

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TRAGIC FACT: Every 60 minutes or even less, a veteran, including our active duty members, commits suicide. This fact has not changed .

We have received more than a few emails from troops who are down and sharing that their battle buddies are too and not sure where to turn . That is when we act and we act fast .  Suicides in our active duty troops are spiking up tragically especially in our younger troops .We all need to pay attention . The number 22 is OLD NEWS now . Our nation is still in denial. Think of it this uuuway – since 9/11 our country has lost 130,000+ heroes to suicide leaving countless children without parents, military families planning funerals daily , parents burying their children . Does the media report this loss ? Are flags flown half -staff ? No and no.

Support pre,during and after service is critical and whatever the cost – there should be no hesitation to ease their invisible and visible wounds . Support and the best of care for our veterans should not be a partisan issue .

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How we began….a little personal background about our founder 

We  officially began on 10-11-2001 in honor of US Air Force veteran and pilot Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix , Michigan – whom our president and founder was married to years ago and misses still today . They were college sweethearts ; fellow Wolverines .  They studied hard, volunteered together and worked at Michigan Medicine together . Then Steve decided after his first flying lesson from his girlfriend , he wanted to join the Air Force and see the world . He aced his tests, training and was at the top of his class in UPT training in Del Rio – Laughlin Air Force Base.

 Steve courageously served our country in the first Gulf War flying AWACS  when the support was not what it should have been for him or his wife Alessandra while they endured a tragic family loss.  Steve’s dedication,integrity, humor and ability to perservere through the toughest times makes him a true warrior and hero. Sadly though, their marriage fell apart when Alessandra and Steve lost their twins in utero . Family support for military was poor and nonexistent while they were deployed overseas and Alessandra never married again. 

Instead she was inspired to begin Homefront Hugs especially after 9/11. Losing the love of her life and marriage was one of the key reasons Homefront Hugs now focuses on the silent heroes as well – the children and spouses/partners of the serviceman or woman.  The military branches too have gotten better with family support  recognizing relationships / families can be key to the emotional well being of the service member . The word ” dependents” has too often hindered the support families need and essential love and support  they give our military heroes who serve  . 

Despite the loss of his wife and twins, Steve became a Delta Airlines pilot who never forgot his humble American Indian roots and sparkling town of Charlevoix thanks to a kind,strong, wise mother, Claire, may she rest in peace.  He also moved on and proudly remains a loyal Wolverine like Alessandra . Our work here is dedicated to the love and memories they shared as a military couple, and the countless veterans and families who have also undergone pain and challenges serving our country .

 

One additional note , Steve was from a sparkling  gem of a town in Northern Michigan: Charlevoix.

Charlevoix’s quiet beauty, mesmerizing lake sunsets and American Indian heritage along Lake Michigan tantalize anyone seeking a place to relax and savor moments .  It belongs on everyone’s bucket list. Although townies would prefer to keep it a secret , they understand that “ fudgies” (tourists) cannot help themselves once they discover Charlevoix especially with the yearly Cherry ,Music, and Venetian Boat Festivals . This cozy town boasts a fun and vibrant Applefest in Autumn too when the colors of the leaves changing will leave anyone in awe . Alessandra and her son Ed have visited Charlevoix several times a year and enjoy the support they receive for Homefront Hugs from the residents all year long . 

 

 

WHAT WE ALWAYS NEED AT HOMEFRONT HUGS IS YOU. We know after 3 to 6 deployments, morale can get low and the ones who are left to serve, have tough assignments in the middle of nowhere in the harsh winters of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or intense heat of Africa. Our wounded in over 8 critical hospitals the media do not visit, also need us as they too are stuck sometimes far away from families as they just begin to heal physically and mentally. Our sick and homeless veterans also need better care . 

Morale is key as Operation Enduring Freedom , Operation Inherent Resolve and other missions continuing all over the world , as attacks continue  from ISIS and new terrorist offshoot groups form .

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Thousands of troops have deployed again this 2017 for at least 6 month tours of duty. 200 special operations troops just got orders before the holidays to head to Syria.  Many have signed up with us for support as well as their brave families who need moral support while their heroes are deployed again and again or healing from wounds . Adopt as a group or classroom – business or place of worship ! Adopt as a family and make this one of your New Year’s family projects .

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Why do some of our troops need adoption when they have families or loved ones?

The sad fact is many families are struggling to even put food on the table and keep the home fires burning with children, jobs and businesses to keep going if they have not failed already in our economy. Many military families even qualify for food stamps. It is a sad story so few even mention out of pride and privacy but we are here to help. We cannot donate funds but we are here to at least adopt their hero and help send care packages and sometimes even adopt a family to help with morale…and help them find resources when needed. The gratitude will humble you but that is not what we care about or expect. We are honored to thank these silent heroes on the homefront too. You can do this ! 

Sometimes supporting their family emotionally is the best gift you can give a soldier who is trying not to worry, some home safe, and focus on his or her mission. We thank all our veterans from ALL wars and their brave families.  

    

 

After 16 years of war, our families are weary and stressed and deserve as much thanks and support as we care to give .

We hope you join us for updates on Twitter @HomefrontHugs  or on Facebook at Homefront Hugs USA

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KIDS and TEENS

We wish all our awesome kids,teens and college students a great summer and hope you think about adopting a hero overseas maybe this month  or making some cards for wounded and sick veterans ! 

Tell your teachers about us and think of some fun ways to give thanks for your freedoms . We have ideas too on our Kids & Student page . Pick a project you can even do with friends and get real volunteer credit too or do it alone ! We have lots of ideas.

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We love our students who volunteer from home and many who even make Homefront Hugs their Tzedakah project for Bar Mitzvahs, confirmation stewardship projects  ,  or count those volunteer hours for jobs and college…as we do write references after 3 solid months of volunteering wherever you live …Mom,Dad or teachers just have to verify you did the volunteer hours.We  love our teachers as well who inspire our students to make this world a better place .

Email info@HomefrontHugs.org for more info .

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you will visit our Kids and Teen page too! We don’t think you are ever too young to start volunteering. In fact ,we firmly believe kids who volunteer, don’t bully . 

 

    

NEED FOR HUGS ESPECIALLY -> ADOPT A FAMILY FROM YOUR HOME FOR MORALE

As we mentioned, you can also adopt your own military family of heroes….just look at this easy application and how little it involves…just a kind heart long distance

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AdoptaFamilyVolunteerApplication

Right now we have a few wonderful  families . We hope you will consider asking for one to spoil a little with emotional support and only one care package a month. 

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MORALE BOOSTERS

  • We welcome homemade cards and drawings from children and citizens anytime for our wounded and deployed heroes. The price of cards is so high and we prefer your words say more than the cards. Please do not just sign them. 
  • If you can add humor or a little prayer or photo, it makes the cards so much more like a hug from home = A Homefront Hug !
  • Right now our mailbox is empty even with thousands of followers on social media and members here We know what wonderful cards you write ! Just sit down and write a note to a wounded hero,a sick vet or deployed soldier. When you send them PLEASE sort them for us during this busy season please  .

Writing our Troops

  • Make your letters or cards feel like real hugs from home… a Homefront Hug!

Send to:

Homefront Hugs

1881 West Liberty Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Homefront Hugs makes a difference for our troops and Afghan children who need a smile

Morale is tenuous in the sandboxes of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, in Qatar and Kuwait,etc and on the ships deployed worldwide including all around North and South Korea . Many of our troops have also endured 3 hurricanes and wildfires themselves with their families AND been asked to help tirelessly with relief efforts . Not everyone is thankful or even recognizes  their sacrifices. 

 

We are also involved in our fight against ISIL/ISIS and in Niger,Iraq, Kosovo, Syria, Africa, Jordan, Kuwait and Europe as well as fighting terrorists in all areas including Boko Haraam who kidnap young innocent girls in Africa . Our military is stretched thin.They deserve our thanks, our continuous unconditional support. 

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Our troops also spend time trying to find common bonds with their Afghan, African and Iraqi villages and families…many of them children and also with refugees.  Along with specific serious needs, they have asked us for the following items to help them break the ice and bring a smile to the children caught up in the middle of the wars and ugly conflicts :

washable markers and colored paper

stickers of animals and fun ( non-religious)

Hot Wheels

used musical instruments for troops

Deflated Soccer Balls with pumps if possible

Water Balloons ( the troops like these for fun & to lift morale too !) 

Nerf and real Footballs 

Frisbees and YOYOs

Beach balls that can be blown up  

 

 

Dog treats and bones 

(many troops make new buddies over there in wartime for stress relief and even sometimes bring them home – in addition very wise mental health teams are deploying therapy dogs with some units )

Our troops spend a lot of time with children for morale and to help improve their education and way of life including education…

Where to send these above items and any heartfelt postcards or hand written cards anytime of year ?

Homefront Hugs USA

 1881 West Liberty Street

 Ann Arbor, MI 48103 

(HINT: This is a great project for a family or classroom this winter as well as we acting stockings for deployed troops or wounded and sick veterans healing always with personal notes, drawings or cards

Deadline: All holiday stockings must be received by December 3rd )

The love of soccer is universal and helps form friendships and trust – a great volunteer project for a soccer league or team here !

 

MORE  NEEDS for our deployed and wounded heroes  

  • stamps, stamps, stamps for mailing care packages and for troops to send heavier letters home
  • small travel games
  • Fun gift bags and cards for July 4th or any holiday …send 3 weeks in advance of holidays always .
  • small scented candles to remind them of home 
  • Neosporin, waterproof bandages
  • scarves and lap blankets for our sick and wounded vets 
  • coffee/specialty teas for our nurses and docs who care for our wounded
  • blank funny,romantic cards for holidays,Miss You cards and birthdays for children,partners, spouses for our troops to send home or give one another to lift morale. One of our creative vets & dedicated volunteers, Penny, used her Cricut machine to make amazing blank cards for all occasions and troops loved them! But you do not need a machine to make homemade blank cards . If you are shopping for a good card making machine for a group or yourself , use EBATES to click on favorite stores to get cash back and use any coupon here ; 

Save Money and Shop Safely Online Using Ebates as we have for 2 Decades 

 

playing cards, frisbees, footballs, and soft footballs for wounded warriors 

  • handwarmers, footwarmers due to tough winters Nov-March
  • iTunes Gift cards so troops can download music..super for morale
  • harmonicas, used or new musical instruments for morale
  • BEEF JERKY and hot sauce of all kinds to make those MREs taste better
  • home-baked cookies each individually wrapped 
  • chocolate only from Nov to March 
  • cards 
  • chess
  • Adult coloring books with colored pencils for stress
  • mag flashlights (especially the very small kind – all made in the USA)
  • OPERATION PILLOW HUGS : 💚U shaped neck pillows for travel for our deployed and wounded heroes
  • Soft cozy hand knit blankets and scarves for our wounded, sick and homeless  troops from October- March 
  • handmade quilts for wounded and sick veterans
  • White pillow cases we  or you can decorate with positive messages with permanent ink and even fill with goodies for anytime of year !
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  • We  welcome NEW magazine subscriptions to our Homefront Hugs address below which we send monthly to heroes: 
  • Readers Digest,  Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Oprah, Ebony, Latina
  • Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Mens Health, Self, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, People, Maxim, Parenting, Family Circle, Real Simple, Car and Driver, Cat Fancy, Field and Stream, Hot Rod, Kiplingers, Family Fun,Field and StreamRoad and Track, Nascar, Motorcyclist, Bow Hunter, Hot Bike, Time, Flying, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space , Popular Science , Essence, US News, Fishing/Sailing Magazines,People in Spanish, anything to help them not think of the war/conflicts for a little while; to help not miss home too much.

 

Send new subscriptions to :

Homefront Hugs for Heroes 

1881 West Liberty Street

Ann Arbor,MI 48103

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THANK YOU as our heroes need us more than ever giving their all for our safety and freedoms.

Over 300,000 troops have come home from the war with some form of PTSD and yet we can help cushion the pain and wrap our veterans in support during their deployments and even when they come home if they need us at Homefront Hugs USA.

 PSA announcement: 

PSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEDIA:

Our US troops overseas need us more than ever as the fight to end ISIS continues and their humanitarian work in hurricane relief, fighting wildfires and more shines and continues wherever they can be of assistance. 

BE A HERO, ADOPT A HERO (TM) through Homefront Hugs dot org or email Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org as brave troops hope and wait to be adopted who do not have much support or their families while loved ones are deployed or healing. Your country needs you. You can also  help in so many other ways like writing letters and helping wounded or sick warriors of Operation Healing Angel. 

Please help us make sure NO HERO IS FORGOTTEN.  Thank you for wanting to thank our amazing troops and veterans from all 5 military branches who serve all over the world keeping us safe and free .

 
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