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CRITICAL TROOP NEEDS    April 6, 2014 Update

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First let us wish everyone a Happy Spring season .

Thank you for taking the time to read what our troops who

quietly and courageously serve need from us.  

We ask that you please read this page carefully and consider taking the Pledge to Never Forget at Homefront Hugs USA….we have lost five more warriors this week in this endless war, 2 of them Green on Blue attacks.

  

  

 

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Thank you for coming here to see how you can share a bit of your heart and say thanks to our men and women in uniform and their families … Our missions helping our heroes have been going strong now at Homefront Hugs for 13 years.

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Take the Pledge to show our Troops they are Never Forgotten

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PLEDGE TO NEVER FORGET with us at Homefront Hugs USA

We need help with funds every month and 100% goes to our troop needs, as no one makes a penny here . Thank you for any help from our troops in need who may never meet you but will receive your messsages and know through your support,they are never forgotten.

Here on this link you can help our troops enormously by taking our Pledge to Never Forget our Heroes  and making a monthly donation of any amount here and add a note we will include monthly in every care package that goes out. 

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Support is needed .  Morale is low.   If you see a soldier or a veteran stateside

helping anyone, offer a sandwich, a meal,or a drink and please thank them sincerely.

Let them know (and our amazing 1st responders) how appreciated they are. 

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Our troops are helping with mudslides ,finding missing planes,hurricanes,tornadoes, fires, snow storms, ice storms, and anywhere they are needed . Our troops serve keeping us safe with 1st responders here and overseas wherever they are sent to help other countries and peoples who do not have the same freedoms we have.  Our troops sacrifice so much daily as do their brave families – so often separated because of their job. We owe them our thanks and respect.

Our most current need is to ship our monthly care packages ( 150 per month ) to our wounded and deployed heroes wherever they are healing or stationed. Their needs are small but critical and we add cards from you and messages as well as stress relief items to feel like a real hug from all of us.  Please remember although your donation is not tax deductible, we are an all volunteer  organization. You can make a one time donation here instead of a monthly pledge above if you prefer.

Just click here to safely give a one time gift  or on the right:

 

 

 

You can also always send a donation to:

Homefront Hugs

1850 Brookfield Drive

Ann Arbor, Mi 48103

 

Here, at Homefront Hugs, we remind veterans they are not forgotten.  Here at Homefront Hugs, we send care packages out every month including preparing them for shipping, shopping for supplies requested and morale lifting items, and postage…  if you can help us, our troops thank you.  We send to both our wounded in over 8 hospitals and our deployed heroes wherever they serve mainly to Afghanistan and Kuwait as well as some undisclosed locations due to OPSEC.

 

 

                                               


Our troops shine with compassion and courage at Homefront Hugs USA

 

 

 

 

We also need to get almost 135 troops waiting for support through individual adoptions. This support is necessary in the area of prevention…preventing low morale ….as morale is critical for our deployed servicemen and women. Adopting a soldier can help prevent PTSD, depression and isolation. 

” 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 “, one soldier shared with us.

 

 

If you go to our CARE PACKAGES page you will see how one can adopt a hero quickly and easily from home. Think about it.  

 

One forgotten soldier is one too many.

 

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TRAGIC FACT: Every 80 minutes, a veteran, including our active duty members, commits suicide.

We have received more than a few emails from troops who are down and sharing that their battle buddies are too with the recent attacks resulting in deaths and many critically wounded overseas.

How we began….

On 9-11, it was our 12 year anniversary as the Homefront Hugs concept was born on 9-11. We  officially began on 10-11-2001 in honor of US Air Force veteran and pilot Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix,Michigan. He served our country in the first Gulf War when the support was not what it should have been for him or his USAF family.  His dedication and ability to perservere with the best attitude and smile through the toughest times makes him the epitome of a true warrior and hero. Despite challenges in life,  Steve became a dedicated Delta Airlines pilot who never forgot his humble American Indian roots and small but sparkling town of Charlevoix thanks to a kind,strong and intelligent mother, Claire, may she rest in peace.

Charlevoix’s quiet beauty, amazing lake sunsets and American Indian heritage along Lake Michigan is one of those towns that belongs on everyone’s bucket list.

WHAT WE ALWAYS NEED AT HOMEFRONT HUGS IS YOU. We know after 3 to 6 deployments, morale can get very low and the ones who are left there to serve, have tough assignments in the middle of nowhere in the harsh winters of Afghanistan. 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.

Morale is key as Operation Enduring Freedom continues. 

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Thousands of troops have deployed for at least 6 months to 1 year tours of duty and many signed up with us for support as well as  families who need moral support while their hero heals or is deployed again and again.

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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.
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.  

     
 

 

We have 184 heroes waiting to be individually adopted as they just deployed …Many of the troops we have lost their fellow heroes this month to this war  and need a morale boost and more.

Please consider adopting a soldier for a 6 month minimum and having an amazing experience and building that karma. 

To adopt a soldier, please fill out this form below  FIRST, then take a photo of your application or scan it into an email, or put all the answers in an email and send it to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org or send it to the address on the bottom of the form. Please thank our troops with us!  The need is urgent and if you cannot do this now,then please help us reach out to media of all kinds to spread the need so NO hero is forgotten . 

It’s inexpensive, cheap, takes 2 hours tops every month ( and that includes going to the post office to mail your small package- always US postage funds)  total to volunteer and will be a rewarding experience for you and/or your family.

 

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After 11 years of war, our families are weary and stressed and deserve as much thanks and support

 

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

 

KIDS and TEENS

We wish all our awesome kids,teens and college students a great winter and soon hopefully spring season…We love our students who volunteer from home and many who even make Homefront Hugs their Tzedakah project for Bar Mitzvahs or count those volunteer hours for jobs and college…as we do write references after 6 months of volunteering…Mom,Dad or teachers just have to verify you did the volunteer hours.

Email info@HomefrontHugs.org for more info .

 

Hope you have visited our Kids and Teen page too!

 

    

HUGE 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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Right now we have 3  families waiting and hope you will consider asking for one to spoil a little with emotional support and only one care package a month.

                                                                               

                  
  To see what we place in care packages and how to send care packages safely and again how to adopt a hero quickly and easily 

 

 

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 !
  • Right now our mailbox is completely empty even with thousands of followers on social media.
  • We cannot explain why but we need you. We know what wonderful cards you write !
  • Just sit down and write a note to a wounded hero or deployed soldier.
  • Make it feel like a real hug from home. 

Send to:

Homefront Hugs

1850 Brookfield Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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

Morale is low over in the sandbox and mountains of Afghanistan. They have lost many of their brothers and sisters this year already both in training, accidents and from RPGs and IEDs.

Our troops stay close when deployed and always share what anyone sends…

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Our troops spend so much time trying to find common bonds with their Afghan villages and families…many of them children.  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 war:

Precious Angels wait for a Hero to Pump up their Soccer Ball

packages of balloons

washable markers and colored paper

stickers of animals and fun ( non-religious)

Beanie Babies (only animals please)

Hot Wheels gently used or new

New or Used Lego of any sort

Deflated Soccer Balls with pumps if possible

( www.soccer.com has wonderful cheap balls and pumps)

Footballs

USED Golf clubs and balls

Frisbees

Dog treats

(so many troops make new buddies over there in wartime for stress relief)

Kites

Our troops spend a lot of time with Afghan children for morale and to help improve their lives

Where to send these above items and any cards  ?

Homefront Hugs USA

 1850 Brookfield Drive

 Ann Arbor, MI 48103 

HINT: This is a great project for a family or classroom !

    

The love of soccer is universal and helps form friendships and trust

   

Our heroes ask for so little and sacrifice so much for all of us - help them feel better while serving .

 

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
  • small scented candles to remind them of home
  • Neosporin, waterproof bandages
  • soft slippers of all sizes for our wounded heroes and socks with traction
  • coffee/teas for our nurses and docs who care for our wounded
  • blank funny and romantic cards for holidays and birthdays for children and spouses for our troops to send home
  • playing cards, frisbees, footballs, and soft footballs for wounded
  • handwarmers, footwarmers due to harsh winters
  • iTunes Gift cards so troops can download music..super for morale
  • harmonicas, musical instruments for morale
  • BEEF JERKY and hot sauce of all kinds to make those MREs taste better
  • homebaked cookies and chocolate only from Nov to March 
  • poker cards and travel games
  • chess
  • mag flashlights (especially the very small kind)
  • U shaped neck pillows for travel for our deployed and wounded heroes
  • Soft cozy hand knit socks and scarves for our wounded troops
  • hand made quilts and warm gloves and socks for sleeping in harsh winter

  • We  welcome NEW magazine subscriptions to our Homefront Hugs address below which we send on 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, Cesars Way, Dog Sport, Car and Driver, Cat Fancy, Field and Stream, Hot Rod, Kiplingers, Family Fun
  • Road and Track, Nascar Illustrated, Motorcyclist, Bow Hunter, Hot Bike,
  • Time, Flying, Plane and Pilot,  Air and Space , Country Gardens, Essence, Newsweek, US News, Fishing and Sailing Magazines, anything to help them not think of the war for a while. 

 

Have these new subscriptions sent to our address :

Homefront Hugs USA

1850 Brookfield Drive

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 and to prevent PTSD.

Over 300,000 troops have come home from the war with some form of PTSD.

 PSA announcement below as we need troops adopted so urgently.

PSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEDIA:

Our deployed troops and their brave military families need us more than ever as the war continues in Afghanistan especially with the winter season. BE A HERO, ADOPT A HERO (TM) through Homefront Hugs dot org or email Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org as hundreds hope and wait to be adopted who don’t have any support. Your country needs you.

Please help us make sure NO HERO IS FORGOTTEN.  We are still at war. Wishing you all the happiness, peace and success in Spring and Summer 2014. Thank you for remembering our freedoms are never free and wanting to thank those who serve ! 

 
  
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THANKS TO ALL OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS,
young and old across the nation and the world !!
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