Our brave deployed heroes including all 1st responders are keeping us free and safe each day here and overseas but some special heroes need our support . Come volunteer or help our missions politics aside. We unite here across politics and welcome and try to help every veteran in need – unconditionally regardless of race,ability,culture ,religion or sex. Everyone is needed .That is not P/C – that is just who we are .
🔹Our military community is sacrificing so much for our freedoms and safety daily . We are already losing 24+ troops and veterans to suicide every day . No media covers this except for a rare 3 minute story here or there with no names . Our own presidential candidates never mention our loss except when attempting to acquire votes .
🔹We must take action – pull the alarms and wake up our country every day of every month until we have a real handle on this crisis . Support before and during deployments matters and then after they come home – so much more needs to be done .
🔹Visit our webpage below ” A Nation in Denial ” later for our solid ideas especially incredible research being done at UMHS and the Ann Arbor VA with mindfulness therapy among other therapies and interventions . There is hope but the urgency is lacking.
Too many troops, especially our female vets are taking their lives due to sexual assault too . Thus it is up to us now to support and share resource numbers where troops & vets can get help for any trauma . That’s part of our mission at Homefront Hugs. This is also another area you can help and volunteer . There are so many ways to make a difference – keep reading!
🔹Your help here with care and support for our troops and wounded helps prevent isolation, depression ,stress, even PTSD.
🔸Below are so many ways to help from the comforts of your home – letters and cards to lift morale 🙂 and donations to help with filling and sending critical care to troops without support , our wounded warriors and military families with special needs . We do not need specific months to honor and help our troops and veterans and their brave families. This is personal. We are part of the military family community ourselves .
📫 KEY REASONS that troops might not have support while deployed:
📌 Divorce or Separation from Partner/Spouse
📌 Financial issues so family cannot afford to send more than letters or cards
📌 Time constraints for spouse or partner as they have to work 2 jobs now to make ends meet or just longer hours to keep family business going
📌 Children – Their partner or spouse is literally a single parent now
📌 Child or Spouse is ill and requires all the attention and care stateside
📌 Family disapproves of military service
📌 Pride or Depression so hero has asked family or loved ones not to worry about him or her while deployed
You can make a difference at Homefront Hugs USA and support these heroes ! Adopt or help send care packages today. We need the kind of support our World War II veterans had from the Homefront over 75 years ago.
CRITICAL NEED FOR POSTAGE
We have 70 care packages now exactly for our vetted wounded & deployed warriors – needing postage to ship for the New Year – this is our first round for 2017 but we are late ! They are filled to the brim to lift morale and with winter needs as January is the loneliest month of the year.
Each package costs $17 in postage to ship now via USPS.
If you can , please help with a donation for our care packages for our wounded and their postage :
Sponsor even 1 care package for $17 or $51 for 3 , $110 for 7 , etc. Thank you so much .
70 care boxes are left to ship for 2017 = care to specific troops who have no support . These care packages just need postage. We must ship these for deployed troops and wounded & seriously ill vets . You may add a New Year’s message with each care package you help sponsor which we handwrite and pack right along with the support ! Make it as long as you wish and know this support means so much to a hero away from home now.
We update daily as help comes in . Thank you so much for opening your hearts and wallets as no one makes a penny here .
(Any credit card or even checking account is accepted, securely monitored – never shared . No PayPal account is needed .)
You can always send a check or money order to :
1881 West Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Helping us send these ” HOMEFRONT HUGS” aids in preventing emotional isolation , depression and reduces the effects of PTSD and the tragic statistic of 24+ suicides per day. That number is nearly 9000 heroes lost per year – one every hour. 130,000+ since 9/11 lost to suicide .
With any gift , 100percent of your help is utilized for the postage to ship care to specific forgotten men and women in uniform overseas and heroes healing through our Operation Healing Angel mission .
Is there another way to help ?
Yes. The very best way to help our troops is with a monthly pledge below (becoming a gold member) since we ship monthly to heroes without support and our list is growing . Any amount is excellent help with 100% used for heroes in need . Everyone can help somehow . Everyone is needed .
To make a critically needed monthly pledge here and automatically become a gold member , use this link below . Care is sent out every month to wounded,terminally ill, and deployed heroes in need of support :
To our military and families of the fallen , you are not forgotten and in our hearts and prayers. We hope we are able to make a small difference in the lives of those who serve and never want any thanks. We do this in honor of those who have given their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
At Homefront Hugs, it is Veterans’ Day EVERY day for the past 15 years since 9-11, with all politics left at the door. Keep reading to see more ways to help .
If you have a Paypal account you can also directly send funds to Support@HomefrontHugs.org
We also have a mailing address to send a gift of help …even stamps :
Homefront Hugs USA
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor , MI 48103
Thanks to to all of you who helped make past holiday seasons a success for our military children in need and families in our annual Homefront Holiday Hugs events with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor . We are always delighted to work with our fellow Wolverines in any way . Go Blue !
Thank you from our troops and veterans who may never be able to thank you themselves, but we thank you for them.
We have heroes waiting to be individually adopted as well . Do you speak Spanish or share the Latino culture ? We have troops from all cultures and religions here who need adoption.
Sometimes , troops have NO support at all,perhaps either forgotten by someone back home or there just are no funds to send anything. We welcome any medical professionals,hospitals or offices who may wish to adopt a VA hospital to support or a deployed or wounded hero .
Thank you to Greenhills School of Ann Arbor who adopted their first hero from Iraq ! She especially looked forward to not eating only MREs and her adult coloring books and had written cards and banners . Meet the two leaders of their Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club President Ed Kellermann and Vice President Ben Westphal. The club worked on our #HireAVet mission this month and raised funds for sound machines for their local VA hospital ! Our youngest generation is making us proud every day . Both Ben and Ed below, are seniors this year and will be handing over the reins to a new set of leaders in 2017.
Yes. We serve heroes from all branches from all backgrounds and religions . Do you know the 5 branches ? Do your children ?
Please consider adopting a sailor or soldier,airman or woman, Marine or coast guard hero for 3,4,6 or 9 month minimum.
We ask that you not request a specific branch as they are ALL heroes and we prioritize based on need. And if you can’t adopt now, help us reach others through social media and your community and friends .
Our troops sacrifice so much…help us make sure No Hero is ForgottenTM.
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 send the answers to the questions to us in an email and send it to
You could be writing and sending some cheer in no time as we assign fast right now during the upcoming fall season ! We think adopting a hero should be on everyone’s Bucket List. We do it ourselves because we love thehonor and fun…
FYI…it only takes 1 week to receive your assignment at MOST depending on how busy we are and the needs of the soldiers applying for support.
We also need time to verify your information and assign based on the best match and in order of priority in terms of who applied first. Yes, you may adopt if you are NOT an American citizen and from an allied country , but a little more info is required and a copy of a photo ID which shows your name and address. We also acquire special permission from the hero you are to be assigned. Thank you for wanting to make such a difference in the life of a serviceman or woman in war .
There are so many ways for everyone to help regardless of age, ability, language or religion to help from HOME, your dorm room, fraternity, sorority ,or your place of business….
Just take a look and join an incredible group of volunteers from all over the USA and world who realize supporting those who serve and have served without conditions,without prejudice and without politics isessential.
Operation Healing Angel Nurses
SO MANY MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUR TROOPS & VETERANS NOW FOR 2016-17:
Email us at info@HomefrontHugs.orgfor general info . You can also help us by downloading the information on our Info/Forms page where we have all our applications and brochures.
Gift a magazine subscription !
❤️What a super way to help and we pack these into care packages every month for our heroes !! 🇺🇸
Go to EBATES here and click on Magazines dot com to save tons of money and get 40% back in cash !You don’t have a free EBATES account ? Don’t shop online without one !Use this link and you help our troops too to get a free account :
Starbucks gift cards or actual coffee ( for our deployed heroes too and you can send these all year long !
travel neck pillows
stamps and blank cards and Pens
Adult coloring books with colored pencils
Postcards of get well wishes and ” stay safe ” wishes
Start a Homefront Hugs Kids or Teen, College or Seniors Volunteer Clubin your community. Just ask how at HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
SEND us any condition iPhones, iPads, and iPods smartphones for our wounded warriors and families…You can even help us collect these in your community and then send them cheaply to us in a Flat rate USPS box. Chargers are not needed…and screens can even be cracked…5 have come in so far at all. This is a great volunteer project for a teens.
Homefront Hugs USA
1881 West Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Sign up to be a general volunteer and help in an area of your expertise from home. We always need volunteers to help make PDF flyers and forms, help update our website when needed, recruit volunteers and ask for needed donations of requested supplies- any or all of these areas. We also are looking for some IT experts anyone who knows how to make an app we could use for smartphones to serve our troops better. PASS the word and email us please ! HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Volunteer to RT (repeat our tweets) on Twitter and follow us @HomefrontHugs and be sure to add that you are a @HomefrontHugs volunteer on your profile….many of you have and we thank you !!
Volunteer to share our Posts on Facebook so troops and vets know where they can go for help and Americans know how to volunteer!
Office & Troop supplies needed :
color copies of our brochures (100 min of each)
color copies of our Adoptions Flyer (1000 flyers needed but any amt accepted)
1-30 books or 10 rolls of stamps
100 colored pencil sets
100 adult coloring books for stress relief
1-200 of 2017 calendars of all themes
Gift Cards to Office Max, Amazon.com. Office Depot, CVS, Walgreens or Target gratefully accepted to buy needs and supplies for our troops and missions and needy military families especially for the holidays .
Contact Info@HomefrontHugs.org to help with any of the above and if we ask for a certain number like 50 – you can send even 1 towards our goal !
Know that you can volunteer wherever your interest is even if not listed above …we welcome your creative ideas and there are countless ways to help our veterans coming home and our troops abroad whatever your ability or age .
The Barbee family even got to meet their adopted soldier when he came home !
HOMEFRONT HERO HUGS NEEDS YOU – ADOPTIONS
To adopt a military family dealing with either a wounded hero home or deployed Mom or Dad, there is an application which explains what is expected, with at least a 6 month commitment and complete confidentiality is required at all times . (For the holidays, you can adopt a military family just for Christmas or Hanukkah )
Just 1 morale lifting care package per month is required to include any children who may be in the family. This is a wonderful gift to our serviceman or woman so that they can focus on healing or their mission in the war. Many of these heroes have submitted their families themselves and their words will remind you why it is such an honor to thank them for their sacrifices.
Adopting a family can be a super family project with everyone getting involved, feeling needed, and learning to give back at even the youngest of ages.
At Homefront Hugs, getting children and our seniors involved is a vital goal supporting our inclusion and diversity philosophy. We reach out to disabled and foster children and teens, children and adults of all religions, sexual orientation, and do not turn anyone away who wants to give back and thank our heroes for their sacrifices.
After all, our veterans and families come from all walks of life proudly just like all our heroes.We cannot promise you a local family or a vet within your state but they are all heroes and we will try to match you up locally.
To adopt a hero, is so easy and rewarding too…! We have 32 heroes right now needing adoption.
This mission also requires at least a 4,6 or 9 month minimum commitment and the utmost confidentiality as we are at war. Our heroes fill out applications and tell us a little about themselves if we are lucky, and we have many ideas as well to help you fill those care packages. You will smile when you read some of their answers as you get your very own hero anxiously hoping he or she might be adopted.Two care packages are required a month of any size, even a large envelope with a magazine.some gum and a letter qualifies. The letter is the most important part, sending what feels like a hug from home. For teachers – only one care package per month is required .
TIPS:You can also have others donate to your packages and help you with postage which is not much as it is US postage and you should use FLAT RATE boxes which allow you to mail anything up to 70 lbs as long as it fits in one of their boxes THEY provide.
*Cost? It costs anywhere from $5 – $50 a month to adopt depending what you pack of course. It can be just a magazine and note 2x per month .
The address can NEVER be shared due to OPSEC which is a word we will teach you, or posted with anyone outside your immediate family unless they are signed up top. If you are a group, place of worship or business, please make one or two people in charge and responsible for security of the address and info, and that is all who need to apply.
In fact, if you ever see names or addresses posted with any organization on social media or anywhere, this is a serious violation of security and privacy. Your information is never shared either.
Teachers , clubs and students only have to send 1 package a month as we know how busy you are and love having our students involved !
Our Kids/Teen page is a great resource too. We highly suggest adopting a military family as they will have more time to respond and give feedback to your students ! Our teachers take a soldier and his or her family sometimes as they only have to send 1 care package to each and it can be mainly letters or drawings .
SINGLE ? STUDENT? ON A FIXED INCOME ?
If you can only afford one package per month , let us know and we will have you share your hero with another volunteer.
We will find the other volunteer and your information is never shared .
Parents,Friends or Loved Ones of Deployed Heroes ?
***We can adopt your loved one too, just ask especially if for whatever private reason you cannot send muchsupport. Just email HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Anyone can adopt a hero who agrees to our rules and expectations to maintain quality of care and consistency of support to our deployed or wounded veterans. We welcome diversity and reach out to all Americans to join us, leaving politics aside just as our veterans come form all walks of life.We see the best of America at Homefront Hugs.
If you want your assignment quicker, you can send us all the answers in an email but remember to adopt we need full addresses, no PO Boxes please, phone number,and agreement to complete confidentiality/OPSEC and 4, 6 or 9 month commitment . And please add why you wish to adopt. Then send your answers to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org
First Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club in the Midwest
Other projects include our Homefront Hugs Kids and Teens Volunteer Clubs which we hope our volunteers will start in their communities eventually especially if they want to involve children and teen, and even college students in giving back. Here is our new brochure:
Operation Healing Angel, is our special mission where one can adopt a hospital to send cards to at least 4 times a year, and included the medical staff who are heroes too.
You can also send cards here to us anytime of year for us to send to medical units overseas in the war zone or troops deployed, and to hospitals here which need the most support or in your own communities where veterans are healing. More info on our Operation Healing Angel tab above.
Collecting Blankets for our Wounded Heroes – this was our teen volunteer Jack Begley who was always there for the heavy lifting in Florida
Adopotion is a super project for children,teens and any group wishing to thank our wounded in areas where support is low. Once you decide what you want to do, please fill out the application you wish , send us the answers by email or by regular mail, and please remember that we will need 1 paragraph as to why you wish to adopt a hero or a family. We take pride in our program and our volunteers and want to makes sure everyone is helping for good reasons. This is NOT a dating or penpal service and we stay in touch with the troops, families and you to make sure everything is going smoothly. We are here for you too to be a support for you too and answer any questions . Volunteers are what make Homefront Hugs shine .
REMEMBER teens receive volunteer credit and letters of reference for schools or college just by helping with any of the above or ideas on our Kids/Teen Page for at least 3 months. Got more questions or need the volunteer hours sheet? Email usHomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Please go look at our projects and endless photos on Facebook…and join us there with so many other volunteers and supporters to share ideas…we have 2 pages which we hope you share with everyone:Homefront Hugs USAwith updates and interesting info on our veterans,troops and care !
Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Clubs a fun place for teens to stay updated with parental permission as well as teachers and anyone running clubs across the country to place updates and share projects !
We unite here, so leave the politics at the door and show our troops,vets and families how grateful we are for our freedoms. Freedom Endures (TM)
To all our troops - stay safe and come home soon...you are never forgotten at Homefront Hugs .
If you are a veteran or service member lost or in emotional pain, please know emotional wounds are real...call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. We care and there is confidential help 24/7. You matter.
We wish everyone a wonderful 2016.
We hope you will consider either adopting your own hero or military family from far or donating to help our care packages ship to troops and wounded warriors in need. We also have many projects and ways to collect needed items for our wounded and if you are under 18 - visit our Kids Page !
Thank you for visiting and remembering our heroes worldwide serving quietly, bravely . Have a wonderful year and stay safe ...Freedom Endures . Your help makes a REAL difference here as we are all volunteers !
For more information email Volunteer@HomefrontHugs.org or explore our website !