Friday, October 18, 2013

TVs for SAMMC

10/17/13

Thanks to a surprising series of connections, Soldiers' Angels is working to make a difference in the challenging recovery journey of severely-burned military patients at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). On Veterans Day, Soldiers' Angels held a luncheon with the SA Board of Trustees and key staff members of SAMMC, pledging to furnish the Burn ICU individual rooms with TVs to provide smiles that will help patients cope.
"I can't imagine what I would've done without a TV in my room, just me and my thoughts…yeah, that would've been really tough", said SFC Amadore P. a former in-patient at SAMMC. A TV can be an enormous help to a severely-burned patient who will likely face months of very difficult in-hospital treatment. 
 
The project will provide a TV for each of 16 new rooms in the Burn ICU that do not currently have one. Due to stringent standards  of sterilization required in a burn unit and the  need for electronics to interface with bedside  controls, anything introduced into the unit  must meet specs not attained by conventional  TVs, which results in a  cost that far exceeds the cost of an average TV set.
For the patients it impacts, this project is huge, but it all began with a small conversation. Richard, an Army Reservist who Soldiers' Angels was able to help as he transitioned from Active Duty, recently started working at the SAMMC emergency room, discovered the lack of TVs in a chance conversation with fellow medical personnel at SAMMC. A few days later, he stopped by the Soldiers' Angels Support Center in San Antonio and told his friends there about the situation. Immediately, Soldiers' Angels began laying the groundwork to meet the need.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Angelic Credit Card from USAA


Soldiers' Angels is thrilled to announce a formal relationship with USAA that will allow their members to support Soldiers' Angels through the credit card they choose...

USAA Bank Launches Alliance with Soldiers’ Angels 
USAA named exclusive credit card provider 
SAN ANTONIO – USAA Bank and Soldiers’ Angels are introducing a customized credit card for approximately 86,000 veterans, wounded and deployed service members, and their families.
USAA Bank now offers the Soldiers’ Angels USAA Rewards™ World MasterCard® credit card to help support the group’s programs and activities. USAA Bank will make a contribution to Soldiers’ Angels with every account opened or renewed, and each time cardholders make an eligible purchase.
“Year after year, USAA has shown its commitment to going above and beyond for military members and veterans, and so has Soldiers’ Angels,” said Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers’ Angels. “We are pleased to announce our relationship with USAA, and I am thrilled to welcome them to the Soldiers’ Angels family.”
“We are honored to be working with Soldiers’ Angels,” said Nathan McKinley, USAA vice president of military affinity. “Soldiers' Angels has done a lot over the years for deployed soldiers and their families, including tens of thousands of care packages. I’m optimistic that this new program will assist in generating additional support, and USAA certainly appreciates the many contributions Soldiers' Angels makes for our country.”
In 2009, USAA opened its membership to all veterans who have honorably served and their eligible family members. To learn more about the USAA and Soldiers’ Angels credit card program, call 1-800-531-7148 or visit usaa.com/soldiersangels.
About Soldiers’ Angels 
Since 2003, Soldiers’ Angels has been an ensign of advocacy and support for our nation’s men and women in uniform, veterans and their families. Their motto, “May No Soldier Go Unloved,” captures the energy that motivates hundreds of thousands of volunteers – the Soldiers’ Angels. Join them as they give wings to their work, and help them show our heroes a level of gratitude that is befitting of our great country. To learn more, visit soldiersangels.org.
About USAA 
USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services to 9.1 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Just Listen to Support the Troops!

Jesse Dayton is one of the artists involved with Soldiers' Angels partner Voices of a Grateful Nation. This organization's CD, which includes Jesse's song, I'm Comin' Home helps fund activities that use music to help returning and wounded soldiers re-acclimate and recover.

I’m Comin’ Home tells the story of going to Iraq and coming home safely to live happily ever after. It has received rave reviews from soldiers and military families, and now has the attention of CMT.com (Country Music Television). The video is playing on the station’s website and is linked to a PSA about the efforts of Soldiers’ Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation to use music to support the troops.


Now, Jesse needs a little help from you in order to help Soldiers' Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation. All you have to do is watch his video for I'm Comin' Home.



If CMT.com records at least 1000 hits a day, Jesse's video and his PSA for Soldiers' Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation will be put into regular rotation of music videos on CMT. Getting Jesse's PSA on CMT will be a wonderful way to help spread the word about what Soldiers' Angels does.



Soldiers' Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation working together helps the troops:

One result of the partnership between Voices of a Grateful Nation and Soldiers’ Angels is the new music lesson/therapy program at the warehouse, part of Operation Soft Landing. Along with Charlie Gallagher and musicologist and guitar teacher Craig Hillis, Soldiers’ Angels co-founder Jeff Bader has been developing and stocking a room to provide music lessons and performance opportunities for wounded veterans and those in transition to civilian life. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues such as hand/eye coordination or motor problems, and short-term memory challenges can all be improved through playing an instrument and listening to music.

The call went out for instruments in the last month, but so much more is needed and the hope is to expand Operation Soft Landing to locations around the country. All revenue Jesse receives from “I’m Coming Home” will go to support this project. Simply watching these great videos is a powerful way to help!


You can also learn more about Jesse Dayton and watch both videos on CMT's site.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Founders Notes June 15 2010

Dear Angels,

The response to our request to help fill the empty shelves in the warehouse has been fantastic. Thank you so much to all the Angels who donated, shared contacts and spread the word! Of course the needs continue, and here are two great ways to build on the strength and success we all generated this last week…

Rollercoaster Networking

New Media: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

“New Media” and Internet-based social networking platforms like Twitter, Facebook and blogs have been a major force in our ability to meet the mission of ensuring “No Soldier Go Unloved.” They have their ups and downs, but the great thing is that we can each use our voices to keep things on the positive and “up” side. Please click to read more! [more*]


Tell a Stranger Tuesday

Let’s Zero it Out!

Soldiers’ Angels is thrilled beyond words to see how many new Angels are stepping up to adopt as veteran Angels continue to take on adoptions. Just a couple weeks ago we had over 1,000 heroes waiting for adoption and now it’s around 400! If we continue to spread the word and encourage others to stand with us, we could zero it out by the Fourth of July—every hero could have an Angel for the Fourth! [more*]


Band of Angels

Chaplain Support Team, Helping Chaplains Help the Troops

The Chaplain Support Team (CST) supplies deployed Chaplains with requested items related to their mission, and because chaplains travel throughout the war zone, working with them also helps Soldiers' Angels reach personnel who may be in remote locations, feeling isolated or lonely, and in need of a morale boost. The (CST) provides direct support to the military chaplains of all religious backgrounds as they bring comfort and assistance to all the soldiers they encounter. CST support ranges from letters and gifts that can be easily distributed, to morale items such as food for special group meals, cards for the deployed to send to family members for holidays and birthdays, and games, sports equipment, or books. Dedicated individual CST Angels also sometimes choose to focus on adopting chaplains or soldiers who share their religious background, knowing that having the support of a fellow believer can be a huge encouragement.

I can’t tell you how encouraging it has been to see the warehouse start to fill up again and to watch of the number of heroes waiting for adoption continue to be reduced! With a positive attitude, continuing to use all our resources (media, personal relationships and caring spirits, as well as financial resources) we can continue to make sure every single soldier feels loves and supported so that they can focus on the mission and come home healthy.

Thank you for standing with me!

Wingtip to Wingtip,


Patti Patton-Bader
Soldiers' Angels Founder and CEO


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Founder's Notes, June 9, 2010



Dear Angels,

This is another week where we are looking at bare cupboards. For example, as of today we have absolutely no female hygiene items to include in care packages from the San Antonio warehouse. I worry about that, but at the same time I look around and see people who are giving everything they can. For some people, it’s money, for other’s it’s time, and those who have neither are making sure they let everyone who CAN help know about the need… we call can find a way to give more!


Hearts in Hand

Giving Everything You Can

Last week my husband and I humbly received the Our Heart in Hand Humanitarian Award from the Unity Center in Pasadena, CA. Soldiers’ Angels began in Pasadena and the main office is still there. Jeff stood in for both of us at the event and I was so proud to think of all he does for our troops every day, while still running a business and being a wonderful family man.

Bicycling Heroes

For Their Brothers & Sisters

World T.E.A.M Sports is an amazing organization. Soldiers’ Angels proudly participates in their Face of America bike ride, along with the wounded heroes who ride. Now they’re working on the Sea to Shining Sea Ride. It is so inspiring to see severely-wounded heroes without out there bicycling across the country to raise awareness and money for their fellow warriors. They are proof that where there’s a will, there’s a way. [more*]

Band of Angels

Christina Morales, Angel Giving Her All

To honor both her father and Grandfather who served in the Air Force, Christina Morales of Aurora, Colorado decided to become a member of Soldiers’ Angels in January, 2004. Becoming an Angel is her way of serving her country, keeping the military tradition in her family alive. Christina has great respect for the sacrifices members of America’s Armed Forces make in defending our safety and our way of life, and believes that every service member should receive recognition from the United States for the big and small sacrifices made.

Christina is a member of the Soldiers’ Angels Wounded, Angel Bakers, and Cards Plus teams. She also helps out with the TLC team. And on top of her work with those four teams, Christina still has time to take care of her two adopted soldiers. She writes about 50 letters a week! For Christina, motivation doesn’t come from what she gets back from “her soldiers.” She does love to get responses to her letters and gifts, but just knowing she helped someone is all that matters to her.

Every single day Soldiers’ Angels and Angel volunteers put a steady stream of supplies and support into hands of our heroes, their families, and our wonderful veterans.

This massive undertaking requires massive support and people giving until it hurts. When I see my husband throw himself into supporting the troops despite all his responsibilities, or I watch a wounded warrior with no legs use his hands to bicycle across the country, or read about an Angel who pinches every penny so that she can afford to send a care package to her soldier, I know that we can all do more—we can give more, we can spend more time, we can wear our hearts for our troops on our sleeves more.

If you can donate even $5, please do--it makes a difference! If you are in dire financial straits, tell the people who CAN help that there’s a need, or organize an “item drive” in your community (the link is on www.soldiersangels.org). We all have to give every bit of what we are capable of giving. The wars have fallen off the front pages, but the needs are continuing. Please help! It is Angels like you who make sure “No Soldier Goes Unloved.”



Wingtip to Wingtip,

Patti Patton-Bader
Soldiers' Angels Founder and CEO

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Founder's Notes, June 2, 2010



Dear Angels,

We’re heading into the busy time of the year and there are so many exciting things happening! The best part is that right now there are three big actions you can take they require just a small bit of effort! They’re free, and all the need is a tiny bit of your time…


Vote Pepsi
$50,000 in Troop Support!
With a few seconds a day in June, you can raise $50,000 to help Soldiers’ Angels employ veterans, sponsor music therapy events, and more! Just go to www.refresheverything.com/hireahero and click on “Vote for this Idea.” You can vote once every day, and if Soldiers’ Angels finishes in the top 10 of the competing groups in June, we’ll win $50,000! Please share this with your friends and family! [more*]

Go to Your Dodge Ram Dealer
1,000,000 Letters for Lyrics
If you visit your nearest Dodge Ram dealer and take the time to write a note to the troops, you can receive a free CD of Zac Brown Band and other musical stars! Chrysler, Zac Brown Band and Soldiers’ Angels have teamed up to send 1,000,000 letters of support and appreciation to America’s deployed troops around the world. Come do your part to let our heroes know we love them! [more*]

Download Zac Brown Band
Free Song for Angels and Others
As part of their great work in support of the troops (they just got back from a USO tour!), Zac Brown Band and Ram Trucks will make a donation to Soldiers’ Angels with every download of an exclusive live track from Zac Brown Band on the Letters for Lyrics website. Visit www.ramtrucks.com/en/letters_for_lyrics and scroll down the page!

Here’s your Angel Participation Checklist:

Vote for Soldiers’ Angels
Visit Dodge Ram & Write Your Letter
Download Zac Brown Band

Now, here’s the best part—my special surprise for you! Once you’ve completed your checklist, you can receive a special Angel Participation Gift as a thank you for me for getting out there actively support our heroes and support the Angel mission—it’s my thank you and it’s on your honor. You can choose the Soldiers’ Angels book that tells the story of the beginning of the organization, or a beautiful soldiers’ Angels lapel pin. Just pay shipping and handling…

For the PIN, use coupon code PINPRIZE here: http://www.angelsstore.org/category_s/41.htm

For the BOOK, use coupon code BOOKPRIZE here: http://www.angelsstore.org/product_p/baderbook.htm

Thank you so much for all that each one of you does to support the troops and ensure “No Soldier Go Unloved.” It is your powerful hearts and warm wings of care and concern that show our troops and their families that America remembers them and appreciates them. Let’s get out there and take advantage of these three great things we can do to support the troops without spending a dime!

Wingtip to Wingtip,


Patti Patton-Bader
Soldiers' Angels Founder and CEO

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Founder's Notes, May 25, 2010



Dear Angels,

Monday will be Memorial Day, a special time to remember and honor the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have laid down their lives for the rest of us. From the earliest Minutemen of the colonies, to the heroes who have fallen in the War on Terror, all have given “the last full measure of devotion” for America. By always remembering them, we honor their service and sacrifice.


Remembering Those Left Behind

Living Legends

For every fallen hero, there are those whose hearts break with loss. The Soldiers’ Angels Living Legends Team wraps its wings around those broken hearts. Through letters, cards and memorial gifts, the Team makes sure the families of our fallen heroes know that their loved ones’ sacrifices are honored and respected. If you think you are up to this very special work, please take a look at the team page and consider joining them. [more*]

Band of Angels

Janet Freniere, Living Legends Team Leader


A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Janet now manages transporation at the University of Connecticut. She lives in Rhode Island with her two cats, and is a big Red Sox, Patriots, and UConn Football fan. As a veteran, Janet wanted to support today’s troops and, “when I saw the specifications for Living Legends (LL), I knew that was a perfect choice!” She became good friends with the team leader and then took over in 2007. “I feel a great sense of pride in what we do,” she says. She also participates in Soldiers' Angels Ladies of Liberty and is an active member of the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Speakers Bureau.

Janet says the character of her LL fellow Angels and the knowledge that they are comforting grieving families keep her motivated. “We have a wonderful, caring, compassionate group of Angels on our team,” she writes. “They are the backbone of this team; I just try to keep it all straight.” The best part is the response from the families. “Getting notes from the families we have supported is what keeps me and others going!” After receiving LL support, many gold star families have joined LL to pay it forward, which Janet sees as confirmation that the team has a positive impact.

Memorial Day is always bittersweet for me. I traveled and enjoyed the weekend with my Army Buddies when I was in, so in some ways it takes me back to all the good days. But now it also takes me back to a couple of very bad days that we can never get back. I hope that all of us in America continue to remember the sacrifices that have been made—not a one in vain—and that the little Scarletts and Jocelyns grow up understanding what it means to be lucky enough to call America home.

Please say a prayer this weekend for those whose set foot on the battlefield—both domestically and on foreign soil—and for the families that bid them farewell. Because of their sacrifices, our lives are better!

God Bless our Troops and God Bless the USA.

Wingtip to Wingtip,

Toby Nunn
Soldiers' Angels Operations Manager


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Friday, May 21, 2010

Founder's Notes, May 18, 2010


Dear Angels,

Hello from San Antonio! Thank you to Patti for this opportunity to communicate with all of you amazing Angel volunteers.

I have been traveling a lot, and it was so encouraging to see how many Americans were celebrating Armed Forces Day last weekend and who took the time to say thank you to the service members they met. I’ve seen the support Americans show in so many places with this job: whether I’m traveling around the country or working right here in Texas at the warehouse…




Gobs of Girl Scout Cookies



Texas Steps Up

I can tell you from my experience as a deployed Soldier, Girl Scouts cookies are golden. This week the Soldiers’ Angels warehouse in San Antonio received two and a half trailer trucks’ worth of cookies for our deployed troops, all from Texas Girl Scouts. Just imagine if every state could step up like that! If you are connected to Scouts in your area, please encourage them to get involved with sending cookies, care packages or blankets for our deployed heroes. For more info, email groups@soldiersangels.org.


Address Accuracy Always


Make Your Donations Count!

Last November we opened our new warehouse in San Antonio and closed the one in Newbury Park, CA. Unfortunately, some things are still being addressed to Newbury Park, which means we have to spend valuable dollars to get those great gifts for the troops all the way to Texas. You can help avoid this by double and triple-checking your records, keeping your eyes open for the old address on websites and flyers, and spreading the word about the new address: 4408 N PanAm Expwy, San Antonio, TX 78218. Thank you so much! The right address will allow us to spend money where it’s needed: on supporting troops and their families.


Band of Angels


Amy Morgan, Angel to Soldiers

Amy Morgan wanted to be a soldier and was devastated when a heart condition prevented that. She joined SA in December 2007, after searching online for a way to help the troops. “I figured if I couldn’t be a soldier, I could be an Angel to one,” she says. She threw herself into the role, joining the Living legends, ePal and Chaplain Support teams, as well as adopting four soldiers and being an LWT leader. She’s also “Toby Nunn’s helper,” assisting him with addressing the special needs of struggling soldiers, and is working on an SA Wikipedia page.

A 25-year-old married mother of two, Amy lives in a small North Carolina town with dial-up Internet and calls herself a “full-blooded country girl.” She is inspired in her Angel role by her grandfather’s service in WWII (he was captured on Omaha Beach and held as a POW for two years), seeing how it affected him and his family. “There’s so many people who don’t realize what soldiers have to go through each day, and what the families have to go through,” she explains. She is also motivated by how being an Angel has helped her personally. As someone who suffers from PTSD, she focuses on her Angel activities when she’s feeling bad, and then sees the proof that she can make someone’s world a better place.

Being part of something greater than oneself is the greatest blessing. To be able to stand next to folks that one respects and admires and to be counted as part of them is the greatest compliment of all. Leading this mission and the countless unsung heroes I know as “Angels” enriches my life every day. I hope to get to know all of you better as I support you in your Angel endeavors. On behalf of all the great folks in San Antonio and Pasadena, thank you for making Soldiers’ Angels a wonderful example of military support.

Wingtip to Wingtip,


Toby Nunn
Soldiers' Angels Operations Manager

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Founder's Notes, May 11, 2010



Dear Angels,

This week I have two very important but easy things I need your help with. You can have a big impact on our heroes and their families, and it won’t cost a thing! In fact, you can even get something free--besides all the usual great things that can happen when you are a volunteer supporting our heroes...

Letters for Lyrics

A Million Notes for Our Heroes

Soldiers’ Angels has teamed up with Zac Brown Band and Chrysler LLC to send one million letters to the troops! If you visit your local Dodge Ram Truck dealer, you can send your letter to the troops and get a free music CD while supplies last. You can also download a free Zac Brown song at www.ramtrucks.com/en/letters_for_lyrics. Please take the time to send a letter, and spread the word! [more*]


Teri Willis, Super Angel

Teri is not only an Angel, she’s a Marine Mom! When her son enlisted in the Marine Corps, Teri was invited to join Soldiers’ Angels and adopted her first hero. She soon learned she could have up to three adoptees at once, so she did just that. “It is like my second job, which consumes more time then my first job,” Teri says. She’s so active in Soldiers’ Angels that she has lost count of how many soldiers she has adopted over the years.

One of Teri’s best experiences was being able to adopt an entire platoon when the platoon’s SFC said 45 men who were in dire need of supplies. It tugged her heart, and Teri got busy and led her fellow Angels in sending packages and arranging for each platoon member to receive a letter on the same day during mail call. Teri believes that she has divine support in her work, saying she’s not rich, but never seems to run out of money despite all she spends on supporting the troops. “His love for our brave troops keeps me sufficiently able to continue to support in abundance,” she says. “I am honored and privileged to share whatever I can for our troops.”

I will be taking a break for a couple weeks and handing over Founder’s Notes to Toby Nunn, our Operations Manger. He’s a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and I know he’ll have some great things to say.

My thoughts and prayers as always are with our young sons and daughters fighting to keep us free, and the families who keep the homefires warm. Wingtip-to-wingtip we can make a difference. May God bless our troops.

Wingtip to Wingtip,


Patti Patton-Bader
Soldiers' Angels Founder and CEO


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