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The following list contains links to organizations that have set up programs to deliver greetings and needed items to our troops.

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Sending greetings and care packages

Congressman Cooper's Valentines for Veterans 

Congressman Cooper invites school classes, Scout troops, youth groups and individuals to make their own Valentines for Middle Tennessee veterans and troops serving overseas.

Operation Dear Abby 

This site allows visitors to send email greetings to service members.  

Defend America 
This link provides a form to send thanks to the U.S. Military. 

Operation USO Care Package 
Visitors can send a care package to service members overseas by making a donation. 

This organization allows visitors to make a contribution to help link families, pen-pals, private companies, corporations, civic groups and other organizations such as American Legions, VFW's, schools, synagogues, churches, scouts, and 4-H Clubs to entire platoons serving overseas. 

Operation Military Pride 
Visitors can contact this organization to support the distribution of letters and care packages to troops. Operation Military Pride also links citizens with specific soldiers one-on-one. 

Sending a letter of support to an M. Company Soldier from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment:  

Family Readiness Group
Co. M 3/278th ACR
1935 Highway 12 South
Ashland City, TN 37015

Helping service members stay in touch with their families

Operation Uplink 
Sends prepaid calling cards to servicemembers so they can call home. 

Freedom Calls Foundation 
Links soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan with their loved ones back home through teleconferencing.

Supporting the military relief societies 


Army Emergency Relief 

Air Force Aid Society 

Navy/Marine Relief Society

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance 



Assisting wounded troops

U.S. Army  

The most needed item is calling cards of any amount for wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Hospital to call their families:  

Medical Family Assistance Center
Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Building 2, Third Floor, Room 3E01
Washington, DC 20307-5001 

U.S. Navy and
U.S. Marine Corps 

Wounded marines and naval personnel need a variety of items while recovering. These items include:  

  • Top Request: Carry-on luggage with wheels 
  • Packaged men's underwear - sizes 30-36; boxer shorts are preferred
  • Snap-leg nylon warm-up pants
  • Long gym shorts with draw strings
  • Zip-front sweatshirts
  • Packaged toiletry items: shaving cream, aftershave, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
  • DVD's, videos, popular music CD's
  • Play Station X-Box games
U.S. Air Force  

Donations are accepted at the following address:

National Naval Medical Center Marine Corps Liaison Office, Bldg. 10, Room 1014 Bethesda, MD 20889-5600
Attn: Ssgt. Word

Wounded airmen recovering at Andrews Air Force Base need prepaid phone cards and personal hygiene items. These items can be sent to the following address:  

Malcolm Grow Medical Center 
Building 1050
West Perimeter Road
Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762
Attn: Gifts for Wounded Airmen

Donating airline miles to families of hopitalized soldiers

Delta Airlines 
SkyMiles members can donate miles to help families of hospitalized soldiers with their travel needs. The minimum donation is 5,000 miles. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 1-800-325-3999 or fax 404-773-1945 to make a donation. 

Northwest Airlines   WorldPerks members may donate miles by calling 1-800-327-2881. Have your account and PIN numbers ready. The minimum donation is 5,000 miles. 

Southwest Airlines 

Rapid Rewards members may donate free tickets they have earned. Award Tickets must be valid for at least two months. Rapid Rewards Members' names and personal information will be removed from the Award Ticket. Tickets can be sent to the address below or call 1-800-445-5764. 

Southwest Airlines
Civic & Charitable Contributions-HDQ 1CV
Attn. Donna Blackford, 'Operation Hero Miles'
2702 Love Field Drive
Dallas, TX 75235 

Operation Hero Miles
 This link contains additional information. The following airlines provide free flights to soldiers and their families, but are not accepting airline mile donations: American, Independence, Pan-Am, US Airways.

Adopt a Unit 


America Supporting Americans 
This organization is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that links individual units in all branches of the military with communities across the country.  



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