True Strength

StrengthSTRENGTH – as defined by Merriam Webster: “the quality or state of being physically strong; the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force; the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined or effective way.”

Strength is the foundational word that comes to mind whenever I think about our armed forces personnel and their families/loved ones. It takes not only physical strength to be a part of America’s military fighting force, but it takes mental toughness as well. Those same attributes are displayed by the families and loved ones of our military. Every battle/situation a person faces is first determined (won or lost) in their mind. Where your mind goes, the rest of you follows is a true statement. If you believe you can or if you believe you can’t, you’re right! So to complete bootcamp, fight in a war, adjust to life after leaving active military service, all take a mental toughness and fortitude to successfully accomplish.

I see amazing strength in the faces of those elderly veterans at the VA Hospital who are battling not only sickness, but their own time worn and weakened bodies. Yet they still manage to return a smile and even provide a word of encouragement as they leave from their Chemotherapy treatment. Equally as strong are those veteran’s spouses and family members who are always faithfully by their side. Whether pushing them in their wheel chair around to their various appointments, asking questions, navigating the workings of the VA or sitting quietly by their bedside as they sleep, those spouses and family members exude a quiet, unassuming strength.

Spouses, whether of an active or retired military member, are some of the strongest people you will ever meet. Spouses hold down the home front when their solider/warrior is away, making sure life back home goes on and all is taken care of. Spouses provide support and encouragement for their solider and are the anchor back home that gives them hope and security while doing his/her job of defending our country and the liberties and way of life we enjoy. Spouses fight back tears during those phone calls and Skype times to make sure their solider doesn’t worry about them, but instead is reassured and encouraged and made to feel loved. Then cries when no one is around.

Strength is seen in the parent who sends their son or daughter off to bootcamp and/or war. Though worried out of their mind for the safety of their child, that they love more than anything on this planet, they tell them how proud they are, encourage them, pray for them and send them care packages. They do whatever needs to be done to support them.

Strength is seen in the solider/warrior that returns from combat, scarred physical and/or mentally from the horror and trauma they witnessed and endured. They are lions living among lambs…. the training and way of life they learned in combat that kept them alive makes them feel like an outsider and an alien when they come back to civilian life. Day in and day out they try to fit in and conform and readjust to the world they return to. Although many times uncomfortable, fighting hopelessness and feeling like an outcast they still keep trying and fighting to survive.

I want to close out the topic of strength with this…. It is NOT weak to ask for help. True strength is knowing when you need help and then asking for it. No matter where you may see yourself in the examples I’ve written about above, find a support system for yourself. Reach out to a friend, family or someone you trust. Go online and find one of the many resources and organizations setup to provide support. Contact the VA, tell them what you need and take advantage of the programs they offer. Help is available. Don’t suffer needlessly. You’re there for others, when the time comes let someone be there for you.

~Faith

Adopt a Hero for the Holidays!

What things come to mind when you think about the upcoming holiday season? Spending time with family and friends… enjoying the home cooked meals… or maybe just drinking a cup of hot chocolate beside the fireplace.

Now think for a moment about the men and women that are deployed during the holidays. Instead of home cooked meals, they will be eating MREs… instead of looking forward to a 3 day holiday weekend, they will be working hard every day to protect us and our freedoms… but most of all, they won’t get to enjoy spending time with their loved ones.

Care packages can bring a little touch of home to our deployed troops. However, many that are deployed have no one sending packages or even letters. Our goal for Operation SEND Christmas is to send more care packages than ever before! The news likes to ignore the fact that thousands are still deployed, but we KNOW the truth! We still have hundreds of names on our list that have requested care packages… and we want to send a package to each and every one of them!

Through our Adopt A Hero program, you have the opportunity to send a touch of home to a deployed hero. You can choose to shop for their items yourself, or simply donate and we will handle it all for you. YOU can make a difference in the life of an American hero!

To learn more visit our Adopt a Hero page.

OPERATION S.E.N.D. Care Package Assembly

REGISTER TODAY!

Mark your calendars and join us as we assemble boxes for our upcoming care package mailing on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. We will be meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at our office in Millpond Center, 3650 Boston Road, Suite 146, Lexington, KY 40514. If you plan to participate please send an email to Diane at volunteer@military-missions.org  or call Karen at 859-221-9477.

We have had an incredible increase in the number of care package requests. Our list of soldiers grows every day. Many people believe that all of our men and women have returned home but there are thousands still deployed and they need our help. We are in great need of donations to meet their needs. We hope you will download a copy of our care package suggestion list and plan to donate some items to be included in our packages. We are also in need of monetary donations to cover the costs of shipping. You can donate directly from our website.

Even if you can’t participate in this event you can still support our troops by spreading the word and reposting this event on your Facebook page.

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DONATION SUGGESTION LIST

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We receive many emails each day requesting care packages. Read and find out why your donation makes a real difference in the life of an American Hero!

Dear Military Missions, 
Just wondering if it was possible to get a  care package for the Christmas holiday? I currently have no family members in support of my military career. It would be greatly appreciated.

 

Dear Military Missions,

Thank you so much for accepting our request. He is truly my hero. He is really struggling right now and his spirits are really down with the Christmas holiday right around the corner and money being so tight. I am worried about him not getting any packages while we adjust back home to our new budget.  Thank you so very much!

Hello! My brother just recently deployed to Afghanistan. I would love it if you could add him to your mailing list. He is in the Army and it’s hard for us to get stuff shipped to him (money) so please, anything will help him get thru this.

Dear Military Missions, I came across your website.  This is the second year in a row that I will be deployed throughout the holidays.  I greatly appreciate everything you are doing.  I hope you don’t mind that I signed myself up.

Dear Military Missions, 

I have names of four Marines that our Family Readiness Office has given me. They are not getting any mail from family members so if it would be ok, can I send in their info so they can receive care packages? Thank you.

Dear Military Missions,

Thanks for replying back with an email. We have 42 Marines in the platoon.  We really appreciate all the stuff you guys are doing for the troops. I told Marines about the care packages and they were super excited about it. We’ve been here for only a couple of weeks now but are really short on food so this would definitely be a morale booster!!  Some Marines never receive any packages or mail. We haven’t received any mail yet in the platoon because we just got here, but I’ve seen multiple occasions where Marines didn’t receive anything just simply because they didn’t have any family members back home. Once again thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon. We are working on taking a platoon picture and we would be glad to send you guys back some pictures and letters. Thank you and have a good day!

 

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If you are planning to spend any time today shopping online please be sure to stop by our donation page on our website at Military Missions Inc and make what is sure to be the best purchase of your day. You can make a tax deductible donation via PayPal, and bless the socks off a deployed hero! We have hundreds of names on our Christmas list this year and we need YOUR help!

Do you have someone on your Christmas list who already has everything?  Why not make a donation in their honor. We will send them a letter notifying them of your generous gift in their name and you will make it possible for every soldier on our list to receive a package for Christmas.

We receive many emails each day requesting care packages. Messages like the ones you just read above are just a few we have received. As you can see your donation can make a real difference in the life of an American Hero! We thank you for your support and partnership to SEND CHRISTMAS to our deployed troops!

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DOUBLE DOG DARE

 

I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA!

I’m sure that statement brings a picture to your mind… maybe a day on the playground years ago…. or the flag pole scene from the movie A Christmas Story.  No matter what memories it brings back, you know you can’t back down from the double dog dare, and the only thing more serious is the TRIPLE dog dare!

With that being said, we are starting a Double Dog Dare Challenge for Military Missions, Inc. We need to start raising money for Operation SEND Christmas. We know what you’re thinking. “It’s only August! Why so early?” Our list of deployed service members who need care packages is growing each and every day, but due to the sluggish economy, we are not receiving enough donations to keep up with the demand.

So here’s how the challenge works:

YOU begin by making any size donation to Military Missions, Inc. Then you issue a challenge to your friends to make a donation as well.  It’s that simple! You can challenge your facebook friends, email contacts, relatives, or anyone else who comes to mind. You can make a donation through Paypal on our donation page or by mailing a check to our office at 3650 Boston Rd., Suite 146, Lexington, Ky. 40514.

Last year Military Missions sent over 5,000 care packages to deployed troops. Many people believe our men and women are no longer deployed to the Middle East. However, we still have hundreds of names on our list and receive new names everyday.

We don’t ever want to turn someone away because we can’t afford to ship a package, so please accept our challenge and make a tax deductible donation. Any donation is helpful and VERY much appreciated. As always, we are extremely grateful for any and all support of our troops through Military Missions, Inc.

And remember, you don’t want us to bring out the dreaded TRIPLE dog dare! Donate today!

OPERATION S.E.N.D. Care Package Assembly

REGISTER TODAY!

Mark your calendars and join us as we assemble boxes for our upcoming care package mailing on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. We will be meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at our office in Millpond Center, 3650 Boston Road, Suite 146, Lexington, KY 40514. If you plan to participate please send an email to webmaster@military-missions.org  or call Barbara at 859-221-9477.

We have had an incredible increase in the number of care package requests. Our list of soldiers is growing every day. With the sluggish economy and high gas prices, we are in great need of donations to meet the need. We hope you will download a copy of our care package suggestion list and plan to donate some items to be included in our packages. We are also in need of monetary donations to cover the costs of shipping. You can donate directly from our website.

Even if you can’t participate in this event you can still support our troops by spreading the word and reposting this event on your Facebook page.

CLICK TO REGISTER

DONATION SUGGESTION LIST

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION