Wednesday, October 26th is the National Day of the Deployed. This day is to honor all those that have been and are currently deployed including their families and loved ones. Here at AAUSS we do everything we can to help make their deployment a little easier on them. Below are some comments from our troops that we have been honored to support throughout their deployment.
The supporters are great, I received a box .... and she sent me even more than I could ask for. She’s a great lady and very nice. I received an email from my other supporter saying they are putting a box together to send over here. I really appreciate everything that you all do for the troops around the world, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I will also be sure to share the flyer so others can receive the support I’ve gotten so far. Thank you again.
Your organization is great and I have received several letters and care packages. Unfortunately I do not have envelopes to send replies and give your people my sincerest thank you. Our internet connectivity is very bad out here. Also it is terrible that I am not available often. I really appreciate the letters and care packages and I share them with my soldiers. They really appreciate them also. Please get this message to your folks as I do not want them to think that i don’t appreciate their efforts and donations. Please continue to do what you guys do for our soldiers who are deployed in harms way and show them they are not forgotten. Thank you again.
Sorry I’m so late in responding. I have been a bit busy the past week. I’m happy to say that all of my supporters are very friendly and I’m really happy that I’m getting to know them. Thank you very much for providing us soldiers with a support system like this! People like you make Deployments much easier on us.
I have had a wonderful experience with all of the sponsors, they are very kind and are great people. I honestly have nothing negative to say about them at all! Very caring and kind! I was really nervous to do this…something about asking people they never met before to send stuff here made me nervous but the squashed that nervousness and I feel like I’m talking to a family member!
I think the program is amazing and everyone is so kind and help me get through the day! It’s so amazing that people are willing to help soldiers out.
The supporters are amazing and i appreciate everything they do. Thank you so much for an amazing organization
I must extend our sincere thank you for everything that you have done for us. You truly lifted our spirits and you were a constant reminder that there are people that care for us and believe in what we continue to do over here.
Great program all the supporters with this program are very nice and giving. I really appreciate the letters it’s really a morale booster.
My experience with AAUSS and the supporters assigned to me has been amazing! I’ve gotten emails from 4 or 5 different amazing people with so much love & care. Several of them have offered to send me care packages and they keep me updated on recent events and such. I’ve told many of my shipmates about this program and already a few have signed up.
Everything has been well with the supporters. They have been really nice and I’ve talked to more than one. They’re super nice and encouraging. I’m really enjoying having someone to talk to and learn about them.
Greetings, so far everything has been great! I have been keeping busy trying to write everyone emails and letters thanking them for the support they have given us, and of course I have to do a little work every now and again… we help plenty others with our care packages!
The supporters you assigned me are great, we have so many great talks. It really brightens my day when I see that I have an e-mail waiting for me from one of them. Thanks for the support.
Dear Fellow Soldiers,
As someone who has been in your boots, I’d like to tell you what AAUSS is and what it isn’t. I’ve been where most of you are at…far from loved ones, working tremendously long hours to accomplish Herculean missions, often with little sleep, comforts, or even much thanks. So first, on behalf of every American back home, let me give you my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. You are the ones putting your lives on the line and sacrificing so deeply for those of us back home. Given the recent drawdowns in Afghanistan and other spots around the world, you may think that America has forgotten that right now, at the very moment you’re reading this, soldiers are continuing to sacrifice so much for the sake of freedom. Let me assure you, however, that literally MILLIONS of patriotic Americans are standing behind you and standing ready to help you. You and your comrades out on the front lines are the threads woven into our nation’s flag and a tremendous number of caring people are eager to support you during this challenging time.
There are several important points about AAUSS that you need to understand, about what it is and what it isn’t. First of all, what it is not: a dating site. If you are looking for romance please look elsewhere, as there are no shortage of online opportunities out there to find companionship of the romantic type. My experience with AAUSS has been that the vast majority of sponsors are “family” type of people who are commonly married, widowed, or entire families eager to support soldiers just like you. When they selflessly volunteer to become a sponsor, they are informed of what is appropriate and non-appropriate interactions between them and the soldier they adopt. Inappropriate communication that is not consistent with AAUSS’s mission of “connecting supportive civilians with deployed troops to communicate encouragement and gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces” is to be reported to the volunteers who selflessly run the organization. You can be removed from the program for inappropriate behavior, so please act with the professionalism our country expects of its service members.
Another important point to understand is that so many people are EAGER to help! When I was deployed and adopted by several AAUSS sponsors, I often felt that I was imposing on them. That when I asked for care package items that I felt a bit guilty and refrained from asking for things that I truly did need. Trust me: these people are so very willing and WANTING to help you! That is the reason they signed up to adopt a soldier in the first place: they care and they want YOU to know that you are cared about. Currently there are more people who have signed up to adopt soldiers than there are soldiers waiting to be adopted. So please…let these great AMERICANS SUPPORT YOU AS YOU SERVE SO SELFLESSLY FOR THEM!
You doubtlessly know of a brother or sister in arms that could use some support. I’d encourage you to tell them about Adopt A US Soldier so that they too can feel supported. I personally decided to “be adopted” during a very dark and difficult time during my deployment…and I can’t tell you the hope and encouragement I felt when I heard my name being called during mail call. Think about those “sharing your foxhole” who could benefit from hearing their name called or to sink their teeth into a cookie made with love from those back home in the country they are fighting to defend.
Thank you, my brothers and sisters in arms. You are fighting for all of us back home and there are so many of us here eager to show you that you are supported. Thank you for answering our country’s call.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Steve Osterholzer
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It’s that time of year to start thinking about getting those packages out in time to cheer up our troops overseas. Remember, if you are only wanting to send a one time care package or part of a large group wanting to support our troops, please click on Project Frontlines. Our other program requires a 6 to 12 month commitment.
For more details from USPS, click here.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH PROJECT FRONTLINES! Here is some more information about it.
Project Frontlines is for large groups and individuals who wish to send a ONE time letter or care package to a platoon/unit in need. These troops typically have limited supplies and many are experiencing overcrowding. Any amount of encouragement and help is very much appreciated. These platoons/units are changed out daily or weekly depending on the amount of supporters who sign up and they are meant to be supported ONE time. These soldiers are also signed up individually with AAUSS so they will receive long term support from their individual supporters. The more support the better!! Thank you for supporting Project Frontlines!
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I want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to the volunteers of AAUSS.
Did you know that no volunteer of our organization gets paid? Each volunteer has their own personal and professional lives but their hearts are here to support the troops just like you. We have people “on duty” each day for Facebook, forums, and admin.. These amazing women and men find the balance to be here to keep AAUSS moving towards our mission:
To honor active US military personnel, Adopt A US Soldier is a 501c3 volunteer-based organization that connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to the brave men and women serving our nation and the world.
So, as our busiest season begins, please be kind. We may take longer to receive your first or additional adoption along with a response from emails, private messages and such. Without these wonderful volunteers, we would not be where we are today.
Gina, Tura, Shannon and Caitlyn spilt the week to handle adoptions and answer your many emails through webmaster.
Miss K, Sarah, Monz and Lisa assist with the many topics, private messages and responses on our forums.
Jamie, Ashleigh, Carol and Brenna are here on our Facebook posting and answering your comments and private messages.
We have many more volunteers in other roles, but these ones are the ones you see each day.
We welcome you to our AAUSS family and appreciate your kindness to those behind the scenes. In the end, we are here to support the many men and women who will be deployed from home this holiday season.
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Make sure you are signing up for the correct program!
Project Frontlines is a one-time support opportunity to a unit overseas requesting support. This is a great option for those who want to send some joy and appreciation over the holidays.
Our Adoption program is a long term committment to support a service member for the duration of their deployment (~6-9 months). We do ask that you send weekly letters through the mail while “your” soldier is deployed.
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