Meet the Adopt A US Soldier Volunteers


Adopt A US soldier is staffed entirely by volunteers, just like you.

While each volunteer and supporter of soldiers deserves not only our thanks and appreciation, but the gratitude of the nation, these people keep AAUSS going behind the scenes.  Here, you can meet and contact volunteers, administrators, and other key personnel of Adopt A US Soldier.  While AAUSS numbers are over 1,000,000+ supporters, these key people have volunteered their time, talents, and efforts to help keep Adopt A US Soldier growing and functioning.

Jessica Kaml

Aimee Stem

Pennsylvania Ambassador

Amy Bennett

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Ian Rawls

Texas Ambassador

Ian was born in the state of Alabama and comes from a military family. His dad is a Vietnam Vet and his mother has now been a civilian for the Airforce for over 40 years. Ian has lived overseas most of his life.  He joined AAUSS to do more for our men and women serving overseas.

Amanda Picklo

Texas Ambassador

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Amanda Picklo is the South Texas Ambassador, located in the Houston area. After witnessing a close friend go through a third wartime deployment with her husband, she decided to look into avenues to give back to our military and their families. An internet search led to discovering AAUSS, where her family promptly adopted their first soldier. Amanda and her family were immediately sold on AAUSS and its mission. Once Amanda learned of the opportunity to become an ambassador for AAUSS, she knew it was a role she wanted to take on. Adopting soldiers and promoting AAUSS as an ambassador has had unexpected benefits for her family. “My kids write regularly to our soldiers and think of them as family. Participating in AAUSS has given my kids an appreciation for our military I don’t think they could have fully realized, at their ages, without it.”

Karry Yeager

West Virginia Ambassador

Linda Yeager

West Virginia Ambassador

Kathi Gatian

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West Virginia Ambassador

Ann Johnson

Founder

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When Ann knew that her only son, Paul, was going to be stationed in Iraq, she asked some of her friends if they would help support Paul’s company.  The response was great and grew!  One of her friends, an air traffic controller at Denver International Airport, asked her boss if they could adopt Paul’s group.  They ended up sending almost $3,000 worth of goods.  Then a mistake was made…the soldiers, thinking that they were thanking the DIA group, addressed their letters in care of DIA.  However, all of the supporters didn’t work at DIA, so the letters, after being opened, were sent to Ann to re-address and send out to the appropriate people.  In tears reading them, Steve W., a retired LT COL U.S. Air Force Pilot and friend of Ann’s, called and alerted the media of Ann’s efforts and the Adopt A US Soldier organization was born.

By the end of her 10 years with AAUSS in 2015, we had over 1 million supporters from over 150+ countries and territories from around the world. Here our story told through Ann in the following video:


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