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Guidance offered for those wishing to express support for troops

April 9, 2003

A recent news release from the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office, Washington, D.C., offered a list of outlets to guide Americans in supporting U.S. troops. The Web sites represent several organizations that sponsor programs for members of the Armed Services overseas and suggest ways concerned citizens can show their support.

Donate a calling card through Operation Uplink
(http://www.operationuplink.org)
April 9, 2003

A recent news release from the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office, Washington, D.C., offered a list of outlets to guide Americans in supporting U.S. troops. The Web sites represent several organizations that sponsor programs for members of the Armed Services overseas and suggest ways concerned citizens can show their support.

Donate a calling card through Operation Uplink
(http://www.operationuplink.org)

Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby (http://anyservicemember.org or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net).

Sign a virtual thank-you card (http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html).

Make a donation to one of the military relief societies. Locally, donations are being accepted for families of deployed soldiers through Operation Eagles Nest, P.O. Box 203, Fort Campbell, Ky. 42223.

Donate to Operation USO Care Package (http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html).

Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services (http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/).

Volunteer at a VA hospital (http://www.va.gov/vetsday/).

Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House (http://www.fisherhouse.org).

Send a message via “Stars and Stripes,” as well as through “Messages of Support," a daily section that debuted March 17, giving family and friends of deployed service members a chance to pass along greetings, words of encouragement and announcements free of charge. E-mail your message (less than 50 words) 24 hours a day to messages@estripes.com. (“Stars and Stripes” reserves the right to screen and edit all messages.)

Refrain from sending anonymous packages. Due to security concerns and limited transportation space, the military no longer accepts mail addressed to “any service member.”

If you have additional ideas for how APSU can support military families in our midst, e-mail them to Dennie Burke (burked@apsu.edu).