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By Justin Bowen, Bowen Law
 

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With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of it all. There are travel plans to make, family gathering logistics to deal with, and of course - last minute shopping and wrapping. This year, why not take just a few minutes and a few dollars, and really do something special: remember a deployed American soldier.

With more than 350,000 American troops overseas across the globe, a “thank you” letter, an encouraging email, or even better a holiday package will do wonders for troop morale. Consider the following as easy ways to honor and remember our troops:

Soldiers Angels

Website: http://www.soldiersangels.org/holidays-for-heroes.html

Soldiers Angles strives to let soldiers know that they are always remembered; that are thinking of them during the winter Holiday Season, and that we are grateful for their service. You can help by:

Donating to help cover the cost of shipping 100,000 care packages

Send items for packages through “Six Months of Christmas”

Make a Blanket of Belief (they have a no-sew-option)

Donate a complete care package

Give 2 the Troops

Website: http://www.give2thetroops.org/donations.htm

Give 2 the Troops started out as a personal project of love from a wife for her husband and has since evolved into an ongoing community and nationwide effort. Their mission is to support the physical, moral, and spiritual health of America’s armed forces deployed in combat and disaster relief zones around the world with letters and packages prepared and shipped by caring volunteers. You can help by:

Donating to help cover the cost of sending letters and shipping care packages

Donating items for care packages (see their “Items Requested” page)

Sending in your used cell phones and empty ink jet cartridges

The USO

Website: https://usowishbook.uso.org

The USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families through donations. Through the USO, you are able to touch the soldier’s lives through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind. You can help by:

Donating in one of the many ways to help their cause

Going to their “Wishbook” (web link above) and purchasing one of the Wishbook items

Join “Team USO” and organize or participate in an event to raise money for the troops and their families

Get involved with your local USO Center

Adopt A Platoon

Website: http://www.adoptaplatoon.org

AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life by sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military.

A great way for your law firm to help is by adopting a platoon. You can choose the size of your commitment (from 4 individual soldiers up to platoons of 35 soldiers or more). You also choose the type of support you wish to give: pen pal (writing weekly cards/letters) to adopting (writing weekly cards/letters plus sending one care package a month).

There really is no better time than the holidays to remember our soldiers. I challenge you and encourage you to make the effort to remember the brave young men and women who leave behind everything they know to keep our country safe. Happy holidays!•

Mr. Bowen’s brother, Sgt. 1st Class Collin Bowen, of the Maryland National Guard was killed in Afghanistan in March of 2008 by an IED. He was on day ten of a ten day mission – his very last mission before he was to ship out and come home. He left for the mission on Christmas Eve. He fought in a burn unit in Texas for 70 days before he died leaving a wife and three young girls at home. 

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  1. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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