Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is constantly sending care packages downrange to our
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. We’ve been doing it since April 2003.
These packages improve morale and let our brave Americans know we are thinking about them and that their sacrifices far from home are not in vain.
Our most recent packing events were in March 2016 and we packed 300 Easter/
Spring cartons for our Troops. Currently, AaSP has nearly 100 units we are supporting; some quite large, such as the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) nuclear Aircraft Carrier with 5,000 Sailors and Aviators aboard. We have units in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf, the African continent, Djibouti and Korea. We send healthy snacks, entertainment amenities, coffee machines, fresh roasted coffee, exercise kits and anything else they might need.
AaSP’s Operation Wounded Care supports our Wounded Veterans and provides services and necessities that enable their independence and improved self-esteem. This includes, but is not limited to: specially-adaptive vehicles; motorized wheelchairs; entertainment/recreation; hunting and fishing trips for Wounded and Homeless Vets; financial stipends; and other needs they may have.
In 2015, AaSP provided grants for several vehicles; transportation services for a blind Veteran; fishing and hunting therapy trips; housing improvements; financial grants; and entertainment/gifts for the Super Bowl and Holiday parties at Walter Reed hospital, including gifts for Wounded Vets’ children. We sponsored a grassroots “Warfighters Independence Weekend” on July 3-4 to help reduce suicide amongst Soldiers of the 10th MTN Div and we continue that mission. Operation Wounded Care is funded primarily by our Salute to American Heroes Gala, which is held during October.
AaSP is also a Sponsor of Camp4Heroes, an 80-acre piece of property in North Carolina that is being developed as a Retreat for Life, Love and Respect for our Injured Servicemen/women. We believe the Camp4Heroes will be instrumental in helping our Wounded Vets heal their souls from the trauma of war.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon also makes Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR) Military Appreciation Tours with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.
The Cheerleaders put on a great variety show. In January 2014, on a trip to Afghanistan, we added an Elvis impersonator, to ensure that all the Troops were entertained. When we do these trips, we bring exercise gear; entertainment amenities, such as Xboxes and iPods; and healthy snacks, candy and fresh roasted coffee.
We have made two trips to Afghanistan, one to Kuwait and several inside the U.S. We’ve visited our Wounded at Walter Reed with the Cheerleaders; visited Fort Drum during Mountain Fest; and held a huge event aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69) bringing not only the Cheerleaders but a Country Band, an exercise expert and the US Tennis Assoc., who held a tournament on the hangar deck
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