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CARE PACKAGES

The moral of troops is enhanced if they receive Care packages.
Feedback from troops shows personal letters expressing your support are the most popular, but don’t necessarily expect an answer. They have a lot on their minds — like how to complete their missions while staying alive. Care packages are also appreciated but be sure you note the restrictions below.

WEB SITE METHOD

There are web sites such as TreatAnySoldier.com where you can pick a soldier or a group from a list and then select from a menu of pre-packed packages, pay the price and the web site will do the rest. Prices range from about $20 to over $150 including postage.

DEPOT METHOD

Some towns have depots where you can take your goods and they will take care of everything else. There may be fees or you can donate to help them defray expenses.

DO-IT-YOURSELF

If you decide to do it yourself, be sure you have an accurate military address (APO/FPO). If you don’t have one they are available at web sites such as AnySoldier.com. Fill out a post office customs form and print on one side of the package only, with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion. Flat rate boxes available at the post office are a good idea. If you don’t buy a box from the post office be sure you pack your gifts carefully in a sturdy clean box that meets post office regulations and seal it well.

POST OFFICE RESTRICTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

Conditions are always in flux, so be sure to visit http://www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/mailingrestrictions.htm for the latest information, and also click on their “Supporting our troops FAQS”. Don’t forget to check with your local post office.

MILITARY RESTRICTIONS

For specific restrictions and mailing rates to an APO/FPO address (considered Domestic), visit the Rate Calculator (http://postcalc.usps.gov/). You can also call 1-800-ASK-USPS, consult your local Post Office, or phone the Military Postal Service Agency at 1-800-810-6098. Each soldier has his/her own description page on the “Where To Send” page of AnySoldier.com, and on it there is a link to show you any specific restrictions to that Soldier’s address. Also check the “What to Send” page or peruse the general list below.

WHAT NOT TO SEND …….. (“What To Send” lists follow):

* Home made food. Soldiers are warned not to eat anything that does not come in a factory sealed package. This is really a sad sign of the times, but you can understand that for safety reasons it has to be this way. The soldiers will throw out any home cooked items so please don’t waste your time and money sending your grandma’s recipie cookies.

The following are definitely a no-no.
* Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc).
* Any matter depicting nude or semi nude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non-authorized political materials.
* Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith.
(Exception: religious items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible).
* Pork or pork by-products.
* Glass, Chocolate, Colored socks, Alcohol, Tobacco, or firearms.

WHAT TO SEND SHORT LIST

(NOTE: best not to mix light bagged foods with heavier canned items or personal items in the same package).

Personal Items: Razors, Toilet paper, Shampoo and conditioner, Deoderant, Soap or body wash, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash and Dental floss, Sun block, Chapstick, Lotion, Hand sanitizer, Powder, Cotton balls, Pain relievers, Cold medicine.

Food: Pre-sweetened powdered drink mixes, Canned or dried fruit, Tuna and chicken in cans or pouched, Beef jerky, Salmon Jerky, Single servings of cereal, Instant coffee, Tea bags, Microwave popcorn, Sardines, Instant oatmeal, Granola bars, Crackers, Spices, Hard candy, Gum, Soup, Nuts and sunflower seeds, Single servings of chips.

Practical Items: Bandannas, Batteries, International phone cards, Mini fans, Hand warmers, Paper, envelopes, pens and pencils, Small flashlights.

Fun and Games: Disposable cameras, Flying discs, Jump ropes, Balloons, Squirt guns, Portable CD players, CDs and DVDs, Puzzles, Paperback books, magazines, and comics, decks of cards, Yo-yos, Dominoes.

WHAT TO SEND LONGER LIST

TreatAnySoldier.com has field-and-troop-tested pre-packed CARE packages of various sizes and will mail to troops of their choice or troops of your choice if you have proper APO/FPO addresses. To get an idea of what items they provide, see the partial listings below that were taken from their web site. Of course if you want to, you can choose any approved items listed on this page and send them yourself or as a group project.

Female Hygiene: Medicated lip balm w/SPF 15, Hand/Foot warmers, Sunscreen, Shampoo, Cotton Swabs, Deodorant, Razors, Shaving Gel, Personal Cleansing Cloths, Foot Powder, Tampax Compact Tampons, Panty Liners, Dental Travel Kit (includes toothbrush, toothpaste & floss or mouthwash) Mary Kay scented lotions – hand & foot, Shower to Shower Body Powder, First Aid Kit, Nail Clippers, Nail files, Tweezers, Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, Toilet Paper, Pony Tail Holders, Herbal Teas and Gum.

Male Hygiene: Anti-bacterial Wipes, Hand/Foot warmers, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Foot Powder, Deodorant, Sunscreen, First Aid Kit, Medicated Lip Balm w/SPF 15, Dental Travel Kit (includes Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Floss or mouth wash) Shampoo, Comb, Razors, Shaving Gel, Hand Sanitizer, Cotton swabs, tissues, toilet paper, and an assortment of gum.

Female Entertainment: 2 current DVD’s (newest available each week)1 current music CD, 1 current bestselling novel, 1 magazine (will select from Cosmo, Glamour, Oprah or a variety of popular women’s magazines) 3 pkgs of movie butter popcorn, pkg of Combos, 2 pkgs of pistachio nuts, pkg of cookies, 3 large boxes of the following candies (Nerds, Spree, Laffy Taffy, Hot Tamales.

Male Entertainment: 2 current DVD’s (newest available each week)1 current music CD, 1 current bestselling novel, 1 magazine (will select from FHM, Stuff, Sports Illustrated, Maxim or a variety of popular men’s magazines) 3 pkgs of movie butter popcorn, pkg of Combos, 2 pkgs of pistachio nuts, pkg of cookies, 3 large boxes of the following candies (Nerds, Spree, Laffy Taffy, Hot Tamales.

More Food Suggestions: Nutri-Grain Bars, Fruit Snacks, Yogurt Raisins, Marathon Protein Bars (Snickers), Chunk Lite Tuna Pak, One A Day Active Multivitamin, Propel Vitamin Enhanced powder packets, A variety of Organic Clif Energy bars, Chunky Soup, Campbell’s Select Soup, Mini Ravioli, Tuna Lunch Kit, Chicken Salad & Crackers, Fruit Cups, Snyders peanut & pretzel sandwiches, Raisins, fruit & oatmeal muffin bars,
Rice Krispies Treats, Nacho Cheese Crackers, Doritos & Chips, Combos Pizzeria Pretzels, Slim Jims, Chex Mix, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Gatorade or Kool-aid, Coffee and sugar packets, Tea bags or Hot Cider, assortments of hard candies, Oreo Cookie Packs, Rice Krispies Treats, Packs of Keebler Sugar Wafers, Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

For Native Children: Wrapped hard candies that can be easily tossed from a vehicle. Beanie Babies, small toys, balls, hacky-sacks, etc. Most things children like that are safe, sturdy, and small enough to be easily carried by soldiers.

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RALLIES AND TEA PARTIES

Most of the nation has now heard of the Tea Party Movement.
If you want, you can turn a flag rally into a Tea Party with appropriate signs, but be sure to include an APC banner so onlookers know who is sponsoring the event. Also, it never hurts to include a prominent “SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” sign.
For those of you who might be interested, flag rallies though not new to history gained fresh impetus on March 17th. 2007 when Col Riley and some friends organized the “Gathering of Eagles” (GOE) to counter the planned desecration by Jane Fonda and her followers of the War Memorials in Washington DC. An estimated 30,000 Eagles gathered in Washington and had quite an impact on the Leftist protestors.

Many who could not attend the March 17th. GOE found themselves in sympathy and some showed this sympathy by holding smaller gatherings in places as far away from Washington as the Hawaiian Islands. A few, including the Hawaii Chapter of The American Patriot Council tried to keep the momentum going by holding these smaller “Flag Patrols” weekly or monthly. Though the momentum has not altogether died out it has noticeably lessoned since March 17th.

THE REASONS FOR CONTINUING FLAG PATROLS AND TEA PARTIES

Those of us who have been in email contact with our troops in the field get consistant response that the troops are delighted to get photos of home folks waving flags and holding signs saying “Support Our Troops”. They say it definitely boosts their morale. That in itself is enough to motivate some of us. Another motivating factor is that a flag patrol is a very direct method of showing patriotism to a large number of random public in a rather short time at minor expense. It is also a satisfying method of showing the Leftists that they don’t entirely own the streets. The Tea Party movement deserves APC support because its grass-roots promotion of constitutional values and fiscal responsibility parallels APC philosophy.

IT ONLY TAKES ONE — BUT MORE IS BETTER

A single person can stand near a busy roadway with a large American flag and a readable sign saying “Support Our Troops” and get lots of honks and waves in response. Of course the more flag-waving persons and the more flags and signs, the more notice will be taken. Even the Mainstream Media will sometimes take notice if there are 20 or more participants and if the event is pre-announced.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Select several promising road traffic sites not too far from where you live. The sites should have plenty of shoulder to give you room without interfering with your safety and the safety of traffic. Tell the appropriate authorities who you are, what organization you belong to, what you plan to do, where you want to do it, when you want to do it, and how many participants you expect. Ask if a permit is needed. Also ask where you can park. A good authority to start asking is the local police. They can tell you who else you may need to see.

Once you have permission for a particular site, dust off or buy the largest American flag you can handle in a stiff breeze and mount it on a pole long enough so the bottom of the pole can rest on the ground without the flag flapping right in your face or covering your body. Be sure the flag fastenings are reliably strong. If the pole is too long for your car cut it in two and make or buy a fastener to join the two halves strongly enough to be safe. Paint a piece of plywood white and put your message in the largest blue letters that will fit. Fasten the sign at the top of a two-by-two stake about four feet long. Another method is to hang the sign in front of you with a strap around your neck. Better yet, hang one down your back as well.

Be sure you are properly clothed, go to your site and display for an hour or two the first time. Experience and the weather will tell you how long to stay if you repeat. On average you will get a bunch of people who will ignore you, an equal number or more who will wave or honk, and occasionally one or two hostile yells or gestures. Ignore any hostility and respond to the positive hails with a smile and/or a wave of your own if you have one hand free because a friend is holding the sign or you have mounted it on yourself or an easel. Easels that fold out to an “A” shape are self-supporting and can have the message on both sides of the “A” so traffic coming both ways can see the message. Be sure your lettering is large enough and brief enough to be easily read at the average distance of cars passing you or approaching you. Experiment first in your backyard or on a sidewalk before you finalize the sign.

PUBLICIZE

Have someone take pictures of you in action and email these pictures directly to troops or send prints via APO mail. You can visit web sites like AnySoldier.com to obtain an APO address.

HAVE FUN AND EXPAND

Going to join the rally

It is fun. Many who have tried it agree there is considerable satisfaction in Flag Patrolling. Talk it up. Get more people involved. Try out more sites. Decide how often to do it, and enjoy!

Kona, HI–TeaParty July 4th 2009

Our rally at local Army base to counter anti-military protestors

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EAGLES GATHER

 

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FIRST GATHERING OF EAGLES

A spontaneous grass roots event that has become hisorical.

For months following January 2007 when left-wing radicals spray-painted the Capitol steps and trashed an Army recruiting office, the anti-war coalition International A.N.S.W.E.R. had been publicizing its plans to hold a major anti-war rally in the nation’s capital. But Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret. would have none of it. He and some others started getting out the word — especially to veterans. The word began to spread on its own — so that on March 17th, 2007 about 30,000 veterans and patriots gathered in Washington D.C. in response to the threatened desecration of war memorials by a coalition of leftist groups.

American Patriot Council Virginia Contingent was there.

The moonbats held on the bridge by cops.

APC Co-Founder Mike Dennin at Arlington National Cemetery during the historic Gathering of Eagles on March 17th. 2007


Eagles Talons enough to win the day…and the future.

Reported on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 By Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret. Gathering of Eagles Co-Coordinator… hmriley@cox.nethttp://www.gatheringofeagles.org

“Mission Accomplished, Goals and Objectives satisfied……….that’s the result of Americans gathering in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2007 to proclaim pride in America, support and love for our warriors in harms way, and protection of the hallowed ground of our fallen guardians of freedom.

Emails, pictures, proclamations, high-five’s, a renewed spirit and hope in America is flying across the Internet, blogs, and media from around the world……Eagles (Americans, Vets young and old, active duty warriors, Moms, Dads, sisters, brothers, college and high school students, cadets) landed in Washington, D.C. on St. Patrick’s Day in massive numbers, announcing to the anti-war/anti-America hate spewing surrender crowd: get used to it, count on it, accept it, and live with it………….EAGLES ARE YOUR FUTURE.

According to estimate reports from the National Park Service, 30,000 Eagles soared into Washington, D.C. on St. Patrick’s day to confront and drive the annoying anti-war/ANSWER pests back to their dark hide-outs of deception, distortion, lies, denigration, betrayal, treason, and surrender.

When the Eagle flies and the talons are bared, the vermin scatter, run for cover as did Jane Fonda and others who failed to return to the vomit of her decades-old attempt to destroy America…….the anti-war 40-year reunion was akin to a funeral march as compared to the loud birthing joy of Eagles…

Eagles dominated the day while the national media, addicted to the ANSWER anti-war/anti-America rhetoric, bought their distorted message, focused on a few thousand misguided, aimless, American flag dragging, spitting young people, and communist, anti-troop, anti-America speakers while all but ignoring the tens of thousands of Eagles.

If media takes a look at film they will see two drastically different pictures when looking at the anti-war crowd and Gathering of Eagles participants…..one crowd with thousands of proud American flags, the other showed a half dozen and some of them were being dragged on the ground; one crowd with unity, brother and sisterhood, patriotic fervor, the other crowd with aimless direction, vile venom of hate for America…the contrast is clear…which view do you support America?

To say the Gathering of Eagles event in Washington, D.C. was a success would be an understatement….the massive numbers of Eagles is but an indicator of the commitment of American hearts to our nation, our troops, and the fallen warriors that have sacrificed for our freedom. To have been present and experience the joy, and yes pain, the relief, the emotional roller-coaster was beyond explanation…the Gold Star Mothers, the Blue Star Moms and Dads, the Veterans in wheel chairs, tears, hugs,………..in short the anti-war movement set up a reunion for Vietnam Veterans, their widows, spouses, sons and daughters……….

The message of the day was “Welcome Home”, “Never Again”, “Win the War On terror” from old warriors, young patriots, widows, spouses, and other Americans who found themselves back in the mud, but loving, cherishing, every bit of it. All willing to sacrifice once again for whatever it takes …………..to keep America the land of the free and home of the brave.

God bless America, our troops, their families, and all the Eagles in body and spirit.

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A BLOW BY BLOW ACCOUNT

by Jack Langer 03/19/2007, http://www.humanevents.com

I could tell right away this wasn’t going to be your average Washington D.C. anti-war protest.

Saturday, March 17. However, reaching the protest staging site next to the Lincoln Memorial at 11:00 — an hour before the protestors were slated to begin marching to the Pentagon — I found the field nearly empty. Across the street stood several thousand counter-demonstrators, mostly comprised of Vietnam War veterans associated with various biker clubs. Wearing leather jackets emblazoned with organization names like “Rolling thunder,”“ Legacy Vets,” and “Combat Veterans of America Motorcycle Club,” the vets had turned out to stand guard at the Vietnam Wall and other monuments after some sites were desecrated at an anti-war rally in January. The vets were a grizzled, tough-looking lot, and their presence seemed to surprise the handful of Chinese tourists snapping photos in the area.

Across the street, the war protestors were arriving late with their usual collection of Che Guevara banners, placards decrying American imperialism, and bizarre signs denouncing the 9/11 attacks as a government-orchestrated conspiracy. Some tables were set up offering books and pamphlets advocating socialism while a few enterprising capitalists worked the crowd, briskly selling T-shirts commemorating the march. As they arrived, the protestors were entertained by a DJ who, we were informed over the loudspeakers, was from Puerto Rico — “the first country invaded by the U.S.” He played the Edwin Starr protest classic “War (What is it good for?)” several dozen times, it seemed, then launched into James Brown’s “I’m Black and I’m Proud,” as the mostly white crowd sang along.

Eventually, around 15,000 protestors arrived — appearing to me about the same number as attended the January anti-war rally..This must have been a severe disappointment to A.N.S.W.E.R., which had drawn upwards of 100,000 people to previous protests. The poor turnout at this year’s rallies can largely be attributed to a schism between A.N.S.W.E.R. and the other main anti-war coalition, United for Peace and Justice. The two groups used to sponsor these rallies together, but have recently ceased cooperating.

Their dispute stems from two factors. First, there was some squabbling over the amount of time given to each group’s speakers at past rallies — a surprising bit of selfishness from people who drive cars with bumper stickers proclaiming that everything they need to know they learned in kindergarten. Second, there was a disagreement over the Israel-Palestine issue. Apparently, A.N.S.W.E.R.’s position is that the Jews should be driven into the sea, while UPJ, being slightly more moderate, seeks to convince the Jews through peaceful dialogue to throw themselves in (to the sea).

Before setting off for the Pentagon, the war protestors were addressed by a few speakers. The veterans watched quietly from just across the street until Cindy Sheehan was introduced. Even before she denounced President Bush as “the greatest terrorist in the world,” the mention of Sheehan’s name elicited from the vets a rigorous round of booing the likes of which is rarely heard outside the confines of a Philadelphia Eagles home game.

Finally, the march began. It was a motley collection of organizations and interest groups. The parade was led by a collection of anti-war military veterans, followed by the radical feminists of Code Pink. Then came a group of “drummers” who were really just banging sticks on the bottom of some empty pails, succeeded by the mandatory contingent of masked anarchists. Further back were lots of hippie-throwbacks, a good number of college students, some refugee from an anarchist rodeo twirling a lasso around himself, and a variety of people waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags. There were a few American flags as well, although nearly all of these were defaced with peace signs, political slogans, or sardonic renditions of corporate symbols.

The counter-demonstrators lined the first few hundred yards of the parade route, sometimes on both sides. Waving American flags, the vets gave the marchers a generally good heckling; “Go impress your professors!” was my favorite epithet. Despite their fetish for the right to “dissent,” the war protestors are unaccustomed to opposition, aside perhaps from a lone College Republican or two that might show up with an American flag at a campus protest. But these counter-demonstrators were different. They were combat veterans who still bristle at the memory of being jeered by these kinds of radicals when they returned from Vietnam. The marchers seemed not only nervous, but even ashamed – to prove their patriotism to the vets, they began chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” This was probably the first time that chant has ever been heard at an anti-war rally.

I fell in with the anarchists, since that’s where the action usually is. There were around 100 of them, although the number of face piercings exceeded that by a factor of 10, even with most of their nose rings and tongue rings hidden by masks and bandanas. Their banners proclaimed slogans like “Destroy all government” and “No war but class war.” The vets yelled out to them “Come over here!” and “Show your faces!” Declining either invitation, the anarchists responded by chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!”

But the chant lacked conviction, seeing as the only thing protecting the anarchists from a smackdown by the vets was the line of police officers separating the two sides. I spotted a group of four anarchists carrying an upside down American flag and wondered how far they’d get with it. It turned out to be about 50 yards. Then, a vet managed to infiltrate the parade and snatched the flag from them, causing all four members of the revolutionary vanguard to run scurrying away.

After parading through this gauntlet of counter-protestors, the rest of the march was pretty subdued. I walked back toward a portable loudspeaker surrounded by Palestinian flags. A speaker was leading a chant of “Stop bombing Lebanon!”, which I found strange, since no one is bombing Lebanon. The chanting stopped when the microphone was passed to a Middle Eastern woman whose accent was so thick that no one could understand what they were supposed to be protesting. Finally, they agreed on singing another refrain of “War,” which seemed to be their automatic fallback position for almost any unexpected situation.

We arrived at the Pentagon parking lot, where a DJ was again playing “War.” I couldn’t take the song anymore, so I wandered off in search of the anarchists. I found them at the end of a bridge leading to the Pentagon itself. They were facing a line of police officers in full riot gear, replete with gas masks. “Whose streets? Our streets!” rang out again, but it was pretty clear whose streets these were, since the anarchists weren’t allowed to keep marching forward on them.

The police announced through a bullhorn that they’d use teargas if the protestors didn’t return to the parking lot. In response, a female-looking anarchist in dreadlocks yelled out to me and some other reporters nearby, asking if we’d help get the word out that the police, without cause, had gassed peaceful protestors. “No!” I instinctively yelled back, eliciting some shocked stares from the anarchists. Another anarchist approached us and asked if we’d stand between them and the police to prevent the cops from “attacking” them. He pointed to one elderly female reporter: “You ma’am, if you get in the middle, there’s no way the police will knock you over.” The request caught me off guard – I was unaware that old women are used as human shields anywhere outside of the Middle East.

The group sat down in front of the police to decide what to do. Some people passed out food, at which point most of the anarchists removed their masks and bandanas to eat, then put them back on when they had finished. My respect for this bunch was rapidly declining. They took a series of votes, decided to leave the bridge to the police, and backed off about 20 yards. Then, in one final act of “resistance” before vacating the bridge, one of them burned an American flag, to the cheers of all the rest. This incident went unreported in all of the mainstream media, despite the presence on the bridge of numerous journalists and photographers.

Walking home, I reflected on what the anti-war movement has degenerated into – a squabbling collection of aging socialists, pro-Palestinian militants, and cowardly anarchists. The Vietnam vets — who were there just to protect our monuments and show support for the troops — had a surprising effect on the protestors. “Fight back! Fight back!” was one of the protestors’ slogans. But it was all talk. When confronted by people who actually fought and bled for their country, the protestors grew sheepish and embarrassed — I would even say humiliated.

I couldn’t help but notice that the anarchists — the supposed hardcore fringe of the movement — waited until they were safely out of range of the veterans to burn a flag. Afraid of the vets, afraid of the cops, they don’t seem to be good for much other than occasionally smashing storefront windows when there’s no one else around.

“Whose streets? Our streets!”, they chanted. Not on Saturday they weren’t.

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ANTI-WAR PROTEST HAD OPPOSITION

By http://www.theintelligencer.net

“A highly promoted protest against U.S. involvement in Iraq during the weekend received an enormous amount of media coverage, despite the fact that, according to the Associated Press, only about 1,000 people remained present for it after the first hour.

But that was not the only protest in Washington on Saturday. Also present in substantial numbers were Americans unwilling to allow members of the military to be slandered by the more radical elements in the anti-war movement. They received less coverage.

Among them were members of groups such as Gathering of Eagles and Move America Forward. Many of the members of those groups are U.S. military veterans – and members of the families of American troops serving abroad. They gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where they vowed to prevent any attempts by the anti-war crowd to commit acts of disrespect.

Many of those in the anti-war movement say they are protesting the war out of respect for our troops. But, too often, protests such as that in Washington are hijacked by those who have nothing but contempt for those who serve. We think it is important for those in uniform to know that the weekend protests were far from one-sided. ”

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Posted August 7, 2010 by Patriot76

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