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Supporting the Troops

Homefront Help: Operation Gratitude

January 20, 2011
By Rita Boland

Operation Gratitude supports deployed warfighters by working to provide them with care packages and letters from groups and individuals back home. It sets itself apart from similar organizations by also bringing items to troops undergoing long-term rehabilitation at several military hospitals.

Help a Veteran--Offer a Job

January 14, 2011
By Rita Boland

Two U.S. Army officers who recently returned from deployments to Iraq each have the same advice for industry members who want to help soldiers-hire troops when they separate from the military.

Homefront Help: Solar Power Discounts

December 9, 2010
By Rita Boland

Entertainment, lodging and vehicles may seem like obvious choices for military discounts-but home power systems? Activity duty and retired military members in San Diego County, California, can enjoy price breaks on that, too, thanks to a deal by Stellar Solar.

Homefront Help: General Motors Military Discount

December 2, 2010
By Rita Boland

Active duty, Reserve and Guard military members from any branch of service, including the Coast Guard, who want new wheels can take advantage of discounts on 2010 and 2011 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles.

Homefront Help: Orlando Military Discounts

November 18, 2010
By Rita Boland

Orlando is a fun-filled vacation destination and many of the theme parks and hotels in the city offer exclusive deals for the military community.

Homefront Help: Special Kindness In Packages Inc.

November 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

This all-volunteer organization, more commonly referred to as SKIP, sends care packages to deployed service members. Though many groups across the country perform the same activity, SKIP also works to cooperate with other organizations to enhance the support troops receive.

Homefront Help: Returning Heroes Home

October 28, 2010
By Rita Boland

Returning Heroes Home offers a place for wounded warriors and their families at the San Antonio Military Medical Center burn unit and the Center for the Intrepid to recover, rest and find support.

Cool App-titude: A Story Before Bed

October 26, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Military personnel serving overseas can record a bedtime story and send it to their children for free thanks to an iPhone app called A Story Before Bed. The program offers 100,000 free recordings to help troops connect with loved ones back home.

Homefront Help: AdoptAPlatoon

October 21, 2010
By Rita Boland

AdoptAPlatoon allows organizations to adopt units of troops to send them packages and letters. But the effort goes much further, including: adoptions of military members by individuals or groups; a pen-pal option; one-time support opportunities; support for special operations forces; and holiday and special campaigns.

Homefront Help: USO-Metro's Casino Night 2010

October 7, 2010
By Rita Boland

Get out your good luck charms and join the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) for its 7th Annual Casino Night on October 15th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. All proceeds will benefit the USO-Metro's programs for the capital area's service members and their families.

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