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Foundation Lends Helping Hand to Wounded
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2007 - 
In the month after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mike Talleda was searching for a way to help the country and motivate others to do the same.

Army Reserve Soldiers Represent Army at Pepsi 400
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 9, 2007 - 
Though clouds were overhead at the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race July 7, nothing could dampen the spirit of the 49th annual race or its fans.

Group is Keystone of Support for Troops
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007
A group founded in 2002 as a way for Pennsylvania servicemembers to stay connected with family and friends has morphed into a group providing a morale boost to deployed troops all over the world... Article

Havoline Keeps Homefront Spouses Moving
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2007
A national motor oil company is partnering with a volunteer troop-support group to keep spouses of servicemembers deployed overseas on the road..... Article

NBA Players Post Up with Servicemembers at TQ
AL TAQADDUM, June 14, 2007
Thurl Bailey, Greg Minor and Shawn Bradley, retired National Basketball Association players, visited and played basketball with service members here as part of a program arranged by Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Pro Sports MVP.... Article

Restaurant Brings Taste of Home to Troops
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, June 15, 2007 - A large line could be seen extending from the chow hall here as the aroma of steak floated across the base June 13...

Singer Makes Injured Seabee’s Life Easier
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2007 - After having breakfast with some of her fans in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday, country music singer LeAnn Rimes, as one of her songs says, had absolutely “Nothin’ Better to Do” than present a handicap-accessible van to a severely injured veteran.....

‘Gophers’ Golf for Injured Troops
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 - Inspired by pro golf’s support of the troops, about 100 golfers hit the links each weekend for friendly competition that ultimately benefits injured servicemembers.

Illinois Group Plays Santa for Troops
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2007 - For three years, an Illinois group has made sure troops serving overseas have something to look forward to during the holidays.

Marine Receives Belated Christmas Gift
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2007 - While stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, over Christmas 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Richards received a special care package with an extraordinary gift to be claimed upon his return to the states.

Toby Keith Shares Country Lovin’ With Troops
AL ASAD, June 4, 2007 - Shouts of “Toby! Toby! Toby!” were harmoniously belted by service members yearning for an encore performance during a concert at the Al Asad stadium....

Actor Gary Sinise Receives 'G.I. Spirit Award'
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 - “Operation Care and Comfort” is on a mission to provide support and comfort to military units deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of conflict...

Care Packages Provide Troops Comfort
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 - “Operation Care and Comfort” is on a mission to provide support and comfort to military units deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of conflict...

Group Teaches Kids to Salute the Troops
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2007
Elementary school students in Missouri are building their character through activities designed to salute the troops. Article

SemperComm Cites Troops for Efforts Overseas
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007
Four servicemembers who recently returned from deployments to remote sites in Iraq and Afghanistan were recognized May 10 for their efforts in boosting their fellow troops’ morale. Article

Washington Nationals Honor Military Service
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 - The Washington Nationals baseball team saluted the U.S. military during an evening pre-game program May 11 that featured fireworks, a group enlistment and servicemembers tossing ceremonial pitches. Article

Singer Shows Military Appreciation
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2007 - The Pentagon kicked off Military Appreciation Month today with the third annual “America Supports You Salute Concert,” featuring local recording artist Jenny Boyle, in the national military headquarters’ center courtyard. Article

Starbucks Employees Donate Coffee to Troops
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2007 - Coffee has always been an integral part of military life, and the recent coffee craze in America just whet the appetite of soldiers, sailors airmen and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Article

NBA Clothes a Slam Dunk with Troops
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2007 - Sew Much Comfort’s adaptive clothing has always helped injured servicemembers, but now, with the help of the NBA, the troops can proudly display support for their favorite National Basketball Asociation teams. Article

Civilian Leaders Visit Marines in Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain, April 27, 2007 – Marines from the 3rd Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team put on an impressive display here yesterday for visiting members of the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Article

Wounded Warriors Hit Links in Full Swing
ROCKVILLE, Md., April 22, 2007 - In golf jargon, a “handicap” refers to the number of strokes that separates an amateur golfer from a pro. On the Woodmont Country Club driving range here April 20, the term described a more literal disadvantage. Article

Arizona Group Sends Piece of Home to Troops
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2007 - What started out as a way for an Arizona Army mom to support her deployed son has turned into a nonprofit organization that sends about 2,500 care packages to servicemembers each month. Article

Movie Industry Shows Gratitude to Military
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2007 – Servicemembers and their families are being treated to free movies and refreshments, thanks to a member of the motion picture exhibition industry. Article

DoD Honors City for Troop Support
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2007 – The Defense Department recognized the city of Peoria, Ariz., yesterday for its stalwart support of the military. Article

Military Families Enjoy Circus Fun
April 5, 2007 - More than 150 servicemembers and their families spent last night enjoying circus antics for free during Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus' Military Appreciation Night. Article

Bucs Get Sincere Thanks
Mar 30, 2007 - Supporting our military troops at home or overseas is a tradition the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gladly fostered for more than a decade. Article

Wounded Warriors’ Wives Get Help
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2007 – Understanding the critical role spouses play in the recovery of wounded warriors, Operation Homefront has created the Wounded Warrior Wives Project to help them navigate the challenges. Article

Delaware Group Dedicated to Deployed Troops
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2007 – Running a nonprofit organization can be strain on an individual’s time, space and resources. One home-front group’s leader says she relies on a specific form of aid through the tough times: divine intervention. Article

Groups Make College Less Painful for Parents
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2007 - Parents of even young children often wonder how they’ll pay for college tuition, but military service organizations are taking some uncertainty out of the equation. Article

Participants Grateful for Vail Program
VAIL, Colo., March 11, 2007 – As the Vail Veterans Program wrapped up the last day of its fourth annual winter sports clinic here yesterday, the veterans and their guests expressed their appreciation for what they’d gained at the four-day event.

Of the 25 veterans, 20 were participating in the Vail Veterans Program for the first time, and many had never skied or snowboarded before. Article

Participants Grateful for Vail Program
VAIL, Colo., March 11, 2007 - Vail firefighters opened their house here yesterday evening for the fourth year in a row to thank the 25 participants of the Vail Veterans Program for their service to the nation. The firefighters treated the veterans and their guests to a homemade lasagna dinner. Article

Vets Spend Down Time Tubing with Spouses, Guests
VAIL, Colo., March 10, 2007 - After two days of skiing and snowboarding, last night was all about fun for the 25 injured veterans participating in the Vail Veterans Program here and their guests. Article

New Yorkers Enjoy Taste of Home in Texas
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, March 5, 2007 - A handful of wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here are getting a taste of home -- minus the neck-wrenching skyscrapers and taxi-filled city streets. Article

U.S. and Iraqi forces enter Sadr City
March 5, 2007 - BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi troops poured into Baghdad's main Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City yesterday, encountering no resistance but testing the Shiites' commitment to the U.S.-promoted campaign to drive insurgents from the capital. Article

On war costs, Bush is master of disguise
BOSTON GLOBE, March 5, 2007 - THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has asked Congress to approve $93.4 billion in emergency funding for Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of 2007 and another $141.7 billion for next year. This, on top of a proposed 2008 defense budget of $481.4 billion. Article

Texas Teen Focuses on Supporting Troops
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2007 - As a senior in high school, Tania Foster could easily focus all her energy in preparing for her collegiate pursuits in biochemistry this autumn. Article

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 –  The vice president left Kabul wearing a black suit and shiny dark cordovan cowboy boots - having just become the highest-level Bush administration official to have spent the night in a war zone - the unscheduled overnighter at Bagram Air Force Base. Article

Celebrities Take Time to Thank Troops
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2007 – Celebrities attending the 79th Academy Awards last night took time out from posing for the paparazzi and giving dozens of interviews to thank the men and women of the armed forces for their service. Article

Two soldiers killed in Iraq base attack
BAGHDAD, Iraq., Today - Feb 19, 2007 - Insurgents launched a brazen coordinated attack on a U.S. combat post Monday, sending in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and 17 wounded, the military said. Article

Support Group Helps Soldier Earn Pilot License
TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 16, 2007 - Army Warrant Officer 1 Derrick Rodriguez is literally in the clouds after graduating from the OH-58D flight course at the Army’s Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he learned to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter. But being in the clouds is not what excites this 26-year-old. Article

Group Launches Operation Jellybeans to Heroes
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2007 - After sending thousands of homemade Valentines and boxes of candy to troops serving overseas, SI Yellow Ribbon Campaign is gearing up for its fourth “Operation Jellybeans to Heroes Unseen.” Article

Military Channel Airs Troop Valentine Messages
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2007 - Troops and their families are exchanging Valentine’s Day video messages on air today through the Military Channel’s “Operation V-Day.” Article

‘eCarePackage’ Program Ships Love to Troops
WASHINGTON, Feb. 09, 2007 – Operation Homefront is encouraging Americans to have a heart and “Share the Love” with a servicemember or military family this Valentine’s Day through its “eCarePackages.org” program. ECarePackage.org, which started just before Christmas, is now offering Valentine’s Day-themed care packages..Article

Teen Honors War Dead, Visits Wounded
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2007 - Under wintry skies at Arlington National Cemetery today, a California teenager who has generated 2.6 million..Article

California School Honored for Public Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 - The Defense Department recognized a California high school at the Pentagon today for supporting one of its students and a program she undertook for the nation’s servicemembers. Article

Top Enlisted Servicemember Gets Milestone Letter
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 - “A Million Thanks” presented its milestone 2.6 millionth letter of support for the troops to the Defense Department’s top enlisted servicemember during a ceremony in his Pentagon office today. Article

High-tech Army rehab center opening
Jan 29th, 2007 - SAN ANTONIO - Of the roughly 20,000 soldiers injured since the start of the Iraq war, more than 500 have lost a limb — many of them in roadside bombings. Article

Group Plans Second ‘I Love America Day’
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2007 – With the help of an America Supports You member organization, Charlotte, N.C., will observe its second annual “I Love America Day” on March 19. Article

Troops Get Girl Scouts' Gift of Caring
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2007 – When the Girl Scouts combined their knack for selling cookies with their dedication to community service, they cooked up the Gift of Caring program. For older Scouts, giving cookies to U.S. troops is a way to learn civic responsibility, Pam Horton, USO volunteer coordinator and Girl Scout troop leader, said. Article

Soldier Hits Big Kick to Win $10K
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2007
Football fans across America got a sneak preview of the nation’s newest class of college stars at the seventh annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio’s Alamodome on Jan. 6. Article

ESGR Looking for Few Good Employers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2007
 - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is looking for a few good employers to recognize this year. Article

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Marvel, AAFES Offer New Military-Only Comic
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2006
 -Marvel Comics, a division of Marvel Enterprises, Inc., is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and the corporate sector support the nation’s servicemembers. Article

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Hero Hugs Delivering Holiday Cheer to Iraq
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2006
 - Milk cartons stuffed with goodies and fashioned into presents, snowmen, elves and reindeer will be sent to Iraq to deliver troops a dose of holiday cheer from Hero Hugs. Article

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Scrapbook Helps Support Troops
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2006
 - An America Supports You corporate team member is coordinating creation of what it calls the world’s largest scrapbook as a way for the nation’s students to show their support for America’s servicemembers. Article

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Actors Visit Troops, Tour Pentagon
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2006
 - Servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the Pentagon weren’t imagining things yesterday; they actually were seeing stars. Article

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