The Military Family

We want to welcome our newest blogger, Faith! Read her bio at the end of article:

marine wifeWhen I was offered the awesome opportunity to be a “blogger” for Military Missions, my first thought was, “Wow! Cool! What an honor!! Can’t wait to get started.” My immediate second thought was, “Oh wow, what am I going to write!?!” I’m not a Marine Mom who’s faced their child heading off to bootcamp or combat. I am however the spouse of a 100% disabled, retired, combat Marine veteran. Although my experiences may be different from a Marine Mom, there are many commonalities we share. We all love someone who has served and/or fought for our great nation, the United States of America, defending the freedoms and life we enjoy.

Military members and their families (whether active duty or retired) are all members of one giant family who forge bonds and connections through experiences unique to their world. Those who’ve never been a part of that life simply can’t truly understand in its fullness what that means and many times do not have a full appreciation for the freedoms we are blessed with. If you’ve ever had a friend, family member or loved one go off to war or serve in the military, you understand that freedom isn’t free. You know what sacrifice for freedom truly means.

Within that broad connection between the armed services branches, I’ve discovered there is an even more fierce, unique, tight-nit, intensely loyal bond, a family known as the United States Marine Corps. I have a father who served in the Army, a friend who served in the Navy so I understood about military life, sacrifice and the bonds formed within that. However, it was nothing in comparison to being a part of the life of a United States Marine. “Semper fidelis” and, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” are not just catchy phrases… they truly are a literal, lived out embodiment of the Marine Corps.

Finding myself as a member of this family by being the wife of a retired Marine has been a roller coaster ride of honor, pride, heartache, love, appreciation, thankfulness, gut wrenching challenges, it is a life I’m so thankful to have and a family I’m honored to be a part of. So to all you Marine Corps families and members, I’m thankful for each and every one of you. I’ve never met you, but I love you, care about what happens to you and will help you in anyway I can. Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment. Thank you for all you do and all you sacrifice. May God bless, strengthen and refresh each and everyone of you.

MEET FAITH:

Married to retired 100% disabled, Infantry Marine, I work for the Kentucky State Police (have been a employed by that agency for the majority of my adult career-started out as a E911 dispatcher, then moved around to various positions within the agency & now work in the Human Resources Branch at HQ), was a Kentucky foster/adoptive parent of teens, am a ordained Chaplain, love being outdoors & being active (hiking, walking, gardening, etc), am a HUGE animal lover/dog person (have three fur-babies), love my family & church family (who are all AMAZING PEEPS).

(Originally posted on Comfy Couch Command blog)

April is Month of the Military Child

April is designated as the “Month of the Military Child”.

Throughout the month various organizations and schools will plan events that recognize and show appreciation for our military children. Deployments and other military situations can be very stressful on children. They are often forgotten when you think of all the sacrifices that are made by military families.

This year, April 15th is designated as “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the chosen color because it represents all branches of the military by combining Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. 

Remember.. kids serve too! 

Help us save a stamp!

Military Missions, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit charity which means your donations are tax deductible.

We want donors to know how much each and every donation is appreciated. Thank you letters, which also serve as a tax receipt, are sent to donors when we have their contact info.

You can help us save a stamp by providing your email address when donating. This will allow us to email your receipt instead of sending via USPS. Just include a small note inside the package with your email address written clearly. 

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support of our troops through Military Missions, Inc.

Operation S.E.N.D. Easter Assembly

REGISTER TODAY!

Mark your calendars and join us as we assemble boxes for our upcoming care package mailing on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. We will be meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at our office in Millpond Center, 3650 Boston Road, Suite 146, Lexington, KY 40514. Our office space is limited so please pre-register HERE if you plan to participate. For general questions, please email info@military-missions.org  or call or text 859-221-9477.

Our list of soldiers grows every day. Many people believe that all of our men and women have returned home but there are thousands still deployed and they need our help. If you have a friend or loved one who is deployed in harm’s way, you can add them to our care package request list.

We hope you will download a copy of our care package suggestion list and plan to donate some items to be included in our packages. We are also in need of monetary donations to cover the costs of shipping. You can donate directly from our website.

If you are unable to attend the assembly, but still want to contribute in some way, you have the option to adopt a hero. Just a $30 donation will fill a care package AND ship it overseas. We will include a card stating “This care package was made especially for you by ___” with your name filling in the blank. This is a quick, easy way to show your support for our troops.

Hope to see you there! Thank you for your continued support of our brave heroes!

REGISTER HERE

DONATION SUGGESTION LIST

MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

ADOPT A HERO

Thank YOU for helping make 2014 a success!

Once again, Operation SEND Christmas was a success! All the care packages have been shipped and we have received a few thank you notes already. It is so heart warming to read the letters. It is very clear that receiving a care package makes their day a little better!

 

Over 1,100 care packages were shipped during Operation SEND Christmas. That brings the total number of boxes shipped during 2014 to approximately 5,000! This year we were able to send Buddy Boxes to each person on our list. They were encouraged to pass it along to someone that might not receive any care packages otherwise. 

 

During the past year, boxes have been sent to troops deployed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Africa, Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar, Kosovo, Liberia, and also to many ships that are positioned in the Middle East.

 

We want to thank anyone and everyone who was involved in any way. None of this would be possible without YOU!  While our list of deployed Heroes continues to grow, so does our passion and determination to assure that every single one of them receives a care package.

 

Thank you for partnering with Military Missions, Inc. to support and encourage those that ensure freedoms known only to Americans.  We hope you will help us make 2015 even better!

DINE TO DONATE

WHAT? Johnny Carino’s DINE TO DONATE fundraiser presented by Commonwealth Credit Union

WHEN? Dec. 9th, 10th, and 11th from open to close

WHERE? Frankfort and Lexington (Hamburg & Fayette Mall)

WHY? 10% of your bill will be donated to Military Missions! You can also drop off donations. 

HOW? You must present this flyer to your server (phone images WILL be accepted). Dine in or get it to go! 

Show YOUR support for our troops! Spread the word, grab a friend, and go get some great food.