Adopt-a-Soldier @

Would you help Soldiers' Angels pass the word on about the growing need to support our American troops that are deployed, woundedor veterans.
Our nation's heroes are missing what we often take for granted; being home for the holidays! They are in foreign countries all over the globe, assuring that during the holidays we have a blanket of freedom to stay cozy under.

How can you get involved in sending some much needed holiday cheer? Go to and click on "Adopt a Soldier." You will promptly receive the name and address of a service member on our waiting list.

There is someone waiting for YOU right now....

Since 2003, we have been on the forefront of troop support and continue to grow along side the missions of American heroes. Right now, we need peole to step up and join us in this support. Currently, we have 700 service members on our waiting list to be adopted. During the holidays, service members realize how lonely they are and how much the support from home really means to them, and the submissions for adoptions escalate. Please pass on this note, we need people to Adopt-a-Soldier

As a volunteer-based nonprofit, Soldiers' Angels has over 30 different teams supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through special projects, dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, we make a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families.

If you would like to take a peek at what we have accomplished this past year and what we have going on next year, please go to for full reports. I have included a few amazing stories below as well.

Thanks so much for your time.

Shelle Michaels
Soldiers' Angels National Communication Officer


America's Favorite Mom


played Santa for a Day in New York City, using the prizes she won to bring an early Christmas to military personnel and their families.

Patti Patton-Bader, named America's Favorite Mom last Mother's Day, received the remainder of her prizes in New York last week, which she immediately donated in support of her heroes. "Soldiers' Angels is proud to acknowledge the continued generosity of its founder, Patti Patton Bader, through her donation of the proceeds and prizes she received from the America's Favorite Mom contest," said Soldiers' Angels Treasurer Mark Concialdi.

Redbook magazine interviewed Patti in New York City at a private lunch with editor Stacy Morrison before she received her final prize of a shopping spree. At Patti's direction, the shopping spree was spent buying Christmas gifts for children of wounded soldiers living in Fisher Houses while their parents recover at nearby military hospitals.

Patti is humble about the experience. "The best part of winning was being able to give the prizes to America's heroes--our soldiers and their families. There are so many wonderful mothers in this country, and I was just glad to have the opportunity to shine the light on our military and the importance of supporting them in this time of war. I am so grateful to Stuart and Linda Resnick of Teleflora for developing the America's Favorite Mom contest," she said.

The cash grand prize was distributed as a lump sum of $150,000, which Patti donated to Soldiers' Angels this summer. She has also donated the set of household appliances she received to nonprofit Homes for Our Troops where they will be added to a home to be constructed for a quadriplegic wounded soldier.


Football Superstar Franco Harris has chosen Soldiers’ Angels to be the designated beneficiary of the 2009 Franco Harris/Lydell Mitchell Grid Iron Golf Tournament, to be held in Tampa during Super Bowl week! This special fundraising event has been conducted at the location of each Super Bowl since 1997, and has resulted in over $180,000 donated to a variety of charitable causes.

The Grid Iron Golf Tournament will be held during Super Bowl week in Tampa at the renowned Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, one of Golf Digest’s Top 75 Golf Resorts in America and home to the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship each March. The three-day event includes a visit with sports stars to the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, a charitable auction, the Immaculate Reception & Dinner, and the opportunity to sponsor a soldier for the tournament itself.

“Soldiers’ Angels is so honored to have been chosen to be the beneficiary of the Franco Harris/Lydell Mitchell Grid Iron Golf Tournament. The Tournament is a wonderful Super Bowl week tradition and will help us meet our mission that “No Soldier Go Unloved. We are so excited to be a part of this great event,” said Soldiers’ Angels founder and president, Patti Patton-Bader.

For more information about sponsorship or participation, please contact Luana Scott at 619-279-5879, or e-mail

Football Superstar Franco Harris has chosen Soldiers’ Angels


Wii for the Wounded?!


Project Valour-IT Offers Additional Technologies

Teenagers and families aren't the only ones going wild for Wii. Whole-body video game systems like Wii can help wounded warriors recover! As part of refocusing Project Valour-IT, Soldiers' Angels is working to ensure the wounded have the Wii systems and other technologies that support their recovery.

In its three short years of existence, Project Valour-IT has delivered over 2,700 voice-controlled laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Now it is expanding its mission to meet the technological needs of the wounded in additional ways that support their physical and psychological recovery. While continuing to supply voice-controlled laptops, and working closely with the Department of Defense caseworkers and medical personnel, Valour-IT is now committed to supplying Wii game systems, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) systems to severely wounded veterans.

Video games, PDAs and GPS systems may be luxuries or toys for some people, but they can have a powerful effect on a wounded soldier's recovery and independence. Physical therapists report Wii Sports and similar programs are extremely motivational and helpful when used in physical therapy, but they are not standard equipment in military hospitals. Wounded personnel with short-term memory loss due to TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and severe PTSD use personal and vehicle GPS systems to keep from getting lost or disoriented when they move to more independent living after initial in-hospital recovery. PDAs can also play a vital role in severely-wounded soldiers' successful recoveries through note-taking capabilities and audio reminders for those with memory loss, and the ability to keep track of complicated treatment regimens.

Valour-IT was created in response to emerging needs, and this new focus maintains that flexibility. The project began in 2005 when it became clear that wounded soldiers did not have easy access to voice-controlled computer technology, which would give them a sense of independence and wholeness while recovering from devastating injuries. In 2006 Valour-IT moved to partner with Department of Defense caseworkers to increase the effectiveness of both groups in meeting voice-controlled technology needs of patients. Today the military is developing programs to provide voice-controlled computers directly, and Valour-IT is once-again moving to meet emerging needs by offering Wii game systems, PDAs, and GPS systems to support the physical and psychology recovery of America's wounded veterans.


Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Roy Blunt hosted the 2008 Soldiers' Angels Benefit Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on November 6, 2008. Al Hunt of Bloomberg News emceed, country music star Ricky Lee provided entertainment, and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the keynote speaker.
The event was the first of its kind for Soldiers' Angels, and grew out of a bipartisan offer by Representative Hoyer, House Majority Leader, and Representative Blunt House Republican Whip, to host a fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels after they heard about the organization's many efforts in support of the troops. Among the over 300 people in attendance were a number of wounded soldiers and their spouses, as well as milbloggers, Soldiers' Angels sponsors, supporters and business partners, and Angels themselves.

In their speeches, all the headliners focused on the importance of caring for America's returning troops and the role civilians play in supporting the military. Congressman Hoyer especially emphasized what he called the most powerful word in the English language--"we," pointing out that when the military goes to war, America goes to war too; America should never be separated from the men and women who serve her, and must ensure they are properly welcomed home.

Admiral Mullen's speech addressed the improvements in and continuing challenge of providing proper care for the wounded, a reflection of November's designation by the Department of Defense as "Warrior Care Month." He also saluted the efforts of Soldiers' Angels to support all service members, with particular focus on the needs of those who have been wounded in battle. "The truth, as of now, is that our [governmental] support institutions have not yet met the demands of that struggle," he acknowledged. "Many times, it is communities and grass-roots organizations like yours...which in so many thoughtful and heroic ways, fills voids no institution could enter." Admiral Mullen's concern for the wounded was also seen in the special effort he made to spend time with each each wounded service member in attendance, many of whom he gave a "challenge coin," a mark of appreciation for exceptional military service. In addition, he took the time to record a video of verbal support for the troops to be broadcast on Moment of Thanks.

The fundraising aspect of the evening was highlighted by H.L. Devore, CEO of Prudent Publishing, as Soldiers' Angels President Patti Patton-Bader announced the greeting card company's pledge of $10,000 to Project Valour-IT, which supplies voice-controlled laptops and other technology to support the rehabilitation of wounded veterans.

Soldiers' Angels gratefully accepted the generous support of a number of sponsors for the evening, including Edward Jones Inc., Exxon-Mobil, Fundraising Strategies, General Electric, HSP LLC, Monsanto, Peabody Energy, T-Mobile, Time Warner, Tri-West, Wal-Mart, and Walt Disney Company.