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AAFES Gift Certificates
The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.

Adopt A Platoon
The AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort™ founded in 1998 is a nonprofit 501C-3 organization managed nationwide by volunteer mothers to ensure that deployed United States Service members in all branches of the military are not forgotten by providing needed mail support and to promote patriotism in our schools and communities.

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
AFAS is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping "to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education. To contribute, visit their website.

America Supports You
Join the team of non-profit organizations focused on helping our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and National Guardsmen.

American Red Cross
The Central Maryland Chapter touches hundreds of lives every day. Our mission is to help people prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies.

Send a care package to any Soldier in “harm’s way”. We have volunteer Soldier "contacts" on the "Where to Send" page. Click through the names and select the one(s) you wish to support. They list what the folks they represent want and need. We even have a search capability so you can easily identify what the troops need most.

Army Career and Alumni Program
To list job opportunities for Soldiers retiring or leaving the Army contact
To list jobs opportunities for severely wounded or injured Soldiers from the War on Terror contact

Army Emergency Relief
AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own". AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of Soldiers. Visit the website to make a contribution.

Books For Soldiers
Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books. You can also donate DVDs and CDs requested by Soldiers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country.

Defend America
A Department of Defense site. Send an e-mail to those who are defending our country.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Volunteers are needed in both the government and civilian workplace to continue our mission to "gain and maintain employer support for all of our reservists and guardsmen."

Freedom Calls
The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families videoconference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.

Gifts from the Homefront
Anyone can send “Gifts from the Homefront” gift certificates to individual military family members, friends, or select charities by calling 1-877-770-4438 or by visiting their website. Bulk purchase may also be made.

Give 2 the Troops
Give2theTroops® is a non-profit organization managed by caring and patriotic volunteers. We ensure that deployed U.S. military service members in all branches of the military are supported with letters and care packages to help boost their morale while wounded or in combat.

Hero Bracelets
Our aim is to raise money to help build a world-class advanced training skills facility at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The center will serve military personnel catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as military personnel and veterans severely injured in the normal performance of duties. $2 from each HeroBracelet or tag sold is donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for this purpose.

Hire Vets First
comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America's military. Whether you're a manager, human resources specialist, or veteran, you'll find the resources you need for matching employment opportunities with veterans.

Let's Say Thanks
The mission of Let's Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women. The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.

Operation Gratitude
OPERATION GRATITUDE seeks to lift troops' morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages addressed to individual service members deployed overseas. OPERATION GRATITUDE care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

Operation Happy Note
Operation Happy Note is a volunteer effort to send musical instruments to deployed service men and women throughout the world.

Operation Hero Miles
Operation Hero Miles was created by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in cooperation with close to a dozen United States Airlines in October, 2003. When started, the program allowed troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan to fly home on leave for free. It now gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country. Operation Hero Miles gives ordinary citizens an opportunity to help our troops in a very direct way that makes a real difference in their lives.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
Creating a community support network for children and youth of whose parents are deployed.

Operation Uplink
With your generous donation, Operation Uplink provides free phone cards to deployed troops and hospitalized veterans to help keep them connected with loved ones.

Sew Much Comfort
This project is dependent on the generosity and skill of countless Americans who wish to show their support to the wounded Soldiers who have given so much of themselves in serving this country. Please help us give these heroes a tangible symbol of our support for them in all phases of their recovery from battlefield to home.

Tee It Up For The Troops
Tee It Up For The Troops is a non-profit organization established by the family and friends of a soldier serving in the U.S. Army. When the father asked what the son needed he responded by asking his father to do something for the soldiers and families of the fallen and disabled back home.

Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS)
If you are a manufacturer or merchant and wish to become a licensee, please contact

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