The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. General Douglas MacArthur

Dedicated to all Veterans

    My name is Kim and I'm the daughter of a 20-year Marine Corps veteran. My brother was also in the Corps for 8 years and the Air Force for 12. I enjoyed growing up on military bases with my family and have a profound respect and admiration for our veterans. Every day in America we have the freedom to make choices; where we want to live and work, where to go on vacation, what church to attend, and countless others we take for granted. Each has this freedom to choose BECAUSE OF VETERANS who have served and are serving now. We wouldn't have these freedoms if it wasn't for those who fought and still fight to keep it that way.

   We might not always agree with our government's military decisions, but we need to give all those that sacrifice, and serve the respect they deserve. They are protecting our freedom, as well as other peoples' freedoms all over the world. A simple "Thank you" can mean the world to them.

Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. Richard Watson Gilder

   As a hobby, I recycle all kinds of metal. Anything from a bucket of bolts to cars. These donations allow me to send food, drinks, cleaning products, reading material, hygiene products and specialty items in care packages to our troops overseas. I am able to reach our troops through www.Adoptaplatoon.org and www.Anysoldier.com. Our troops are so grateful for anything that comes from home.

Some of them are in such remote locations that supplies are drop-shipped to them. Some are risking their lives every day dodging bullets, land mines and hostiles and the smallest gift such as a card can brighten their day. They deserve our support.

I wish none of them had to go to war, or be put in harm's way, but because they are serving and fighting for us, they deserve our gratitude. If you see a veteran a simple, "Thank you for your service," or "Thank you for my freedom," will show them how valued they are.

   Our fathers, sons, husbands, wives, moms, and daughters are being injured, and some are killed, all around the world protecting us and others. Items we take for granted can make such a difference in their lives. Whether they're on an aircraft carrier, a submarine, a base, or in the trenches, the thought behind an item so insignificant to us can bring a smile to a stranger thousands of miles away.

   Anyone can send a care package or even just a note. The post office has flat rate boxes that you can send. Small items such as travel size shampoo, protein bars, candy or a card would help lift their spirits. Or if you'd like, I can pick up your goodies for free and send them for you. Please click on "Soldiers' Requests" at the top of this page to see what they would love to receive, or go to the above-listed websites.

   On Memorial Day, or Veteran's Day, drive through Ft. Logan Cemetery off Hampden and Sheridan and pay tribute to 110,000 graves. About 4,000 more are added each year. Each of these graves represents someone who made the decision that freedom was precious enough to sacrifice their life for, both here, and around the world.  How many of us are alive today because someone in our immediate family, or many generations past, fought so that we could enjoy Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

I've been blessed to talk to many people who are so happy to support our military men and women. So many of them either have served, currently have a family member serving, or have passed relatives that served this great country.

WHAT I RECYCLE

      Appliances, grills, sheds, lamps, microwaves, chairs, mowers, blowers, rotors, motors, tables, golf clubs, swings, tools, nuts & bolts, pots/pans, bed frames, cars, pipes, any metal construction materials, tire rims, rebar, aluminum, steel, aluminum cans, stainless steel, copper, brass, cast iron, etc.

Dear Kim, This memorandum is to express our appreciation for your outstanding support provided to the Soldiers of....... serving at...... in Afghanistan. Your kindness in preparing and shipping the boxes of snacks and hygiene items for our team has greatly blessed our Soldiers. Knowing that we are loved and cared for by so many back home brings great encouragement to our team, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Your tangible expression of love impacted all who benefited from your gifts. Our team was thrilled to receive the box of goodies and "God bless our Soldiers" sign that your family so graciously sent. Your kindness blessed us greatly and we just want to let you know how thankful we are for you. Keep up the good work and may God bless you abundantly. Chaplain J.

    A local fire dept training center donated several large metal containers and a huge shed.

My trailer is full of aluminum, copper and steel. Those donations brought in enough money to send 18 care packages to our troops in Afghanistan.

    There are wonderful people like Tim & Barbara in Littleton who gave dart boards, footballs, socks, shampoo, instant soups, and they keep giving! Russ & Judy have given books, all kinds of metal and Beanie Babies.

    I am so grateful for the private organizations and businesses that support our military. Thank you to the Air Force veterans at AIM HIGH HVAC of Littleton for their never-ending tons of scrap, and their unselfish donation of an AC/Furnace system to a decorated Marine veteran, the veteran Marines at Coyote HVAC for their tons of commercial ACs, and to Summit Heating and Air for their generous, continuous support for our military. THANK YOU to the other HVAC and electrical companies, plumbers, contractors, fitness companies, office personnel, movers, mechanics, carpenters, police officers, churches, restaurant owners, all the moms, dads and kids, airport personnel, firefighters, and everyone else who has given with their heart so that our troops' spirits might be lifted!! Our Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Airwomen, and Sailors receive  comforts of home thanks to your gratitude and support.

Hinson Family, your packages arrived. Thank you so much. Attached is a picture of Paratroopers expressing their appreciation. With support from people such as you, our time here is so much better.

 Thank you,                                                           Chaplain S."

       Dear Kim, We wanted to send a special thank you in recognition of the ........Battalion. We are grateful for the thanks and support from family and friends back home. Each soldier received Christmas goodie bags filled with the thank you notes you sent. They also received the blank cards and they were able to send their families personal notes for the holidays. You helped to make our holiday during deployment very special. The joy your packages gave our soldiers is irreplaceable and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.                         CH N.

LOCAL VFW 9644 SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS

FOR OUR VETERANS

For wearing the uniform, for standing guard,

For holding the line, for standing strong,

For fortitude, for grit, for unyielding courage,

For being faithful, for standing for good,

For carrying the torch, for putting others first,

For staying so long, for holding onto to love,

For praying for peace, for fighting with honor,

For following orders, for following your heart,

For small victories, for great triumphs,

For pride in your heart, for cuts and bruises,

For hanging onto others, for letting go of tears,

For endless nights, for all you sacrifice,

For standing for liberty, for all our freedoms,

For those who have none, and for your country,

For our families, and for everyone you love,

With tears in our eyes and overflowing gratitude, we thank you for giving so much of yourself s‚Äčo that we can live free.                                                            

"I am 19 years old and I'm from Colorado serving in Afghanistan. Our platoon received your care packages and wanted to thank you so much. We couldn't do our job over here without the support from people like you. Thank you so much, may God bless. You're an American hero doing something like this."                                                                                                                          PFC from CO

"I would like to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of the Marines and Sailors. Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed the Religious Ministry Team to stock the morale tent located on our compound. Your assistance means so much to me but even more to the troops. Thank you for your generosity."                                          Chaplain's Office...

   My dad, pictured above with my mother and brother, served in the Marine Corps for 20 years.  He received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Combat "V", a Purple Heart with 1 Silver Star, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Star, a Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and also Rifle and Pistol Expert badges. He was a Military Policeman in Kinston, N.C. We then moved to Hawaii where he left in 1965 with the 1st Marine Brigade for combat duty in Vietnam for one year. Then to Parris Island, S.C., where he was a Drill Instructor. Two years later he was deployed to Vietnam where he was wounded and spent a month in a Naval Hospital in Guam. After recovering he went back to Vietnam and completed his tour of duty. He was then sent back to Parris Island, S.C., where he attended Recruiter School (or as the Marines call it, "Charm School"). We then moved to Miami, Florida (our home town) where he would be stationed as a recruiter. He says one of his best perks as a Marine

was being chosen as an escort for the Miss USA Beauty Contest in Miami Beach! After two years as a recruiter he was assigned to the Albany Supply Center in Albany, Georgia, where he retired after being in the Corps for 20 years. I'm so proud of my dad and how he served this country so unselfishly. I have many wonderful memories of him in his uniform and my mom standing so proudly next to him. My precious mother very lovingly and proudly stood by her Marine for over 60 years and would have done it all again with no hesitation. I am so blessed to have my dad in my life and to have been brought up as the daughter of a Marine.

        Dear Kim, Thanks so much for your donation to our troops for Christmas. It means so much to see the outpouring of love from so many of you back home. May God bless you for your generosity as you begin a new year.  Chaplain O.

Hi Kim, I wanted to let you know your box arrived intact and was greatly appreciated. This is not an easy time to be deployed and away from family,

but support like yours makes a world of difference. Thanks again and God bless!           E.

LOCAL SWAT TEAM SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS

Dear Kim, my name is SPC R. and I have the honor of serving with CH as his assistant while here in Afghanistan. CH and I would like to thank you so much for the care packages that you participated in sending. Everything is awesome that you sent and well needed. So much that it's too much to list here. All of the items will be given out to whoever may need something, whenever they need something. As the CH and I travel the battlefield, we see soldiers who often don't have anything or just waiting for their packages to come in. We are delighted to give them what they may need while in the field to get them by. It is citizens, church groups, organizations, schools and neighbors like you along with our family that keep the morale and welfare up and going. You are awesome, awesome, awesome. We love you and we thank you again for the support and please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Hope you have a Happy New Year.                                                                              SPC R.

Please do whatever you can to support our soldiers. They are sacrificing so much for so little. Go to www.anysoldier.com and let them know they're not forgotten, and thank a vet for your freedom if you see one.