President Obama asks Americans to Send a Message of Gratitude to Troops Coming Home

Message From President Barack Obama Thu Dec 15, 2011:

Good afternoon,

After nearly nine years, our war in Iraq is ending.

In recent days, many of our troops have come home and been reunited with their families for the holidays. Over the next few days, a small group of American soldiers will begin the final march out of Iraq.

This moment of success is because of their sacrifice. More than 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq. More than 30,000 of these brave men and women were wounded. Nearly 4,500 gave their lives. America’s military families have borne a heavy burden.

As we mark the end of this war, we need to show our veterans and their families that they have the thanks of a grateful nation.

Take a minute to look back at the moments that brought us to this point, then share a personal message of gratitude with those who have served.

Send your message of thanks

Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it. It’s not enough to honor our heroes with words; we must do so with deeds.

That’s why we’ve worked to send 600,000 veterans and family members back to school on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. That’s why one of Michelle’s top priorities as First Lady has been to support military families and why she’s worked with the private sector to get commitments to create 100,000 jobs for those who’ve served and their spouses. That’s why we worked with Congress to pass a tax credit so that companies have an incentive to hire vets and have taken steps to help veterans translate military experience to the private sector job market.

In America, our commitment to those who fight for our freedom and our ideals doesn’t end when our troops take off the uniform.

You can be a part of this effort to honor our heroes.

Help mark this moment. Write a quick note that troops and veterans all over the world will be able to see:

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Find Your Military Buddies at VetFriends

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Child Care Assistance for Military Families

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency:

“NACCRRA is working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through several innovative civilian/military efforts between the Services, NACCRRA and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are building the quality and capacity of child care throughout the country.”

Visit their website, and click on your Branch Seal for more information!

The Armed Forces Foundation: Family Assistance Program

“With the ability to provide money to service members and their families from all branches of service, the Foundation makes a valued impact on the lives of those who serve the U.S.

The Armed Forces Foundation provides Family Financial Assistance with:

utilities, rent, car payments, car insurance, car registration, and child care


Bereavement Services including: family retreats & grief counseling. 


PTSD/TBI outreach & Morale, Welfare, and Education Programs.

Please share this post with those currently serving in, caring for, or wanting to assist members of our United States Military. -VFWlady

Patriot Guard Riders: “Freedom Isn’t Free, but Membership Is”

Don’t own a Harley? Who cares!  This group isn’t anything like the Sons of Anarchy shows on television.  The Patriot Guard Riders are an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts that are bonded together by their respect for America’s Military Heroes.  Their primary activity is, as invited guests of the family, to attend the funeral services of our fallen warriors and their primary objective is to:

“1) Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2) Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means