Veteran and Single Mother Received Car Donation

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Thanks to the Recycled Rides program, a very deserving veteran in San Jose recently received the life-changing gift of a donated car. Jaime Duran is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and a single mother. Several years ago, she gave up her job, car, and home to move with her son and new husband to the United Arab Emirates for his contract job. After a short time, the relationship turned abusive both physically and mentally. Jaime and her son returned to San Jose where they live with friends. Jaime is attending college classes and working temporary jobs to supplement her income and continue on the path to financial recovery. The car, a newly refurbished 2013 Honda Civic, was donated by Allstate and repaired by technicians at Caliber Collision in Willow Glen who volunteered their services to repair the vehicle as a community service. Earlier this month, Jaime received the keys to her Recycled Ride at an event in San Jose- view all of the photos here.


Other Highlights

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Raise a Glass to Our Troops with Soldiers' Angels

May 25, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 will mark the 7th annual brewing of a very special beer that helps our men and women in uniform: Homefront IPA. The Hops for Heroes project was started in 2011 when soon-to-be brewery owner and major league pitcher Chris Ray approached Matt Lincecum from Fremont Brewing about brewing a beer for charity. Learn more about this program and the participating craft breweries. 


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Office Closed for Memorial Day

May 25, 2018

The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 am, CST.


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Zurich 'Insures' Our Troops & Veterans Have Socks!

May 18, 2018

Zurich North America participated in our 2017 Warm Feet for Warriors sock drive. Employees came together across the country and collected over 3,000 pairs of socks from six different locations! We touched base with Zurich this year to learn more about how and why the company got involved with Soldiers' Angels. Learn more about their company and the benefit of getting your company involved in giving back.


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Food Distribution Coming Soon to Orlando

May 16, 2018

Soldiers' Angels is proud to announce that our Veteran Mobile Food Distribution program will be opening soon in Orlando, Florida. The event will provide monthly food assistance to over 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans in the Orlando area. The inaugural distribution will occur this June. Please be sure to Like our Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date with the latest information on this event. More information will be coming soon! 

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America's Favorite Mom

In 2008 on the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day, Soldiers' Angels founder, Patti Patton-Bader received the surprise of a lifetime— she won the title of America's Favorite Mom, a contest created by Teleflora and NBC. With awards, television appearances, and more, Patti was honored not only for her title of "mom" to her family, but also the work that she did for service members around the world by creating Soldiers' Angels. Although it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, surprisingly, that is not Patti's favorite Mother's Day memory— but this was...


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Thanks Clorox VetNet!

Employees from two different locations collected socks for the Soldiers’ Angels Warm Feet for Warriors sock drive. Their Arkansas location collected 410 pairs and their Atlanta location collected 593 pairs—a total of 1,003 pairs of socks that will be handed out to veteran patients in VA hospitals across the country and shipped to deployed service members around the world!


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Our Blanket Drive is Back!

One of the unique ways our volunteers give back to veterans is to perform patient visits at VA Hospitals around the country. Whenever we have blankets to give, the volunteers will present a blanket to the patient during that visit. Hospitals can be cold and your own special blanket helps make the stay a little bit better. We also like to send blankets to the deployed service members we support. Although they may not need the blanket for warmth like the veteran patients, the blanket does provide comfort. Simple reminders of home, like blankets, are often what help service members make it through long, hard deployments. Although we accept donations of blankets at any time during the year, we are currently running our Annual Blanket Drive from now through August 31st. Learn more here and help us provide warmth and comfort to our veterans and deployed.


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Cookies Ready to Ship!

Thanks to Girl Scouts from across the country, we have over 35,000 boxes of delicious Girl Scout cookies ready and waiting to be shipped to deployed service members... but we need your help to ship them out as soon as possible before the summer heat sets inNo one likes melted cookies!

$18 will get 10 boxes of cookies to our troops!

Can you help us ship these cookies as soon as possible and beat the summer heat? 


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Gig-Based Businesses + Veterans = A Win-Win

Starting your own business may seem like a challenge— but if you're a veteran living with mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, the low-stress option of running your own gig-based business may be an option worth exploring. With additional flexibility, control over how much or how little you work, and an increase in tax-deductions, more and more people are creating their own opportunities by running gig-based businesses. In our recent blog, guest blogger Jenny Wise details some reasons why gig-based businesses may just be a great fit for veterans.


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We Did It!

The count is in!! We are very excited to announce that we have exceeded our Warm Feet for Warriors goal of collecting 8,000 pairs of socks for troops and veterans!! Thanks to all of you, we collected 10,348 pairs of socks & COUNTING!!! The boxes continue to flood in this week and we couldn't be more grateful for all of the amazing support! If you just ended your collection drive or are in the process of sending in your socks, don't worry-- we will update the count later in the month. We know there were many drives that ended in the last few days and we absolutely want your collections to be counted towards our drive. The FINAL count will be determined on May 18-- so just have your socks here before that day. Thank you all!


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National Volunteer Week [Part 2]

We’re continuing our blog series for National Volunteer Week with two more volunteer interviews. In case you missed our first blog of this series, Volunteering Their Hearts Out [Part 1], this week is National Volunteer Week. Soldiers' Angels is honored to have over 12,000 registered volunteers from all over the world. We are so incredibly grateful for the time, energy, heart, and passion they put into giving back to our military and veterans. We would love to tell you about all 12,000--- but since that may be tough, we are featuring just a few of the volunteers who logged the most volunteer hours in 2017. Click here to read Part 2 of our Volunteer Week blog, Volunteering Their Hearts Out [Part 2].


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National Volunteer Week [Part 1]

This week is National Volunteer Week - a week for recognizing the efforts of those who give their time and talents for the greater good. Volunteers are the salt of the earth. They understand what it means to give back to the community, they are passionate about the causes they serve, and so giving of their time. We are honored to have over 12,000 registered volunteers across the country who are passionate about supporting our Nation’s troops, veterans, and military families. We wanted to personally honor and recognize each and every one of our volunteers in a blog, but, well... that would be a really long blog! Instead, we are highlighting just a few of the volunteers who logged the most volunteer hours on their particular team in 2017. Learn more about these amazing volunteers and why they love doing what they do.