Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How to Show Support to Troops

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How to Show Support to Troops

Article excerpt

The U.S. Department of Defense has asked the general public to stop sending unsolicited letters and packages to military personnel in the war in Iraq. Instead, the Pentagon suggests other ways of showing support.

-- Send e-mail or donate a prepaid calling card to soldiers by logging on to the Department of Defense war information Web site at www.defendamerica.mil/support_troops.html.

-- Give a $25 donation to Operation USO Care Package by calling 866-USO-GIVE (866-876-4483) or logging on to www.usocares.org.

-- Support families of service members by calling your local American Red Cross chapter of logging on to www.redcross.org.

-- Send a $10 or $20 "Gifts from the Homefront" certificate that troops can use at post exchanges by calling 1-877-770-GIFT or logging on to www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm.

-- Visit those who have served the country at Veterans Affairs' hospitals in your area.

-- To learn more about contacting or supporting the troops, go to www. …

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