Support Troops

Help Support Our Deployed Reservists

Communicate with Our Troops – Send them Your Greetings
(you send us a message to them, we forward it to those activated officers of our membership)

Midshipman (former USMC Cpl) James A. Sheehan, a grand nephew of BG Cyril C. Sheehan, AUS, who was active in the Department of Minnesota ROA and a Brigade of Volunteers member, began attending the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD in June 2005.

Summer 2005: “At this point I am nearly done with half of the first semester and getting by quite well. I have a respectable GPA in subjects like Calculus, Chemistry, English, Leadership, and Naval History. The academic work load consumes most of my time both during the week, and on the weekends. I have yet to pick a major, but will be doing so early next semester.

I also am on the Color Guard here at the Academy. I have attached a picture of me during a Plebe Summer parade. I am next to the American flag, carrying the Brigade of Midshipmen flag. Lately I have been carrying the American flag during parades.”

We recognize that military units have their own internal family support although that supporting office may be located in another state.

The Department of Minnesota ROA directs your attention to efforts by organizations, such as the American Legion, who offer backup support to the Department of Defense military unit family support coordinators.

We also recognize the role of civilian national support organizations such as the Red Cross.

Activated ROA Department of Minnesota members are encouraged to phone the toll free number of the American Legion at 1-800-504-4098 if an unmet need should arise.

The Department of Minnesota has offered to support the Family Support Network of the American Legion during the current mobilization. We will respond should a need come to our attention by way of the American Legion.

You can make an individual material contribution to the Family Support Network. Please contact us.

Please show support for military personnel and their families. We encourage anyone to reach out to the military families in their communities, especially those with dependent loved ones, who have a member deployed either on homeland duty and on duty overseas.
General Support Options

Thousands of Americans are asking what they can do to show their support for service members, especially those serving overseas in this time of war. Below are Web sites for several organizations that are sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. While it would be inappropriate for the Department to endorse any specifically, service members do value and appreciate such expressions of support:

Donate a calling card to help keep service members in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/

Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net

Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America Web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html

Make a donation to one of the military relief societies:

Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/

Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/

Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/

Donate to “Operation USO Care Package” at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html

Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/

Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts. Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House at http://www.fisherhouse.org/

Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one overseas. Please do not flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Department cannot accept items to be mailed to “Any Service member.” Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual service member’s address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unnecessary delays.

The support and generosity of the American people has touched the lives of many service members, over 300,000 of whom are deployed overseas.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support for our men and women in uniform.