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    Combat Missions fans: a way to support U.S. soldiers overseas

    For those of you Combat Missions fans, I thought you might find this interesting to participate in.

    I got this press release off the business wire.

    I will be sending messages on behalf of the FORT, but anyone and everyone can send messages as well. The emails will be distributed to American soldiers. You may also make a contribution ($25) for a care package to be delivered.

    Press Release
    The United Service Organizations and America Online Launch 'Operation USO Cares'


    WASHINGTON & DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 23, 2002

    AOL and Network for Good Support 'Operation USO Care Package' and Help People Make Online Contributions Toward Care Packages for Troops

    The United Service Organizations (USO) and America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced the launch of "Operation USO Cares," an ongoing joint project enabling Americans to send their well wishes and support to thousands of U.S. service men and women around the globe.

    Through "Operation USO Cares," the American public can now e-mail letters of support to troops. The USO and AOL will team together to print the letters and deliver them to service men and women around the world. In addition, people can send personal greetings and make financial contributions toward care packages that are being delivered to troops participating in Operation Enduring Freedom as part of "Operation USO Care Package." "Operation USO Care Package" is sponsored by the USO World Headquarters and administered by the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro). Online contributions are being hosted by AOL and Network for Good, a nonprofit organization connecting people to charities via the Internet.

    For decades, Americans have been sending well wishes to service personnel deployed from home and around the world. During Desert Storm, hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Any Service Member" were delivered in bulk to units everywhere through the military mail system. Due to the threat of anthrax following September 11, the Department of Defense eliminated this tradition of delivering home baked goods, children's hand made greeting cards, or letters of support to the military in this manner. "Operation USO Care Package" enables individuals to continue showing their support through personal messages and care packages for America's men and women in uniform supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Through "Operation USO Cares," the USO is now working with AOL to ensure all of the "Dear Service Member" letters can reach troops across the world.

    AOL members can e-mail letters to the service men and women overseas and learn more about "Operation USO Care Package" and how they can make a donation by going to AOL Keyword: Write the Troops. Other Web users can write to the troops by sending an e-mail to WritetheTroops@aol.com or can get information on how to make financial contributions by going to www.usometrodc.org.

    "These care packages and letters go such a long way in bringing comfort and support to our U.S. troops," said Elaine Rogers, USO Metropolitan Washington President. "This program is possible because of the support from corporations and individuals across the country. We appreciate America Online's support of our initiatives and for helping millions of Americans resume their letter-writing efforts."

    "During times of conflict, as well as during the holidays, Americans have a wonderful way of uniting in support of our service men and women overseas. 'Operation USO Cares' is especially meaningful for Americans who would like to do their part to support our troops but don't personally know anyone in the military," said Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman of America Online. "Through the power of the online medium and AOL's ability to reach millions of people, we are able to extend the goodwill and effectiveness of the USO's efforts."

    Through "Operation Care Package," individuals can sponsor a package for a donation of $25. Corporations may contribute to this program's success through financial contributions, items donated in bulk for the care packages, or through implementation of an employee participation program.

    The care packages contain an assortment of items that our military have specifically requested, such as prepaid international calling cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, and sunscreen. They also include greetings from the American public, transcribed onto official "Operation USO Care Package" post cards by the USO.

    For more information on how to support "Operation USO Care Package" through donations of product or funds, individuals or corporations can call 866-USO-GIVE or visit www.usometrodc.org.

    About the USO

    For more than 60 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has brought a touch of home to America's military personnel. The USO is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization and is not a government agency.

    About America Online

    America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner, Inc. (NYSE:AOL - News). Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.
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    Wonderful! I am a former service member and have many, many friends overseas now!!!

    Whether folks agree with the collective mission or not is beside any point, our American Armed Forces are comprised of incredible, talented, intelligent, and selfless people!

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    Great find, BF! I'll definitely be participating.

    Like 2ndToe said, whether you agree or disagree with the missions, our soldiers deserve, at least a "thank you" message for putting their lives on the line for our country.

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    It's really sad that because of 9-11 and the anthrax scare, they are unable to distribute things like kids handmade cards and such.

    Thank goodness for this medium which will allow us to show our appreciation of those risking their lives.
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    Yeah, that sucks! I know a lot of soldiers have mentioned that they really liked those handmade cards and letters from kids. At least, the kids and the rest of us will still be able to convey our messages to them via internet.

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    I still am planning on doing this, I just have not yet gotten around to it.
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