See below for ways you can support our troops

Military and Veteran Support Calendars:
Veteran Activities and Support in N California
No California Veteran Events
Scottish American Military Society
Association of the US Army Calendar

To find a bagpiper for military or veteran support: Bagpipers

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Blue Star Museums is offering free entrance to Active Duty and Reserve Soliders to a wide variety of museums, art centers and other exhibits. Check the map at the following website to see what's near you. Other offerings are linked on the page.

Operation Gratitude - Sent over one million care packages so far

Stars For Our Troops

Troop Support Photos:
2011 Army Medivac
2010 Army Medevac
2010 OIF Support Photos
2010 Bruce Bailey Photos
2009 Bruce Bailey Photos

(More photos at the SAMS Website)

Patriot Guard Riders
PGR is very active in the Northern California area supporting welcome home events at the airports as well as veteran funerals and other ceremonies.
PGR Capitol Region Calendar

Warriors Watch
Another group of riders greeting returning troops

Blue Star Moms - Sacramento
Items are being collected to send to our service men and women — If you would like to set up a Donation Box or need a pick up, please call Debra Boderman at (916) 821-3670  (items must fit in 12x12x6” USPS boxes)

We will continue to be packing care packages to send to the troops.  If you would like to make a donation, please see the list of drop off boxes throughout the community.  They are listed on the above site.   Please let those businesses know that you appreciate their support of our troops.

Please email us at to add your deployed loved one's name to our care package list. 

Blue Star Moms Logo ***Individual items are best***
   Highlighted items are needed most
Candy - All
Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
Writing Paper/Envelopes/Greeting Cards
Pens/Pencils/Pencil Sharpeners
Mouthwash (small containers)
Coffee (instant)
Coffee Creamer - powder
Powdered Drink Mixes
Tea Mixes (sweet) (or tea bags)
FOOD (including dry goods, snacks)
Sugar, Salt & Pepper Packets
Protein/Energy Bars
Canned Fruit (pop top cans no plastic)
Canned Meat (pop top cans no plastic)
Cereal (in small boxes)/Granola Bars
Condiments Packages (ketchup, mayo etc.)
Cookies/Girl Scout Cookies
Instant Soups (TopRamien, Cup of Soup)
Oatmeal (instant)

(pop top cans)
Tuna Kits

Board Games
Checkers (travel size)
Chess (travel size)
Puzzles/Crossword Puzzles
Playing Cards

CD Fanny Packs

Books (paperbacks)
Newspapers (local)
Magazines (current)

Baby Wipes (indiv. packs)
Nose spray
Cold Water Wash (Woolite)
Eye Drops
Feminine Hygiene Products
Foot Powder
Hand Lotion
Hand Sanitizers (indiv. size)

Nail Clippers
Lip Balm
Razors (disposable)
Tissues (indiv. packs)
Toilet Paper (including travel size)
Tylenol (individual packets)
Wash Cloths

Plastic spoons/forks/knives
American Flags (small)
Baggies (all sizes with zip lock)
Batteries (all sizes)
Bug Spray
Duct Tape
Disposable Cameras
Flashlights (mini)
Fans (small – with extra batteries)
Fly Strips
Pre-Paid Phone Cards
Shoe Insole Cushions
Socks (cushioned)
Sunglasses (black – no brand names)


(More info on what to send - scroll down)

Support Veteran Owned Businesses - Wounded Warrior Directory

Family and friends of deployed Army Personnel in Afghanistan can now send a HooahMail letter to be downloaded, printed, and ready for delivery, usually within 24 hours. THE SERVICE IS FREE, PRIVATE and SECURE

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card
and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.
You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

Note: No service personnel can receive mail not addressed to them by name.

Cammo Quilt Project - This charity provides quilts in camo colors (appropriate for the branch of service) to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They fill requests as family members order the quilts for the soldiers/marines. The quilts are lightweight and are able to be taken into the field with the owner.  Rolled up it can be used as a pillow, or unrolled as a light weight cover.  Apparently the sleeping bags that are provided to our troops are very heavy, and much too warm for them to be effectively used year round in such a hot place.  The quilts are a welcome relief from sleeping uncovered.  They are 6' long, fitting even the tallest of our boys and girls.  They are lovingly made by a troop of volunteers and they depend on donations to cover costs.

Here is another site worth visiting.  They support the families of our military who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

About Troops Need You 
Troops Need You is dedicated to maintaining the American tradition of mobilizing citizens to directly enable wartime success.  By using donated funds from people across the country, Troops Need You delivers what combat units need to win over local Iraqis.  So far, that has included everything from medical supplies to soccer equipment to water purifiers--even gun cleaning kits and wheelchairs.  We deliver to the troops the mission-essential supplies they say they need, so the troops can finish the mission and come home--victorious. 

Donate online or mail to Troops Need You, PO Box 2812, Reston, Virginia 20195.

ThanksUSA provides scholarships for children and spouses of military families.
On this Independence Day, you can help us help the families of America's active-duty military. ThanksUSA funds and delivers academic scholarships (1,750 since 2006), for the spouses and children of every branch of our armed forces including the Guard and Reserves.
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Note: No service personnel can receive mail not addressed to them by name. 
Do not send mail to  "A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center"

The Post Office has been directed not to deliver such mail.  See below for some better ideas.

Want to support to a Soldier in harm's way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? (This links also to Any Marine, Airman, and Sailor)

You can donate money which ALL goes to sending support.  You can just send a letter or you can send a generic care package, or you can pick out something specific that our troops really need and send that.  Read the FAQ on the website.  (More information below) 

Here's the "top ten" from some infantry soldiers recently returned from Iraq:

Gatorade and other powdered drink mixes
Babywipes and Toilet paper
Q-tips and Pipe cleaners
Cigarettes (menthol) and Skoal
Hard candies, nuts, jerky