PHA Celebrates National Day of the Deployed With Donation to For The Troops
The Patriot Health Alliance (PHA) and 4Patriots have been partners with For The Troops since 2017. So, it was natural that we thought about this worthy organization when we considered what to do in honor of National Day of the Deployed.
Recently we donated 6,000 bottles of Patriot Immune Boost, 500 Patriot Pure UV Sanitizing Chargers and nearly 9,000 playing cards to include in the We Care packages For The Troops sends to deployed troops.
For The Troops has often thanked us for our support. Operations Team Leader Evelyn Goldman recently said, “YOU ARE AMAZING! Thank you! That word doesn’t even begin to describe what 4Patriots and Patriot Health Alliance are doing for us!
Of course, PHA and 4Patriots are also extremely appreciative about what For The Troops does for our deployed men and women. We’re also grateful to customers such as you who make these donations possible through purchases of our products. We couldn’t do it without you.
National Day of the Deployed is celebrated annually on October 26. In a moment I’ll let you know how you can participate this week.
This day is set aside to honor U.S. military personnel deployed around the globe. It recognizes all these brave individuals in every branch of service who are sacrificing their lives to defend our country.
It also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they are making as well.
Among the ways to show your support year-round are making donations to military organizations, attending ceremonies honoring the military, and volunteering your time and services to local military organizations. I’ll provide you with an even easier one in a moment.
The roots of National Day of the Deployed go back to 2006 and the efforts of Shelle Michaels Aberle. Her cousin, David Hosna of North Dakota, was a deployed major in the U.S. Army at the time, and she chose October 26 because it was his birthday.
Aberle approached then-North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for this day.
Hoeven was the first U.S. governor to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation. In 2011, he led the efforts to establish a national day of honor by co-sponsoring a bill. On October 18, 2011, the resolution passed unanimously.
As of 2012, all 50 states observe National Day of the Deployed as a day to honor deployed troops and their families.
As promised, here’s how you can get involved in National Day of the Deployed. And you don’t even need to find a pen, stationary, an envelope or a stamp to do it.
Simply click here and you’ll be taken to a page where you can type in your appreciation to U.S. deployed troops.
Your note can be as long or as short as you want it to be. Just tell our American Heroes how you feel about their dedication to our country. If you can’t think of anything specific to write, name three freedoms for which you are grateful and how the recipient of your letter is helping preserve those freedoms.
When you’re finished, simply click on “Submit” and we’ll make sure your letter reaches someone who is deployed in service to America. Your gratitude will go a long way toward lifting up an individual far from home.
If you are not as familiar with For The Troops as you’d like to be, allow me to fill you in on who they are and what they do.
A routine encounter with her husband gave Paula Cornell the idea for For The Troops in 2005. One morning she noticed her husband didn’t brush his teeth. When asked about it, he replied, “It’s no big deal. I didn’t brush my teeth for a year in Vietnam.”
He then told her about a number of other items he lived without during his tour of duty. It bothered Paula that so many Americans laying their lives on the line for their country were living without basic daily necessities we take for granted.
So, she and Janie Josephson launched For The Troops, which is dedicated to providing members of the American military with “We Care” packages. These packages contain basic necessities, goodies, games and a show of support to our heroes.
So far, more than 273,000 “We Care” packages have been sent to active-duty U.S. troops. Most are sent to the Middle East, but some go to ships and aircraft carriers in various places around the world.
Items found in these packages include DVDs, CDs, crossword puzzles and puzzle books; magazines, newspapers and comics; pre-sweetened powdered drink mix, coffee and tea; and letters of appreciation to the troops from children and adults.
Let’s all take some time this week to honor our deployed troops. And don’t forget to take advantage of the easy yet meaningful opportunity to tell those troops how much you care about them by clicking here and writing a note of support.
And if you’d like to take it one step further, here’s the link for the For The Troops Registry & Gifting Amazon page where you can purchase items those troops would appreciate receiving.