One of my sons plattoon leaders was injured in Jan of this year. Since this his wife has been doing amazing things to help injured soldiers get back to normal.
If you might be interested in helping her, check out Team Allen on Facebook, and the The War of a Wounded Warriors Wife: Wanna Help? Blog. You can read some of her other blogs and you will see what I mean about she is amazing.
Here is a portion of what she posted today.
"When our soldiers leave the hospital they either discharge to Fisher House or Building 62. Fisher House is very self-sufficient but Bldg 62 is just the opposite. We have soldiers showing up to empty apartments with nothing!!! They can do to Red Cross for somethings, but the majority of it they would need to run to the store. Yes there's a PX & Commissary, but most of the NMAs are parents or siblings without DOD cards and therefore are denied the shopping privileges. They would need their soldier to go with them. Most of the guys are not in the shopping mood when they discharge from the hospital. Then they may or may not have a vehicle to go shopping. We all know that first haul to set up a new place is quite big and expensive and that's not what you want to bring in the Metro and cabs are too expensive. I, myself, cannot personally take everyone of them shopping. I wish I could, but I am so busy I just can't.
Here's where I need your help!! Do you have a contact that could provide some basic needs for setting up a first home? Please remember our soldiers are starting from scratch when they go outpatient. They need toliet paper, paper towels, all the linens you can think of, laundry baskets and laundry supplies, trash cans, coffee makers, toasters, silverware, plates, cups, salt & pepper and basic spices, cleaning supplies, some starter can goods and non-perishables, shampoo, conditioner, and the list goes on and on and on. I found out in Bldg 62 they all share 1 vacuum. Which is just crazy to me. So who do you know who can help?!"
I responded that I know couponers who would probably supply all the personal hygein products she could use.
Here is here response "Tell those couponers to check out Operation Troop Aid that is the 501 who is helping me. As for mailing the goods should come to Chaz and I at 1200 East West Highway Silver Spring MD, 20910. We'll get it to the families. OTA is based in TN. If you ship it to them, then they'll have to ship it to me. I don't want them to bare that cost. They can email Mark Woods (Pres of OTA) at email@example.com with any questions or verifications!
If you would like to help, just send them what you can. I would like to see you put "thanks to our love for coupons" somewhere in the package, just so the word gets out, that all us couponers aren't crazy or selfish!! If you have any other question, just pm me and I will find the answer.