"Caring Beyond the Box"
SGT Lori Cespedes, Army National Guard
With a box specifically made for me, Support our Soldiers helped me look forward to my day without worrying about not needing things that I wish I had from home. I definitely feel like SOS contributed to helping me complete my unit’s mission by boosting my morale and allowing me to enjoy each day because I knew someone cared about how I was doing. I was very humbled by the care, love and details that went into each box I received.
I hope every soldier who goes overseas gets to experience what I was able to experience. Support our Soldiers makes every military service member feel like they are important and what they are doing has significant meaning. Even after coming back from my tour SOS welcomed me back in their own way. They don’t forget about you. You are officially family. Thank you Support Our Soldiers for doing what you do!
Mary H. Army Captain / Medevac pilot
GYSGT J.M.- Marines – Afghanistan
SGT Sibley- Army
SPC A.K.- Army, Airborne – Afghanistan
SSG A.C. Army Medic – Afghanistan
LTC Weeks – Army
CPL Mena, Army – Kuwait
SGT Johannes, Army – Afghanistan
PFC Damore, Army – Afghanistan
SSG Shipley, Joseph – OKARNG
We have started to receive the packages that you have been putting together and sending. We cannot thank you enough for the love and support that you provide to the
Troops. Some of them have reminded me of a kid at Christmas when your boxes arrive. Its nice to see the smiles that you have brought to their faces.
Thank You again for the wonder things that you do.
SGT Quentin Davis, Army National Guard
SPC Robert Wood, Army National Guard
SPC Wilson- Army
SFC J. C. O’LEARY- Army National Guard- Afghanistan
CPT E.R. – Army – Afghanistan
CPL Aaron M. – Marines- Afghanistan
1LT A. Duchak – N.C. National Guard – Afghanistan and Egypt
The reason I mention all of this is that being an individual MOB and not being from the unit originally, my name was not on any of the list’s to receive care packages from any of the groups that take care of soldiers. The other thing about these originations is that because they take care of so many soldiers and so many units, they will send out the care packages once every three or four months. This is what makes SOS so much different, I was given Mrs. Teresa Nelson’s name and e-mail from a Captain I met passing through an airport getting ready to leave the country. He told me “contact Mrs. Nelson, let her know what you need and she will make sure you have it.” Well I began to e-mail Mrs. Nelson once I reached Kuwait and she wanted to know all about me, why I joined the military as well as telling me all about herself. She took the time to learn about the person, this is very important because Mrs. Nelson and SOS would send me more personalized care packages. She knew I was originally from Pittsburgh, Pa and my favorite college football team was Pen State, so from Texas SOS found a Pittsburgh Steelers “terrible towel” and Pen State merchandise so I could feel closer to home. I spoke to Mrs. Nelson as often as time would permit based on my mission load and all she ever wanted to know was how where me and my men doing and what did we need. No matter how big or small the order was Mrs. Nelson and SOS made sure we got whatever we wanted or needed, never once asking for anything in return. I can tell you that there was never anything that I felt I couldn’t ask SOS for.
The one constant that I know, without a doubt is that anything I want or need for my men I can ask Mrs. Nelson and through Support Our Soldiers I will have it. I could not have asked for a better organization than SOS, where supporting soldiers and doing it in a very personal way is their number one priority. I will always fully endorse and recommend the use of Support Our Soldiers to any soldier deploying to any region of the world.
SGT Caldera – Army- Afghanistan
SPC J. Delgado, Army – Afghanistan