See below for ways you can support our troops

Military and Veteran Support Calendars:
Patriot Guard Riders N California Vet Support Calendar -
PGR is very active in the Northern California area supporting welcome home events at the airports as well as veteran funerals and other ceremonies.
Patriot Guard Riders

Warriors Watch
Another group of riders greeting returning troops

Scottish American Military Society Calendar

Association of the US Army Calendar Sacramento area

To find a bagpiper for military or veteran support: Bagpipers

Blue Star Moms - Sacramento
Items are being collected to send to our service men and women (items must fit in 12x12x6” USPS boxes) Please email us at support@sacramentoBlueStarMoms.org to add your deployed loved one's name to our care package list. 
Blue Star Moms Links and resources.
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.

(More info on what to send - scroll down)

Operation Gratitude - Sent over one million care packages so far

Star Project
We are a group of volunteers that are continuing what was started by a group of ladies in Florida called the Star Project about 2005. Old tattered and faded US Flags are retired from service and we pass the legacy of their embroidered Stars to those that defended them.

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

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?

http://anysoldier.com/ (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.  

Here's the "top ten" from some infantry soldiers 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

Blue Star Moms Logo ***Individual items are best***
   Highlighted items are needed most
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
CANDY
Candy - All
Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
Twizzlers
CORRESPONDENCE
Writing Paper/Envelopes/Greeting Cards
Pens/Pencils/Pencil Sharpeners
DENTAL
Floss
Mouthwash (small containers)
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
DRINKS
Coffee (instant)
Coffee Creamer - powder
Gatorade
Powdered Drink Mixes
Tea Mixes (sweet) (or tea bags)
FOOD (including dry goods, snacks)
Sugar, Salt & Pepper Packets
Protein/Energy Bars
Jerky
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)
Gum
Oatmeal (instant)

Pop-Tarts
Ravioli
(pop top cans)
Tuna Kits

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

MUSIC/MOVIES
CD Fanny Packs
CDs/DVDs
Harmonicas

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

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

Nail Clippers
Lip Balm
Q-Tips
Razors (disposable)
Shampoo/Conditioner
Soap
Sunscreen
Tissues (indiv. packs)
Toilet Paper (including travel size)
Tylenol (individual packets)
Wash Cloths

OTHER
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)
T-Shirts
Sunglasses (black – no brand names)