23 January 2015

R.E.D. Friday - Remember Everyone Deployed!



U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Arias patrols past a group of Afghan children while providing security in a rural area near the Nangarhar Police Regional Logistics Center in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 6, 2015. Arias is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jarrod Morris.

22 January 2015

Brain Injured Veterans Use Masks to Heal Inner Wounds



Army Staff Sgt. Perry Hopman, who served in Iraq from 2006-2008, confronts the battery of medications he takes daily for blast-force injuries he sustained while treating soldiers as a flight medic. "I know my name, but I don't know the man who used to back up that name." Photo: Lynn Johnson/National Geographic

These "Healing Our Soldiers" images from the February, 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine will take your breath away. They photo essay may be viewed online here.

13 January 2015

We Are Soldiers



In Loving Memory
PFC Gunnar Becker
January 22, 1985 - January 13, 2005



The following poem was written during the 19th and final year of Gunnar's life. He was laid to rest on his 20th birthday. His life was short, but full of love and meaning for all who knew him - and for many more who didn't.

We will love and remember him always.

We are soldiers.
We are soldiers in the United States Army.
We are trained to be all we can be.

We fight for the freedom of many citizens of the United States. We are all ready to meet our fates.

We all volunteer to defend the red, white and blue.
Not only the flag, but for the citizens of our great country too.

Since our country's birth for all these years,
we have been trained to be the best on Earth.

Many times we have went to war.
We will be involved in many more.

Generation by generation soldiers continue to enlist.
Some of us will go to war and definitely be missed.

Some soldiers will return and some won't.
Those who do not, we won't forget and we hope you don't.

Many of us are going to Iraq.
Some of us won't be coming back.

We have loved ones we are leaving behind.
They will always be in our prayers, hearts and mind.

If we don't make it home safely at the end of the war,
just remember we died defending the beliefs of those of many more.


- Gunnar Becker

09 January 2015

R.E.D. Friday - Remember Everyone Deployed!



A C-17 transports medical equipment and personnel to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, based at Ramstein, is responsible for transporting critically ill or injured patients from deployed locations. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama/RELEASED. 12/17/2014.

07 January 2015

Winter at Arlington



The first snowfall of the year blankets wreaths adorning the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Jan. 7, 2015. The Memorial Amphitheater, which is the venue for numerous ceremonies honoring service members, can be seen in the background. Arlington National Cemetery photo by Stephen Smith.

31 December 2014

Auld Lang Syne




To friends and loved ones who can't be with us; and to those who are no longer with us.

You are always in our hearts.

Auld Lang Syne (to days gone by)... farewell 2014.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2015.

25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!


The Christmas Tree at Landstuhl Hospital Fisher House. Photo: Soldiers' Angels.



And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.

For unto you
is born this day in the city
of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.



Thank you and Merry Christmas to all of our generous supporters. May you find joy this holiday season knowing you have uplifted our Wounded Warriors through the priceless gift of love.

At Christmastime and always, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines serving all over the world hold a special place in our hearts.

Your Soldiers' Angels Team in Germany

24 December 2014

Gold Star Christmas


To our Gold Star families, with love.


Merry Christmas from Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special place

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year.


--John Wm. Mooney, Jr



23 December 2014

Never Forget Our Wounded Veterans and Their Caregivers


Dahlia and Justin Constantine. Photo: Forbes.

From Forbes Magazine:

It was supposed to be a routine combat patrol, but it became a life-changing event for a Marine Corps Reserve officer, Major Justin Constantine.

Less than two months after volunteering to deploy with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines to Iraq in 2006, the civil affairs team leader was shot in the head by an enemy sniper near Fallujah. The bullet caused catastrophic damage, destroying his jaw and much of his face. He was not expected to survive. But Justin Constantine is a Marine. And thanks to the immediate efforts of a Navy corpsman, his own warrior spirit, and the self-less dedication of the woman who became his wife, he has made an amazing recovery.

Read the rest of his inspirational story at Forbes.

18 December 2014

Bagram Aerovac to Landstuhl


Tech. Sgt. Richard Holguin, 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight respiratory therapist, adjusts respiratory equipment during a flight from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 14, 2014. Members of the 10th EAEF provided in-flight medical care to an American Soldier wounded in Afghanistan while he was being transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama/RELEASED.