2017 has been challenging for troops, veterans, and their families. The Obama Administration has cut military and veterans' support, ignored problems at VA hospitals,
and removed Christian symbols of hope where they are needed the most. (More information is available in an article by the
FRC called A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military.)
At Christmas, we must help bring back the true meaning to our troops,
veterans, and their families. Many families will not have loved ones -either because of serving abroad or the ultimate sacrifice
of a loved one dying for our country.
all do our part for veterans, troops,and military families to feel loved this Christmas.
1. Send Christmas care packages
to our troops. (Please see details below.)
Reach out to our veterans this Christmas. Many veterans, especially WWII veterans, spend
Christmas alone in nursing homes. Each American can do something to change that.
3. Military families sacrifice so much, too. If you know a family whose
husband, wife, son, daughter, mom, or dad can't come home for Christmas, reach out to them. Give them a Christmas gift, gift
card, cookies, or even a greeting card. Do something to acknowledge them and offer your thanks and prayers.
4. Our servicemen and women do without many comforts so
that we can live in freedom and peace. For example, did you that when troops are deployed they don't have a pillow
to rest on? You can change that through Project Pillows. Click here to learn how you can help. It's easy and so helpful.
5. Send Christmas cards
that could add a splash of Christmas color to military quarters. Or, send acceptable Christmas decorations. Write
e-mails and attach files that include photos to print off and use for décor. If anything, it will be a day brightener
for the recipient.
6. Schedule a Skype call to bring a friendly face from
back home into his/her life at Christmas. Not all military families have the technology to Skype with their loved
ones in the military. Loan your smartphone or laptop so they can Skype with their loved one over Christmas. Now that would
be an incredible gift!
See more ways you can help below. Together
we can make a difference. We urge you to do something this Christmas season to support and pray for our heroes and
America, now is the time to unite and stand
with our military. We need them...but they also need us.
God bless you, Carrie Stoelting
and Stacie Stoelting Founders of Unite the USA
Video: Defend Religious Freedom In Our Military
Senior Master Sgt. Philip Monk Discusses Military Religious Freedom
"There may not
be atheists in foxholes, but there sure are a lot of quiet Christians. With religious freedom under attack in America's military,
most troops are scared to even talk about their beliefs. And who can blame them? Under President Obama, the military censors
chaplains' sermons, but builds Wiccan fire pits for cadets. It tells commanders to strip God out of an online article, while
its missile defense staff spends hours surfing pornography at work. It tears down POW displays for its Bibles, but lets soldiers
march in uniform in gay pride parades. Slowly but surely, our brave servicemen and women are losing the very rights they're
fighting to protect."
-Tony Perkins (Veteran
of the U.S. Marine Corps. and President of the FRC)
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." -John
How to Send
a Care Package
Show your support and appreciation to
our servicemen and women and send a care package. It means so much to them to receive something from home. So, get busy and
reach out to a hero today. Make it a family project. Here are some tips to send a care package:
1. Shop for items to go in the care package. Include a variety of items such as nonperishable food and snacks like
sunflower seeds, beef jerky, hard candy, gum and snack crackers. Useful items like toothpaste, hand lotion, wet wipes, hand
sanitizer, shampoo, chap stick, and bath soap are always appreciated. Also include CDs, DVDs, magazines, small games, note
pads and pens. If you are preparing a care package for a loved one, include photos, family videos, hand written letters and
copies of the local newspaper.
2. Follow the restrictions established for military care
packages. Do not send perishable foods or candies that melt. Alcohol, firearms, and any time of weapon are not allowed
in care packages. Do not send any product that may be considered harmful such as an aerosol spray can.
3. Use the guidelines established for the care package itself. The package cannot weigh more than 70 pounds. The
box or container that is sent must be no more than 130 inches total combined girth and length. The completed care package
needs to be sent by way of the United States Postal System by "Priority Mail." If not sent by Priority Mail, the
package will take 8 weeks or even longer if mailed during the holiday mailing period.
4. Be sure that you have the correct military address to mail your care package because the package will pass through
the Military Post Office (MPO) to be processed to the correct military base or location.
5. Work together with military families in the same unit as your loved one to make sure that all the members of the unit have
care packages arriving from home. Ask the home front commanding officer or the assigned contact to stay updated about
the military unit's location. Talk to organizations in your community about doing service projects for various military units
that may not have a lot of home front support.
In God We Still Trust Video
needs to turn to Jesus. Click here to listen to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting
the good fight". For hope and encouragement, listen
to Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth sing "In God We Still Trust".
Celebrate the true spirit of America with Carrie Beth and Stacie Ruth. Book Stacie and Carrie
for concert or conference! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Christmas Patriotic Package
Another idea is
to give Stacie and Carrie's patriotic book and CD as gifts this Christmas.
For a donation of only $25 with FREE
shipping in the USA, you'll receive both the book and CD
that celebrates love of God and country.