AAP Platoon Mom Kathleen Salmas

AAP Platoon Mom Kathleen Salmas has been supporting Army soldiers of 321st Field Artillery Regiment deployed to Afghanistan. Their words describe why we do this patriotic work on behalf of our Nation’s Heroes. “I would like to Thank You for the unprecedented support my platoon has received from you! Your generosity, support and willingness to help…

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STOCKINGS FROM SANTA

Holidays can be very difficult for our deployed Troops! Let’s bring a little home to them by either sewing or buying Christmas stockings and mailing them to a small group or a platoon of Troops! You can fill them with surprises of holiday candy, socks, hot chocolate or hot cider packs, hand-held games, word puzzles with a holiday pen, travel-size toiletries. Use your imagination to make this a special gift. Don’t forget to add a holiday card for each stocking with your name so they know they are not forgotten! The deadline to send stockings to the Troops in time for Christmas is December 12th.  Check out the Stockings for Santa Campaign.
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Treats for the Troops 2015

Remember our troops on Halloween!

Send a SPOOKY card and a box of candy to a small Platoon.For more information, contact Campaign Director ARLINE GRANT at: aapcampaign@yahoo.com
Put the following information in the subject line of your e-mail:TREATS – CURRENT SUPPORTER
(for people already supporting a Soldier along with the name of your Soldier) TREATS – NEW SUPPORTER
(go to our website and fill out an application at the top of the page and put TREATS – New Supporter, in the ‘comment’s section)

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Why is the U.S. flag worn “backwards” on the uniform?

Army Regulation 670-1 , Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia , is the governing authority for the wear of Army uniforms. Paragraph 28-18 governs the wear of the United States Flag on Army Uniforms.

The flag may only be worn on the utility and organizational uniforms (such as the camouflage BDU). The flag may only be worn during joint-duty and multinational deployments. When the servicemember returns to home station, the flag must be removed. (Guide Note: A message went out in February 2004 changing this restriction, and making the U.S. Flag a mandatory uniform componant for all soldiers, effective October 1, 2005

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AAP Walking Wounded

Not only do these Heroes keep our country safe and the Freedom Bells Ringing but are also providing the same for other nations seeking democracy. Your thoughtful gifts we the recovering depend on provides a loving spirit that motivates and inspires our Soldiers, reminding them that our country and fellow Americans are backing us and…

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All Volunteers

All Volunteers

Thank you to everyone for all the time and energy you give in making AAP run. We are so blessed to have such an awesome team of dedicated people.

‘Adopt a Platoon’ Still Thrives After 10 Years

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2008 – Ida Hagg knows all about care packages; in fact, after 10 years of sending them out, she’s pretty much an expert.”The troops appreciate beef jerky, sunflower seeds, movies, DVDs,” she said. “In the outlying areas, they appreciate receiving baby wipes and socks and hygiene products — and all this is topped off with tons of cookies.”Hagg first realized the importance of care packages when her own son was deployed to the Balkans, she explained during an “ASY Live” BlogTalkRadio interview. The online radio program is an extension of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, which connects citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home or abroad.”In every letter he would send, he would talk about how nine out of 10 of his buddies did not receive regular mail,” Hagg said.Since 1998, her organization, “Adopt a Platoon,” has been sending out thousands of care packages to let U.S. troops know they care. In fact, she said, the group sends out about 30,000 pieces of mail and care packages a month.”It is my experience,” Hagg said, “that Americans want to support the troops, but unless they have a deployed servicemember — a spouse or a son or daughter in the military — … they don’t know how. … For this reason, we rely greatly on our ‘platoon moms and dads.’”The group also works closely with combat hospitals and gets word from chaplains who tell them what items the troops need the most.
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