One of the folks in our Medical Payments group, LeAnn, has been involved with a group called Soldiers' Angels for about 5 years now. Soldiers' Angels mission is to “provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and to improve the lives of a growing veteran population.” Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers' Angels volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. LeAnn has been corresponding with soldiers and recently encouraged other Pinnacol employees to participate by contributing notes and letters of their own that will be sent to soldiers in anticipation of the July 4th holiday.
LeAnn has actually heard back from some of the soldiers she has written and one was nice enough to send her a present all the way from Afghanistan. I looked at Soldiers’ Angels site and they have some of the letters from soldiers expressing what it means to them to receive notes and gifts from home. Here’s one that caught my eye:
“All of you have gone above and beyond in giving. Your effort shows us that you care. I see all of the boxes coming in to us and I realized that we are not the only unit that you are giving to. I don't know who you are but I will never look at a crowd at home the same way ever again. I will know that in that crowd of people there are Soldier's Angels among us.” - SFC "P" in Aghanistan
As we all get ready to celebrate the 4th of July holiday its important to remember that our service women and men are in harm’s way around the globe. I’m sure LeAnn would say the letters she collects and sends are the least she can do but to a lonely soldier in a far off country they mean a lot. Thank you LeAnn for participating with this fine organization and allowing our employees to get involved!