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by Lindsey Rowland, editor

Another group that is growing is Soldier’s Angels, started by Patti Patton-Bador, whose 22-year-old son Sgt. Brandon Varn was deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2003.

In one of his letters to Patton-Bador, Varn wrote that many soldiers did not receive any mail. Patton-Bador decided to do something to ensure that the soldiers in her son’s unit heard from someone at home. She started by having her family and friends write to a few soldiers her son knew.

From this small beginning grew The Soldier’s Angel Foundation’s mission— no soldier would go unloved—and its organization. Today, thousands of members worldwide write to even more thousands of soldiers worldwide, sending postcards, letters, e-mails, and care packages.
According to Patton-Bador, “The foundation’s name came from ‘soldier,’ meaning warrior or freedom fighter, and ‘angel,’ as in donor and benefactor.” “Angel” has no connection to religion, Patton-Bador said, explaining that: “Although I do not have an organized religion, we in our family believe in good.” And good is what she has done with the program.

Anyone can become a Soldier’s Angel simply by going to soldiersangels.com and submitting personal information. Within a few hours, the organization will respond with a soldier’s name, e-mail address, and snail-mail address. It then becomes the new angel’s job to write, e-mail, and send care packages to this soldier.

“ Soldiers’ Angels,” Patton-Bador said, “are dedicated to ensuring that our military know they are loved and supported during and after their deployment into harm’s way.”


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