October 19, 2011
Posted: 12:22 PM ET
We were thrilled to be a part of a special surprise this morning for Sergeant 1st Class Casandra Sanders.
Sgt. Sanders is one of the 70,000 American service members who are single parents. Her two daughters Kiera and Jade have already been away from their mom during a deployment to Kuwait in 2005. Now the family is facing a second deployment, possibly to Afghanistan next year... so in order to make sure they get as much together-time as possible before that happens we teamed up with Operation G.I. Jane, an organization that provides support for single moms who serve in the military.
Thanks to Operation G. I. Jane, Sgt. Sanders and her two daughters will be "deploying" together to a luxury hotel for three nights of indulgence. But wait, there's more! Wait till you see Kiera and Jade's reaction to ANOTHER surprise... an iPod Touch for each! Priceless!
With a full 5 percent of American Military raising a family in a single parent home, military supports groups can be vital resources. For example, Operation G.I. Jane helps to provide communication between deployed parents and their children, airfare for much-needed visits home, necessities kits for both mother and child, and even career transition help.
If you are a single mom in the military or if you'd like to lend a helping hand to single moms who serve, visit Operation-GIJane.org.
Single military dads, and military families in general can visit the U.S. Department of Defense Military Family Support page to find resources as well.
October 18, 2011
Posted: 12:04 PM ET
October 14, 2011
Posted: 01:00 PM ET
Talk about putting your music where your mouth is. Little Big Town played for the Troops in Afghanistan. So glad to have them on the set to salute the troops.
You can see more of our interview with Little Big Town right here.
Learn more about their participation in Drive For The Music... an initiative to drum up support for local music programs.
October 12, 2011
Posted: 05:33 AM ET
Thanks to Bert Weiss for taking time away from HIS morning radio show, "The Bert Show," (heard in Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis & thebertshow.com) to sit down on OUR morning show and tell us about this great thing you can do right now to say thanks to a military man or woman serving overseas this holiday season.
If you'd like to take part in "The Big Thank You" here are the guidelines (or visit thebertshow.com for full details):
All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller. Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper. Decorate using crayons, pencil, etc. Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only. Do not send cards or photographs. Feel free to include your mailing and email address, and you may get a response. Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.
Do not send anything except letters. We cannot accept donations of any kind, and they should not be included or attached to letters.
SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
There are other drop off and mail-in locations as well... visit thebertshow.com for all that informaTion.
October 4, 2011
Posted: 05:53 PM ET
This is a salute from singer/actor Tyrese Gibson. We caught up with Tyrese at the BET Hip Hop Awards here in Atlanta last weekend.
Tyrese plays USAF Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps in the “Transformers” films.
September 19, 2011
Posted: 10:42 AM ET
This is a salute from Sherly Harvin to her son Private Ross Harvin, U.S. Marine Corps and to family friend Private Travis Adcock, U.S. Army.
Posted: 06:17 AM ET
These are some of the first faces our military men and women see when they arrive home from deployment. To learn how you can be a part of the USO visit their website: uso.org
September 5, 2011
Posted: 07:10 AM ET
This is a salute from Katarina Ellis to her husband Lance Corporal Spencer Ellis, U.S. Marine Corps.
Katarina was at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport waiting for her husband to arrive from Afghanistan for R & R. He has been deployed for 5 months. During that time their baby was born and this is father and son's first meeting.
August 17, 2011
Posted: 09:58 AM ET
August 11, 2011
Posted: 07:33 AM ET