Pleasanton Military Families Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Mar 10, 2009 at 9:25 am
Pleasanton Military Families, a support group for families of service members, meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The group includes families who have loved ones serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Global War on Terrorism. Meetings are held at a different group member's home each month. Call Chris Miller for information on the placement of a yellow streamer for the military person on Main Street and for information on the group, 730-1604.
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Posted by Chris Miller, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2009 at 9:25 am
Hi Jeb, Janet and Emily--thank you for placing this information in the Express--it is quite timely for sure. The Pleasanton Military Families Support Group (PMFSG) is now into our 7th year of support to and for the families in Pleasanton who have loved ones serving in the United States Armed Forces. We place great effort to support our deployed men and women who are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Global War on Terror. We are truly a unique organization in our part on California.
One of the many efforts we do several times a year is to do a "Pack Out" of boxes of comfort, care, support--and on and on of many differnt items to our deployed men and woman. As a matter of fact this coming Sunday afternoon, March 15th we will be meeting in the afternoon to do what is called our "Easter" pack out. We always try to send 3 or 4 boaxes to each and every individual that we have a "deployed address" for so that they can share with fellow service members in their unit--it shows the love of Pleasanton that we have for our own men and women but also for the others in the unit who never receive a "pack out" box. This "pack out" will be entirely different as we are going to do 2 different kinds of "pack out" boxes--we are placing special emphasis on our troops deployed to Afghanistan where many are now living in camps and outposts under extremely harsh and primative conditons--the boxes for the troops in Iraq will be different too because now many of these troops are on bases where the conditions are much better.
There are a few ways that the community can help--especially for this coming "pack out"--we always need items to include in the boxes and we can always use some funds to go buy some of these items or to help with the postage. The other item of great importance is that I always feel that we don't have the addresses of all of our "deployed" troops--so if you have a loved one or know of a member of the military from Pleasanton who is deployed pleaae encourage his or her family to contact us for more information about our group--we need these addresses quickly.
Sincerely, Chris Miller
Chairman, Pleasanton Military Families Support Group
Posted by Sherry W, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm
I have been a member of Pleasanton Military Families since my son, (USMC) left on his first deployment back in 2006. I can not tell you how much this group has helped me through the tough times, and also how rewarding it is to celebrate the homecomings together. This is a very special group of people who care deeply for our Troops, their families and America.
As Chis has mentioned, the "Pack Outs" have been one of the highlights of my son's tours. He tells me how cool it is to get letters from the local school kids (especially when they come from one of the ones he attended) and the beef jerky along with the other many items that fit in that "little USPS Priority Box"
These care packages are a joy for our local troops to receive and many share the items with others in their unit that are not as lucky to be receiving this "love in a box" from home.
Donations are greatly needed and most appreciated, to insure these boxes continue to arrive to our men and women who are serving our country. Their bravery and courage are what keeps America enjoying the freedoms we cherish.