100th Birthday Cards for a WWII Vet and Welcome Home Cards for a Vietnam Vet
Janine's Team Mission #58!
The summer has flown by - and it was filled with so many more missions than I had expected. Which is a good thing. Thank you for responding so quickly! You are awesome! 🇺🇸
Thanks to all for sending cards to Joe Butkus (90) and Ed Hyatt (100), Pat Rudd (100) and Ann Nalley (100), and Robert Mintz (90)....also the super short-notice mission that I posted to my facebook for Denny Snow (70).
When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of these veterans (with big smiles) holding all the cards they received ! I post the those pics on my facebook, instagram, and twitter- so make sure you're following along on your favorite platform! You can also scroll all the way down on this email to see recaps of recently completed missions if you don't use social media.
...and now on to Mission 58. We've got two veterans: Lawrence and Michael. Lawrence is turning 100 and we are welcoming Michael home from Vietnam (50 years later). Both cards need to be mailed on or before 9/23...so you only have to make one trip to the mailbox! 😊
Janine's Team Mission #58 (vet 1: Lawrence)
Happy 100th Birthday, Lawrence!
WWII Veteran Lawrence Decker from New Mexico is turning 100 on September 30th!!
I received this note from Lawrence's friend:
Shortly after graduating from High School Lawrence was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in the infantry in North Africa, France, Italy and Germany. After the war, Lawrence returned home to his family farm in Springer, NM where he continued to ranch and farm. Lawrence was also employed by the local school district as a School bus driver. He will be turning 100 on September 30th and we'd love to present him with cards at his party!
There will be a party at his senior center on the day of his birthday, so please send your cards by September 23rd.
MAIL YOUR CARDS TO: Lawrence Decker
Springer, NM 87747
Keep scrolling down for our second veteran....
Janine's Team Mission #58 (vet 2: Michael)
Welcome Home, Michael!
I received this note from Michael's son:
I am reaching out to you to let you know about my father. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He served from 1970-1971. He was discharged on September 27th 1971 at Ft. Louis in Seattle Washington. He kissed the ground when he got off the plane. He was happy to be back home. Others however, were not so happy to see him. They spit at him and called him many names, names I am too much of a gentleman to repeat. He did not understand this, after all, he had been protecting their freedom. He was drafted and was only doing what his country asked of him. To serve in the United States Army in the 23rd Infantry Americal Division, an Artillery Gunman on a 155 cannon.
From the time he was asked to served, he knew life would never be the same. I never got a chance to meet the man he was before he did his duty. I only know him after. I can tell you he is a proud veteran and if asked would do it all over again for God and Country. He wears a Vietnam Veteran hat everywhere he goes and has many of his brothers come up to him and welcome him home. I am proud of my father and the man he is.
I am sure you have heard the phrase, “Though I have left Vietnam, Vietnam has not left me.” These last 50 years have had their share of challenges, struggles, many surgeries, and he is a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor. I do not know how he has done it. If I turn out to be 1/8th of the man he is, I will be doing good.
You all did it again!! Korean War Veteran Robert Mintz celebrated his 90th Birthday with cards from all of you! This was a very short notice, but you all made it happen! I received this message from his son: "There is no other description but THIS MISSION IS A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!!! Probably a hundred or more well wishes!!!! THANK YOU TO ALL!!!!"
Mission 55: COMPLETE!
Joe Butkus' 90th Birthday!
"We are all so thankful to you for this amazing gift to our father!" Korean War Vet Joe Butkus celebrated his 90th birthday with his family - and over 300 cards from all of you!
Mission 55 is Complete! "We are all so thankful to you for this amazing gift to our father!" Korean War Vet Joe Butkus celebrated his 90th birthday with his family - and over 300 cards from all of you! Here’s the video of his daughter giving him the bundle of cards:
I received this message from his son-in-law:"Thank you so very much for your Mission #54 for Ed. He had a great day which left him very tired, but with a big smile on his face. We received cards from your team, along with some his family and friends. He was overwhelmed! "Look at all of those cards! THANK YOU all for taking the time to make this WWII / Veteran so special on his 100th Birthday!
Mission 53: COMPLETE!
DT Measells 100th Birthday!
WOW!!!!! What a way to celebrate 100 years!! WWII Fighter Pilot DT Measells received OVER 1,100 birthday cards from all of YOU!
I received this message from his son-in-law John: DT was so overwhelmed by everything! It was the best 100th Birthday ever! Mayor Lynn Deutsch arranged a drive-by from the entire police and firefighters, and gave him a key to the city! Thanks to everyone who sent in cards, he's going to have a LOT of reading to keep him busy! Thank you to JANINE'S TEAM and Phlash Phelps for helping DT feel all the love and gratitude he deserves!!
“Thank you again, Janine. Lt Col Thomas Bryan Crouch thoroughly enjoyed getting many birthday cards over the last few weeks. He couldn’t believe they came from so many different states and so many people of all ages. He asked to please let everyone know how much he appreciated people taking time to not only send kind words but to pay $.55 per card. He just couldn’t comprehend people would spend so much on an old man they didn’t know....One young student wrote “boy you are old, please tell us how you did it.” What a great chuckle!”
Mission 49: COMPLETE!
MEDAL OF HONOR MAIL CALL
A HUGE thank you to all who participated in this year's Medal of Honor Mail Call. Yesterday was Medal of Honor Day which marked the completion of our 5th Annual Medal of Honor Mail Call!
Mission 48: COMPLETE!
Kenneth Boyd's 100th Birthday!
WWII Vet Kenneth Boyd LOVED all of your cards. Here's one of the facebook posts from his party!! His nurse was kind enough to share these photos and said he truly enjoyed hearing from each one of you! YOU made his 100th birthday extra-extra special!! Here is the post with all your comments.
EVERGREEN MISSION for Veteran's Last Patrol:
This was our 51st mission, but we decided to keep it going:
Veteran's Last Patrol's mission is to serve veterans by bringing new friendships, honor ceremonies, & emergency assistance while in hospice care.
The organization is averaging a veteran's honor ceremony a week all over the country. At each ceremony they like to give a bunch of thank you cards to the veteran being honored.
Here's your mission! Write out generic thank you cards to veterans and send them to Veteran's Last Patrol. They will make bundles from the cards they receive and present them to our veterans.
Use whatever you'd like: thank you cards, scenic cards, postcards ... or better yet... MAKE cards and write notes of gratitude. Keep in mind these are for are for elderly and/or ailing veterans. Dear Veteran, Dear Hero as your salutation will work. Have children, students, young artists?? 🎨 Get them involved! Our veterans would love bright patriotic pictures, military branch logos, whatever they are inspired to create! Do you manage a group of people at your company? This is a meaningful office project too!
If you're sending more than one card (which is encouraged) no need to send each one individually - send them all in one envelope/package.
Send them to:
Veteran's Last Patrol
140B Venture Blvd
Spartanburg, SC, 29306
ATTN: Honor Ceremony Cards
This is an evergreen mission. So send a bunch as soon as you can, but feel free to continue this project on your own and / or involve more people.
Watch this video to learn more about these honor ceremonies, and learn how you can help / participate if one is near you.
National Anthem Girl
In 2014, Long Island native, Janine Stange, became the first person in history to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 U.S. states. This documentary chronicles her inspiring journey, promoting patriotism and generating gratitude for our troops, from pro baseball parks in Ohio, to donkey basketball games in West Virginia, to a battleship in Hawaii, and all states in between. Available on Amazon Prime and PureFlix.
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