We've got another mission this month! A WWII Army Nurse living in Ohio will be celebrating her 100th birthday. Scroll down for all the details.
When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of their veterans (with big smiles 😁) showing the cards they received. I post those pics at the bottom of this email, and on my facebook, instagram, and twitter- so make sure you're following along on your favorite platform! You can see a number photos from many other past missions here.
For those wishing to share a veteran's birthday:please try to give me at least 2 month's notice via email.
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...and now here's Mission 79:
Mission 79: Send by 9/21
Army Nurse Turning 100!
A note from Ruth's friends Mr. & Mrs. Kerestes:
Ruth enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps after graduating from nurses training at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Pennsylvania. As a 2nd Lieutenant she and several hundred other newly graduated cadet nursers were assigned to the USS Republic, a floating hospital ship where they treated injured patients. She was en route to Saipan as the U.S. prepared for the invasion of Japan; however, the nurses were rerouted to Fort Bliss, Texas.
After the war she met fellow World War II Veteran Harry Ketzel and married in 1947. They had a lovely life together and had two children, Amy (Navy Nurse) and Wally. After raising her family, she worked as a plant nurse at Rockwell International and was a volunteer hospital nurse for the Red Cross. In addition, she has five grandchildren (two of whom are Marines) and seven great-grandchildren. Ruth loves to read and go for walks and enjoys her independence.
Her son Wally says her health is good, but she did not want a party for her 100th Birthday. When approached with the idea of birthday cards coming from “Janine’s Team” Wally said…. let’s fill her mailbox with cards.
Please join us in wishing Ruth a happy 100th Birthday, much health, and continued happiness!
Her birthday is 9/25. Please send your cards by: 9/21
As a proud member of the Greatest Generation Ruth continues to enjoy reminiscing with fellow veterans and others in her community and actively participates in veterans related events. Your kind words will make Ruth smile on her special day
A note from her friend Marty: Pat sure is loved. She told me, "All these people want to meet me. Oh, I guess it's my age." 🥳 Thanks to all who took the time to send her a 101st birthday card, we don't have a final count yet - but she is so happy to hear from everyone.
Mission 77 (part 2): Complete
A note from his daughter Denise: A big THANK YOU to EVERYONE who sent Birthday wishes to my father Zeke Gandara for his 90th birthday in August. He was so surprised to receive so many cards and from so many different states. Even a few from Canada and Puerto Rico. And believe me he read each and every one of them. We are so blessed to have so many people who care about our veterans as all of you. Thank you Kami for sending in his story. And thank you Janine for honoring our veterans as you do. Denise
Mission 71 (part 3): Complete
Jim Herald's 95th
A note from his daughter Judy: "My father finally sent me pictures of him with all his cards today. Thanks so much, again, for doing this for this precious veteran on his 95th birthday!! This came at a time he really needed to have his spirits lifted. God Bless You!!!"
Mission 76 (part 1): Complete
A note from Steve: "I want to thank Janine Stange and everyone for the many wonderful birthday cards and wishes. I enjoyed opening and reading them all. My unexpected confusion when first receiving them, then "to my surprise" as each day I opened my mail box to find more. Not to dampen my mood, but I did think about the men and women who did not come home and did not get the pleasure of opening birthday cards and celebrating with family. Again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone and especially to my brother Rick and his wife Suzi." - Stephen Crump716th Military Police - Company C - 67-68 - Saigon Warriors
Mission 76 (part 2): Complete
Bettie's Cards of Encouragement
A note from her son Paul: She is on hospice care: "My mom is not doing well, and I'm sorry to say she is mostly sleeping due to the pain medications. She was able to read a few of these cards before taking a major spiral downward, and just couldn't get over the fact that people who didn't even know her were sending her these cards.
We can't begin to thank you for reaching out and asking people to send cards of encouragement. It means the world to her, and to us. The attached photo represents the 180 cards that she received to date from 39 states. And 66 were repeats from the birthday mission, many of whom she had written personal thank-you cards. There are so many wonderful people in this great country! Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Want to see more pics from past missions?
National Anthem Girl Documentary
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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