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There are many ways for an American citizen to send his or her support to the American soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, but perhaps the most popular one and the easiest one to perform is by giving out donations for the benefit of the US troops that are in service. This method of support is done by most citizens who are not in any way directly related to any US military soldier but wish to extend their support.

By donating to an army, one freely gives out either money or property that will help private and government institutions care for their troops. Unlike sending care packages where they are usually meant for a particular soldier that the sender knows, donors usually send their donations to those mentioned institutions who in turn help the US troops in general.

As a matter of fact, the sending of care packages, letters and other similar personal deliveries is significantly distinguished from donations in general because many organizations discourage the sending of unsolicited letters and care packages from people other than those whom these soldiers personally know such as friends and family for purposes of security of both the sender and the receiver.

With that aside, donating to the armies is easy when it comes to sending money. Most of the time, especially today, donors can easily access the internet where websites that represent charitable institutions are accepting donations via online payment solutions such as PayPal. Of course, since these things are done on the internet, donors must take care to avoid internet fraud by taking the basic safety and privacy measures when sending money online. They have to ensure that the website they are sending to is actually accredited by trusted authorities such as the US government and that they possess proof of authenticities which may come in various forms.

Donations can also come in form of kind such as canned goods, bed and linen ware and other things soldiers might need where they are living. This one is a bit trickier than sending money, but is relatively easy as well. Donors just need to be mindful as to what they send such that they won’t be sending anything soldiers probably won’t need at all. This is best done in response to actual requests from the website so that you’re sure what you send is what they need. Packaging guidelines as mentioned in these different websites should also be followed.

The government and other private institutions can only do so much to support the American soldiers and depend heavily on the generosity of its citizens, so making a donation not only properly but willingly as well can do so much than one can ever imagine.

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If there is any group of men and women who have deserved bonuses over the last seven years, it has been the Soldiers who have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And during that time, particularly in specialties that the Army puts a high value on, reenlistments bonuses have been generous, yet as the year draws to a close, the Army has announced that there will be cuts starting on Dec. 31. 2008.

The Army reduced the number jobs qualifying for a bonus from 88 to about 63, according to Master Sgt. Patrick Johnson, in an interview with Stars and Stripes newspaper. The decision also means that the total amount of bonuses that all Soldiers receive will be reduced as well.

Army officials say there is no connection between the move to slash bonuses and the global recession.

“We’re trying to ramp down from the highs that we had in ’05 and ’06,” Lt. Col. Thomas Erickson told Stars and Stripes. “It’s an unpleasant subject when you’re talking about what you’ve taken off, and really, at the end of the day, what really is driving the train is we have to live within our budget.”

While this is certainly not welcome news for the Soldiers, there are still numerous benefits that Soldiers can look forward to when they stay in the Army. And one of the biggest bonuses for Soldiers is increased support and education opportunities for both Soldiers and Army spouses.

Last year Army leaders signed the Army Family Covenant as part of an effort to help support Army families and Army spouses as the Army dealt with the strain of long and frequent deployments. The Covenant aimed, in part, to address the education obstacles that Army spouses faced. In that vein, efforts have been made to help military spouse have more access to education and career opportunities.

Soldiers who stay in the Army also retain their eligibility for Army Tuition Assistance, which provides Soldiers with $ 4,500 a year in education funds that they can use to study at the school of their choice. Soldiers are free to enroll in accredited online educational programs in addition to traditional school programs.

And whenever we are speaking of Soldiers and benefits, it’s important to stress that Soldiers do not make decisions about leaving or staying in the service based solely on money. Soldiers and their families believe deeply in the value of service to one’s country; and though financial matters play a part, they are never the sole factor.

Bonus money and health care benefits can never explain why a Soldier chooses to spend two, three or sometimes four combat tours in the Middle East, often at the expense of seeing their children grow up. This is why more efforts like the Army Family Covenant and the expanded GI Bill benefits are so important – they in some small way express a country’s gratitude for the sacrifices of these Soldiers.

During this Christmas season (and beyond) Americans can show their support for the Soldiers by sending cards, gifts and snacks to those stationed abroad. And they should remember that even with reduced bonuses, America’s Soldiers will always step up and serve their nation.

Jake Kim is an editor of offers military education in real estate, professional, medical and business programs. Get your military tuition assistance and scholarship for spouses at Allied Schools.

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The United States military has fought a fanatical enemy for over five years now around the globe, but some people still don’t think we are at war. Politicians fight over issues and don’t get anything done and still manage not do deal with the war. Now they complain that our citizen soldiers who give so much of themselves for their country aren’t up to the mission. They aren’t combat ready – not for lack of effort on their part, but because of problems at home. The Army needs to return to the fundamentals and that starts by looking at hand to hand combat.

You have to respect anyone who joins the National Guard. Those of you who serve take part in a military tradition that has been with us since before the American Revolution – no matter what the crisis as been. You don’t need to hear about how hard it is sometimes. You give up a weekend every month when most people don’t have any time, and nobody can say you do it for the money. Many of you leave good jobs, or you simply trade one uniform for another. You leave your families to cope without you, because you want others to be safe. You deserve better than criticism from those who know nothing about real public service.

The reason National Guard units aren’t ready for combat is because they have endured so much combat in recent years. Every unit has lost equipment and personnel in battle, and neither have been replaced. Soldiers that have completed their service are leaving the Guard so they can go back to the lives they had before being deployed, which they have every right to do – and should be thanked for their service. If the Army doesn’t want to spend the time and money training someone new for a position maybe they should pay people more and improve their benefits. As for equipment if it’s broken it should be fixed or replaced – end of story. The Army asks a lot from its people, so they should take care of them.

The Army is changing to meet future threats and the National Guard is part of the solution, but more needs to be done to help them. We are at war with an enemy who sees it as a generational fight, so we shouldn’t be fighting over budgets. Troops should have good pay and proper equipment, and should be given whatever else they need to protect us. Personnel also need to learn how to fight so they know how to survive in battle. Real self defense training helps soldiers develop good habits that will help them stay safe. This is the ultimate fight not the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

To simplify things you have to look at this issue as you would any self defense situation. You want to protect yourself from harm so you pay for self defense training. You buy things like pepper spray and an alarm, and you do whatever else you have to – considering it money well spent. The same applies for the National Guard which handles so many problems. At least now the problem has been identified so start fixing it. Improve things for soldiers and give them what they need quickly because there’s a war going on. Also, teaching them how to really fight has never been a waste of money.

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