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Soldiers’ Angels: Dedication and Innovation in Military Services

July 3, 2012
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Soldiers’ Angels was one of the easiest choices for nonprofits to cover. They were one of the first nonprofits to be almost completely Internet based. The entire company began with a blog about the needs and hardships of U.S. soldiers, written by a Pasadena military mother (who’s also General Patton’s niece).

Making a difference

Since then, Soldiers’ Angels has grown into a major charity that organizes local community networks that work on projects ranging anywhere from hand-making blankets for soldiers in Afghanistan to cooking meals for veterans’ homes to creating “welcome baskets” for new mothers with deployed spouses. Soldiers’ Angels provides support for every group impacted by military service: care packages for the 70,000 troops still in Afghanistan, medical aid to the wounded servicemen and women in hospitals around the world, financial aid for soldiers returning to school, care for veterans, and support for family members back home. They have just about everyone covered.

Soldiers’ Angels, on a national level, is also working on a project entitled Valour-IT. Coming out of its tech roots, this program supports severely wounded soldiers by providing them with custom designed laptops to individually fit any disability. Mostly these laptops are fitted to be entirely voice-controlled. They are also working on adaptive physical therapies and rehab involving gaming platforms, like the interactive Wii console. Soldiers’ Angels has been able to give out over 6,000 laptops to date, but still has a long waitlist and are in need of more funds.

Soldiers’ Angels now

Though the organization still maintains a database of over 100,000 committed volunteers, its money raised to provide these services has dropped by almost 60% in recent years, in part due to the declining press coverage of the U.S. Military despite the fact that soldiers continue to be wounded or killed in action each week. Soldiers’ Angels is unique in that it simultaneously combines a high-tech national nonprofit with local and grassroots charities. The organization also does almost all of its communicating, fundraising, and recruiting through online social media. From a nerd’s point of view, this high-tech nonprofit is on the cutting edge of service, and we at NerdWallet offer them our salute.