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On December 18, Operation SOS (Support Our Servicemen and Women) will be completing 15 tears of sending care packages to our deployed military in harm’s way. While we have downscaled from sending 130 care packages/ month in 2006, we now send approximately a dozen care packages every 2 months. Thank you to all who have supported SOS during this time.

Many of you have asked about items we send. Recently, I received a correspondence from a Marine serving in Afghanistan which I am sharing below* (last name omitted). He and his unit are requesting specific items. Karl Kraus of Krause’s Chocolate on Partition Street in Saugerties has been maintaining a drop off box for donated items for the past 15 years. We are asking folks to donate these items and drop them off at Krause’s chocolate and we will send the items to these Marines. Thank you and may you have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2019. God bless America and God bless our troops.

Gaetana Ciarlante
Founder/ Director Operation SOS

*“Good afternoon Gaetana Ciarlante,

“Thank you for the care package received from 13 November 2018. These Care Packages motivate Marines who are in a hardship duty location and do not
have means or availability to resources as we would in the United States. It
also shows us great support from our Citizens and reminds us why we fight
and work hard every day to maintain the momentum. These snacks and hygiene
items are greatly appreciate it as it sometimes keeps those Marines at night
awake or those Marines that run out of hygiene items to stay as clean as
possible. There is sometimes items that help our morale as well, such as
games, books, and miscellaneous items.

“During this time, we would like to list our wish-list collectively from our post and we appreciate and are thankful for anything you send us..

Morale:
Corn Hole games (4)
Dart Games

Snacks:
Beef Jerky
Pringles/chips
Soups
Candy
Cheeze-its (variety)
Gluten-free snacks
Coffee
Splenda
Creamer

Clothes:
Workout shirts
Workout shorts
Socks

Barber equipment:
Short hair clippers (4)
After Shave

Hygiene Items:
Shaving Cream
Razor Blades
Deodorant
Body-wash
Towels
Baby wipes
Q-tips

“Respectfully,
CWO2 Heriberto S., USMC
Helmand Province, AFG”

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News Release—Operation SOS—Packs for the Troops for Thanksgiving

Operation SOS (Support Our Service-people) will be preparing packages of comfort items for members of the American military who are deployed to combat/hostile areas. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 13th, starting at 3:00 p.m., at the Frank Greco Senior Center on Market St., Saugerties.

Anyone with names and addresses of members of the military who are serving in such areas should contact Gaetana Ciarlante at patriot246@gmail.com to have them included in this shipping.

SOS has been providing support to members of the military since 2003. It is
a not-for-profit, fully volunteer organization and there is no charge for this service. Those without internet access may contact Gaetana Ciarlante at (845)532-0833.

Why Can’t We Serve

Below is a Flyer for the “WHY CAN’T WE SERVE” Documentary screening at VFW Post 1386 on November 11th, which is open to the public and free. Also attached, is another Flyer about another screening at the Rosendale Theatre on November 13th. I strongly suggest you try to make one of these showings. It is a very moving documentary about veteran suicides and what should be done to reduce them. The film is 54 minutes long. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.

Operation SOS – Packs for Military on Patriots Day

Operation SOS (Support Our Service people) will be preparing packages of comfort items for members of the American military who are deployed to combat/hostile areas. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 11th, starting st 3:00 p.m. at the Frank Greco Senior Center on Market Street, Saugerties.

Anyone with names and addresses of members of the military who are serving in such areas can contact Gaetana Ciarlante at patriot246@gmail.com to have them included in this shipping.

SOS has been providing support to members of the military since 2003. It is
a not-for-profit, fully-volunteer organization and there is no charge for this service. Those without internet access can contact Gartana Ciarlante at (845)532-0833.

Saugerties Vietnam Memorial Wall

Yesterday was the opening ceremony of the mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall at Cantine Field. It was a moving experience with survivors of the 42 families of Ulster County servicemen killed in Vietnam. The wall will be open for visitors “24/7” until Sunday. 

During the day the American Legion is open providing  refreshments and music in the evening, including the Paul Luke Band on Saturday night. The museum upstairs at the Legion is also open during the day and worth the visit. There are shuttles connecting visitors from the wall to the Legion.
 
This is an event long overdue in honoring all Vietnam veterans.  I encourage all to avail themselves of this opportunity.

Roger Donlon, a Saugerties  native who was the first recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam war has been on hand since Wednesday night. He is a truly humble man and it’s an honor to be in his presence. He and his wife, Norma, will be returning home on Saturday.
 
Congratulations to the County VA and VFW and American Legions and many individuals and businesses for making a this happen. 

Reminder

Reminder that members of Operation SOS will be participating in the Kingston Memorial Day parade on Monday May 28. The parade starts at Andrew St., near the high school.

Thanks to Vincent Guido we will have a float on which to ride unless you choose to walk. Please arrive at our designated area by 12:30 p.m. Please let me know if you are unable to participate in this event honoring all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Gaetana Ciarlante (845)532-0833

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall is being brought to Saugerties on July 18. This memorial wall is a half size replica of the Wall in Washington DC. It is scheduled to be at Cantine’s Field until July 22. It is estimated that 100 volunteers will be needed each day to make this a smooth running experience. If you can help out even for just a couple of hours it will be most appreciated. Please contact me via email or Art Russel at (845 ) 247-3578. Thank you.

Spread the Word

Elmer LeSuer posted in Ulster County Conservatives.

Elmer LeSuer
April 3 at 5:55am

Please blast this message with whomever you can so that we can get a good turnout…

Tonight… Tuesday April 3rd – 730pm 3rd floor Kingston City Hall

Anti 2nd Amendment Resolution…

https://www.kingston-ny.gov/Agendas

To see the resolution for yourself, look at page 198 to 200 in the agenda packet…

The guy who wrote it is a history professor at SUNY New Paltz and says flat out the 2nd Amendment should be removed… In this radio program… https://radiokingston.org/en/archive/source-hillary-harvey/episodes/discussing-gun-violence-prevention

Here is what the Kingston Times reported about the Kingston GOP response to the proposed resolution…

https://www.hudsonvalleyone.com/2018/03/30/gun-control-resolution-heads-to-kingston-common-council/

Spread the word and show up…

Veterans’ Luncheon—Help

Dear SOSers and Friends of SOS,

I received a call from Art Russel requesting assistance with the County Veterans’ luncheon on Tuesday, June 12, from 11:00 am, ’til 1:30 pm. They need people to serve food which is being catered. The luncheon will take place at the Saugerties American Legion. If you can help please contact Art Russel at 845 247-3578. Thank you in advance.

Gaetana Ciarlante