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Classic WWII Photos of Soldiers in Quiet Moments

These five photos show other sides of being a soldier

WW2 Soldier eats dinnerAn unidentified American soldier sits and eats his meal (which includes chicken, mashed potatoes, bread, and pineapple) atop rows of a stockpiled ammunition shells, England, May 1944

When we think about the men and women in foreign lands, sacrificing for our freedom, it's easy to forget that they have quiet moments too. They still need to eat, and sleep, and take care of themselves spiritually. In WW2, it was no different for American soldiers.

Here are some classic photos to remind us of how no matter when or where, U.S. Soldiers need our support. Please consider donating or providing a care package today. Are you a soldier and want to request help? Want to know more about our organization? Contact us!

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Meet Your Military: Supply Soldiers Deliver the Goods in Poland

support our troops united states military supply specialistsArmy Staff Sgt. Marcus Carr Sr. and Army Pfc. Milton Shelton, supply specialists with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deliver food to soldiers training at Camp Konotop, Poland, May 20, 2015,. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus FloydCAMP KONOTOP, Poland: Heading out at 4 a.m., Army Staff Sgt. Marcus Carr Sr. and his supply team put on their gear and jumped into their tactical vehicle to deliver breakfast to the soldiers in the field here. Although chow doesn't start for two more hours, Carr is adamant about getting the food to its destination on time.

“When I first came in the Army, I had a first sergeant and a commander who would ride me constantly, making sure the soldiers were fed on time,” said Carr, a unit supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. “When I was younger I didn't understand it,” he said, “but as I got older, I understood that if a soldier is not fed on time, the soldier cannot complete the mission.”

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Goodyear Tires launches Charity Auction to benefit Support Our Troops

The Charity auction will be part of the sixth annual "Goodyear Gives Back" campaign, focused on supporting America's troops.

support our troops Goodyear gives backGoodyear once again transforms its NASCAR race tires, replacing the sidewall design with "Support Our Troops" on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend to support the U.S. Military. Thursday, May, 21, 2015 in Concord, N.C.This Memorial Day Weekend, you might notice something different on the tires of your favorite Nascar drivers' cars. For six straight years, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces through its “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program, benefitting Support Our Troops®. This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, all race tires will be emblazoned with a stately "Support Our Troops" logo in red, white and blue.

The weekend festivities coincide with the launch of the auction itself, which features autographed NASCAR memorabilia, VIP race experiences and rides on the Goodyear Blimp. It really is a chance for the fans to give back to the troops, and potentially win some great items.

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Soldiers in Afghanistan: an inside look

An inside look at the 72nd Medical Detachment - Veterinary work

Recently, Afghanistan - Here at SupportOurTroops.org, we have a simple mission - to support our men and women now serving in the Armed Forces. We’re proud and privileged to help those who need it. In this position, we often get an inside look at some of the important work these soldiers do on a daily basis. The 72nd Medical Detachment is a veterinary service support unit currently deployed in Afghanistan.

support our troops afghanistan troops working military dogA group of soldiers in Afghanistan pose with a working military dog, post veterinary treatment.In a typical month, they can see over one hundred patients and perform 13 surgeries. Most of the patients are Military Working Dogs, known as MWDs. Recently, the 72nd redeployed 6 MWDs to their home stations. They performed five yearly exams, four dentals and even extracted some broken teeth. They also do X-rays and CT scans on the dogs, which helped to diagnose on working dog with a slipped disc, and another with a tumor. One common ailment of MWDs is Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), a non-combat related cause of death for working dogs. When this happens, the stomach bloats and rotates, and can only be corrected with surgery. Click here to donate and show your support for the brave men and women serving our country.  

Meet Your Military: Drill Instructor, Recruit Reunite Decades Later

support our troops marine corps promoted master gunnery sgtMarine Corps Master Sgt. Thomas Draffen is promoted to master gunnery sergeant at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 1, 2015. Draffen was promoted by retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Arnett, who was his drill instructor at boot camp. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNealMARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz., April 2, 2015 – Newly promoted Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Draffen stood at attention in front of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 building here yesterday. His uniform’s collar lay bare for a moment before two pairs of hands deftly pinned in place the rank he has worked 20 years to achieve.

Behind him, friends and peers mirrored the air traffic controller’s tall stance. To his left, his wife, who he has been with since before his enlistment in 1994, secured one side of his collar. On his right, retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Arnett -- the drill instructor responsible for making Draffen into a Marine -- secured the other.

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Meet Your Military: Female Airman Seeks to "Make a Difference"

support our troops us airman fourth generationAir Force Senior Airman Julie Breault of the 97th Security Forces Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is a 4th-generation service member, and she aspires to be the first female chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Breault said she chose security forces because she feels like she can make a difference as a defender. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Megan E. AcsALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., April 1, 2015 – Air Force Senior Airman Julie Breault said the desire to serve in the military was instilled in her at a young age. “I wanted to be security forces. I know a lot of people go into the Air Force and get weeded into security forces, but I chose it because I feel like as security forces I can truly make a difference,” said Breault, who is a 4th-generation service member.

While the security forces career field has traditionally been male-oriented, Breault said she remains undeterred and unaffected by gender-role stereotypes.

Gender ‘Doesn’t Matter’ “Being in a career field that is primarily male-dominated feels relatively normal to me,” Breault said. “I understand women are outnumbered in security forces, but the guys do a really good job of treating me equally. When stuff hits the fan, it doesn’t matter [the] the gender of the person to the left or right of you. We’re defenders. That’s the label I’d prefer.” Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Smith, Breault’s supervisor at the 97th Security Forces Squadron here, noted that her performance is exemplary and said she performs her duties just as well, if not better, than many of the males in the same career field.

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