How can you help our nonprofit send care packages to some of the most remote of the roughly 225,000 U.S. military troops serving overseas in 2017?

1) Donate Financially - Our greatest need is cash for our mailing costs. With no paid staff, we strive to maximize the use of donations. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, so your gifts are tax deductible. We accept checks to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011. You can donate via credit card through our Click and Pledge account.

2) Donate Goods - Our all-volunteer charity is based in the Dallas area, but receives product donations from across the USA for care packages for our Soldiers and Troops overseas. We kindly request that you contact us at support@airborneangelcadets.com before sending any care package goods.

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10/10/2013

Perspective on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan

The Stars and Stripes published an article this week that compares the current U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to previous years. While troop withdrawals are taking place, there are still about 54,000 American men and women serving in our military in Afghanistan. These soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines still appreciate care packages from home.

"More than a decade since the U.S. launched Operation Enduring Freedom on Oct. 7, 2001, there are still 54,000 American troops in Afghanistan. That is more, by far, than at any time during the first seven years of the war, yet these days, they garner scant news coverage." (Oct. 6, 2013 Stars and Stripes article)

The New York Times published a chart showing previous troop levels in Afghanistan.

2002 - 9,500 U.S. troops
2003 - 10,400 U.S. troops
2004 - 16,100 U.S. troops
2005 - 17,800 U.S. troops
2006 - 20,800 U.S. troops
2007 - 24,800 U.S. troops
2008 - 32,400 U.S. troops
Compare to 2013 (October)- 54,000 U.S. troops

 October figures shown above. In 2009, the 'surge' brought the troop level up to about 100,000.