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.
Care Packages - Putting troop numbers into perspective
Active Forces Strength Figures: - (DOD stats - May 31, 2016)
Army - 490,326
Navy - 326,253
Marine Corps - 183,787
Air Force - 310,795
Total DOD - 1,311,161
* Additional Coast Guard - 40,075
Reserve Strength Figures - (DOD stats - May 31, 2016)
Army National Guard - 347,447
Army Reserve - 199,508
Navy Reserve - 57,542
Marine Corps Reserve - 37,965
Air National Guard - 104,147
Air Force Reserve - 68,501
Total DOD Reserve - 815,110
* Additional Coast Guard Reserve - 6,704
From these troops, it is estimated about 225,000 are deployed outside the U.S. and it's territories in 2016. These troops, estimated to be stationed in about 170 countries, are the focus of our care package mission. And more specifically, we concentrate a large proportion of our care packages on the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength reports, "Operationally, the Army has 140,130 soldiers forward stationed across 150 countries." And further reports, "Worldwide, over 31,000 Marines are forward deployed and engaged." And many thousands of Airmen, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen are added to the numbers of U.S. troops serving overseas.