How can you help our nonprofit send care packages to some of the most remote of the roughly 150,000 U.S. military troops serving overseas in 2024?

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. Or you can Venmo us at NancyCarter@AirborneAngels.

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 before sending any care package goods.

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U.S. troop levels overseas

How many Americans are serving in the military overseas? In light of our care package mission, we are often asked that question. Some recent statistics from the DOD give a good overview of U.S. personnel serving abroad.

As of December 31, 2012, approximately 1,372,522 Americans served in active military roles worldwide. Of those, 172,966 were stationed outside the continental U.S. and it's territories.

Specifically related to the Overseas Contingency Operations deployments (often referred to as the War on Terror), total U.S. military personnel (12/31/2012) overseas include:

Operation New Dawn (Iraq) - 127
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) - 974
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) - 76,818
Kuwait - 15,352
Krygyzstan - 3,041
* Other or unspecified countries comprise the remainder of the total 140,770 troops.
* Totals include deployed Reserve/National Guard personnel.

For those serving specifically in Afghanistan, the breakdown is :
59,160 - Army
4,868 - Navy
7,579 - Marine Corps
5,211 - Air Force

In addition to the above totals, about 20,772 military dependents and 35,000 U.S. civilian contractors were located outside the U.S. and it's territories.

For total military personnel worldwide, the breakdown is :

535,247 - Army
312,877 - Navy
195,700 - Marine Corps
328,658 - Air Force

The number of troops assigned to specific countries or missions changes constantly, but this is an overview as of December 31, 2012.