Group Takes Action For Servicemembers

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2007 - Volunteers in San Jose, Calif., are providing some of the niceties of home to troops serving in hostile and remote areas of the world.

Members of the group, "Operation: Action Packed!" believe they can "all do something to make a difference in the world," the group's president, Daniella Magnano, said. "We strive to move beyond personal beliefs about politics and war and help our troops know they are cared for and have not been forgotten on a human level."

The group sends boxes of letters, snacks, phone cards and other small items to make servicemembers' lives a little more comfortable. Packages are personalized to match individual requests, Magnano said.

Servicemembers interested in receiving packages from Operation: Action Packed! can register on the group's Web site. A form allows them to provide general information about living conditions and make special requests.

Individuals receive packages from the group once a month throughout their deployments, Magnano said. Between goodie bags for whole units and individual care packages, Operation: Action Packed! is reaching more than 180 troops a month.

"I believe our servicemembers have one of the toughest jobs this nation offers, and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and support," Magnano said. "If Operation: Action Packed! has taught me anything, it's that each and every action counts and makes a difference."

The group recently became a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

Magnano said the affiliation has given her group even more credibility, and she appreciates the camaraderie with other supporting groups. Perhaps most important is the exposure and networking opportunities the affiliation has already offered.

"Being a nonprofit means we rely solely on the generosity of our donors and volunteers," she said. "Already we have had great people help us along the way. By joining our efforts, each and every one of them does something to express gratitude and support for our servicemen and women."
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