The mission of Support Siouxland Soldiers is to connect Siouxland Veterans and Military families with each other, the community and local resources to provide a sense of belonging and improve well-being.
Re-establishing or maintaining a sense of community is essential for veterans and military families. While we know that such activities that target social connectedness are important to overall well-being, findings suggest they could be a significant contributor to positive mental health in veterans.
The goals of Support Siouxland Soldiers include:
To improve the well-being and quality of life of all Siouxland Veterans, Service member and military families through food assistance, care-packages, support events and peer-to-peer support.
To connect Siouxland Veterans and military families with support resources that provide healthcare, mental healthcare, career assistance, housing assistance, emergency support and resiliency training.
To connect Siouxland Veterans and military families with other military connected individuals and the community.
The achievements of Support Siouxland Soldiers include:
1.) Served over 3500 hot meals in 2018
2.) Hosted 24 support events in 2018
3.) 5,700 large care-packages filled and shipped to deployed Troops
4.) 150,000 lbs. of groceries distributed
5.) Opened a food pantry/service center in 2015
6.) Monthly Waffles for Warriors events serve on average 80 individuals
7.) Issued over $85,000 in emergency support grants
8.) Hosted over 250 support events
9.) Served over 12,500 hot meals
For upcoming events and activities, connect with us on Facebook at Support Siouxland Soldiers Subject Line: Volunteer
Veterans and Military families can join our email list to receive event updates. Please email email@example.com Subject Line: Veteran or Military family
Volunteers are needed for each event! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our email list.
Support Siouxland Soldiers was founded in 2007 in Sioux City, IA by Sarah Petersen, a military wife, Siouxland Military families, Veterans and Security National Bank during the largest deployment of Iowa Troops since WWII. The organization began as a community-wide care-package program. To date Support Siouxland Soldiers has sent over 5,700 care-packages.
In 2010 Support Siouxland Soldiers began hosting support events that served hot meals, distributed groceries and hygiene items and connected Veterans and military families with resources and other military connected individuals. Each year these events now serve over 2500 individuals and require over 4,000 volunteer hours per year.
Support Siouxland Soldiers events and co-sponsored events include:
- Honoring All Who Served events
- Waffles for Warriors events
- Care-pack events
- Holidays for our Heroes events
- Military Ladies Night
- Military Valentine Ball
- Battle of the Badges Hockey Tournament and family picnic
- Military Appreciation Night at the Musketeer’s game
- Military Appreciation Night at the Bandits Games
- Military Appreciation Night at Texas Road House
- Softball for Armed Services Tournament, picnic and fundraiser
- Easter Egg Hunts
- Kid’s Carnivals
- Scarecrow Farms Pumpkin Patch & Hay Rack Rides
- Family Night at the Ball Park
- Night at the Museum
- Baseball Clinic and Night at the Explorer’s Baseball games
- Nature Youth Camp Day at the Nature Center
- Dinner and a movie Date Nights
- and Awesome KIDZ ZONE Night