Channel 9 KCAU-TV is a Proud Sponsor of “Food for Veterans”

Channel 9 KCAU-TV is a proud supporter of our Siouxland Military Families and a founding sponsor of Support Siouxland Soldiers. Today Chris Liberto and Brian Plantenberg from Channel 9 KCAU-TV joined us at the 113 CAV National Guard base to produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting Support Siouxland Soldiers’ new initiative, Food For Veterans. In addition to sending care-packages, Support Siouxland Soldiers will be providing free groceries to our Veterans and Military families in need. To receive free groceries please email siouxlandtroops@gmail.com with the number of people in your family. For more information on pick-up dates please read our Veterans page. Stay tuned and watch Channel 9 KCAU-TV to see the new Food For Veterans PSA!

News Coverage at the Care-pack

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) –

The support for Siouxland troops is ongoing.  Those with loved ones deployed overseas boxed up care packages Monday night.

Support Siouxland Soldiers teamed with the 185th Air Refueling Wing to fill about 60 boxes with food, hygiene items, and cards.

“They are away from home, they are away from family and friends. And this is a way for the Siouxland community to let them know that we thank them for their service and they haven’t been forgotten,” said  Support Siouxland Soldiers.

The boxes will be shipped all over the world, but most of the area troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Support Siouxland Soldiers sends packages every month until that service member returns home.

All the items are donated.

Support Siouxland Soldiers and the 185th send Care-packages to the Troops!

Support Siouxland Soldiers teamed up with the 185th Iowa National Air Guard to pack and ship over 50 care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Service Members on June 25, 2012. Thank you to Black Hills Energy for donating hundreds of snacks and supplies to fill the care-packages and Hy-Vee for catering dinner for everyone who came out and helped pack the boxes! We are very excited to show our Siouxland Service Members that we support them and send them a taste of home! If you would like to help send care-packages, stay tuned for our next care-pack in August!

Heroes On the Homefront Award!

Support Siouxland Soldiers presents Joe Fokken, store manager of Cubby’s Convenience Store (Cenex Station) in Sioux City, IA, with a 2012 Heroes on the Homefront Award. Joe and his team at Cubby’s Cenex Station received this award in recognition for their outstanding support of the Tri-state Region’s Service Members during their military duty and deployments.  Support Siouxland Soldiers thanked Joe for his countless hours of hard work and donations to support the Troops and their families. Over the years Joe and Cubby’s  have donated an abundance of snacks and items to be included in the Soldiers care-packages. On Armed Forces Day, Cubby’s Cenex Station hosted a care-packing event with Support Siouxland Soldiers and invited Military families and the public to come and customize care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Service Members. Cenex donated ten $50 gas cards to be raffled off with the proceeds covering the cost to ship the boxes. Joe also partnered with Pepsi and Bimbo Bakeries to make this event a great success!  So on behalf of all of the Military Families in the region, Support Siouxland Soldiers wants to say “Thank you, Joe Fokken and Cubby’s Cenex Station for being our Heroes on the Homefront!”

 

Next Care-pack Event

Next Care-pack Date: Monday, June 25th
We will be partnering with the 185th National Air Guard to pack and ship the packages at the 113 CAV National Guard Armory. We will setup at 5:30 p.m. and begin packing at 5:45 p.m. Click on our page “Care-Packages” for directions to our location and a list of items that we include in the care-packages.

Free Tickets and Private Tailgate for Siouxland Veterans and Military Families!

Thrivent Financial and Support Siouxland Soldiers are giving away 100 free tickets to Military Families and Veterans for the July 3rd Explorer’s game and fireworks show.Your tickets gain you entrance into a Free, private tailgate party, catered by HyVee, at 5:30 p.m. in the Explorer’s parking lot. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Seating is limited, first come, first serve, please email siouxlandtroops@gmail.com to receive up to 4 free tickets per family.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email us for details.

Happy Armed Forces Day!!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in honoring our Siouxland Service Members today! We packed care-packages for our Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota deployed Troops! Thank you to our event sponsors: Cubby’s Convenience Store, Cenex, Bimbo Bakeries, Pepsi and CNOS.

Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19th
Cubby’s Convenience Story (in front of Sam’s Club)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$3.00 Lunch: Grilled hotdogs, chips and water
Pack a care-package or donate items to be sent to our deployed Troops
Games and prizes for the kids!
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket to win one of ten $50 gas cards!!
All proceeds will benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Support Siouxland Soldiers is a community non-profit (501c3) organization whose mission is to support members of the Armed Forces, past and present, their families and the Siouxland community. The primary means of our mission is to send packages to deployed military personnel and partnering with Siouxland businesses, schools, churches and organizations to bring support to the four thousand – plus members of the Armed Forces and military families of the Siouxland area.

Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park Fundraiser – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park Fundraiser – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

There’s a fundraiser Thursday night for the John Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park.

The dog park is being built in honor of Douangdara because he was a dog handler.

Douangdara was killed in Afghanistan back in August.

Support Siouxland Soldiers is putting on this fundraiser Thursday from 6:00-9:00p.m. at Eldon’s.

And they’ll donate all of the proceeds to the War Dog Memorial.

If you want to give an item for the soldiers holiday care packages then Eldon’s will give you 10 percent off your food order.

Military Families Pack Boxes For Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Military Families Pack Boxes For Soldiers – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Close to 3,000 Iowa National Guard soldiers are serving our country in Afghanistan as we speak. And once again, their friends and families are back at it packing boxes full of love and supporting each other in the process.

Military families gathered at the National Guard Armory in Sioux City with one goal in mind: To send their loved ones overseas a reminder of how much they’re missed. From sweet treats to personal care products. Everything inside was packed with love and care.

“It makes me feel like I’m supporting his efforts while he’s oversees and then when he gets the box it’s like a little piece from home that reminds him that there are people at home that care about him,” said Susane Kabisch, the wife of a soldier.

“I want him to think of us and how great of a family we are,” said Mason Mackey, who’s brother is in Afghanistan.

While this event produced boxes of support for our soldiers, it also served as a support system for families right here in Siouxland.

“When we come to events like this where there are other family members who are going though the same things that we are during the deployment it’s very comforting and uplifting to come together and work for the common good,” said Kabisch.

Showing that a little can travel far and keep loved one’s close to heart.

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Col. Bud Day Speaks Out On Behalf of Veterans’ Services – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Col. Bud Day Speaks Out On Behalf of Veterans’ Services – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Soldiers can see horrific things on the battlefield. But unfortunately, for many, the nightmares don’t end when they come home. For some, it’s a life-threatening situation, that nobody seemed to want to talk about. Until now.

Col. Bud Day, the most decorated living Air Force veteran and Sioux City native, has released a PSA in support of veterans’ services. “The tools and resources are there now. Please make use of them. Stay strong and don’t let the enemy defeat you at home,” an excerpt from the PSA.

The stigma behind veterans services has many origins. But one reason many choose not to seek help: fear it could cost them their career.

Lori Risdal is the manager of the Air Men & Families Program and says, “It’s always better to get the help and assistance that you need because if it’s going to affect your career, it’s going to be because you haven’t got the help that you need.”

Sioux City is home to numerous programs for veterans and their families. For example, Military One Source is a confidential free, 24-hour hotline. Sioux City has a military family life consultant who plans weekend retreats and couples counseling. And Wingman, a new peer-on-peer initiative with the air force that trains active members to support fellow soldiers when the duty gets to be too much.

Risdal says, “Sometimes we can get help through the families because they’re the ones who see everything and we’re not aware of it.” The veteran’s return is a family affair. Everyone needs to adjust.

And believe it or not, sometimes it’s just the new presence that takes some getting used to.

“That integration process when he gets home and kind of going back into the role of just the wife, instead of doing everything for the household, says Sarah Petersen, an army wife. Petersen’s husband, Shawn, is on a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

In addition to being a military wife, petersen doubles as one of the co-founders of Support Siouxland Soldiers, a group dedicated to veterans services on a local level.

Support Siouxland Soldiers is sponsoring a care package event on January 15th at the 113th National Guard Armory. Show up at 2pm for the public package-making or 1pm if you have a special soldier who you think deserves a care package.