4th Annual Softball for Armed Services Tournament – 2018

Floyd Softball will host their 4th Annual Softball for Armed Services Tournament Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24 at the Coca-Cola Fields at Chautauqua Park in Sioux City, IA.

Teams from across the Midwest are invited to compete with 100% of the tournament proceeds staying local and being donated to Support Siouxland Soldiers to provide food and housing assistance, emergency support and care-packages to our Siouxland Veterans and Troops.

Saturday will include a special ceremony to honor our Siouxland Veterans with great food, music, raffles, prizes, and more. The grill and concessions will also be available all weekend.

 

Register Your Team Here






Become a Sponsor

A $100 donation will get your company name on the back of the official tournament t-shirt as well as the Floyd Softball and Support Siouxland Soldiers Facebook pages and websites.






If you would like to donate a product or service to the auction or raffle please call Sarah at (712) 541-8020. Thank you for your support!

Volunteer

Click here to sign-up to Volunteer!  Join us for a fun, fund-raising event for Support Siouxland Soldiers while supporting our Siouxland Military! We are seeking 30 volunteers to work 3 hour shifts selling raffle tickets and announcing winners at the raffle tables at the 4th Annual Softball for Armed Services Tournament.

Questions?

Call Rita at (712) 279-0248 or Sarah at (712) 541-8020

Support Siouxland Soldiers BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Siouxland Soldiers invites all Service Members, Veterans and Military families to attend our upcoming BBQ on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Long Lines Rec Center, Hall of Fame, 401 Gordon Dr.

This free event will include:

  • a BBQ supper of corn bread muffins and pork ribs smoked by Famous Dave’s
  • sides and desserts provided by the American Red Cross
  • a box of groceries provided by a partnership of Support Siouxland Soldiers and the Food Bank of Siouxland
  • free clothing and hygiene items provided by the Micah Project
  • and a resource fair organized by Operation Engage America!

We hope to see you all there!

Volunteers

Choose which shift you’d like to help with below:

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Volunteer to hand out groceries

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pack grocery boxes and clothing setup

Help Support our Siouxland Veterans & Troops!

If you would like to make a secure, online and tax-deductible donation to help offset our Veteran support event costs, please click here. Thank you!

 

Honoring All Who Served May 23

Veterans and Military Families, Thank you for your service! Please join us for a Free event, Tuesday, May 23rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m.! Support Siouxland Soldiers will provide a box of groceries for each family as well as a free BBQ dinner. There will be a resource fair and other resources available. Come catch up with your comrades and enjoy a Free BBQ!

 

Jobs for Veterans!

Support Siouxland Soldiers has recently been contacted by many Siouxland businesses who are looking to hire Veterans! As we are contacted, we will continue to update our list of job opportunities.

Click here for the most recent local career opportunities and information about our local Sioux City IowaWorks Veterans Services office.

 

IowaWORKS:
2508 4th St
Sioux City, IA 51101
Telephone: (712) 233-9030
Fax: (712) 277-8438
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesdays. 9:00 – 4:30 PM
Map To Find Us

The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).

An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at IowaWORKS to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders may include:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.

Click here for the most recent local career opportunities

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.

Find us on Facebook: Support Siouxland Soldiers

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.

Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

It’s the third year in a row the Wilmes family has put on their spectacular holiday light show. The entire display has well over 20,000 lights, and every year, the lights are synched to music. This year it’s a medley of all your favorite holiday classics that you can hear on 106.5.

“We just love it. People in our neighborhood, our neighbors come out and we all stand on the side walk, turn on our cars, our radios and we all stand there and dance to the music,” Pam Wilmes, homeowner.

The whole thing starts right on the computer. Matt Wilmes uses an excel-type program to synchronize the lights with the music. And according to Wilmse, that’s the easy part.

“The twenty-five minute show that we have this year it’s a minimum of a hundred hours of sequencing every minute takes about 2-3 hours,” said Wilmes.

The hardest part, actually finding the time to put up the lights. But when it comes down to it, Wilmes says its not about time or money, it’s about giving back and honoring his father who passed away several years ago.

“My dad I felt was a good man and one of the things he instilled in me was to give back, and that’s what I’m doing,” said Wilmes.

And while these lights turned on for the first time only a couple days ago, Wilmes is already thinking about next year.

The Wilmes’ welcome everyone to come out and see the holiday light show, that runs now through January 2nd. This year, any donations the family receives will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers. There is a donation box in the shape of a candy cane out in front of the house.

The address is 4026 Capitol Street in Sioux City.

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.com.

Adopt a Military Child for Christmas

Times are tough, especially for our young Military families. Many military children wake up with few gifts on Christmas morning because their families are struggling to make ends meet.  Our Military families have set aside their own priorities for the priority of our Country. But for so many of these heroic families the holidays can be a disappointing time…especially for families of troops deployed over Christmas.

So, in addition to the care packages that we send to the troops, Support Siouxland Soldiers is continuing their special project to say thank you to the military families for their sacrifice by helping provide Christmas gifts for their children. Please help us to say “Thank you” and join our ‘Adopt a Military Child’ Christmas program.

How can you help? As you are shopping for your family pick up a couple presents for our Siouxland Military children of all ages.  Then call Sarah at 712-541-8020 or email info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com and we will come pick up your gifts or meet you somewhere. Gifts can also be dropped off at the National Guard Armory. See directions below. We will then invite the parents to come pick out the gifts for their children. The parents can wrap them and place them under the tree just in time for Christmas morning!

If you are a Military Family in need of some extra support this holiday season please email Sarah at info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com. Please include the first name and ages of your children and a copy of your DD214 or military ID. Thank you.

Army National Guard
3200 2nd Mech Drive
Sioux City, IA 51111-1348
(712) 277-6720

1. Take the Sergeant Bluff exit coming from Sioux City, EXIT 141
2. Turn RIGHT towards the Airport onto 1ST ST
3. 1ST ST / CR-D38 W becomes ODESSA AVE.
4. Before you enter the Airport area, Take your first LEFT onto HALSEY
5. Take your first left onto OGDEN AVE
6. Turn RIGHT onto HARBOR DR.
7. On Harbor Dr. you will drive past the 185th Air Guard entrance on your right, keep going straight, you will take a left at the Iowa National Guard Armory.

Please email info@supportsiouxlandsoldiers.com
Or Call Sarah at 712-541-8020