Army Gift Program Web site Launch

Monday July 21, 2008

What is it?

The new "Gifts to Army" Web site, launched today, is a new online resource developed to streamline and process gifts to the Army that benefit Soldiers and families. Contributing to worthy causes is a tradition in the United States. With the on-going conflict, the public wants to know how it can help with money, goods or services to help relieve many of the stresses and strains that Soldiers now deal with on a daily basis. This Web site will provide the public an online resource to answer the question: "How can I help?"

What has the Army done?

The Army's Gift Program is managed by the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The Army Gift Program has existed for many years under the authority of Title 10 United States Code, Section 2601. On 28 January 2008, President Bush signed into law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181, Section 593), which expanded the Army's gift acceptance authority to include acceptance of gifts on behalf of wounded soldiers, wounded civilian employees, and their families. The launch of the Web site centralizes the many venues and paths for public assistance that are part of the Army's overall gift program. Contribution options addressed in the Web site include support for the Army, Soldiers and families, wounded warriors, Army installations, Soldier employment and more. In addition, information on Army community support programs are also provided.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army plans to sustain its commitment to providing the public accessible tools to facilitate general, unsolicited contributions in the form of goods, services or money that benefit Soldiers and their families

Why is this important to the Army?

Informing our Army about this site will help facilitate questions from the public who have expressed a desire to support Soldiers through gifts and contributions. This is not a tool intended to be used to solicit gifts--but to provide accessible information to those who ask.

Resources:

For additional information, please visit the "Gifts to Army" Web site

News Release

Army launches new Web site for 'Gifts' to Soldiers

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

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  • War of 1812 hero reburied at Congressional Cemetery (ARNews)
  • Slideshow: African-American Civil War Memorial marks anniversary (ARNews)
  • Army National Guard does well in Minnesota (MPR)
  • Girl, 8, 'Army's angel' (TDT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Mullen warns against timetable (BG)
  • For 'surge' troops, pride mingles with doubt (WP)
  • U.S. and NATO forces kill 13 Afghans in strikes said to be mistakes (NYT)
  • U.S. Soldiers killed in Afghanistan told families mission would be dangerous (ST)
  • Analysis: U.S. advisers could stay long after troops leave Iraq (USA)
  • When the good guys are the bad guys (NW)
  • Iraqi women to help stop suicide bombers (AZC)
  • Opinion: Iraq: The real cost of staying the course (PI)

OF INTEREST

  • Top U.S. admiral says strike on Iran means turmoil (Reut)
  • A battle over 'the next war' (LAT)
  • Celebrated Soldier fell victim to 'demons' (CNN)
  • Opinion: Kerr: A fitting tribute to a Soldier (PJ)
  • More realistic plan for base may avoid condemnation nightmare (RMN)
  • Sister: Missing woman joined Army to escape husband (EPT)

WORLD VIEW

  • Indian MPs hold confidence debate (BBC | Story)
  • N-deal will end 30 years of India's isolation: Pranab (ET | Story)
  • Gordon Brown: Iran will never develop nuclear weapons (TO | Story)
  • U.S. forces kill relatives of Iraqi governor (IHT | Story)
  • Inquiry launched after film shows Israeli soldier firing rubber bullet at Palestinian at close range (GRD | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Army secretary: We're falling behind online (Wired)
  • Baghdad at night (N&S)
  • MTV true life request to veterans with PTSD (SP)
  • My farewell from Kuwait (BEA)
  • Non-stories (TC)
  • Battlefield commanders act as judge and jury in dealing with former insurgents who have attacked U.S. soldiers (II)

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