Any Soldier Inc.
Success Stories 2008:

"Your organization's troop postings help our citizens show their steadfast support for our Armed Forces,
and I am grateful."
President George W. Bush    (Complete letter HERE.)

"By establishing an extensive network of U.S. soldiers available to distribute letters and care packages from home, Any Soldier Inc. has taken a leadership role in making sure the men and women of our military receive vital emotional support in their times of greatest need."
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg    (Complete letter HERE.)

"I may not be American but there is no harm in supporting you guys, because at the end of the day these soldiers are the ones that keep us safe in our beds at night."
Cassandra O., London, United Kingdom

"I did look up the site and it is quite impressive. The stories from the deployed troops are quite interesting and it is clear that you are making a difference. Keep up the great work I will certainly promote the program anyway I can."
MG Guy C. Swan III, Commanding General, US Army Military District of Washington

"Soldiers can rely on several things in a combat zone and one of the new additions is the outstanding support from our fellow Americans at"
LTC Craig Triscari, Battalion Executive Officer, Iraq

"All we see in the news is the negative side of this war on terrorism, but I know that the majority of Americans are standing behind what we do. Your organization represents that majority and your assistance brightens the Soldier's spirit, no matter where they are."
LTC Jonathan Spencer, Inspector General

Brian (left) and his Platoon Sergeant with the first of the AnySoldier packages, October 2003.

"In this operation, there are very many things to be thankful for. However, one of the greatest items of thanks is the support that everyone that logs onto the site, displays.... It is a site that families, friends, loved ones and supporters can log onto and find themselves lost in the many stories of hope and motivation that is delivered on a daily basis.... There are stories of despair that has turned into relief.... Loss turns into gains.... Grief turns into memories of loved ones past and present.... A site that we ALL can breath a sigh of relief and take a moment to wipe our worries away for just a second as we log on to check of each other.... From the click of a button, we can rest assured a certain special someone is safe and sound... For that we are all thankful... A special thanks goes out from all the soldiers here with me and is directed to the staff that run the ANY site... You all make us proud to wake each day and fight the ever changing enemy..."
CW3 Charles R. Burkett, Army, Afghanistan

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Any Soldier® in the News 2008:

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    Great Events and Efforts 2008:

    Murad Sends Holiday Gifts to US Troops

    Murad Partners with Red Velvet Media to Fill Soldiers' Product Requests

         EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - December 9, 2008 - This holiday season, Murad, Inc. has teamed with Red Velvet Media to send gifts to US troops via Any Soldier®, a charitable organization supporting US troops abroad in Iraq. Murad's clinically proven skincare products are being included in care packages designed to help troops protect their skin in the harsh weather conditions of the Middle East. Red Velvet Media chose to respond to the many requests received through Any Soldier for products ranging from books and guitar strings to lip balm. To fulfill the "lip balm" request, Red Velvet Media turned to Murad for the company's expertise in skincare.
         Murad gifted Age Reform Soothing Skin and Lip Care balms to both male and female soldiers in Iraq to help bring relief to chapped lips and minor skin irritations. Soothing Skin and Lip Care seals in long-lasting moisture while gently soothing and exfoliating.
         Soothing Skin and Lip Care features:
              * Petroleum and Vitamin E to condition and help relieve chapped, cracked skin or lips;
              * Lanolin to protect skin or lips from the damaging effects of environmental exposure; and
              * BHA's to exfoliate to smooth and revitalize.

         The Soothing Skin and Lip Care donation was boxed and sent with a variety of other products gathered by Red Velvet Media on December 4, 2008.
         Murad, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Howard Murad. M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on skin health and a pioneer of the clinical skincare movement. All Murad products are based on The Science of Cellular Water™, Dr. Murad's unified theory of health and aging.
         The Murad brand includes 88 consumer products and 45 professional products sold in 45 countries. Murad is the best selling clinical skincare brand at many locations including Sephora and Ulta. Known globally for high performance topical and internal skincare, Murad has grown by producing innovative products that meet the needs of its customers.

    Online Media Contact: Paul Williams, 949/916-6880,

    SouthernLINC Wireless
    SouthernLINC Wireless Gives a Little "Home" to American Troops This Holiday Season

    Southeastern regional wireless carrier supports Any Soldier Inc. by sending letters and care packages to soldiers stationed overseas now through Dec. 13.
    Visit for more information about how you can help.

    November 8: "Celebrating Those Who Served", a welcome home celebration with special recognition of OIF and OEF combat veterans. Sponsored by W. G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center & JR Motorsports--Home of the #88 and #5 NASCAR Nationwide Series Teams. Location: JR Motorsports HQ, Mooresville, NC.
    Speaker: Purple Heart recipient, OIF II veteran, Dale Beatty. Dale lost both of his legs below the knee due to an IED blast.
    Event guest speaking with Martina
    Ladies signing AnySoldier pillows to be sent to a unit in Iraq and Afghanistan with words of appreciation
    Honor Guard from Oak Ridge Military Academy presents the Colors
    Posing with one of Dale Jr's cars before event started
    Oak Ridge Military Academy Honor Guard Exhibition Armed Platoon performs

    Any Soldier Charity Golf Tournament
    The fourth annual Any Soldier Charity Golf Tournament was held at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course on Ft Carson, Colorado on September 5, 2008. The tournament is organized by Bob Marsh and his golfing buddies, most of whom are retired service members.

    A full field of 144 golfers competed in the four person scramble event, which featured mulligans, "Miracle Putts", a hockey hole and a dice hole. A BBQ followed and door prizes were awarded to all players. No one made a Hole-in-One to claim the car provided by Phil Long Hyundai of Chapel Hills.

    The tournament raised over $8,400 that will provide approximately 575 care packages to the troops overseas.

    29 August: The quilts handmade by the employees of Takeda at their event in San Diego in June were delivered to the Marines at the Wounded Warrior Battalion - East at Camp Lejeune, NC.
    Picture taken by SgtMaj Himsworth (who was an Any Marine® contact and now has a son that is a contact).
    Sergeant Major Ron Himsworth presents an engraved KA-BAR Marine Fighting Knife to Marty Horn, president of Any Soldier Inc.

    The knife is a gift from the Commander of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), LtGen K. J. Stadler.

    This extreemly high honor is in recognition and thanks to the many supporters of

    US Navy helping Walter Reed
    US Navy helping Walter Reed!

    1 October: While several Sailors were visiting their Army friends at Walter Reed Medical Center they noticed that the troops didn't have a TV, so they set out to fix that. After coordinating with the Officer In Charge of the Physical Therapy Wing, they purchased a 32" flat-screen and Wii game console with the funding coming from (part of Any Soldier Inc.)

    A living example of Major Bourland's statement that to win we must be "One Team, One Fight".

    Freedom Ride 2008
    Freedom Ride 2008, Wednesday, July 2
    Sponsored by River City Harley-Davidson, Any Soldier Inc. was invited to participate in this great event, "Operation Welcome Home". "Auburn, IN - 2008 marks 35 years since America's withdrawal from Vietnam. To acknowledge the bittersweet anniversary - and to honor America's GIs, past present and future, several northern Indiana towns are joining with the Kruse Foundation and the American Veterans Institute (AVI) to throw a huge celebration honoring Vietnam veterans...and all who serve."
    The "Moving Wall" was escorted from the River City showroom to the World War II Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana.
    Brian Horn at the Any Soldier table in the River City dealership.
    If this picture doesn't get to you, you are at the wrong web site.
    My good side...
    Just how cool is it to have all this follow you??
    The police did a real professional job on the escorting, GREAT ride!
    Arriving at the museum.
    Freedom Ride 2008

    Operation: Quiet Comfort held an event in Jacksonville, NC on Saturday, June 21st.
    Honor and Comfort: Home Front - Camp Lejeune brought the organization's efforts to help the Wounded Warriors to a Marine Corps community.

    Click for pictures 21 June 08:

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    Takeda Pharaceuticals America, Inc. Takeda Pharaceuticals America, Inc. does "Operation: Takeda Cares"
    3 June 2008
    Takeda had some 2,600 of its employees create care packages and quilts for the wounded troops. The quilt sections were done by everyone in various patriotic themes and showed an amazing amount of talent and heart. Any Soldier Inc. was invited to attend in San Diego and provided the names of the troops for the care packages and will deliver the quilts to the Wounded Warrior Battaion in Camp Lejeune. Takeda also made a very generous donation to Any Soldier Inc.

    Rolling Thunder XXI, May 25, 2008.   Tailgunner video clips HERE, HERE, HERE and Cya!
    This is just ONE corner of ONE huge parking lot at the Pentagon.  Over 400,000 bikes were there.
    A ride like this through the Capitol is an experience not to be missed!
    Tailgunner/Photographer: Meghan Horn. Pilot: Marty Horn

    Recently spotted running around the D.C. area...and a lot more... BRING IT!!

    7-11 April 08: Marriott International's Travel Partners Convention
    Note written by one of the attendees' daughter.
    For the 4th consecutive year, Marriott International invites Any Soldier Inc. to present it's program of supporting the troops to the attendees of the Travel Partners Conference at the stunning JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf. The Marriott supplied all the contents and the Associates and Partners pitched in and created 100 care packages for the troops! Marriott International sets the standard ALL companies should follow.
    Filling the box...
    Adding a note...
    James Karson (organizer of the event) and Marty with the 100 completed boxes.

    20 Feb 08: Military Appreciation Night at the Washington Capitals game at the Verizon Center
    hosted by America Supports You(Sorry, expired link) Program, DoD.

    Christina Cicala (R), Any Soldier CFO and Marketing Director with Allison Barber (L), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications and Public Liaison. On the right picture is "Slapshot", the Capitols mascot.

    Ms. Barber is responsible for the Department of Defense's communication to the men and women of the military, worldwide, and for community relations programs that link citizens to members of the Armed Forces at home and abroad.

    14 Jan 08: Gifts for the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune.
    Thanks to the generosity of the supporters of Any Soldier Inc., particularly the folks of the "Land of the Free Foundation", Any Soldier Inc. delivered over $25,000 worth of entertainment equipment to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune.
    Pictures HERE, and an article from the Marine Corps' "The Globe" HERE.
    Web site by LtCol Maxwell is HERE.

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