Monday, November 05, 2007

BlogWorld Expo Donates A Booth To Soldiers’ Angels

LAS VEGAS — BlogWorld & New Media Expo, which is the first and largest blogger and new media dedicated conference and tradeshow held in Las Vegas, will donate a booth and exhibit space to Soldiers' Angels, a volunteer-based non-profit organization that sends hundreds of thousands of care packages and letters to troops stationed all over the world.

The conference, which will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, features more than 90 acclaimed bloggers/speakers including Shel Israel, Mike Arrington, Leo Laporte, Brian Clark, Will Leitch, Eric Olsen, and Dr. David Perlmutter. Topics include everything from blogging to podcasting as well as an expansive exhibit floor and he 2007 Weblog awards.

“We have a dynamic conference that brings together old and new media for two entire days,” says Rick Calvert, creator of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. “But as good as everything we are doing is, it’s important for us to reach out to the community and support one of the most notable causes on the Internet today.”

Soldiers’ Angels, which was originally incorporated in Nevada, has grown to become a national organization with members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and other friendly countries all over the world. Together, they provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as their families.

The many activities that Soldiers’ Angels has taken on includes sending letters and care packages; providing First Response packs to combat and support hospitals (CASH), in Germany and the U.S.; aiding military families in need and disabled military personnel at home; shipping level III Kevlar blankets to provide additional protection; and honoring fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“We want to assist Soldiers’ Angels in whatever way possible — to help them and their members get the word out and develop more partnerships — is one of the most significant things we could do at BlogWorld,” said Calvert. “Just one of the many worthwhile programs they have created provides disabled veterans with laptop computers and voice recognition technology as needed so they can reconnect with family and friends when they return home.”

Soldiers’ Angels was started by the mother of Sgt. Brandon Varn, who was deployed in Iraq. In the summer of 2003, Sgt. Varn expressed concern to his mother that many soldiers never received any mail or support from home. His mother contacted a few friends and extended family to ask if they would write to a soldier or two. Within a few short months, Soldiers' Angels went from a mother writing a few extra letters to an Internet community with thousands of angels worldwide.

Soldiers' Angels was recognized in October 2007 by Congress with a certificate of Congressional recognition. The organization fills an underserved niche and impacts the lives of American soldiers every day. We hope that by participating in the expo that thousands of people get the chance to learn about this worthwhile charity and will lend their support.

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