Code of Support – Giving Meaning to Support The Troops


A common refrain heard among members of the military community is surprise at the lack of support from the “other 99%” for the 1% of our population that is serving in the Armed Forces. As these two wars grind on and on, support by civilians has tapered off. There were the initial “We Support The Troops” signs in every yard, yellow ribbons on every tree, flag-waving fervor — but lately the new refrain of budget cuts and “why should we pay for you” has drowned out the quiet support that we know is still there. When the flags are put away, when the yellow ribbons fade to ivory, when no one shakes the hand of a woman in uniform or thanks a man in camouflage for his service, the hidden costs will still be there.

The Corps of Support, whose motto is “Giving Meaning to the Words ‘Support Our Troops,”‘ began their cross-country trek last week to remind the country that we are still at war, and to raise “a public voice in the public consciousness on behalf of the needs of the military, veterans and their family.” Another reason for this ride, for the Code of Support, is to assist those who want to reach out and help to connect with organizations that are currently helping the troops and their families.  As Kristy Kaufmann, the executive director of Corps of Support  has said,  these groups have been vetted, and are truly supporting and helping military families, troops, veterans and the “other 99%” for the 1% of our population that is serving in the Armed Forces.

The ride began with a parachute jump carrying The Code Of Support scroll that landed on the beach in Oceanside, California. A group of Patriot Guard Riders took the scroll and the “Patriots & Heroes: Pacific to Potomac relay” began. The Guard Riders are carrying the scroll in relays across the country, garnering support and signatures along the way. The website and Facebook page are linking to the route as well as events being held across the country that are supporting this effort. The goal is for not only signatures on the Code of Support petition, but also to encourage supporters to pledge to volunteer for or donate to troops and military family or veterans support organizations.

Our country has always reached out. As the Corps of Support webpage says when asked how it is different from all the other “support the troops” groups that send out bumper stickers and fridge magnets:

The Corps of Support campaign is designed to support and enhance the efforts of existing organizations, and not to compete with them in any way.  One of the major objectives of the Corps of Support campaign is to raise the awareness of all Americans of the sacrifices being made by our troops and their families and the need for continuing support, which is to the benefit of all such organizations.   The web site prominently features Organizations We Support and asks that Corps members get involved by volunteering for or donating to one or more of these organizations.  Finally, all donations made on the Corps of Support web site will not only be passed through to those organizations, but matched in equal amount (up to $25 each) by the Code of Support Foundation and the sponsors.

The Corps of Support, Joining Forces, Blue Star Families and many other groups are all reminding the country that in this week of remembrances of 9/11, the TV specials, documentaries, chest thumping and flag-waving, the families of the Armed Forces who have been bearing the brunt of our country’s response are here, not just this week, but the other 51 weeks a year. Please take a moment, check out these groups and support them.


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William C
William C6 months ago


W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thank you.

Sristi B.
Sristi B.6 years ago

Here is a nice way to say Thanks to the Troops. The Grateful Chics will donate a Patriotic Grateful Bead Strand to a soldier every time one is purchased. This charitable partnership is through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that send care packages to our Troops. The soldiers will know someone cares, remembers and is grateful for their service with these tokens of Gratitude. Check them out here:

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR7 years ago

Almost a decade later and Care2 has decided to actually support Joe (armed forces members)? But I guess better late than never...

Many of us, especially the ones commonly derided here for being fascists (non Dems), racists (anti Obama), heartless (understand costs), etc etc have supported Joe/their families...especially as many of us were/are Joes or are family members of serving members...more than a few, both. We are the ones who give money, time, blood, goods, etc to support those who currently serve and their families. This was while for years when Bush was president the marches and protests occurred, then suddenly disappeared when a Dem became president...

And before you attempt to demonize the cost cutters among the Repubs/Tea Party, remember its the liberal/progressives demanding big cuts in DoD while trying to avoid any such thing in civilian wealth transfer/entitlement programs.

While this is a good idea, its damn late and for many people here hypocritical.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Karen F.
Karen F7 years ago

for the record - just to clarify - I am NOT a GOPer.. I'm a liberal, and proud of it.

Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Marie W. Your is the only true answer to this madness.

In the recent weeks, I have received numerous E-mails from victims of the aftermath of that self-inflicted would, known to you as 911. These rescue workers are not asking for a handout but a hand up, towards recovery from their long list of physical ailments.

As a member of, along with several other organizations seeking to expose the truth about that fateful day, I would have hoped by now that these good people would have seen some relief.They should have realized some medical and financial help by now. God, it has been 10 years and they are now, completely forgotten.

Many of those to whom I have exchanged e-mails have had to endure cancers, respiratory ailments, their complaints are a witch's brew. Most have sought relief from every agency that at one time promised that they would not turn their backs on these, dare I say, Heros and yet, they must continue to suffer, they must continue to endure.

That said, it makes me wonder how well the multitudes of severely injured servicemen and women will fair. My thoughts go to the end of VietNam, we do not need to realize another era of Article 99's. They, the Vets, the ones that served America at the steps of those towers and those who bodies were sacrificed in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve better.

What do you think?

Patrick F.
Patrick f7 years ago

If you want to support the troops, google what they did during WW2, you can find stuff you can do to support them.

J. C.
Jess Carson7 years ago

Support does not only mean to not be mad at the troops when they come back from a war and it doesn't mean looking the other way and allowing persons at war to have no accountability for any unwarranted or prohibited actions in the name of war...

Gloria H.
Gloria H7 years ago

I definately support them getting whatever mental/physical help when they get back. I feel they have been hoodwinked by blind patriotism, and maybe desparate to work/get an education and lied to in order to get their signiture.. Let the damned recruiters and generals fight the war. Bring all our young people back alive, in one piece and mentally/emotionally intact!!!