• ArmedForces
  • Hear Us Live on Toginet!

    Military Mom Talk Radio on Toginet
    Check Out These Highlights
    From Some Recent Shows!

    02-25-13 Blythe Lipman, Baby & Toddler Instructions, and author Melissa Bowersock, “Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan”

    02-04-13 Dr. Jody Bremer, family therapist and Lt.Col Michael Moffett, author of Fahim Speaks: From Afghanistan to Hollywood

    01-14-13 Donna Lyons, author 12 Army Wives – The Best Advice They Never Got, and Autumn Arnold, fitness coach

  • Like Us on Facebook!

  • Subscribe Here

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 367 other followers

  • What People Are Saying About Military Mom Talk Radio

    "Buck Stienke and I were honored to be on Military Moms Talk Radio show last week. Wow! What a dedicated bunch of wonderful (and witty) ladies. We're proud to be a part of and associated with a group like Military Moms in support of and dedicated to our armed forces, both past and present. Oorah!" - Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke Co-Authors of the Black Eagle Force series. "Appearing on Military Mom Talk Radio was a fantastic experience. Sandra and her team were wonderful to work with. Programs such as this one are so important because they cut through the hype and sensationalism and offer real military families a chance to address the general public about the realities of military life. All too often, the media focus is on the hardships of military life, so it's refreshing to have an outlet like Military Mom Talk Radio where guests can share not only the challenges of military life, but also the rewards. Less than one percent of our citizens serve in the Armed Forces. Understandably, there's a huge military/civilian divide. With our country involved in two wars, we can all benefit from more programming featuring the stories of real military families." - Andi Hurley
  • Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude

    Military families are our nation's treasure. Yet, spread around the world, they are not always aware of the great support they have here at home. One of the best ways Military families can learn about organizations such as Operation Gratitude is through radio shows like Military Mom Talk Radio that are available on Itunes and the Internet. Military Mom Radio is a great resource that can be downloaded anywhere and anytime, enabling our military to know they are appreciated and providing the civilian community opportunities to get involved in great causes.
  • Her War Voice & Melissa Seligman about Military Mom Talk Radio

    I have never felt more welcomed than with Sandra Beck and Military Mom Talk Radio. Military Mom Talk Radio is dedicated to supporting and uplifting our military community. All the best resources, all the best topics, and all the dedication, passion and support can be found here--with Sandra Beck and Military Mom Talk Radio. Melissa Seligman Author and co-founder of herwarhervoice.com
  • Debbie Gregory of Military Connection.com

    Military Mom Talk Radio is a unique combination of seasoned interviewer Sandra Beck with military wives Robin Boyd and Tina Gonzalez. They bring new, exciting, innovative topics to the internet providing a downloadable broadcast through Itunes for our families stationed around the globe. To have these shows packed with vital information and cutting edge web resources for military families available 24-7 for our families is a vital resource and should not be missed. Debbie Gregory Founder/ MilitaryConnection.com
  • What Our Listeners Have to Say:

    "Military Mom Talk Radio is a fantastic “One Stop Shop” of information on subjects particularly focused on Military Mom's. Sandra Beck and Tina Gonzalez have created a “kitchen table” atmosphere that invites women to learn and share important information that supports themselves as well as their military spouses and family members. This forum a super idea as women love to talk so talk radio is a natural!! Their guests cover a wide range of topics and expertise, all focused on Military Families." More..
  • Go Army Homes Supports Military Mom Talk Radio

    Military Mom Talk Radio is THE objective resource for all military Moms (and dads) that want to know how to best handle the unique needs of military families. They have some of the most relevant guests and their genuine concern for the hard-working military families who give so much to our country is abundantly evident in each and every show. Michael J. Russer, Managing Director GoArmyHomes, LLC
  • RSS Operation Dawn – US Forces Iraq Press Releases

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS Operation Dawn – US Forces Iraq Briefings

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS Operation Dawn – US Forces Iraq Flickr Feed

Military Mom Talk Radio Salutes Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude

 

Operation Gratitude Founder Receives Minerva Award from
California First Lady Maria Shriver

 
 Blashek Recognized for Her Support of the Military  

 

Long Beach, CA, October 28, 2010–Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, was honored Tuesday with the “Minerva Award” during the grand finale of the Women’s Conference 2010 held in Long Beach, California. Maria Shriver presented the beautiful Minerva statuette, created by Artist Michael De Medina, to Blashek along with four other “Remarkable Women with Remarkable Legacies:” Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O’Connor, Oral Lee Brown and Sister Terry Dodge.   The Women’s Conference produced and aired a 6 minute video on each recipient and granted each winner a $25,000 Minerva prize to continue their charitable work. 

 

“This Award acknowledges every American across the country who participates in Operation Gratitude, and it pays tribute to our Military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Blashek upon receipt of the Award.   “I humbly accept this Minerva in their honor and dedicate it to those who sacrificed all to preserve our freedoms here at home.”

Created by California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2004, The Minerva Award has become the country’s most http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=9dmzolbab&et=1103841843908&s=115256&e=001Xr_EZ52kOmMfpetpNpwoyRfw7jlJiL7AkI0p4owI89KXlIP6nbfxnSES-W4VAwcRFInq_iPe0gyGywWu30Ahl06GSTEF1AWrJGFeUn4pdhne7UFGKQ-Uu-s8lDjnGdVTt3bdh5WTKHXMNG3HA8ryWWtL_F1he3eIBr2D67yOOI5EKcoJ9ksk8FUDRULPBI3O6b1bQ49fhKM=prestigious award given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service.

Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards annually honor women who, in the spirit of Minerva, changed California and the nation with their courage, strength and wisdom. Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of the Arts, Health and Sciences, Community Activism, Human Rights, Business and Technology, Motherhood, Innovation, Education and Finance.

“This year’s Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others,” said Maria Shriver. “These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them.”

From the very start of this country’s longest war, Blashek has spent every day supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line overseas for the freedoms we enjoy at home. A former attorney who became a full-time mother, Blashek was so moved by the enormity of 9/11, that she tried to enlist in the military at age 46. She was sent home for being “too old,” and so began the odyssey that led to Operation Gratitude, the largest military support organization sending personalized care packages to deployed troops in US history.

Inspired by meeting a lonely and distraught soldier on his way to the war zone in March, 2003, Blashek sent her first four care packages on the day the war broke out in Iraq. Soon her living room turned into a staging area and post office as friends joined her to send packages filled with snacks, toiletries, DVD’s, candy and letters of thanks to service members.  Within six months, the effort had outgrown Blashek’s home.  After a chance meeting with, and invitation from, SSG Elizabeth Cowie, Operation Gratitude moved into the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA, which today remains the production site for the care package assembly drives. Thousands of volunteers, young and old, able bodied and handicapped, members of every race, nationality and political persuasion, fill the Armory–all joined together in common cause to put a smile on a service member’s face.

Commanders in the field support and encourage Blashek’s efforts because they see the positive impact of the care packages on their troops deployed away from home. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have sent Blashek letters of thanks saying the packages are a reminder of why they serve in harm’s way: for Americans back home who notice the sacrifices they make–and care.

For Blashek, “The mission is two-fold: to honor and remember our troops by sending care packages, and to provide every American an avenue to express their own appreciation to our Military.”

To date, more than 560,000 Operation Gratitude care packages have been sent to service members deployed in combat, each with a personal letter of thanks from someone back home.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.

To view the 6 minute Minerva Feature Video: http://www.biglifefilms.com/minervafilms2010.html
To view the entire Minerva Award ceremony: http://www.womensconference.org/the-womens-conference-2010/video/twc-grand-finale

###

 

About Operation Gratitude
 

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way. The organization’s mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 560,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.
Learn more about Operation Gratitude by visiting:

Web: http://www.OperationGratitude.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OpGratitude
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude
Blog: http://OpGrat.wordpress.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/OpGrat  

Advertisements
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s