Kathy Buckley, 56, of Melrose was recently recognized as recipient of a “Capital Heroes” award for her work over the past nine years with Military Moms in Action, a not-for-profit organization she founded that sends care packages to military personnel stationed abroad. The award comes courtesy of Capital Bank, a division of Chemung Canal Trust Company and ABC News Channel 10. To date, their combined efforts have resulted in more than 60,000 care packages arriving in the hands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed overseas.

Click HERE to see a video profile of why Kathy was selected for this award

Capital Bank and NEWS10 ABC have partnered to create Capital Heroes. The purpose of this campaign is to recognize local charitable organizations that, through its ordinary people, do extraordinary things that positively impact our community. Our goal is to call attention to organizations and its people that, with very little recognition, make our community a better place and improve the lives of many.

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Certificates presented to Kathy when she was given the 2008 Unsung Hero Award by the Rotary Club of Troy, NY

 

Certificate presented by the United States Postal Service, Melrose, NY

         

Certificates of Appreciation presented by the Rensselaer, Hoosick Falls and Troy Kiwanis Clubs

Certificate of Merit presented by the New York State Assembly

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown on a C-17 over critically wounded soldiers on the 332th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight, Balad Airbase, Iraq

Certificate of Appreciation from the Kool-Aid Clinic, Ashraf, Iraq

Certificate of Appreciation from Camp Buehring Post Chapel

Certificate of Appreciation from 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment of the Alaska Army National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Certificate of Appreciation from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 87 Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom VI

 

Kathy and Ken have each received Freedom Team Salute recognition letters from the United States Army. Along with the letters, signed by the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army thanking them for their support, came certificates and parent lapel pins.

        

 

          

 

Hal Bieber, Executive Director of the Albany Bowling Association giving Kathy the Bob Guild Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service on July 6, 2006

 

We have received Four Home Front Heros Letters of Recognition from the New York Army National Guard

     

     

 

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown over the Marine Tatical Air Command Squadron 28 in Al Asad, Iraq on July 17, 2005

 

      

This award was presented to us from the 145th Maintenance Company, a National Guard unit of over 200 that was on our mailing list for the past year. They are now home and we were able to attend a welcome home ceremony for them.

Inscription on the statue reads:

"In Appreciation For Your Dedication And Support To The Men and Women Of The Army National Guard Who Serve To Defend Freedom"

 

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown over the company headquarters of Charlie Company, 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), in Ar Ramadi, Iraq during during Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown over the Airforce Theater Hospital, Balad Airforce Base, Iraq on September 29, 2005 by the 332nd EMDG in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown over Marine Aircraft Group 26 (-) REIN Headquarters, Al Anbar Province, Al Asad Airbase, Iraq on December 21, 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

Certificate that came along with an American Flag flown on a C-130 combat mission over Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on January 2, 2005

This note was also included:

Dear Kathy,
On my recent deployment in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom I had the opportunity to fly on numerous combat missions into Afghanistan. I personally carried this flag with me on one of those missions into Afghanistan. Knowing what a Patriot you are, I thought you would enjoy this gift. Display it with pride. Thanks for everything!
My Best,
Rich


 

Certificate of Appreciation from the 1-86th Field Artillery Company, CSC Scania, Iraq

 

          

"In appreciation for all that you have done for us, please accept this Squadron Coin. It is a military thing and only offered to someone who has performed above and beyond the call of duty. These are unique and designed by each unit, so even if you have another, it won't be the same." God bless you, Frank

 

Certificate that accompanied a beautiful American Flag flown in combat over Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II aboard KC-130 Hercules Aircraft number 149789 on February 8, 2005

 

Certificate of Appreciation from the 181st Transportation Battalion in Iraq

      

 

Certificate of Appreciation from the 68th Engineer Company in Iraq

 

          

Certificate and American Flag flown over Camp FERNDANEZ-LONG PLANK in Iraq on September 11, 2004

 

          

Commanders Award for Public Service and Public Service Pins from the 62nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy)

 

     

Certificate and card that accompanied a beautiful American Flag flown over Balad Air Base in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005

Note inside Card:

Hello Kath,

Just a note to let you know that you are really a very wonderful person and have made many soldiers happier than you may ever know. I am proud and honored to have fallen within your sphere. Thanks for everything that you do.

MSGT Clark