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Five Questions for April 10, 2012: Kathy Buckley

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

By Kathryn Caggianelli

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.

Q Name the contents of the perfect care package.

A The perfect package would have homemade cookies, but that is not realistic with the quantity of almost 700 care packages going out a month at this time. So, a pack of Lorna Doones, a granola bar, a Chewy bar, a package of crackers, a package of hot cocoa or, as their weather gets warmer, we switch to two tubes of tea, Koolade, Propel, etc. to be added to their water. Then a small bag of cookies or crackers and a larger bag of either animal cookies, Knott's Raspberry, Famous Amos or M&M cookies are added. We then put in a package of gum, tootsie pop and a small bag of fruit snacks. A handful of hard candy is put in and chocolate is added when their weather is cooler. We top it off with a bag from Damn Good Beef Jerky and a letter.

Q How many care packages do you estimate you’ve sent altogether?

A We are guessing we have sent out over 70,000 boxes but since I didn't keep track at the very beginning, and we put multiple boxes down inside one larger box to help save with postage, that count could be a lot higher. Also, boxes get shared with other soldiers, so to try and figure out how many soldiers have actually gotten something from our boxes is difficult to estimate. That number is probably higher.

Q Before founding Military Moms in Action, what did you do for work?

A I have four sons. I was a stay-at-home mom until starting a job at Idyllbrook Orchards back in 1995. I have been working at Lindsey’s Country Store since then doing baking, making batters and gift baskets. I have my own sewing and alteration business called “In Stitches,” but that has taken quite a hit since starting MMA (Military Mom in Action).

Q As a child, what career path did you think you’d pursue?

A I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom but also loved accounting and had taken accounting at Hudson Valley Community College. I do enjoy baking and all the other duties I am responsible for at Lindsey’s Country Store. Sometimes I would love to have an office job, but really, I am grateful I have a job at all in this economy.

Q What got you started in MMI?

A I have two sons who enlisted in the military and deployed in 2001, two days apart from each other. We started sending them care packages shortly after they were deployed overseas and were shocked when they told us how many soldiers never received anything like that from home. My sons shared their care packages with as many as they could but I realized we had to do more. So nine years ago this is how it all started. I never imagined it would turn into the (operation) it is today. Both sons are presently stateside and we are very grateful for that.

 

 

From Military Mom in Action to Grand Marshal: Kathy Buckley

Published: Sunday, June 03, 2012

By Jennifer Franke
The Record

TROY — After nine years, Military Mom in Action is still an ongoing and successful organization.

Kathy Buckley, who is no stranger to military life since two of her sons were deployed overseas, runs this organization hoping to offer support and encouragement.

Buckley, a Melrose resident, operates the effort out of her home with help from such groups as the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, youth groups, churches and mothers like herself. She sends out packages full of prepackaged snack items to soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen around the world.

Buckley uses the contact information people submit on her website to send packages to troops overseas. In addition to the snacks and toiletries, each package includes a letter. “Some people like to refer to them as my newsletter,” Buckley said. Sometimes Buckley receives feedback saying, “You sound like my mom and dad” because she would include little pieces of information about her home life, including her grandchildren. With the entire operation taking place in her home, Buckley remains organized. “I’ve got my hand on it to make sure it’s done right,” she said. Since its start in 2003, the project has continued to grow. Just this month, Military Mom in Action sent out 575 packages to military members overseas. In recognition of her effort to support the military, Buckley was named grand marshal for the 45th annual Troy Flag Day Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m. on June 10 in South Troy and proceeds north along Fourth Street into the Collar City’s downtown.

“I was shocked and honored when I found out,” Buckley said. “I never expected something like that.” The Troy Flag Day Parade is the one of the largest parades in the nation that pays tribute to the American flag. Around 4,000-5,000 people participate in the parade with such groups as local civic and fraternal organizations, regional drum corps, church groups, high school bands and more. Buckley will be starting off the parade in the lead vehicle. According to Troy Flag Day Parade Committee President Ed Manny, the committee chose Buckley as grand marshal “because of what she does.

“It’s rare to find someone committed to a cause every day,” Manny said.

The parade official added that he hopes having Buckley as the parade’s grand marshal will also benefit the Military in Mom organization because donations are low right now.

“We hope that by giving her credit for what she does it will spark some people to help donate,” Manny said. “ A lot of people don’t know what she does. “Basically, it (selection as grand marshal) was given to her to honor what she’s done and continues to do for soldiers,” Manny said.

By Sandy McBride

From the issue dated April 29, 2008

Making a difference on package at a time

     It all started with cookies.

     When Kathy Buckley's two sons joined the US Army in 2001, she was sure they'd appreciate some homemade cookies in packages from home. David was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas as an all-wheel mechanic, and Daniel was sent to Germany as a network person.

     Kathy and husband Ken, who live in Melrose, are no strangers to military life. Ken was a six year veteran of the National Guard, and his father Charles Buckley was a Navy vet of World War II. Kathy's step-father Frank Miner was an Army veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. Ken's brother Roger had also served 4 years in the US Air Force. So Kathy knew full well how much packages from home mean to people serving our nation in faraway and unfamiliar places.

     When Daniel was sent to Kuwait in January of 2003, the Buckley family attracted some media attention as having two sons "at stake". At that time Kathy and her mom were doing homemade cookies and had the help of some friends to wrap, label and send. When the public heard this story, donations started coming in to help send packages to military people. It was then that "Military Mom in Action" came into being.

     Kathy recalls receiving an email from Daniel telling her of a young man in his unit that had called his home and asked for slim jims, fruit roll ups and chocolate chip cookies. For whatever reason, his family would not send him the things he asked for. So Kathy packed him a box, wrote him a letter of encouragement, and sent it to the soldier.

     At the time, they were mailing packages to about 40 members of the armed forces. Today the mailing list is more then 1400. This month alone, they have sent 1491 packages at a cost of $2300. Although most are sent to servicemen and servicewomen in areas of conflict, Kathy says they also have a young man stationed in Alaska on their list.

     Because the project has grown so large, it's no longer feasible to include homemade cookies, but name brand cookies are included, along with snack items, candy, toiletries and even Girl Scout cookies when they are available. It costs at least $10 each to mail these packages, which Kathy and her helpers do every month.

     Other items they send, and for which they are always grateful for contributions, are socks, body wash, phone cards, inexpensive electronic devices or personal CD players, and food items such as slim jims, instant cup of soup, instant coffee, iced tea, tea bags, hot cocoa, packets of tuna and chicken, pretzels, hard candy, unscented soaps and travel sized toiletries, just for example. The full list of desired items is available on the website, www.militarymoninaction.org.

     And not only do they send packages for the soldiers themselves, they also send boxes of items that the soldiers can pass out to children they see daily in Iraq. For these packages, Kathy is grateful for donations of hard candy, deflated soccer balls or deflated balls of any type, as well as the hand pumps to blow them up. Also cars, dolls, watches, purses, beanie babies, T-shirts, etc. Again the list is posted on the website.

     Also displayed on the website is the beautiful array of magnets and banners that Kathy sells as a fundraiser. Magnets honoring our nation as well as all branches of the military, retired military people and firefighters are offered, as well as a wide assortment of patriotic motifs and slogans. Blue star mother's flags are also available. There are magnets honoring Korean War and Viet Nam veterans. These magnets and pennants are a great way for people to show their pride and support of their own military friends and family members.

     Kathy and Ken have two other sons, Drew a senior at Hoosic Valley, and Paul, who has twin sons of his own. She has a full-time job to go along with this just about full-time job she has taken on, but what keeps her revved up to get it done and keep on doing it is the letters she receives from the military people whose lives she's made a little brighter.

     Just this week she received a letter from a young private in Korea, who writes "I just arrived in Korea and I just received your care package. And I can't tell you how much that package made my day a little easier. Thank you for your time and effort."

     Another, from a nurse now returned to the United States, says "Everyone, the staff, the injured, the wounded, the sick...all benefited from your generosity and thoughtfulness."

     "Thanks for making my stay in Iraq more pleasant. God bless you all!" says one.

     Often, they refer to Kathy as "mom", and she gets an occasional "Kathy, we love you!"

     But the one note that sums it up says "Thanks for keeping my morale up and my belly full."

     As the project has grown, the need for funds to keep it going has grown. A fundraiser motorcycle rally is scheduled for May 17. Cyclists will sign in at the Hoosic Valley Community Church at 2024 Rte. 40 in Schaghticoke beginning at 9 a.m. The ride will begin at 10 a.m., with riders traveling to the Frosty Acres Campground in Duanesburgh where they will be treated to a cookout and a wealth of door prizes. Bikers will also have the opportunity to camp at the Frosty Acres after the event. The first 150 registrants will receive T-shirts. Bikers may still register for a fee of $25.

     On May 4, Military Mom in Action will be at the Striper fishing contest in Troy seeking donations.

     Kathy notes that happily many military people are now being sent home, which will reduce the monthly shipment to about 1300 packages. She relies on the help of a small group of volunteers, including five adults and five girls who help with the wrapping and packing, and two others who help with the paperwork involved in shipping packages overseas. And of course, Ken is always there doing what he can to help, too.

     "I couldn't do it without them," she says.

     With a stated mission that is to reach out and touch the lives of as many US soldiers as she can, a daunting task begun in the heart, hands and mind of one military mom, Kathy gives meaning to her very favorite quote: "To the world you might be just one person, but to one person, you might be the world."

Copyright © 2008 The Express

As Wars Drag On, Founders of Grass-Roots Groups Fight the Good Fight

By Denise Kersten Wills

From the issue dated March 20, 2008

Kathy Buckley never set out to create a charity. In early 2003, the Army sent two of her sons to Kuwait in advance of the invasion of Iraq. Ms. Buckley, who lives in Melrose, N.Y., began shipping them homemade cookies to share with their fellow soldiers.

She and her husband, Ken, were interviewed on a local television news show about their views on the war and how it affected their family. They mentioned the care packages they were sending, and talked about why it was important to show support for the troops.

"People watching that station started sending us money," Ms. Buckley says.

Goods came pouring in, too: drink mixes, chewing gum, granola bars, and candy. People also sent her the names of deployed soldiers, which she added to her rapidly growing list.

Ms. Buckley wanted to be sure the donations were handled responsibly, so she applied to get charity status for her fledgling group, Military Mom in Action. With the help of volunteers who work in her basement, she now sends monthly packages to 1,200 troops in 16 countries.

'It's My Third Job'

Like others who started support-the-troops efforts shortly after the war in Iraq began five years ago, she has sometimes struggled to keep the project afloat.

"I didn't expect to be doing it this long," says Ms. Buckley, who works in a bakery and does sewing and alterations. "It's my third job."

In November, Ken lost his job as a driver for a propane company, and she had to pick up extra hours at the bakery.

"I was thinking, 'How am I going to do this?'" she says.

For a time, she hoped that someone else would volunteer to take over, but no one has. She says she has difficulty turning down new requests — in April she will expand her mailing list to 1,700.

Although people keep telling her to slow down, she has no plans to do so. "I feel this is a calling right now," she says. Her sons are still overseas — one currently stationed in Germany, the other on his third deployment in Iraq.

Soldiering On

Other all-volunteer groups have faced similar strains — their leaders toiling long hours with no end in sight, sometimes dipping into their own pockets to pay administrative and other costs.

"Running a nonprofit is hard work, and most of our groups are doing this in addition to their full-time jobs," says Allison Barber, a Defense Department official who created the America Supports You network, an online clearinghouse of military and veterans' charities.

Some grass-roots groups have grown into large national charities. Many more are run by just a handful of people, often military parents or spouses, who didn't plan to create permanent organizations. "These are in-the-moment groups that want to respond to a need today," says Ms. Barber.

The high demand for services and the diversity of needs put a particular strain on the smaller groups, Ms. Barber says. "People who are passionate give and give and give," she says. "There's a fatigue that sets in."

Mike Cash established Operation Family Fund in 2003 to provide wounded veterans and their families with financial grants.

But working full time at a day job while also running a nonprofit organization takes a toll, says Mr. Cash, a program manager for the Navy in China Lake, Calif.

"You put in 10 hours a day at work, and then you put in a couple of hours at night and on weekends," he says. "It is very, very hard."

Still, as the father of a Marine, he says, he hasn't considered stepping down: "That passion helps drive you."

Dan Shannon expected that Operation Homelink, a charity he founded in 2003 to provide families of deployed troops with refurbished computers, would face demand for its services for a long time. Like Ms. Buckley, though, he too hoped to pass the baton at some point.

"I assumed that once I got it going there would be a veteran who is retired who would say, 'This is a great idea, let me take it over for you,'" says Mr. Shannon, who owns a commercial real-estate company in Chicago. "I'm still waiting for that guy."

'They're Stuck With Me'

In 2004, Ginger Dosedel co-founded Sew Much Comfort, a national charity with headquarters in Burnsville, Minn., that creates and distributes clothing adapted for the needs of soldiers recovering from injuries. She had hoped that someone with more management experience would take over for her as chief executive. "No one is stepping up to do it, so they're stuck with me," she says.

But, she acknowledges, it would be hard for her to quit. She was recently offered her dream job, teaching at a school near her home in Beavercreek, Ohio. "That's what I've always wanted to do," she says. She turned down the job — without regrets — to continue running Sew Much Comfort.

For others, the choice of whether to keep going is more complicated.

Michelle Foster, an air-traffic controller in Fort Worth, Tex., started an organization called Operation Candy Cane in December 2004 with her friend Susan Conley. In a way, the project was a victim of its own success.

Ms. Foster and Ms. Conley started with a plan to send 100 care packages during the holidays, but collected so much money that they sent 300 instead. "It was almost like people were just waiting for us to ask them to help," Ms. Foster says. The next year, they planned to send 600, but ended up shipping 1,200.

The project became overwhelming in 2006 when Ms. Foster and Ms. Conley began accepting donations of batteries, disposable cameras, candy, drink mix, and other items from two corporate sponsors, which meant they had to inventory the items and put them in storage. They also started sending packages throughout the year, instead of just before the holidays.

Ms. Conley and her husband, who helped run the group, were parents of a young child and had recently purchased a home. They couldn't keep up with the project's demands, and Ms. Foster knew she couldn't manage it alone. The charity founders decided to use the remainder of their cash and inventory for a 2007 holiday mailing and then dissolve the organization.

"It left a void for me," Ms. Foster says. "It's not something I wanted to end."

Richard Arsenault has fewer regrets about shutting down KIA Kids, an Atlanta charity he helped found in 2003 to raise scholarships for children of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There were others that came and took our place that can do a much better job," he says. "We were doing things in our spare time and as we could."

The group held a motorcycle ride and attempted to sell T-shirts, but sold only a handful. "It just wasn't coming together," Mr. Arsenault says. In four years, the organization raised approximately $4,000, then shut down and gave the money to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Still, Mr. Arsenault says, "it was a good experience."

 

Copyright © 2008 The Chronicle of Philanthropy

 

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published in The Troy Record February 28, 2008

 

Military Mom in Action

Published: October 2007

Kathy and Ken Buckley started sending out packages to their two sons who were serving overseas, and now they send out 1,200 a month. They share why they do it and how big things can come out of small spaces.

Kathy Buckley's organization "Military Mom in Action" began with a request for Slim Jims and cookies.

"In 2001, just before 9/11, our boys Dan and David went into basic training. After they got out of basic, we were sending them packages, and we heard how some of the guys weren't getting anything. As a matter of fact, Dan had emailed this one kid, a buddy of his, who had called home and asked for Slim Jims, Fruit Roll-Ups and chocolate chip cookies. His parents refused to send it, for whatever reason. Dan said, ‘Mom, can you send him a box and a letter of encouragement?'"

She did, and then she and her husband Ken started sending out more... and more. "We got on the news, and people started giving us names, giving us money, giving us donations."

"Dan said this kid came up to him with this box in his hands and tears running down his cheeks, and said, ‘Look what your mom sent me!'" Ken says.

Kathy freely admits, "At that point in time, I think that's when there was really a tug on my heart that this was what God wanted me to do. Who would have thought we would still be doing it? I don't think I ever thought it could be as big as it has gotten, which is sometimes hard because it's very time-consuming."

It has become even more time-consuming since Ken broke his arm and can't work. Kathy has had to go back to working at least forty hours a week at Lindsey's Country Store to make up the difference. Her sewing and alteration business has been put on the back burner. But the operation is still going strong, as Ken has taken the lead in making sure that the packages get out to the soldiers. "He was down here all day yesterday with the volunteers filling in for me so I could work."

At first glance, their former garage looks as if it's just a holding area for all of the things that didn't have a place in the house proper. Almost all of the wall space is hidden by floor-to-ceiling stacks of boxes, and there is something that is probably a desk hidden underneath the clutter. A narrow path leads into a back room that looks like a miniature version of a wholesale price club, with all sorts of goods lining the walls, and one lone plastic buffet table in the center. Still, there happens to be just enough room for as many as ten volunteers and a bunch of boxes. "Fifty-five boxes at a time," Kathy says.

There is a constantly-changing cadre of volunteers eager to help out: school teachers, church and youth groups, other military moms, and people who are just looking to give a little back. Kathy is very positive regarding the turnover. "They come and they go. The ones that were originally with us, we never see anymore. Everybody's lives change. When one person in our group leaves there is always somebody else waiting to take their place. It's really exciting."

Politics is put aside here, and the only concern is doing whatever they can to help make the lives of our men and women just a little bit brighter. The Buckleys really are leading by example. Should other people try to emulate what they do?

Kathy is very straightforward when addressing that question. "In some respects, I'd rather more groups not start up. Please, take advantage of the groups that are already out there. It's better to join forces, and try to get as much done, because there are so many men and women over there. It's best to take advantage, because the postage is expensive. As of last night we've spent over $100,000 in postage." One-hundred thousand dollars?

"Well, we're up to just over 1,200 boxes monthly. And now, for us, it's Christmas time, so we're trying to get letters out to all of our supporters reminding them that it's time to start thinking about sending Christmas boxes." These boxes containing Christmas cards, CDs, prepaid phone cards, toiletries, and "usually a pair of socks" cost about $35 apiece, and there's no magic sleigh to deliver them, meaning even more expensive postage.

Fortunately, they are able to defray some of the costs via their website, http://www.militarymominaction.org/. On the site, people can donate goods, purchase magnetic ribbons, or just give money through PayPal. Any donations (specific needs are listed on the site) will be put to good use.

"Well, I don't want people to think that we just send snack items, though that's the majority of it," Kathy says. "I type up letters, usually two pages front and back, which go in every single box, and we send out toiletry items, too. We've got three different companies collecting school supplies, small stuffed animals, and gently-used clothing to pass out to kids in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and the surrounding area. People need to understand that helps our military as well, because we are helping the people."

Ken makes absolutely sure to relate one story in particular: "A unit was handing out our stuffed toys to local kids, and one of the convoys was driving through town, and this little girl holding a stuffed doll walked out in front of the convoy and stopped it. She just sat down in front of the Jeep and wouldn't let them go by! One guy says, ‘Wait a minute, I recognize her. I gave her that a couple of days ago.' So he got out with an interpreter and they went over to her to find out what was going on, and she told him that she knew someone was setting up a roadside bomb down the road, and she recognized the guys as the ones that gave her the doll, and she didn't want them to get hurt. They were able to get up and defuse it. So, yes, that kind of thing helps protect them, and that's the kind of goodwill-type thing that they need to continue to help the locals support them."

Even heroes can use all the help they can get.

Copyright © 2006-2007 Success Magazine Ltd.

Higher costs limiting care package effort

By TERRY BROWN, Staff writer
First published: Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mom in Action is still sending care packages to more than 400 deployed military personnel on duty around the world from Capital Region communities.

The group also ships dozens of care packages each month to U.S. wounded soldiers in Iraq.

"We would like to be able to send out more than 800 boxes biweekly, but the cost of supplies has gone up and now the cost of postage (on May 14) is going up," said Kathy Buckley of Melrose, who founded MMIA more than four years ago, when her sons, Army Spcs. David and Daniel Buckley, were serving in the Iraq war.

So far in May, the group has shipped 830 care packages. Many of the soldiers receive multiple boxes to share with other personnel in their units.

The cost for shipping the boxes was $1,100, she said. She expects the cost to go up by about $75 next month because of an increase in postage costs that goes in effect Monday. Buckley estimates each box costs about $10 for contents and shipping.

The group is looking for people to sponsor a military person for $10 per month to ensure they get at least one box a month or $20 per month to make sure the soldier receives two boxes a month.

The group has received a large -- and heavy -- donation of Starlights candy, weighing more than a ton.

Each box of candy costs $9 to ship. "We need help shipping the candy out."

Financial contributions to help offset the cost of contents and postage can be made at any branch of First Niagara Bank and Trust or directly to: Military Mom in Action, P.O. Box 153, Melrose, NY 12121. Donations are tax deductible.

The group holds fundraisers to offset expenses.

A Dare Dunk a Cop will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mobil station on Broad Street in Waterford.

Military Mom in Action volunteers will sell baked goods, patriotic magnets and other items at The Malta Ridge Fire Company's Emergency Services Day from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Route 9, Malta. Fireworks will follow.

Proceeds from both events will aid Military Mom in Action's care package project.

Also, the volunteers will accept contributions of money and care-package items at both events.

Anyone can help by donating any of the following: inexpensive electronics, personal CD players, Instant Cup of Soups, instant coffee, tea bags, cocoa and packs of tuna or chicken. Prepackaged items include cereal bars, granola bars, sunflower seeds, nuts, cookies, crackers, dried fruit, instant lunches and oatmeal. Packages of powdered iced tea, Kool-Aid and Gatorade are needed. Phone cards, socks, unscented soap, individual toiletry items and moist towelettes also are needed.

If you are in or know someone in the military and would like to get them on MMIA's mailing list, enter the appropriate name and address on the group's Web site: http://www.militarymomin action.org. If you have any questions or need to arrange a pick-up of items, contact 235-0365 or milmom@nycap.rr.com

All Times Union materials copyright 1996-2008, Capital Newspapers Division of The Hearst Corporation, Albany, N.Y.

Date:1/8/2007 8:46 AM
Local family supports war in Iraq Just as President Bush gets set to make a major announcement about the war in Iraq, a Capital Region family with ties to the military speaks out.

 

Date:8/13/2006 9:14 AM
Fundraiser supports care packages for troops"Military Mom in Action" is getting ready to send another round of care packages. In order to pay for postage and much needed items for soldiers, the non-profit group held a fundraiser in Latham.

 

Date: 7/23/2006 9:53 AM
Special deliveries to the troops As the War in Iraq rages on, a local family is sending a taste from the states to our soldiers overseas. The non-profit group Military Mom in Action has been collecting goodies and donations designed to give soldiers a reason to smile.
Date: 4/3/2006 8:00 AM
Military Mom in action gets recognized
More than 200 soldiers gathered in Harlem to honor Capital Region native and Military Mom Kathy Buckley. Every week her group sends packages and letters of encouragement to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the world.
Date: 3/20/2006 10:24 AM
Third anniversary of war in Iraq
Today marks exactly three years since the U.S.-led invasion of the war in Iraq. Some are marking the day with protest, while others say now's the time to let our troops know how much they're appreciated.
Date: 12/21/2005 1:50 PM
Military Mom in Action gets grant
Soldiers serving around the world are getting some holiday cheer -- all thanks to a local group making sure we don't forget the many men and women fighting for our country. But this Christmas, the group is also getting a gift of their own.
Date: 11/12/2005 7:25 PM
Military Moms in Action
Kathy Buckley of Military Moms in Action stopped by the Capital News 9 studio to talk more about "Send a Soldier a Little Christmas."
Date: 9/25/2005 2:35 PM
Military Mom in Action' holds breakfast fundraiser Volunteers cooked up something special at the Hoosick Valley Rescue Squad in Schaghticoke to benefit the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Date: 1/31/2005 7:11 AM
Iraq election hits close to home
The Iraqi election has had a personal impact on some people living in the Capital Region. May Khemili left Baghdad two decades ago, but her family is still there. For her, Sunday's elections were a great step toward democracy. And the parents of two soldiers watched on with a different perspective than most.
Date: 12/20/2004 6:31 PM
Military Mom in Action gets a financial boost
Troops overseas are sure to have a Merry Christmas thanks to one local woman. She's been sending packages and presents to soldiers for more than a year now. But this year, she's getting an extra boost from Senator Joe Bruno.
Date: 10/17/2004 10:14 PM
Send a soldier a little Christmas
The husband-and-wife team that founded Military Mom in Action is now
focusing their attention to the holidays and sending soldiers a little Christmas.
Date: 7/17/2004 4:32 PM
Showing support is magnetic
Thousands of car bumpers in the Capital Region have something in common now. Yellow ribbon magnets are the newest way to show support for our troops.
Date: 6/11/2004 10:20 PM
Second graders support troops
Soldiers in Iraq will soon be receiving some TLC thanks to second graders at Hoosic Valley Elementary.
Date: 5/11/2004 3:13 PM
Local mom encourages troop support
A local mom whose two sons served in Iraq is encouraging people to send letters of support to troops overseas.
Date: 4/21/2004 9:31 PM
The debate over reinstating the draft
Some lawmakers -- including local lawmakers -- said the United States should resume the military draft, while others don't think it's a good idea. People who could potentially be affected reacted to the news.
Date: 11/4/2003 11:16 AM
Soldier's family continues mission
This past weekend marked the deadliest in Iraq since the end of combat operations in May. In all, 16 soldiers were killed, dozens more wounded. There are renewed questions about the U.S. occupation. They are questions being asked in many places -- except one. One local family is saving the questions for later and staying on course.
Date: 4/21/2003 12:12 PM
"Military Moms" project keeping busy
A local family is calling their project to help the troops in Iraq a huge success. Kathy Buckley of Schaghticoke recently started an organization called "Military Moms in Action."
Date: 3/20/2003 6:03 PM
Local family reacts to war
One local family has been glued to the television set since the war started Wednesday night, and for good reason. The Buckley family of Schagticoke has two sons in the Army who were stationed in Kuwait earlier in the week.
Date: 3/17/2003 8:17 AM
Sweet messages of support
A local woman turns her dining room into a small support center. What's she's baking up is giving soldiers a taste of home while serving in the Middle East.

 

 

Military Mom in Action May 30, 2006

Kathy Buckley is a military mom in action. Her life right now focused on boxes filled with packets of food and other goodies. Each week she packs up more than 120 boxes and sends them off, to young men and women in harm's way. U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and all across the world.

There's nothing like a mother's love, just ask the dozens of U.S. soldiers all across the world who receive a care package from a Rensselaer county mom each and every week. Kathy Buckley, a mom from Melrose with two soldier sons, has adopted many more - working nearly around the clock to make sure they have a touch of home while they are away.

 

Military Mom in Action gets grant

12/21/2005 By: Danielle Strauss

Kathy Buckley of Melrose and her little elves have been very busy filling, packing and sending holiday care packages to almost 400 soldiers serving overseas.

Buckley said, "My oldest son is heading up into Iraq, supposed to be Christmas Day. So we've got a few names headed that way. It's been an exciting year. It's been very busy."

She's been delighting troops for more than a two years now. This year alone, Buckley and her group, Military Mom in Action, has sent about 7,500 boxes. And now they're getting a little help -- to the tune of $10,000 from state Assemblyman Pat Casale.

Casale said, "Our servicemen and our servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the war zones, and they are the ones sacrificing the most this time of year. I think we should support them, and that's what we are doing."

Buckley said, "Our postage this year was almost $28,000. So this $10,000 will go a long way toward postage and help keep us going because it's a big expense."

This year the troops are getting everything from food to socks to mini Christmas trees. Buckley said it's important the soldiers know we are thinking about them. She said, "This is something that as long as there are people out there that we can send boxes to we will continue to do so."

 

SENATOR BRUNO ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MILITARY MOM IN ACTION

December 20, 2004

Military Mom In Action - June 27, 2006 - By Tom Chandler


About a week ago, I met a remarkable local couple serving as guest speakers at a Friends of the NRA dinner, Kathy and Ken Buckley of Melrose. Ken and Kathy have two sons serving active duty in the U.S. military.

Kathy has organized the group Military Mom in Action http://www.militarymominaction.org/ to send weekly care packages to as many service men and women as possible. Presently they serve over 400 service people, and many share their packages with their buddies multiplying the number of service people served.

The Buckleys and their people are quite willing to serve as many more as possible, yet their resources are limited and they can not afford to advertise. Whether or not the public is reminded of or even informed of their existence depends on friendly media willing to expose the public to the existence of such small groups and though there are other similar groups around the nation the MMIA of Melrose NY is in our backyard.

Visit their site, read their story and recognize how it must feel to have your care package from home stop because the people back home lost interest and the resources to send the packages have dwindled.