The Maine Troop Greeters

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Maine Troop Greeters and Soldiers Angels form an alliance to greet heroes as they return from deployment.

The Maine Troop Greeters, an informal group of veterans and civilians dedicated to welcoming our military men and women as they pass through Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine, proudly announce their newly formed alliance with Soldier’s Angels. The main goal of the Maine Troop Greeters is to honor the troops for the job they are doing and to acknowledge and show gratitude for the sacrifice each service member and their family are making. The Maine Troop Greeters are honored to meet and greet our military troops regardless of the weather or time of night and to date have welcomed close to 200,000 troops.

The formation of this alliance will enable Soldiers Angels to solicit publicity and financial assistance that will help the Maine Troop Greeters fulfill their mission. According to greeter Olive S. Volk, there are many thoughts on what would make life just a little better for these troops when they arrive in Bangor, however, it will take a huge outpouring of love and support from a lot of people to make it happen. For instance, the airport offers a fine cafeteria, but many of the incoming troops arrive without enough money in their pockets to buy a coffee. The group hopes to provide troops with vouchers to purchase a meal and/or beverage from the airport cafeteria, hotel vouchers for when families are stranded, wireless Internet connection in and around the troop room, laptops and/or other devices for troops to send or receive email.

Other useful items include: MP3 players, portable DVD players with a supply of movies, game systems and supply of games all of which will help keep morale up while waiting hours to depart. Also, international phone cards that work in both Baghdad and Kuwait, disposable digital cameras with bubble wrap envelopes to send them home, boxes of individually wrapped wipes, jump ropes and other small exercise equipment, travel games, eye drops, small bottles of hand sanitizer, sun block, gold bond products, razors, tampons and other feminine products, hand lotion, socks, Dr. Scholls gel inserts/regular inserts for boots, Johnson and Johnson products, sunglasses, toiletries, pencils, pens, small notebooks, and American flags in assorted sizes.

For more information on how you can assist the Maine Troop Greeters please contact

Soldiers Angels
626-398-4224 or


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