ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chaplain “Mom Bev” Peyton, has been supporting our American troops since 1975: sending cards, writing letters and sending care packages for over 46 years! One of the letters I wrote to a Soldier was shared and read to thousands of troops on Palm Sunday at the Embassy in Baghdad.
In 2002, my son enlisted in the Army and I then became the mother of an American Hero.
I am the founder of Operation: Card Angels in Kettering, Ohio. This is a card ministry group that sends words of encouragement to the troops, wounded heroes and Veterans. In addition, we support the USO’s around the world and Honor Flights across the country. We also make cards for the troops to send back home to their loved ones (i.e., happy birthday, miss you and holiday cards). I have volunteers all over America.
I am also one of the founding members and Past President of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Miami Valley Chapter #3, in Kettering, Ohio. Under my leadership, the local BSM chapter became the largest chapter in the Nation. While in this organization, I oversaw and presented Gold Star Banners to the mothers and families of fallen Heroes in my area.
Over the years, I have worked with top officials at the White House, the U.S. Senate and all ranks within the military. When President Bush was in office, he had a top advisor that would always take my phone calls. I have also worked with a Senator and filing four congressional investigations against one military base.
Other nonprofits often contact me to learn how to educate, motivate and delegate people to become involved in growing their businesses. I have hosted hundreds of care packing parties for the troops at corporations, churches, schools, scout groups, the Dayton VA and senior citizen centers. I have spent my life volunteering with Operation: Card Angels, Operation: Show Our Love, Operation Spirit 4 Troops, Operation Gratitude, Operation Write Home, Operation Thank You, Chaplain’s Wings, Pink Camo, Heads at Ease, Soldiers’ Angels, The Yellow Ribbon Support Center, Cards for Soldiers, Honor Flights across the country, Letters to Soldiers Club, Tell Them Thanks, Blue Star Mothers of America, the Thank You Foundation (Ohio) and Marine Comfort Quilts. I have also been an advocate for children with disabilities throughout the State of Ohio.
I was awarded the National Citation of Exceptional Service Award from the AUSA and the Army National Guard Team Total Victory medallion and pin for my volunteerism and service.