October 20, 2019
I have sent out over 10,000,000 cards now and over 10,100 challenge coins. Going to be starting the 18th year in November, 2019. I will continue as long as I’m able, 74 years old now, thanking our Current Military, the Families, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS and their Families. At some point I need to find someone to carry on with the mission.
The cards “For All those who Wear a Badge” along with matching Challenge coins are a national hit. I had a local “Tough Ol’ County Sheriff” was moved to tears that someone would take the time to thank him. Ahh the stories I hear about the cards and coins from all you handing them out or receiving them. I wish I had written them down since I started, it would make a good book.
I’m funded 100% by donations since Ross Perot Sr. donated the first million cards back in 2006. It is just me doing the daily duties of Dear American Hero.
The normal donation I receive for 200 cards is $25 to $50 and for 500/600 cards it is $50 to $100. I do not receive any compensation for my 12 years of doing this mission. I spend at least 4 hours daily and USPS costs me upwards of $8,000 yr.
January 26, 2017
It was the start of Dear American Hero. Here is 3 YouTube videos from local news stations.
2017 Dear American Hero has given out over 8,000,000 cards and over 8,000 coins. Now there is a new card “For all those who wear a badge” and challenge coin. I’ve had Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters with tears in their eyes upon receiving a card and coin.
I continue to send out coins and cards 6 days a week since 2006.
February 8, 2016
Announcing the new Dear American Hero card. It is designed to thank our EMS, Fire & Law Enforcement Communities.
The first run of 2,500 cards are ready to start mailing. At this time I will limit the number of cards per request to 25 cards. A challenge coin is being developed and will be here in 30 days.
May 8, 2014
I have published my father’s wartime letters written as a decorated 101st Airborne paratrooper during WWII in the book, Comes A Soldier’s Whisper. I will be attending different events featuring my book at the Geneseo Air Show in New York during July with about 10,000 expected visitors and at the Military Musuem in Vincennes, Indiana in September to exhibit some of the original letters with the Dedication Video (already on display in the Military Museum in Kissimmee, Fl). I would like to hand out your cards as well.
I hope to visit as many museums as possible to feature this lovely video as a tribute to all soldiers of all wars. My next project is Comes A Soldier’s Whisper VIETNAM and Beyond, Reflections from a Vietnam Veteran due in September.
Jenny La Sala
COMES A SOLDIER’S WHISPER
May 7, 2014
Today at Hobby Lobby I saw a man wearing a Vietnam vet ball cap in a wheelchair. I dug around in my bag and came up with one of my “thank you, hero” cards, walked back and handed it to him. I didn’t stay to talk, just long enough to see his face light up. He smiled , and I walked away. The moment was about him, not me, but it felt so good.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do that.
Rock Island, IL
April 22, 2014
I received a card from a stranger 4 weeks ago. I was stunned. I was also grateful. Every veteran I gave a card to I also saluted the man regardless of rank. Such appreciation was overwhelming. Thank you for starting this program. I am an e-5 vet from the Korean war. Served in the 3rd Armored Division.
Anthony J. Casper, North Richland Hills, TX
April 21, 2014
I was given a card at the Maple Grove Community Ctr. about two or three years ago. A man just inside the front door asked me if I was a veteran and I told him I was and then he gave me this little card that started out by saying…Dear American Hero !
It has become one of my most cherish possessions, it sits proudly in the middle of my desk. I was drafted during the Vietnam conflict and now in my 60’s, I don’t ever remember anyone ever saying thank you and this little card means the world to me.
So “Thank You” so very much,
Dennis Schmid, Maple Grove, MN
April 21, 2014
I found some of the cards at our local VA center at Ft. Know and have been passing them our for a couple years, I ran out and really know the vets (as myself) appreciate them, more than words can describe.
April 13, 2014
I really do not know what to say. I am a Canadian 1st Bat P.P.C.L.I A coy Red Devil Veteran that lives in the US. I stop every soldier and veteran down here to thank them when I see them and i would love it if i could give out your cards as well. I received one myself 2 yrs ago from a patron while i was at a Memorial Day service wearing my jacket and beret. I was told that it doesn’t matter what country you are from, we are all brothers. I was brought to tears as this is no even close to what I experienced when I got out of the military in 93. I am so proud of my service and did allot of cross training with American soldiers. I am EXTREMELY proud to live in the USA and am working towards my citizenship. At this time money is very tight as we are just getting back on our feet. My next order i hope to be able to make a healthy donation because this means so much to me. The opportunity to give out these cards is an amazing thing and I would be humbled if I was able to do so.
Thank you very much for what you are doing.