Posted: 10th November 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

Somehow I forgot to add a post here to our official website! So sorry about that. We are now an official 501 c 3 non profit organization. Visit the new website for updated news/information on everything JHP:

School has been very busy but I am going to try to post here again in the future.  Graduation day is set for May 7!

1/2 Boy, 1/2 Man

Posted: 5th August 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

I got this in an email today and wanted to share it:

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father’s, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life – or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to ‘square-away ‘ those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot:

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries. Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

125 care packages sent!

Posted: 15th July 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

Woohoo! I went to the post office today with a few boxes to get the number up to 125. Not bad for two and a half months if I do say so myself! One of the boxes was a very special one… I cannot wait to hear back from them when they receive it. I will definetely post more about it once it gets to its destination!

I am keeping this short and sweet. Going to the desert with my family for a much needed vacation this Friday. I am so excited! I recently got a summer job a few weeks ago that has been keeping me busy in addition to working at the gym on Sunday and everything I do for Jessica’s Hope Project.

I am happy to report some of our marine contacts have recently returned home from deployment in Afghanistan to their loved ones. Welcome Home Charly Mabry, Andres Joaquin Lugo, James Clark, Ryan Haley and Marc Lopez! Thank you for your service and we are happy to have you all back home!

Like us on Facebook

Posted: 14th July 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

I setup a facebook page for Jessica’s Hope Project. Please like us! Thanks…. We currently have 118 fans, lets raise that number!

Happy 4th of July

Posted: 4th July 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

I am starting to run low on donations so if you are able to donate it would be fantastic. You can donate online via paypal or send us a check in the mail. Once I get the 501 status for JHP I “should” be able to give you a reciept to make it tax deductible is what the lawyers told me. To date we have shipped out 103 boxes overaseas in just 2 months. The responses we have been getting from the troops has been amazing. It only inspires me to want to do more. I recieved two hand-written thank you notes in the mail today from contacts we recently shipped some boxes to. Here is what one of the cards said:

Thank you so much for the wonderful package. I heard about Muscle Milk, but never tried it until now. I really enjoyed the product. I shared the other items in the box with the rest of the Marines and they could not believe somebody would send items of such quality. All the Marines were very appreciative and wanted me to make sure to tell you thank you for them. So… Thank you from all the MACS-1 (FWD) Marines.

Things have been going great. I just recieved my first monthly shipment from 24 Hour Fitness yesterday and will be packing up more boxes tommorow and Monday. The paperwork for my 501 c 3 application is almost complete. It should be sent to the IRS for approval next week. My lawyers are hopeful they will expedite our application with the letter we included explaining why we “need” to.

I saw this wonderful video today and wanted to share it with you all. This gripping, patriotic film short is great to honor vets, remember the fallen and teach kids the price of their freedom. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Fourth of July. I will be working an extra long shift tommorow at the gym tommorow because I am covering a friend’s shift whose mom is visiting this weekend.

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Happy Father’s Day

Posted: 21st June 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

Happy Father’s Day to all our deployed warriors who are fathers. May you come back home to your wonderful families very soon…

I saw this on the news tonight and wanted to share it with you all. It brought me to tears!

100 care packages slideshow

Posted: 18th June 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

100 care packages sent!

Posted: 14th June 2010 by Jessica Maddin in Uncategorized

Total amount raised: $2505.43
Total number of boxes shipped: 100! YAY

It’s taken me a few days to update with this fabulous news because I was busy preparing for my grandfather’s birthday celebration yesterday and I had to work this morning. WOOHOO We did it! JHP sent out our 100th care package on 6/11. I sent my first 7 care packages out on 4/30. It was an insane week to get out those last 23 packages out, but what an amazing feeling to hit 100! Here’s to the next 100…

I received an amazing email from Sgt. Eric Lowney that I want to share with you. It really warmed my heart and shows me that what I am doing is making a difference.

My name is Eric Lowney, as you probably gathered from my e-mail address, and I just received an AMAZING care package from your charity, Jessica’s Hope Project.  It is amazing that people like you exist, honestly.  Taking the time to individually wrap boxes to send to people who you have never met and then to include personal handwritten notes in each one really is something rare.  It is astonishing also that a company, especially one as big and well-known as 24-hour fitness, is actually sponsoring the things you are sending out here to us.  I cannot tell you how many vendors, especially large chains, will not even offer 10% discounts on merchandise or meals (enough to cover the sales tax), and you guys are sending us these things absolutely free.  I think everyone who receives the items from these packages knows firsthand how expensive supplements, vitamins, and other fitness related products are and how they can cost a fortune.  Getting them in Afghanistan is basically left to ordering online (with shipping fees), so for people to give up so much for us is truly amazing and I cannot thank you enough for the items you sent me and for the Marines that I’ve distributed the contents to.  Words cannot express my gratitude and sincere thanks, I will be sending you pictures soon so you can put faces to our names.  I would love to stay in contact with you and your charity throughout the deployment if you have the time to e-mail back and forth.  Thanks again for everything.

I created an album on my facebook page called “The Faces JHP Supports.” I eventually will add some of those here to this blog, but for right now it is easier to just link this:

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No Dog Left Behind tells the harrowing and heartwarming tales of four military servicemen who bonded with animals in the war zone and the SPCA International program that helped them rescue and reunite with their buddies at home in the U.S.

There was a story that my aunt brought to my attention about a lady in the next town over who is doing something amazing for veterans. Taken from,0,6068234.story

She’s at veterans’ service: Chiropractor offers free program for those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

It all began while waiting in line for tacos in Santa Barbara.

Chiropractor Dee Ann Nason of NorthGlen Chiropractic at 1306 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale began talking to a man waiting in line with her.

Before long, the man began talking about the challenges he was going through acclimating to civilian life. The war veteran had driven trucks and carried heavy equipment through much of his tour. The bouncing motion of the large trucks he drove led to back pain and a lack of sleep.

His story set a series of ideas in motion. Nason’s first thought was, “He can’t be the only one.”

So she decided to establish the free Military Care Program, which caters to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for a variety of injuries, from lower back problems, to pain in the legs, shoulders, neck, elbows and wrist. The program began May 1.

“I spent 13 months in Vietnam, and you come back with a little less back than you started with,” said Joe Puglia, a Glendale Community College counselor and retired Marine Corps captain. “Especially for the Iraqi and Afghan guys . . . . there is a lot of trauma to the back, a lot of falls.”

Much of Nason’s work involves treating veterans with chiropractic injuries. Other times, Nason’s work is a hybrid of chiropractic and counseling. Some vets just want to talk about their time in the military and the difficulty they’ve had rejoining civilian life.

There are times, Nason said, when all they do is talk. No chiropractic work takes place.

For patients who may need additional or more intense counseling, Nason will refer patients to full-time counselors.

“It ranges from where they wear it on their sleeve, like they’re just a complete wreck, almost nonfunctioning, to anger,” Nason said. “The ones that I’ve worked with, they’re lost. It’s just that sense of ‘I know I should be doing something, but I don’t know.’ It’s like they’re home, but they’re not.”

Nason’s early promotional efforts for the Military Care Program involved word-of-mouth. Within two weeks, Nason began to schedule regular appointments for veterans.

For six months, patients get free chiropractic consultations, physical examinations and treatments.

“Any time you do something for vets, that’s a nice gesture,” Puglia said.

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Total amount raised as of 6/6/10: $2485.43
Total number of boxes shipped as of 6/6/10: 77

I received this in an e-mail today and wanted to share it with you all:

This is little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001

During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The  chaplain told me what happened at a daycare center near where the impact occurred.  This daycare had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.

There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.  Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, ‘well, there we are—on our own.’

About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon. Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing – they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off.  Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.

The chaplain then said, “I don’t think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them?  It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.

Remember Ronald Reagan’s great compliment.

Most of us wonder if our lives made any difference. Marines don’t have that problem.

It’s the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
It’s the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It’s the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It’s the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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