When military personnel are injured or wounded, treatment and transportation occur with such speed that sometimes their gear and personal items never catch up with them. They are often evacuated wearing the same clothing they wore when they were wounded--clothing that is often damaged in action or removed during treatment--and soon find themselves without easy access to basic supplies.
To address this situation, Soldiers' Angels created the First Response Backpacks. The backpacks provide a complete set of comfortable clothing, a full set of travel-sized toiletries and accessories (such as toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo, and soap), an international calling card, and a handmade Blanket of Hope. We also include a zippered, hooded sweatshirt with the Soldiers' Angels logo. Since the First Response Backpacks project started, Soldiers' Angels has distributed more than 25,000 backpacks for the wounded.