My original idea was knitting for the injured soldiers, rather than for the troops at large. (Not that they don't deserve it!)
After seeing the stories about the poor care some vets are getting and seeing the trauma units at the battlefront, I was moved to do something.
I found http://www.sewmuchcomfort.org/index.asp, which distributes adaptive clothing for the wounded - pants with one leg made larger to accomodate casts and such, for example. When soldiers are in transport from the battlefield to hospitals in Europe, they are in large cargo type planes. They might get cold there, or need a cover for an amputated limb or an IV site. They have some information at their site about what is needed.
My basic thought was show them we care. This is just one way - I'm sure we can all find a path to what we feel helps best.
I recieved this at my blog, from Bev, of Bev's Country Cottage
This is great =) I also support our troops no matter where they are serving,
One of the things our soldiers LOVE to be able to do is to hand out handmade items, like warm hats, socks, mittens, blankets and such to the refugees and the locals who are in desperate need. It boosts everyone's morale.
If you would like to help make things for the soldiers to hand out in Afghanistan, you can do that here:
They still need warm clothes till mid-late April. After that I figure we can focus on dolls, bears, and other snuggly toys.
I thought the idea of a knitted toy to pass out to a child was wonderful, plus all the other possibilities.
Thanks to everyone for their input.