Cypress Cares; Founded by Soldiers, for Soldiers

July 17, 2008

     Ladies and Gentleman, it is an honor to be able to share a wonderful story with you here on A Soldier’s Mind.  As you know, there are great people among us, who want to show their love and support for our troops.  One way they’re doing this is by supporting a local cause.  Please allow me the honor of introducing this admirable young American woman.

Raquel Cunningham, is a dedicated individual who herself, has served in the United States Army Reserve as an officer (Nurse) for the 256th Combat Support Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  Raquel also worked on IMA status with Evans Army Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is now working as a volunteer for a Houston-based admissions representative for the US Military Academy at West Point.

Raquel; from Cypress Texas, has founded a group called Cypress Cares, a non profit organization dedicated to the support of our troops overseas, and back at home.  Her goal is to generate more interest in supporting their efforts to provide more support for the troops. “I have friends currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I started just by supporting them, and decided that I was able to do more.  Thus Cypress Cares was born!”  Raquel said. 

I myself am proud to know that there is support out there and you at ASM should know of the hard work that these people go through to make the support of our troops happen.  “We are an open and honest group of about 5 volunteers and every bit of what we receive is used for the support of our soldiers/sailors/airmen and Marines.”  Raquel is to be commended for her efforts,  It is people like Raquel, who makes soldiers as motivated as ever to serve their country, regardless of whatever they may find themselves in.

I would personally like to invite you to check out her website.  please go to to help support her cause.  If you know anyone else who wants to come forward with their tributes to our service men and women, then feel free to send them my way.  This is why we are “A Soldier’s Mind”, we are here for the soldiers, never forget that.  I hope you enjoy, and never forget to support our troops.  Hats off to my friend, Raquel, a job well done!


5 Responses to “Cypress Cares; Founded by Soldiers, for Soldiers”

  1. Terri on July 17th, 2008 3:54 pm

    Brandon thanks for sharing that information with us. I’ll try to see if I can’t contact her and find out if they need any assistance that we could help provide.

  2. Brandon Begley on July 17th, 2008 10:22 pm

    Thank you Terri, I appreciate the gesture of good faith. If you want to get into contact with her her email address is . This goes for anyone who wants to help. Thank you and look forward to writing more posts soon.

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  3. Brandon Begley on July 17th, 2008 10:25 pm

    oops, sorry about that, I guess I didn’t clear everything when I got her email. Computers can have a mind of their own sometimes :)

  4. Kathleen Thornton on August 15th, 2008 11:13 am

    My oldest son (GySgt, USMC) and my youngest son (LT. USN) have both ben to Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan (with 405th as part of a Joint Operations Unit). I have been sending CARE packages (because of them) for more than five years to troops in these areas–currently sending to PRT ASADABAD in AFGH. I’ve sent more than 4800 packages and will try to continue until they all come home. If you have a group, unit that needs some TLC, email me names and/or addresses and I’ll add them to our list. I do this through a service club at the school where I teach in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
    Thanks to all of you from a proud American and a proud mother.

  5. Raquel on August 20th, 2008 4:32 pm


    That is awesome. I look forward to the day when I can say that I’ve helped that many troops. Right now it’s basically just me and about 3 others trying to do what we can.

    If you can private email me through my Cypress Cares website, I’d love some words of advice on how to get my community more involved. They seem to a little dis-interested in helping us. I need to find some new ways to get to them.

    Proud to have served!
    Founder, Cypress Cares
    Cypress, Texas

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