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Paracord Bracelets for Troops

Join us in making paracord bracelets for our troops! Anyone at anytime can make a bracelet and bring it to our Genealogy Department where they are collecting items for Operation Gratitude. A special bracelet-making event will be held for teens on Thurs., July 11 at 5pm.

What are Paracord Bracelets? Not only do these bracelets look cool, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation. We include them in our Care Packages because they’re both functional and meaningful, as they are handmade by an American who wants to show their appreciation to our Troops and First Responders.

How can a Paracord “Survival” Bracelet Be Used? All who serve use paracord, which gets its name from parachute cord and can hold up to 550 lbs. of weight. The bracelet provides 7.5 feet of cord in an emergency. Paracord “survival” Bracelets can be used to:

  • Secure camouflage nets to trees or vehicles

  • Build a makeshift shelter

  • Extend a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects

  • Create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location

  • Make a sling or splint

  • And those are just a few of the ways to use the full paracord! Cut the paracord and remove the 7 to 9 individual nylon strands inside it (the “guts”) and now you have finer strong string to use as:

  • Sewing thread to repair gear

  • Emergency sutures to close a wound

  • Fishing line

  • Trip line to secure an area

Our hope is to include one Paracord “survival” Bracelet in each of our Deployed Troop and New Recruit Care Packages, and in the First Responder Care Kits.


Be sure to pick up a jig pattern!

Right-handed instructional video:

Left-handed instructional video:


The note should be the size of a business card, because our bracelets are sent in a 3″x5″ plastic bag. Please do not attach the note to the bracelet. Simply put all of your notes in a plastic bag and we will include one in the bag with each bracelet.

Feel free to send your email address as well, but if the note is from someone under 18, please use an adult’s email and screen any letters received back from the service member prior to letting the minor read it. Responses should always be written under adult supervision.


Later Event: July 11
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