Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thank you so much for all your support!

From a soldier in Afghanistan dated 29 Nov 07:

Hi, how are you? You’re probably wondering who in the heck this is. My name is Sgt D.M. and I got an Any Soldier Christmas card from you the other day. And I was just writing to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for all your support!
Sgt D.M.

Gone in about 2 hours

A letter from an airman (airwoman?) in Afghanistan dated 29 Nov 07:

Thank you so much for the cards! They were gone in about 2 hours! They love them here. Like I said before, the BX doesn’t always have a great selection and its always nice to have something different. Thank you to you all!

I will definitely check out the website when it’s up and share my thanks to all.

Well you have a safe and joyous holiday. Your dedication and devotion to us is greatly appreciated!

With thanks,
M.G., Afghanistan

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thank you very much!

A letter from a soldier in Iraq dated 25 Nov 07:

Shalom! It was really great to receive your care package and cards! Thank you very much!

I serve with a Military Transition Team (MITT) in Baghdad Iraq. We are partnered with an Iraqi army unit which we advise and assist in their operations. With our help they are on their way to becoming self sufficient and protecting Iraq on their own.

It is an interesting job because it is so unprecedented and unpredictable. I have fun with it because I get to learn Arabic and all about the different cultures in Iraq. It can be a drag though, but what job can’t be. Being in Baghdad has it’s good points, I get to work with and talk to people from up to 30 different countries and in as many as 6 different languages at a time. So there is a lot of cultural exchange going on.

My wife lives in [city], we have 2 dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a guinea pig. We really love animals. We are also expecting our first child in December. Don’t know if it will be a boy or girl. It’ll be a surprise.

My address will be changing soon, so please hold any packages until I have a new one.
-CPT R.K.,Iraq

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Everyone loved them!

An email from a sailor in Iraq dated 22 Nov 07:

HAPPY TURKEY DAY to you!!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! And thank you for the Christmas cards, they were a hit. Everyone loved them! We all GREATLY appreciate what you and everyone else has done for us!
HM2 M.C., Iraq

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Soldiers are thrilled!

An email from a soldier in Iraq dated 15 Nov 07:

Thank you so much for thinking of us here in Baghdad! We received your wonderful package of cards and other thoughtful items. The Soldiers are thrilled! Thank you for being so thoughtful and supportive.

I attached a photo of some of the guys I work with at the new chow hall that just opened.



-R.J., Baghdad

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thank you for the greeting cards!

A card from a soldier in Kuwait dated 09 Nov 07:

Thank you for the greeting cards! Your support is so greatly appreciated. I hope that you and your family have a great Thanksgiving Holiday. —Sgt. D.C.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Everyone knew I got another package from you

A letter from an airman in Afghanistan dated 05 Nov 07:

Thank you so very much for the cards. Before I could even open the box I had people coming to me for more cards! I don’t always get to my mail right away so everyone knew I got another package from you. It is amazing like you said that all these wonderful women out there are spreading their creativity all the way to Afghanistan.

The Px (which is like a Walmart but only for military) just started bringing the Christmas items out. I told everyone I work with that you’ll be sending some more cards so don’t bother buying the ones out there. We have plenty of people here to use up whatever you send! I’m in a group of 5 individuals, but there are about 75 more cops here also, just doing a different job than me. I’m also part of a group over here that involves all the staff sergeants and tech sergeants throughout the entire Air Force Camp that we are in. So needless to say there are 100s that I can get these cards out to.

With being in the military you never really get a chance to be creative. That’s why I like volunteering for the Holiday committees. It gives me the chance to show everyone what I’m capable of, other than shooting a gun!

Friday, November 2, 2007

We all thank you for the cards

An email from a sailor in Iraq dated 02 Nov 07:

We all thank you for the cards you and your friends made for us. They’re GREAT! Very creative, I must say. We appreciate your support. We can’t thank you enough.

We all miss home so much! But we’ll be home before we know it. If my digital camera will actually work, I will take a picture of all of us and send it to you. I don’t have any pictures of my group, yet.

It’s ok over here. Nothing much is happening. It has calmed down a lot, where we are at. It sucks being away from home and not being able to get away from work. We work almost every day all week.

Last week was pretty cool. I was able to experience Iraq for the first time. I volunteered to go out on 2 humanitarian missions. We went with an infantry unit, from [location]. We were picked up by them and taken to their tiny compound. Then we went one mile down the road from their compound to an “Iraqi doctor’s office.” We examined and treated over 200 people in about 6 hours. We saw men, women, children, infants, and elderly. The Iraqi’s kept swarming and trying to rush us. This was because the word on the street was that “we were taking 10 Iraqi’s back to America to correct all of their problems because we are miracle workers. And we make old men and women young, again.” So, I can see why it was complete chaos….everyone wanted to be one of the ten to come back to the states. I also went and handed out candy and toys to as many kids as I could. I felt really good about helping people, but at the same time its so sad. Those people don’t have anything. It makes me appreciate what I have and what the US has for its poor people.

The following morning we went to a different place, which was about 1 1/2 hour drive. That place was really rural. They had many mud-huts that they were living out of. I really liked treating the kids and making them feel better. It was so cool to give them candy and toys cause they have nothing.

After that we went back to the Marine infantry’s compound: re-grouped and ate lunch. We had to drop off about 4 female Marines that were out of Falujah. After we dropped them off, we actually drove through the entire city of Falujah. Everything was shot-up or blown up. Most of the city was a ghost town. When the bombing from the war started, most people left the city. I was definitely a site to see. All of the kids would wave to us the whole drive back to base.

FYI, the Marine Corps is a department of the Navy. Therefore, the Navy funds the USMC and lends them medical personnel because they don’t have medical jobs in the USMC. I’ve been in the Navy for 8 1/2 years. I have spent 5 years as a medic for
the Marines. The other 3, I spent stationed right outside of [city]. The entire time, I have only been on a ship for a max of 2 weeks. A sailor that doesn’t sail, weird, I know.

Thank your friends for me and the rest of my crew. Take care and keep in touch! Bye!

-HM2 M.C., Iraq