Saturday, February 9, 2008

Forwarded package

A letter from a Marine Chaplain in Iraq, dated 09 Feb 08:

My name is Fr XXXX. I am the Chaplain for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. We are normally stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA but recently arrived in Iraq. One of the great things about my job is that we often receive packages from people in the States who want to help Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen who are serving away from their loved ones.

The other day we received a number of packages that had been shipped here. Some were from units that had left and others were forwarded to us for further distribution. Yours was one of them. I’m not exactly sure when you sent the package but I wanted to thank you and let you know we have already distributed everything to the Marines and Sailors who perform the daily patrols out in Fallujah. They are charged with working with the Iraqi security forces and people to ensure security and help restore the local economy.

It is wonderful to have people like you who think of us while we are away from home. For many of the troops, this is their second or third time in Iraq. While no one enjoys being separated from family and loved ones, these men and women are committed to accomplishing the mission assigned.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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