Thursday, February 28, 2008

Patriots at home

An email from a naval officer aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf, dated 28 Feb 08:



Thank you for the box of cards. I’ve passed them out to my squadronmates and they are thrilled to have them to write home. It’s wonderful to have support from patriots at home. We really appreciate your efforts.


Sincerely,
CDR S.M.



Monday, February 25, 2008

I am overwhelmed

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 25 Feb 08:



I am overwhelmed. The cards you sent were absolutely gorgeous. The beautiful craftsmanship awed all of us. The guys were even oohing and awing over the quality, texture and variety. That in itself sends accolades. There was a card for all of us; from the youngest soldier wanting something to send to his parents to the old, crusty first sergeant wanting something to send his gentle wife back home.


On a more personal note; I was dismayed just last week at the limited selection of cards available at the small post exchange (PX) here. My 12th wedding anniversary is almost here and since this is our first anniversary apart, I wanted to send something really nice. Now, I will be able to send something just perfect for my beloved husband. My three kids will definitely enjoy receiving such lovely cards too; especially my two girls who miss getting to do crafts at home with their Momma. I cannot say “Thank You” enough.


Services, such as your organization does, makes a Soldier feel pride in his/her country knowing that we serve a nation with such wonderful people in it. People who sacrifice their time and energy for us. From all of us here, especially the women, “THANK YOU". Your thoughts and actions mean the world to us.


With the deepest appreciation,
SSG C.C., Iraq


“The Bible will glorify the mind, guard the heart, lift the eye,
strengthen the hand,and guide the feet.”



Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thank you very much for supporting the deployed U.S. Forces.

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 23 Feb 08:



Thank you very much for sending a package with some wonderful scrapbooking materials. It was very meaningful and comforting to know you were thinking about us. Our scrapbooks are coming along very nicely, and they have become both a way for us to capture our memories and to be able to share with others what we are experiencing. Thank you very much for supporting the deployed U.S. Forces.


Respectfully,


SPC K.C.



Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No longer have an excuse for “not writing Mom!”

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 20 Feb 08:



Just got a huge box of home made greeting cards from “Cards for heroes” via “Any Soldier.com” What a great thing! Knowing people put so much time and effort for us was absolutely overwhelming. Many, many soldiers will get to use these cards, and no longer have an excuse for “not writing Mom!”


Thanks for all you do!


Thanks,
SPC K.L, Iraq



(This box went to a legal office (JAG) to be placed in the waiting room for their soldier-clients to use, so it will be shared by soldiers from many units.)


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You remind us of why we serve our country!

A letter from an army JAG unit in Iraq, dated 19 Feb 08:



Thank you so much for the wonderful cards and notes! We will use them and share them with as many soldiers as we can! Kind, caring people like you remind us of why we serve our country!


Sp K.L.


additional signatures by others:
Thanks! -J.K
Thank you so much! -Sgt T.
You’re the greatest! -L.L.
Thanks! -Sgt M.B.
Great idea! -D.M.
Thanks! -K.D.



Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thank you for thinking of me

A letter from a soldier, dated 17 Feb 08:



Sorry for this much delayed response. I just wanted to say thank you for thinking of me during the holiday season! It brought a smile to my face.
Happy New Year!
S.K.



Saturday, February 9, 2008

Thank you again for caring

An email referring to cards written to thank wounded heroes, being delivered by this Major at the CSH (combat support hospital) in Baghdad, dated 09 Feb 08:



Ma’am,


Thank you for the cards you sent me via [K.M.] to deliver to our wounded service members at the Combat Support Hospital here in Baghdad. I will personally ensure that they are delivered to them and that they feel your support.


Thank you again for thinking and caring for our troops here in Iraq.


Respectfully,


MAJ E.R,
Multi-National Force - Iraq
US Embassy, Baghdad



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.



Friday, February 8, 2008

You are very kind

A letter from a soldier in Iraq, dated 08 Feb 08:



Thank you very much for the beautiful cards. I’ll be leaving in a few hours for some visits to the battle positions and I’ll pass them out. You are very kind to take the time to remember us. It will mean a lot to the soldiers. May God bless you richly in the days ahead.
Sincerely yours,
J.C.S, Iraq



Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thank you again for all that you’re doing!

From a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 02 Feb 08:



I apologize for the late update. Two of my male soldiers have already redeployed back to North Carolina. Other than that, there are no further updates. I have attached a photo of me and my NCOIC during February when it was nice and snowy outside. I thank you again for all that you’re doing!



Hello and thank you

A letter from a Marine, dated 02 Feb 08:



Hello and thank you for your package, it is greatly appreciated!
R.R.