Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cards really do mean the world to us

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 17 Jan 09:

Greetings from the beautiful Afghanistan! It truly is beautiful here. We are completely surrounded by mountains that are covered in snow. It has been an unseasonably warm winter here so far. Actually it has been beautiful since we arrived over a month ago. Today we awoke to tons of snow! It is beautiful but very cold.

I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I received your package and all I can say is WOW! We could not have asked for more. We were all standing around and digging in the box and OOHing and AAhing! They are truly beautiful. Thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to us.

I read on the website that people should not get their hopes up for letters from soldiers. I could not imagine not personally thanking you for what you did.

I shared all your cards with all the ladies around me, and they were so happy. I also pulled all the Valentines Day cards to “My Wife” and strategically placed them on the guys’ desks, with a note: “Don’t Forget.” The guys get so busy around here, and mail is so slow….I just wanted to help them out.

I personally am a single parent with two teenage daughters and two twin 4year old boys. I do not want any of them to think for a second I’m not thinking about them. I am a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and just went over 20 years service in the Army. It is my third deployment in the War on Terrorism.

Thank you so much for doing this for us. It is truly selfless. Cards really do mean the world to us and are very hard to find. I receive tons of packages from and I use the cards to write thank yous to each and every one of them. . . Paying it forward. I just wanted you to know it is much appreciated and its great Americans like you that help us hang in there when it gets hard. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

CW# T.B., 101st Airborne

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