Friday, September 12, 2008

A Soldier's Thank You

My DH and I support the project; and I would like to share here the responses we get from some of the guys and gals who receive our packages. They are not required or expected to respond--some do and some do not. It is just a pleasant surprise when we receive a written or email response.

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Mr. and Mrs. Barker:

Thank you very much for the wonderful package that you sent. We here as a whole will enjoy all those goodies that you sent. It has definitely brightened up the day having a package from home (being the states) delivered here in Iraq.

We are all doing fine here, the weather is cooling off a bit and thank God for that, in August here oh my it was hotter than, well you know the place.

Thanks again for the wonderful goodies and May God bless you and your family this Holiday season.

AC1(AW/SW) Christopher L. Switzer

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I wanted to thank you for the package you sent to us. It was able to help 95 personnel in our Company here in Kuwait. We thank you for your support; it makes what we do here worthwhile.

SK2 Chris Lee
Navy Customs Battalion Tango

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On behalf of our clinic, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you for the package you sent us. We truly appreciate all the support we get from back home. The thoughtfullness and generosity was obvious in what you sent. Most of us are counting the days until we can return home. It's pretty cold here...but better than the summer weather. Again, thank you very much for the package....we appreciate it.

South Side Aid Station Al Asad, Iraq
c/o LT Stephen H Pearson

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Dear Patriotic Friends,

On behalf of the deployed military and civilian personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for your recent donation. Donations such as clothing, toys, school supplies are given to the local Afghans; toiletries, food, and books are given to military personnel.

…..If you would like to continue to make donations, the Afghanis are in need of new and gently used items including conservative clothing for men, women and children (they do not wear shorts in Afghanistan), shoes, winter clothing—gloves, hats, scarves, coats, blankets-- , school supplies and toys—(no religious items or anything requiring batteries or electricity—most Afghanis do not have electricity).

Donations can be sent to:

VCR Program, Pool House
APO AE 09356

(This information forwarded through Sailor Daisy S Dixon, who has since returned to her home state of Hawaii).

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Mr. and Mrs. Barker,

Me and my Sailors when like to thank you for the care package that you sent us. We mostly receive packages from our loved ones back and home and rarely receive a package from someone that’s supporting us and our efforts here in Iraq. Thanks again and take care!!

AC1 Myers, on Behalf of the nine sailors deployed with Marine Air Traffic Control Squadron-2

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Received, Monday, June 2, 2008:

Mr. and Mrs. Barker,

I just wanted to write and thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts. We have quickly divided the goodies between all of us and everyone looks very content. I would have to say that the big hits are the Black Licorice and the Q-Tips. One never really knows how much dirt they can get in their ears until they clean them, and ours appear to be really dirty! It is because of good people such as yourselves and our great country that we do our duty everyday and night. We stand our ground and take the fight to those who do harm to others so that our country and way of life are preserved. That the lives of those we are here to free from poverty and oppression can know what freedom and making a choice for oneself means. To assist them in taking the fight to their enemies and preserving their homeland and way of life as well. In doing so one, day we may come home and stand tall, be proud, hold our heads high and say "We made a difference in this world and in those whom we helped." God Bless you for caring for us and taking time from your day to send us a package. We do truly appreciate it and send you and the great state of Georgia a heartfelt "Thank You".


Adam McIntyre
Barry Peters
Alan McGuffee (Is From Georgia)
Troy Eck
Clint Eaton
Kristopher Jullian
Bruce Kelton
Kevin Rowland

Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Four
Deployed to Afghanistan

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Received from: 6th Marine Regiment, Lima Co, in Iraq:
Aug 1, 2008

On June 25 of this year, one of the outposts my infantry company mans....was subject to an unfortunate electrical fire.....My men lost almost everything to include their personal belongings.....I didn't feel the tragedy of this incident until I witnessed some of the men crawling and digging through the still smoldering ashed looking for a shred of family pictures and/or other sentimental valued items.....That same night, I sent a message to my wife to send me some necessary items.....; and she in turn passed it on to the family, etc. Soon, many Americans such as yourself rose up and showed your true colors....Over the next few weeks, and still today, we began receiving tremendous support from the States from a range of people from those who could only send a pillow case, to large military support groups sending laptops and IPods. No matter what the item received here, my Marines and I have a renewed faith in our fellow Americans and you've reinforced the reason why we fight for Old Glory. So to you I give my deepest thanks for your efforts and sending items to assist the Marines of Lima Co.

We will never foget your support during our time of need and will never take for granted our privilege to fight for Americans like you. God Bless you and Semper Fidelis.

Captain J. D. Anzevino

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God Bless our Soldiers--every one!


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