I don't know if there is a group or post about this yet, but I couldn't find one. Whether you're for the war or against the war, America is fighting and our boys are stuck thousands of miles from home. Some of these men have never been out of their county, never been away from home and are putting their lives on the line for our freedom. I was hoping that this could be a place where any combat deployed soildger could put his company's contact info on the wall here along with a list of what he needs and anyone who wishes could send him a little care package. This is also for anyone that has a brother/boyfriend/husband/son/sister/girlfriend/wife/daughter (you get the idea) deployed. Let us know what you need and know that we support you, regardless of how we view the war.
I'm leaving on Halloween, so I'll have an address for you guys in a couple weeks, but I can tell you what we need. Q tips and baby wipes. That covers most of the personal hygiene stuff, everyone has their own personal opinions for stuff they want. But for me personally, data cds loaded with music. Any kind will do, just avoid the Disturbed/Nickleback garbage. Peanut butter is also a must.
This is a very good idea, however I will give you a heads up this probably isn't the best place to have this information posted. I was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 and very much appreciated having groups back home send us care packages. One thing that folks tend to forget is the bad guys can be anywhere and can access all kinds of information. Please don't post specific unit contact information on a public page like this. Make contacts with individuals and then continue your correspondence privately. Having information on specific unit's locations posted like this is a pretty big security risk which is why troops are briefed not to post information on personal blogs anymore. I appreciate what you're trying to do, but please keep their safety and security in mind as well.
I can't speak for the other services, but when the Army Reserve deployed me to southwest Asia six and seven years ago, I began to notice that pretty much every unit had a Family Support Group that did things like organize care packages. If there's a unit near you—military bases are obvious, but Reserve and National Guard units are basically everywhere and are in the phonebook's blue pages—contact the FSG directly if you can; otherwise, just contact the unit's Public Affairs Officer who can put you in touch with people.
As an Officer in the United States Army who spend 15 months overseas in Afghanistan, here's my take on supporting the troops: Enlist.
While the free candy, soap, toothbrushes, and socks are nice, most FOBs overseas are overrun with these goodies. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't need any of that stuff. What I do need, though (especially as an Army leader) are Soldiers! I need troops to accomplish all my missions. I had to spend an extra three months overseas in 2007-2008 because of the Surge that helped improve our situation in Iraq. I had to spend these extra months because, with the Army's manning at the time, extending everyone's deployment was the only way to flex the 30,000 additional Soldiers into the theater of operations.
If, instead of sending me excess sundries that I really didn't need, all those who "supported" me as a Soldier enlisted in the Army, our nation would have more than enough Soldiers to accomplish all missions, thus allowing my Soldiers and I to spend more time Stateside with our families and less time deployed overseas. And that would mean more to me (and I'd imagine to my Soldiers), than all the care packages in the world!
I couldn't agree with this post more! Sometimes I worry that I am starting to sound like a recruiter. I've been chewed out by a teacher and two parents so far, for suggesting to a high school senior and two college kids that they enlist. I point out the good and the bad and try to put a dose of reality in it. But, overall it's the best way to support the troops.
Disclaimer: I am a former Marine and former Army Guardsman. I am in no affiliated with any military recruiter of any branch. And no, I am not getting a kickback, bonus, or commission for suggesting to someone that enlisting in the military is a good idea.
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