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I received this email from my friend Paul. As you may have read in previous blogs, he is currently stationed in Tikrit. Are you new to the diet? Would you like to get rid of any non-perishable foodstuffs that no longer meet your dieting needs but at the same time, support our troops? Perhaps you have a little "fall cleaning" before the holidays. Regardless of which presidential candidate you support, the fact is that our young men and women are in harm's way and until this thing is nearly over, they're going to be there for a while. If you can help, I urge you to do whatever you can. Since you are sending these items to a military address, it costs the same as any domestic mail would cost. Thanks for your help.
First, want to thank all you for all of your generous support for
myself and all the troops out here downrange. While I'd hate to say that
your contributions have made this place feel a little more like home (as
this place can never truly compare to home), thanks to your
contributions, you've helped us to make this place all the more bearable.
We've used and distributed to soldiers all the first aid supplies,
toiletries items, and breakfast snacks. The DVDs you all have sent have
kept us entertained during the long nights when we've been confined to our
office due to rocket or mortar attacks, and even the occasional lazy
Sunday spent in our living containers.
Now many of us out here are on the down-slope of this deployment. Many
of us may be out of here as early as Christmas, while others of us
won't be leaving until late February.
Nevertheless, we still could use your help! Our small pantry is running
dangerously low, and as our replacements from the 42nd Infantry
Division start rolling in, our Dining Facility will become stretched to
capacity (they'll have to feed over 11,000 rather than the typical 6000+). If
any of you might be able to send any small packages, it would be
greatly appreciated (also note, we will re-use many of the boxes you send
items in to mail our personal items home).
Breakfast bars/Pop-Tarts (send them in the box)
Jerky of any sort
Baked items which do not contain chocolate
Crystal-Light (esp. any of the Ice-Teas)
Easy-Mac (Microwavable Kraft Mac-Cheese)
Any funny new release DVDs (or newly released TV seasons)
HERE IS THE MAILING ADDRESS:
CPT Paul Butler
HHC, DISCOM (DREAR SJA)
OIF2 (FOB SPEICHER)
APO AE 09392
If anyone could send one or two of these items it would really make a
huge difference out here. Thanks again for all of your support!
PAUL S. BUTLER
First Infantry Division (Forward)
Forward Operating Base Speicher
PS-(Erika's editorial note)......as you all know how I feel about this war and this presidential race from previous blogs, I find it so disturbing that all this money was poured into this war and our troops aren't even properly fed during wartime!!! It's one thing to ask for DVDs as a way to pass time and stay happy, it's another to have to ask for food!! What is going on here?