FOR OUR VETERANS
For wearing the uniform, for standing guard,
For holding the line, for standing strong,
For fortitude, for grit, for unyielding courage,
For being faithful, for standing for good,
For carrying the torch, for putting others first,
For staying so long, for holding onto to love,
For praying for peace, for fighting with honor,
For following orders, for following your heart,
For small victories, for great triumphs,
For pride in your heart, for cuts and bruises,
For hanging onto others, for letting go of tears,
For endless nights, for all you sacrifice,
For standing for liberty, for all our freedoms,
For those who have none, and for your country,
For our families, and for everyone you love,
With tears in our eyes and overflowing gratitude, we thank you for giving so much of yourself so that we can live free.
"I am 19 years old and I'm from Colorado serving in Afghanistan. Our platoon received your care packages and wanted to thank you so much. We couldn't do our job over here without the support from people like you. Thank you so much, may God bless. You're an American hero doing something like this." PFC from CO
"I would like to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of the Marines and Sailors. Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed the Religious Ministry Team to stock the morale tent located on our compound. Your assistance means so much to me but even more to the troops. Thank you for your generosity."
My dad, pictured above with my mother and brother, received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Combat "V", a Purple Heart with 1 Silver Star, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Star, a Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and also Rifle and Pistol Expert badges. He was a Military Policeman in Kinston, N.C. When then lived in Hawaii where he left in 1965 with the 1st Marine Brigade for combat duty in Vietnam for one year. After that tour he was sent to Parris Island, S.C., where he underwent Drill Instructor training. Two years later he was again deployed to Vietnam where he was wounded and spent a month in a Naval Hospital in Guam. After recovering he went back to Vietnam and completed his tour of duty. He was then sent back to Parris Island, S.C., where he attended Recruiter School (or as the Marines call it, "Charm School"). We then moved to Miami, Florida (our home town) where he would be stationed as a Recruiter. One of his best perks was being chosen as an escort for the Miss USA Beauty Contest! After two years as a Recruiter he was assigned to the Albany Supply Center in Albany, Georgia, where he retired after being in the Corps for 20 years. I'm so proud of my dad and how he served this country so unselfishly. I have many wonderful memories of him in his uniform and my mom standing so proudly next to him. My precious mother has lovingly been a proud Marine wife for over 50 years and would do it all over again if given the chance. I am so blessed to have my parents in my life and to have been brought up as the daughter of a Marine.
Dear Kim, Thanks so much for your donation to our troops for Christmas. It means so much to see the outpouring of love from so many of you back home. May God bless you for your generosity as you begin a new year. Chaplain O.
Hi Kim, I wanted to let you know your box arrived intact and was greatly appreciated. This is not an easy time to be deployed and away from family, but support like yours makes a world of difference. Thanks again and God bless! E.
LOCAL SWAT TEAM SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS
Dear Kim, my name is SPC R. and I have the honor of serving with CH as his assistant while here in Afghanistan. CH and I would like to thank you so much for the care packages that you participated in sending. Everything is awesome that you sent and well needed. So much that it's too much to list here. All of the items will be given out to whoever may need something, whenever they need something. As the CH and I travel the battlefiled, we see soldiers who often don't have anything or just waiting for their packages to come in. We are delighted to give them what they may need while in the field to get them by. It is citizens, church groups, organizations, schools and neighbors like you along with our family that keep the morale and welfare up and going. You are awesome, awesome, awesome. We love you and we thank you again for the support and please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Hope you have a Happy New Year. SPC R.
Please do whatever you can to support our soldiers. They are sacrificing so much for so little. Go towww.anysoldier.com to let them know they're not forgotten.