Friday, July 31, 2009
We've got a long and difficult month ahead and I've got plenty more to write before I close this blog, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those people from anymarine.com that have supported my unit while we’ve been out here. I know I sent the link to this website out to many of you, so hopefully at least a couple of you are reading this. And my apologies to those of you I couldn’t always write thank-you notes to. For awhile there I was receiving so many packages that I had many of them diverted to other guys in my unit at different places.
Anymarine.com was a great resource for us. Just sign up and request what you need and random people from all over contact you with letters and send you what they can. Guys in my unit received just about anything they asked for including: hiking boots, school supplies for local children, power saws, printers, textbooks, tool sets, floodlights, Polaroid cameras, entire seasons’ worth of DVDs, and loads and loads of girl-scout cookies. At a couple of the more austere bases the marines do in fact live on their care packages. I should know as that was me for the first four months of our tour. I’ve always known but my experience with anymarine.com confirmed for me that Americans are the most generous people in the world. And thanks to everyone for the correspondence as well. Sometimes it's nice to get items, but a good letter from home goes a long way as well.