06 September 2007


I have been asked what could be done to support the troops – directly.

For me – I only ask for one thing: photos from home. My wife and family have done very well taking care of me…


Many of our Soldiers came here with little to no supporting family; girl/boy friend or wife/husband that have left them (could not wait – or just wandered off with someone else); battle buddies that have died or left because of wounds. If they could have anything on this 15 month deployment, it would be to know someone back home is waiting for them. There needs to be a pen-pal system in place.

Other items that are great to get (to be honest, just getting a box/letter is what is really important):

1) Home-made anything is very popular, but keep in mind that the mail goes a long way, so things crumble. Also, the temperatures will melt food items with chocolate.
2) Drink mixes - artificially sweetened. Instant teas are especially popular, but also the vitamin drink mixes from crystal light. As we move into winter, cocoa, tea and coffee will get more popular.
3) Otter pops are a nice treat, now that some out posts have a way to freeze them.
4) Jerky is huge - Slim Jims, too.
5) Chips, Cheeze-Its, snack crackers (like nabs), trail mix, nuts, granola bars, etc.
6) Snack mixes (like chex party mix, cajun spice crunch, poppycock, etc).
7) Candy like: Twizzlers, gum, tootsie rolls, caramels, suckers, (no need for hard candy, we have plenty).
8) Health and beauty aid items: shave cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razor blades, disposable razors, deodorant, etc.
9) Magazines: muscle/fitness, cars, sports, women's/men's magazines (however; pornography is against the rules)
10) Good Coffee and powdered cream
11) Phone cards
12) Photos…

For the Iraqis (given out on the streets by our Soldiers):
1) School supplies (paper, pens, and backpacks)
2) Toys
3) Children’s clothes

If interested - you can send directly to me (until Chistmas) and I will deliver. Email me for my address: Brown-George@US.Army.mil

This site has a good listing of supporting web sites*:

*I have seen more support from USO than any other group


1 comment:

Emily said...

You may not be able to answer these questions online, but I thought I'd ask...Are your guys carrying 9mils along with 16's? Also, how much freedom of movement do you guys have with that body armor. It looks a little restrictive, but does seem to offer better protection.

I know it's tough out there, and I'll be glad when you are back home. - DeAnna