Sunday, September 4, 2005

DOMESTIC TROOP SUPPORT

Here is a message I want to pass on to everybody...please help us to support the troops that are helping with KATRINA...please contact me if you can help....

Hi all!
Our orders for deployment to Louisiana are to be posted Tuesday and it occurs to me that there is no apparent troop support infrastructure DOMESTICALLY. In Iraq there is email and internet and an established mail line but nothing as of yet for KATRINA. Remember that everyone going in support of Katrina has just returned from duty in IRAQ and we are looking at 3-6 months away from home again in a situation that is in many ways even more primitive then Iraq. This will be a hodgepodge of seasoned vets with a sprinkling of NEW troops fresh out of AIT. I'd like you all to start thinking of ways to support the men and women of the military serving to help with Katrina as there is nothing set up to support them/us as of yet. More the likely there will be no internet for a while so this will be a snail mail operation. Thoughts, feedback and contact info would be appreciated.
Much Thanks
Don

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Soldier's Mom wants answers

Cindy Sheehan wants answers for the death of her son in Iraq. I feel for her loss, but she is taking it a bit far. If you take all the troops out of Iraq now as she wants, he son will not come back.
I have this to say to her:

Dear Cindy....first of all I want to say that I am very sorry for the loss of your son...you and your family will be in my prayers.
Now you were saying, "But he felt it was his duty to go, that his buddies were going, and that he had no choice." He did have a choice. Your son was a proud American who knew when duty calls you go, just like a police officer would go and do his duty, so did your son. War is never pretty, people die in war.
The noble cause that you do not see that your son died for is that after this war is over the people in Iraq will be free and maybe there will be a mother like you, who can finally cry out and ask why her son was killed. She can finally be angry, she can finally cry and why? Because of the Americans who believed in her right as a human being. Your son was one of them.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The forgotten Hero

I came across this letter, I can identify with this so much. We forget those left behind, those who have to keep their head high. Gosh, I have been there. All I know it has made me stronger and now when you meet a woman who's man is in the military give her an extra hug.

Letter to a Military Spouse

While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you or
your husband, I felt the need to write you and express
a very deep feeling that I have in my heart.

I, as a person, am not brave. I do not tackle things
head on, as I hate confrontation. I will travel 100
miles out of my way just to avoid a conflict. I am an
American woman that has no idea what is going on in
the military other than what I hear on the news.

I have never had to let go of someone so that they
could go fight for people that they didn't know,
people that sometimes do not appreciate or understand
what they are fighting for.

I have never had a sleepless night of worry because of
a report that another bomb has exploded and I still
haven't heard from my husband.

I have never had to wait for months on end to hold the
one that I loved so.

I have never had to tell my children that daddy wasn't
coming home tonight because he was so far away
fighting for something that they aren't yet old enough
to understand.

I have never had to hold my head high and suppress the
tears as I hear that it will be at least another six
months of separation before my loved one gets to come
home.

I have never had to deal with a holiday away from the
one that I thought I would share every day of my life
with.

And I have never had to feel the panic rising in my
heart at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the
door for fear that it is the news that everyone is
terrified of getting.

For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that
I understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you
must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be
angry, because you "knew what you were getting into
when you married a military man". I can not say these
things because I have never had to walk in your shoes.

What I can say for certain is that because of your
unselfish acts of bravery and your husbands
willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just
another soldier" - - I will never have to walk in your
shoes.

I do understand that as a military wife you are
expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I
never understood how you could do it, until now. I
have figured out that you are not like other women.
You are of a special breed. You have a strength within
you that holds life together in the darkest of hours,
a strength of which I will never possess. The faith
you have is what makes you stand out in a crowd; it
makes you glow with emotion and swell with pride at
the mention of The United States of America.

You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a
glorious American.

I have more respect for your husband than I could ever
tell you, but until recently I never thought much
about those that the soldier leaves at home during
deployment.

Until this moment I could never put into words exactly
what America meant to me.

Until this moment, I had no real reason to.... Until I
heard of you.

Your husband and his military family hold this nation
close, safe from those who wish to hurt us...but you
and those like you are the backbone of the American
family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts
alive while most would just break completely down.
Military families make this nation what it is today.

You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at
the end of a long dark tunnel.

Because of you and your family...I am able to be me. I
am able to have my family. I am able to walk free in
this great land. Because of you and your family, I can
look ahead to the future with the knowledge that life
is going to be okay. Because of you and your family, I
can awake to a new day, every day.

I realize that you are a stronger person than I will
ever be because of these things and I just wanted to
take the time today to say thank you to you and your
family for allowing me that freedom.

I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it
is unmatchable. However, I hope that you know that no
matter where you are...what you are doing...what has
happened today...or what will happen tomorrow...Your
husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to me....
And you, dear sweet lady, will never be forgotten.

You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that
God will bring you back together with your loved one
safely.

May God Bless You!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

See you in Heaven

Today I recieved an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq...he was ready to board a helicopter flight to a mission in Northern Iraq, where every day danger is a way of life. He told me he was going to be gone for no more than 5 days and to be patient if I don't hear anything from him for those days...then he added well just in case I don't make it back:
"...see you in heaven..."

My prayers will go out to him today and always...

Friday, July 8, 2005

Letters to the Front

                                           
During the war, Americans were strongly encouraged to write to everyone in uniform they could. Besides regular overseas mail, the Postal Service created V-Mail that was sent on microfilm so more letters could go at once and not be lost forever if a mail plane went down. The campaign worked. Billions of letters were sent to military personnel, who sent billions of letters back.

"Can you pass a mailbox with a clear conscience?" Dole Pineapple ad.

During Desert Storm Americans again wrote letters to any serviceman and got responses back. I remember my oldest daughter writing letters to a Marine, who adopted her as his little sister. The memories of making a soldier smile for just a second can last a lifetime.

Of course things have changed and now we have the internet and we can e-mail soldiers, but there is nothing quite like it when you hold a written letter in your hand.

When my son was in Okinawa it was what got me through the fears of him being away, especially when 911 happened. He also shared with me how one Christmas Day over there; they read hundreds of letters that were mailed to them from all over the country. They feasted on the goodies of foods from home. He said it was one of the greatest Christmas gifts he ever got. People who were strangers became people who shared their emotions and gratitude for the work of a soldier. He never considered himself as a hero, but he knew his work was appreciated.

I encourage you to not walk by that mailbox empty handed, whether it is a written letter or an e-mail...what you share makes a difference. I get the most inspiring e-mails from soldiers who share their thoughts of everyday life in the battlefields. Some have it easier than others. Some are lonely, some miss home and their families, some have no families, some fear death; but all do enjoy the few words you can share with them of hope and peace and a better world.

MILITARY PEN PALS



Wednesday, July 6, 2005

America Supports You: Iraqi Children Receive Donations

It is nice to see that the efforts of the American People are paying off...I found this article in Defend America...

By 1st Lt. Kevin Norton, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 6, 2005 – Task Force Baghdad soldiers said they have been overwhelmed and overjoyed by donations Americans have been sending to a program designed to provide school supplies, clothes and toys to Iraqi children.
The "Iraqi Schools Program," founded by Army Maj. Greg Softy in August 2003, is currently being managed by soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Softy was the squadron operations officer with 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, and has since rotated back to Germany.

Iraqi Schools is a widely successful program that links Americans with an actual neighborhood of Iraqis who need help. The generosity of Americans has allowed the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment -- known as the "Cottonbalers" -- to distribute vital school supplies, medical supplies and clothing to Iraqis in need.

As of May 25, 42,682 packages had been received with 1,013,274 pounds of school supplies, clothing, and toys distributed in the West Rashid area of Baghdad.

The early success of the program even caught the attention of President Bush, who acknowledged the program in a weekly radio address in October 2003: "The response was overwhelming - hundreds of packages were shipped, and a Web site was established to encourage other Americans to contribute," Bush said. The program continues to grow under the operation of Army Maj. Dave Priatko and the men of 3/7 Infantry. The Cottonbalers say they are extremely excited about working with the program. "It's absolutely amazing how much we've been able to distribute," said 1st Lt. Steve Weber of 3/7's B Company. "We've been able to give out school supplies to smiling children on every patrol we conduct."

Priatko, the battalion executive officer, serves as the director of the program and its main point of contact. Priatko; Chaplain (Capt.) Suk Kim, the battalion chaplain; and his assistant, Sgt. Robert Harris, do most of the heavy lifting in terms of running the program. They receive and sort mail, collate the different types of supplies, and repackage them for the line companies to distribute in sector.

Priatko and the chaplain then update the Web site dedicated to publicizing the program. Every month, they send a progress report and post pictures for the people back home to enjoy. The line companies do the rest.

The program has a positive effect on the soldiers who participate.

"My favorite missions are those that are geared specifically to handing stuff out to kids and visiting the schools," said Army Staff Sgt. Ortiz Arroyo, of the battalion's primary security detachment. "There isn't a man out here who doesn't thoroughly enjoy the smiles of the school kids."

Priatko also said he sees the huge boost in morale that comes from taking part in the Iraqi Schools Program. "The experience is equally gratifying for our soldiers when they see the smiles on the faces of each of these children," he said. Unit officials said the Iraqi Schools Program is valuable in terms of building relations with the Iraqi people. This benefit is not lost on the men of 3/7 Infantry.

"The efforts of our friends and families at home are deeply humbling. It's things like this that make it an honor to represent the American people," said 1st Lt. Ryan Tate, a member of the battalion's intelligence section.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Some personal thoughts

Sometimes I wish I could do more...there I get this e-mail of a soldier telling me that with each mission the danger of getting hurt or killed increases and then wishing me a great 4th of July...I am sitting here eating my chocolate caramel kisses knowing the only danger I have is maybe the California eartquakes that have been haunting us...I wish could do more...maybe send a special guardian angel out to each of the men and women so they all return safe to their families...

Remember freedom is not free...please help to protect it by supporting the troops...all I can do now for this soldier telling him I am here and I will keep him in my thoughts, that each day that passes he will be closer to home...I appreciate his sacrifice so much...and this 4th of July, I know he is the sparkle in every firework I see.

America's Generosity

I am amazed by the volume of e-mail I get from people all over this great nation...people share their willingness to support soldiers from all walks of life...can you imagine sending a care-package to a complete stranger? Yes, it is happening that is why this country is truly blessed with the most generous people I know.

The difference it makes to send someone a letter or a package to who is stationed out overseas is priceless, it is what makes us great. I get mail from soldiers all over and they tell me how good it feels to receive just a simple hello from a complete stranger, it truly shows how much we care for them and you know what they also appreciate it.

I hope this Fourth of July you will remember all the men and women who may not get to eat those great American foods we have during the holiday and then enjoy the fireworks. Don't take it for granted.

Enjoy each and every day for freedom is what we are all about and freedom is what they give every day they fight for us.
Happy
4th of July

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

I want to wish all fathers a happy day...remember there are many fathers out there fighting for our freedom, remember them as well.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Happy Memorial Day

We shall honor them always and give our thanks!

I hope every American remembers what a privilege we have been given in this country...our freedom. I had the great opportunity to meet several veterans of the Purple Heart this weekend during Memorial Day. They were young, they were old, yet each one of these heroes have given us Freedom.


Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Eating Military Style

Now you can eat this:

Heard, understood, acknowledged: A toothsome U.S. Army secret is about to go civilian. It's sweet. It crunches. It remains fresh for three years. And come June, the HooAH! Nutrition bar arrives on store shelves nationwide for red blooded Americans who fancy a Special Forces snack. Developed as a high energy combat ration for Army Rangers and U.S. Marines almost a decade ago at the Army Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts, the HooAH! Name and formula officially have been licensed by a trio of California brothers who know a good thing when they see it. "Everybody respects the military, and everybody wants a part of the cutting edge technology," said Christian D'Andrea of Los Angeles, who bought exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the bar with brothers Mark and Paul. "Retailers are really pumped," Mr. D'Andrea said.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Freedom is not Free

One of the great sites I found that is truly the best is Any Soldier...it started in August 2003 and has grown to something so beautiful, so very American. The site will help you to find out what you can send to the troops as far as care packages, it then tells you how to send it. If you are serious about supporting the guys and gals overseas, this will be the site to go and visit. There are so many friends I have made along the way from this site, it is pure magic. When you read the messages of the soldiers and how thankful they are for the generosity of the American people, it will make you very proud to be an American.
"Freedom is not Free" SGT Brian Horn
Please do your part and support the troops.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Cheating in the Military

You hear the horror stories all the time of husbands coming home to divorce papers because their wives were cheating while they were gone. I got the shock of my life when I found out my husband was screwing around over there and even tried to get married to a female soldier. I'm thinking his life is in danger. Instead he's having sex and the time of his life. What the heck is up with that?
After I read this on a message board I was really shocked....there were so many others who replied and had the same experience like her. I don't think it matters if they are in the military...if men want to cheat, they will cheat no matter what job they have. Nevertheless it's not acceptable at any rate.
For those who do need help and just want to talk to someone who has been through this, here is a great website...I used it myself. I sadly have to say I have been a victim of a cheating man in the military.

Surviving Infidelity

Sunday, April 3, 2005

National Military Appreciation Month ( May )

WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON IN A MILITARY UNIFORM, SHAKE THEIR HAND AND SAY, "THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY"

As a nation, we observe and participate in various national cultural and social awareness events through mass media attention and educational curriculum. However, we have not allocated appropriate recognition of the most important presence in the world today, an entity that impacts each and every American in a significant way, the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), as designated by Congress, provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements. It allows Americans to educate each generation on the historical impact of our military through the participation of the community with those who serve encouraging patriotism and love for America - a "reconnecting the Family of America".

The month gives the nation a forum, a framework, a time and place on which to focus, to draw attention and express our appreciation for our armed services via multiple venues and to recall our valuable history. The ideas to implement this are only limited by our imaginations. Museums, civic centers, libraries can have exhibits. Additionally, schools might invite active military and veterans to visit with students, and cities and towns can offer proclamations and special observances.

National Military Appreciation Month (May) includes VE Day, Military Spouse Day, Loyalty Day, Armed Forces Day/Week, National Day of Prayer, and Memorial Day. This very important month therefore, honors those Americans who have given their lives in defense of our nation's freedom and the men and women now serving in uniform.

It recognizes those on active duty in all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves plus retirees, veterans, and all of their families - well over 80 million Americans and more than 227 years of our nation’s history. Let us celebrate them just as we celebrate the other important entities that make up this wonderful country of ours.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Deployment

"We ask a lot of those who wear our uniform. We ask them to leave their loved ones, to travel great distances, to risk injury, even to be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. They are dedicated, they are honorable; they represent the best of our country. And we are grateful."

- Presidential Address to the Nation, October 7, 2001.

We also forget that the families left behind also pay the price of deployment. They will spend holidays alone, they will make sure all repairs are done, they take care of the finaces and the children...so much to consider. Yet, they do it, because it is their job as a military spouse to sacrifice. I admire these men and women also. They are the heroes at home. Remember to also support them when you are thinking of supporting the troops.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Peace

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly
process, gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures."

~John F. Kennedy

It takes time to restore the peace in a country of war. Remember what our men and women in the military are fighting for...peace. Our part is to support them in any way we can. Be a peacemaker!!! Support the troops
!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

What it means to love a soldier

I found this really great article and needed to share it with you:
by Jamie Reese

She stands in line at the post office waiting to send a package to her husband, a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. Envelopes, pens, paper, stamps, sunscreen, eye-drops, gum, batteries, powdered Gatorade, baby wipes and Twizzlers. He said he needed the sunscreen and baby wipes. She threw in the Twizzlers. There's a common bond at the post office in this military town. People aren't just sending letters and packages; they are sending smiles, hope, love and just a touch of home. People look around at the others, sharing their concern, fear and pride. They take comfort knowing they are not alone. Passing through the gate leaving the Army post, she enters another world. A world filled with pawnshops, surplus stores, barbershops, fast food galore and, of course, "Loans, Loans, Loans." This is a life that includes grocery shopping at a place called the Commissary. A life that has her venturing to the Post Exchange, referred to as the PX, instead of heading to Wal-Mart.

This is where you come to learn, appreciate and respect the ceremonious traditions of Reveille and Retreat, and of course, the National Anthem from a completely different perspective. At 6 a.m., or as the soldiers call it, 0600 hours, Reveille can be heard across post. The bugle call officially begins the military workday. At 1700 hours Retreat sounds signaling the day's end. Soldiers render salutes, chatter fades and all eyes are drawn to the nearest flag. At 2300 hours, the bugle sounds Taps, denoting not only the "final hour" of the day, but also honoring those we have lost.

When the national anthem plays in a military town, a special aura fills the air. Men, women, and even children stop to pay their respects. Civilians place their hands over their hearts. Soldiers salute. In this world, the anthem isn't just a prequel to the echo of "Play Ball." Since she married her soldier and experienced the Star Spangled Banner from this perspective, she's noticed how people in civilian towns react to the national anthem. She notices the people who continue to talk, the hats that stay on, the beer that doesn't get put down, and even the jeers at the person singing the anthem. The meaning seems to be lost to a majority of people. But if she looks closely, she can see who has been blessed enough to learn this lesson. Some are grandparents, some are parents, and some are young children.

At first glance, children growing up in this world of artillery, tanks and uniforms are the same as any other kids from any other town. They do the things that kids do. They play sports, go to school, and play with their friends. The difference is that their group of friends may change once a year, or more, due to a change of duty station. They don't have any say in this. They could be two years old and not remember a thing about it, or they may be 16 years old getting ready for prom and having to uproot and move again. They're known as "military brats," a harsh misnomer for those who learn a lifestyle of sacrifice at such a young age. Yet, it makes them strong.

The little boys become the men of the house and the little girls become the ladies. They adapt to these different situations. They live with the reality that one, or even both parents, may not be around to celebrate birthdays and holidays. They know there will be time when they will look into the stands during Little League games and see only an empty space in the bleachers. At the same time, these kids have a sense of overwhelming pride. They brag about their daddies and their mommies being the best of the best. They know their Mom's been through deployments, changes of duty stations, and the ever-changing schedules Army life brings. While Dad is away, she takes care of the house, the bills, the cars, the dogs, and the baby.

To cope with it all, she learns military families communicate via the Internet so he doesn't miss out on what's happening back home. But he does miss out. He won't be there for the baby's first steps, and he may have to hear his son or daughter's first words through a time delay across a static-filled telephone line. She remembers what it was like before he left, when everything seemed "normal." Normal except for the pressed uniform, the nightly ritual of shining boots, the thunder-like sound of the Apache helicopters flying overhead, and the artillery shells heard off in the distance. OK, relatively normal when they occasionally went to the park, spent holidays together and even enjoyed four-day weekends when he could get a pass.

But, the real challenge began with the phone call. She relives the moments before she kissed him good-bye. A phone ringing at 0400 hours is enough to make her heart end up in her throat. They've been expecting the call, but they weren't sure when it would come. She waits to hear the words, "Don't worry, it's just a practice run." But instead she hears, "Here we go." So, off he goes to pack, though most of the packing is finished because as a soldier, he is "always ready to roll." She gets the baby, but leaves his pajamas on because it is just as well that he sleeps. She takes the dogs out, she gets dressed, all the while trying to catch glimpses of her husband. She wants to cherish his presence because she doesn't know when she'll see him again. She knows that in other homes nearby, other families are enacting exactly the same scene. Within 15 minutes, the family is in the car heading to the "rally point."

As they pull up, they see soldiers everywhere, hugging their loved ones. While people love to see tearful, joyous homecomings, fearful, anxious, farewells are another story. Too soon, with his gear over his shoulder, he walks away. She is left behind, straining to keep an eye on her soldier. As the camouflage starts to blend, only his walk distinguishes him from the others. She takes one last look and takes a deep breath. She reminds herself she must stay strong. No tears. Or, as few tears as possible. Just words of encouragement to the children, to her friends and to herself. Then she turns, walks back to the car, and makes her way home to a house that is now eerily quiet. She mentally prepares for the days, weeks, even months ahead. She needs to focus on taking care of her love while he is overseas. Her main priorities will be the care packages, phone calls, e-mails, and letters sprayed with perfume. And, she can't forget to turn the stamp upside down to say, "I love you." Taking care of her family, her friends, even strangers this is her mission as an Army wife to do these things without a second thought.

At the ripe old age of 25, she knows the younger wives will turn to her for advice. "How do you balance a checkbook? How do you change a tire? When are they coming home?" Only when she knows everyone else is OK, the bills are paid, the cars maintained, the lawn cut, the kids asleep, the pets calmed down, and the lights are off, does she take time for her self. Alone at night, she runs the next day's events over in her mind to make sure it will all get finished. She reviews her checklist of things to do, things to buy for his care package. Once again, she checks the calendar to count down the days. Before turning in, she checks to make sure the ringer is on for the late night phone call that might come in from overseas. Before she falls asleep, a few tears hit the pillow. But even as the tears escape, strength enters her mind, body, spirit and soul. She remembers why she is here. She remembers the pride and the love that brought her here in the first place, and a sense of peace comes over her, replacing, if only for a second, the loneliness, the fear and the lingering heartache she feels while her soul mate is away. This is what it means to love a soldier. She wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

A small token

It's a small token when MPP writes to the soldiers, but it is a big reward when we receive mail back. Here is a letter from SFC Ross in Iraq:
Hello Group,

This is a great group. Thank you to all who are willing to support us troops. Many people assume that a care-package is the way to support troops. But, honestly, your words of encouragement and kind sentiments are better! When the News (CNN, Newspapers, etc) only show one side of the job that we are doing or experiencing it's refreshing to know people are more interested in what we as American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are doing, and how we are doing.

There is alot of good going on here in the desert. What you don't see on TV is the "Boring" stuff. 1,000s of schools reopend with new books for the first time since before the Iran/Iraq War of the late 70's and early 80's. There are more hospitals and clinics open now then there were with Saddam in power. Roads that were left in disrepair since the above mentioned war and from the first Gulf War are being repaired or have been finished. Of course everyone did get to see the "BLUE THUMBS" from the election, that was held on time as scheduled.

One sad piece of news that is important that really hasn't gotten out. Not by design, but by media choice is the fact that there are more mass graves than we really thought existed and families (shiite and kurd) are finally being able to put to rest their lost from the terror that Saddam inflicted on people who disagreed with his policies and rule.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

SFC Ross
494th AG Co (Postal)


Thank you SFC Ross, may you stay safe and return soon to your family. God Bless you and all the troops.

Friday, March 25, 2005

What is a hero?

One of the definitions in the dictionary says a hero is a one that shows great courage. Now if you think about this, I know you will think of many people you know who have this courage, maybe even yourself. So a hero could be many things. The heroes I am thinking of are the ones who choose a career that may ask them to pay the ultimate price, their life.

Most of these men and women who join the military may never think about the risk, they may choose to be a soldier for the adventure. Then when they are called for duty, they do it. I admire that. In my job, as a teacher, I get called on doing my job M-F/8-4 that's about it. It's not a job where I am asked to give my life for, unlike the soldiers.

I know what it means being away from home, I left my country at 17. These men and women are away from home and also fight for the freedom we treasure daily. I admire that too.

Whether they know it or not, they are heroes. They deserve the support we give them. I am so proud to be an American and live here and know people willingly give their support. Many send care packages to complete strangers. These people are also heroes, they care, they love, they support.

Thank you to all military personnel, their families and the people who support them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Friendships

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington
First president of US (1732 - 1799)


I must say that the gift of having friends is truly a blessing. Being connected to the internet makes it so much easier to find new friends and keep up with old friends. Friendship isn't always easily described. The Eskimos, they say, have a hundred different words for snow. Unfortunately, the English language isn't quite as innovative, though it has vast opportunities to differentiate meaning. Certainly, Love is one of those opportunities. And so, too, is Friendship.

Instead of different words, however, we're stuck with simple adjectives. Close friend. Best friend. Childhood friend. Intimate friend. Trusted friend. Beloved friend. Military friend. But whether you use adjectives or different words, few could deny the nearly infinite meaning in such a simple word.

Friends are special people. We can't pick our family, and we're sorely limited in the number of them at any rate. Society and mores (and often our own conscience) dictate we select a single mate. But our friends can be as diverse and infinite as the adjectives we choose. Our friends, in a very real sense, reflect the choices we make in life.

Thanks to all the military friends as well as civilian friends who have joined us, we salute you all and we are glad we can make your days and nights brighter by being friends.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Support and Obsession

There are some women, who just don't get the term SUPPORT. These women go out of their way to write to these men about how they are looking for a strong man in uniform. I had banned one of our members in MPP(Military Pen Pals) because she did just that. The soldier she wrote to was married and all he wanted was support and not some sex-craved cyber chick. She still didn't get the message and continued writing to him. Ladies, c'mon if a man says he is married that is exactly what he means. Besides these guys/gals are fighting a war out there, they need our support.

Of course there are the guys out there who do appreciate the extra attention of a little romance. That is fine and dandy, BUT remember listen to their clues.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Membership Growing

There have been so many wonderful replies to this. The AOL group has now 80 members, many of them are military personnel. There are also members who are just on the website, who post in the forum or have expressed their support.

The soldier's book is a really great photo album of the guys overseas and how they see their mission. It is such an important job to be there, even when some people say bring the troops home, they have no idea that these guys/gals are doing a tremendous job to bring peace to a country that does not know what freedom means. We have to remember that war is never pretty and war also brings death, but war is not always negative. Out of all this will come a new beginning for the people in Iraq, they are people who also dream of freedom and caring for their families. They are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who need our support. I thank all military personnel for their efforts bringing liberty to Iraq.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Amazing

I had registered to blogger some time ago, I just never went back to create anything. I know this will change now.

Military Pen Pals has just taken off so fast, it is hard to believe it has been only 3 weeks in the running. I suppose I wasn't the only one looking to support the troops and connect to the guys overseas.