What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day, 2004

Today is the day we honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans. This is the second Veterans Day in a row where we have troops in harms way. Many have given their lives to fight the war in Iraq, and several thousand more have come home paralyzed, burned, brain damaged or missing limbs, blasted away from an Iraqi insurgent's RPG.

Conservatives like to imagine that liberals hate the troops, as many of us do not support the war in Iraq. But we support our troops. We want them to come home safely, and as soon as possible.

It's very lonely for the young soldier, away from home for the first time. Today would be a great day to send a care package to the troops. Here are some ways to do that:

Any Soldier
Any Soldier was founded by a family with a loved one in Iraq. The site provides the names of soldiers requesting care packages, with instructions on how to get the package to the troops.

Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude provides care packages for the troops containing "food, toiletries, necessities, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation." Sending a care package is about $30.00.

Books For Soldiers
Send books, DVDs, music CDs and other items to the troops.

Operation USO Care Package
From the web site: "With a donation of $25 you can sponsor a care package and include a personal message of support and encouragement. These USO Care Packages at minimum, include requested items such as pre-paid worldwide phone cards, sunscreen, travel size toiletries, disposable camera and a message from the donor thanking them for their service and sacrifice."

Support U.S. Troops
A family effort started in 1994 by Pamela Valdez-Wascher, offering a variety of care packages.

If you have the means, please take a moment to get a care package to the troops. I'm a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and I know how much it means to receive a care package from home. When you're lonely and thousands of miles away from your family, receiving a package from home makes a huge difference in morale.


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