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    we've been doing something similar on our own scale for the last few years, but not in as organized fashion as NFTT, Sure enough LED Flashlights (and replacement AAA batteries)  and stuff like that are popular. We went to the local car parts store where they  sold them, told them what we were doing, and they sold us a box at cost (I know, big sacrifice!) . You can leverage things if you think about it. When I go to the Barber shop I ask if they have any car magazines that are older, pick them up and send those as well. Even Cosmo for the women....not that there aren't women soldiers that like muscle cars....I'll bet a helicopter pilot like Maj. Tammy Duckworth or a helicopter mechanic could be gearheads...

    Aside from being a military family for many generations, (I was AF Vietnam era and can tell my own stories) we currently have a son in Army Special Forces, 18D, almost finished training to be an SF  combat medic. Another three months and he'll be deployed. Three years of training!. The Army will have spent more to train him as a medic than me as a pilot, I think. But it's what he wants to do. And of course he'll always have our support. Before he went in he volunteered at Walter Reed, so his eyes were open about what he was getting in to. He quit a good paying civilian job in DC to do this, I have no idea why. Money isn't everything. His friends said "Are You CrazY?"

    So while MY son is safe so far, there are plenty of others with less support. We get names and connection thru Any Soldier and Adopt a soldier

    My point in mentioning this is that in addition to  the good that NFTT does, there are other things soldiers would like - penpals, for instance. Also, we feel a closer connection if we pack the boxes ourselves, enclose a note, and maybe get back a response. But pay attention to the list of useful things! Don't send crap!

    These guys want to know that they are not forgotten, and that there is a cadre of people behind them here at home, and we care

    At the least, however, consider donating to NFTT and they'll  take care of it.

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 07:50:37 PM PDT

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