Especially worthy are the more than 100,000 troops now in Afghanistan. They won't see any free "thank you" meals, museum tickets or amusement park rides this week. Indeed, most will be lucky to see a shower. Nope. For troops in Afghanistan, this week is all business. But we can help lift their spirits. Support a Soldier - It's Easy A card. A letter. Or - if you're really ambitious - a care package.
Want to send a soldier a package and show your support but have no idea what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? Below is a suggested list of things to include in your package. "Who to send it to?" Just click on the email icon and we'll send you a soldiers name and address. We do not include this information here for security reasons. "How to send your package?" That's easy -the Post Office! You'll have to fill out a Customs Form which the postal clerk will give you, The cheapest way to send the package is by "flat rate." It all goes by weight. For complete information from the Post Office, go to their website. Military Mailing Restrictions. Before you send a letter or package to one of our soldiers or Marines overseas, make sure you're aware of certain restrictions. Every country has customs regulations regarding incoming mail. Although there are specific restrictions for each five-digit Military Post Office ZIP Code™ (APO/FPO), generally, the following are prohibited in the regions of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan war theatres: Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc). Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non-authorized political materials. Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. Items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible. No pork or pork by-products. Military Restrictions. For specific restrictions and mailing rates to an APO/FPO address, visit the Rate Calculator. You can also call 1-800-ASK-USPS, consult your local Post Office™, or phone the Military Postal Service Agency at 1-800-810-6098. You will need a Customs Form (PS Form 2976-A) which you can get from the Post Office. You might want to enclose a personal note to the Service Member Do NOT send us packages, package materials, letters to soldiers, do NOT send cash donations to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust for us to send packages. We do NOT solicit your financial donations nor do we do want ANY financial gain whatsoever from this project. Give pride and support to the soldier -not us!
Subject: A Marine returns home Back from Afghanistan
This is from a Marine friend...there's a lot of deep thought here. Ya gotta love the Marines!
I recently came back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan . Having not seen my wife for several months, I was looking forward to a night of hot passionate lovemaking with her. Unfortunately, she came out of the shower with a towel wrapped round her head..... so I shot her Semper fi
"As an American asked to serve, I was prepared to fight, to be wounded, to be captured and even prepared to die, but I was not prepared to be abandoned." (Former POW Eugene "Red" McDaniel - Source: VVnW POW/MIA Page)
"Is anyone listening?"
"for as long as it takes!"
"The Vietnam War was arguably the most traumatic experience for the United States in the twentieth century. That is indeed a grim distinction in a span that included two world wars, the assassinations of two presidents and the resignation of another, the Great Depression, the Cold War, racial unrest, and the drug and crime waves." Donald M. Goldstein
"Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace." ?Charles Sumner
"Yes, there is a story about Agent Orange, and we knew that it harmed our troops and we knew how long it was to get the medical community to accept that, the military to accept it, the VA to accept it." ?Christopher Shays
Take time today to send a package to a soldier. If you don't have a family member deployed overseas, check with your friends, colleagues, or church members to get the address of someone who is serving - or send us a request for an address.
For security reasons and the safety of those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military facilities, we no longer publish mailing addresses on our website. If you would like a mailing address to send a soldier or Marine a package, please send us an email at: Address Request and we will promptly send you a current verified mailing address of a soldier or Marine in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan. Thank you! The US Postal Service guidelines for Military Shipments
Did you know that you can send packages at a flat rate? The Post Office has certain size boxes available that you can use to send packages to your soldiers for a flat rate. The cost is $8.10 per package. Just ask your local postmaster for details and some boxes! You can request a Care Kit 4 from the US Postal Service. It contains boxes and tyvek (plastic) envelopes along with labels, customs forms and priority mail tape and costs nothing. Fax 800-270-6233 or call 800-610-8734.
Suggested items to send . . .
Sunflower Seeds ~ Beef Jerky
Pre-Paid International Telephone Calling Cards
Baby Wipes, Baby Wipes, and More Baby Wipes!
Plastic Ziplock Bags ~ "Flea Collars"
Lip Balm/Chapstick ~ Sunscreen
Avon "Skin So Soft" (a super bug repellent)
Eye Drops ~ Nasal Spray
Medicated Creams (especially for sunburns)
Neosporin ~ Sunglasses
Bengay or Aspircream (for sore muscles)
Comb and Brush
Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Plastic Travel Case (for toothbrush and soap)
Deodorant ~ Razor (with blades)
Aftershave Lotion ~ Hand Lotion
Shower to Shower Powder
Bar Soap ~ Laundry Softner Strips (Bounce)
Absorbent Soft Towel and Wash Cloth
Foot Powder ~ Cotton Balls
Liquid Hand Sanitizer
Bug Spray (hand pump with Deet)
Nail Clipper and File ~ White Cotton Socks
Baseball Caps ~ Cooling Bandanas
Multi-Vitamins ~ Body Wipes
Fly Swatter and "Sticky" Fly Strips
Small Battery-Powered Fan w/Spray Water Bottle
Plastic Blow-Up Pillow with Pillow Case
Small Package of Balloons (to cover end of weapons)
Slim Jim's and Pre-Made Peanut-Butter Crackers
Pretzels, Hard Candy, Microwave Snacks, Chips, Gum, etc.
Hand-Held Electronic Games (i.e.. Poker and/or Solitaire)
Tablet, Envelopes, Deck of Cards, Board Games
While we do not recommend them,
we get many requests for cigars.
Below are some quotes that might interest you . . .
"An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass" ?George Washington
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. " ?John Stewart Mill
"War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over." ?William Tecumseh Sherman
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living." ?John F. Kennedy
"Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war." ?Ernest Miller Hemmingway
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." ?George Orwell
"Now I recall the Recon Marines ragged, filthy cammie shirted young men in green paint who move silent like the fog with deadly purpose in their eyes. Swift, Silent, Deadly. I smile." ?GYSGT Correll, USMC, Retired, Recon Marine
"I feel that retired generals should never miss an opportunity to remain silent concerning matters for which they are no longer responsible." ?General Norman Schwarzkopf
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once." ?William Shakespeare