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#41 Spectacles

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:00 PM

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Ogami: I don't know if I'll be putting my actual address on my blog, I've never deployed before.

When my friend was in Baghdad in 2003, I remember sending him stuff via a stateside military address and it was forwarded to him. They know where you are. :) And the mail service was pretty reliable.

If you aren't comfortable posting your address, I hope you'll at least consider passing it around privately because I truly would like to do something for you. We may disagree, but I want you to be OK, and I appreciate your service.
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#42 Tricia

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:00 PM

View PostNittany Lioness, on Nov 9 2006, 01:14 PM, said:

You people are incredible.


Yes, I would like to think so....

You see, despite differing views we all do care at some level for others on this board.

I'll be in a holding pattern on this too....tho me mentioning this to my boss has now added more work to my load as he wants to adopt some soldiers now too for Christmas.  

But while ya'll are feeling charitable here's a place for ya to expend some of that feeling....Maybe Ogami will even get one of the packages

www.anysoldier.com

There's another site that I found elsewhere but will have to get back to you with the link....they try to send packages to one person who is known as the 'distributor'.  That person goes out distributing whatever was sent to whoever needs it.

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#43 BklnScott

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:07 PM

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Hi _Ph,

You may post this email to the thread in question as my response, if you wish. I am the #1 topic at Orbis Terrarum again! LOL Way to stroke my ego (wink wink)

Seriously, I have read all the posts on that thread, and appreciate the kind words from all concerned.  Please tell Spectacles that I would appreciate books, although probably not anything by Ann Coulter. I read her columns for free on her website, why give her money?

Maybe send autographed copies of Clinton's My Lies, uh, My Life, or Hillary's book, right? I would definitely be a captive audience, and would have to read them. ;)

I will be taking my laptop, so DVDs, CDs, books are fine. Don't go overboard and spend money on phone cards, use your judgment. I understand the military is exceptionally good at the mail, I will get anything sent. (My overseas address to follow in December, I assume. I have no idea of internet access where I'm going.)

Right now I just have my ship date (after Thanksgiving), and no details besides that.  ...

I'm glad to go. Because at this stage in the 'war on terror', me deploying means someone else gets to come home, and that's what it's all about. Do my part to help out. I certainly do not suffer a "Rambo" mentality to mow down the enemy. That's not the case, I am a very defensive fighter in real life, I assure you.

Anyway, take care, and thanks.

He's a brave guy who deserves all our heartfelt thanks and support--plus whatever little goodies we can send to make life a little easier over there (wherever "there" is--we don't know yet).

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:52 PM

Take care, Ogami
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:59 PM

View PostSparkyCola, on Nov 9 2006, 02:10 PM, said:

Stay safe, or we'll go and get you back ourselves.


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I can just picture those headlines: "Iraq invaded by angry EI's. Iraq government asks for aid from the US, US's response: "Are you nuts, we ain't going there."  ;)
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 04:06 PM

Ogami, you be extra carefull over there. I am so impressed that you put your money where your mouth is. ExIsle is proud of you and will be waiting for you to return.

And thank you for everyone here that is stepping up in this. Ogami and all of our troops deserve all we can do for them.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 05:44 PM

Once Ogami has his info, he may want to look at signing up with Treats for Troops

http://www.treatsfortroops.com


(I have no idea why it's not linking so copy and paste I guess...  NM  good call QT!)

Once he has his profile number, people can use that to send items too him AND he'll get random packages as well.   Tim's unit sees about 1 package every 3 weeks.

Fight the good fight O, and keep the flap down!

Edited by Flechette, 10 November 2006 - 10:29 AM.


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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:09 PM

Thank you again for taking up the banner Ogami. I feel it as a personal thing because of my service. I feel like you're following in my footsteps and taking up what I had to finally put down.

As for care packages, the any soldier site is a really good place to get info about what is appropraite to send. More importantly it covers what shouldn't be sent for various reasons. It also gives the technical rules for sending stuff so it can be delivered if you want to send to troops in general.

I like the idea of EI packages for Ogami individually but I get the feeling he can become a focal point for us to such an extent that other service people will benefit too.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:09 PM

View PostFlechette, on Nov 9 2006, 05:44 PM, said:

Once Ogami has his info, he may want to look at signing up with Treats for Troops

www.treatsfortroops.com


(I have no idea why it's not linking so copy and paste I guess...)

Once he has his profile number, people can use that to send items too him AND he'll get random packages as well.   Tim's unit sees about 1 package every 3 weeks.

Fight the good fight O, and keep the flap down!
It says I edited but I didn't - I just got ready to... anyway, I think you need to add the http:// part
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Edited by QueenTiye, 09 November 2006 - 06:10 PM.

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#50 Kimmer

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:13 PM

God's Speed, Ogami.

I'll be watching to see where and what we can send.

I have another pal over there, and she has internet access, so we do Amazon money and things and she can buy what she needs/wants.

#51 Anastashia

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:26 PM

Ok let's see Treats for Troops
That should do it.

It does seem to load very slowly though.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:45 PM

Ogami, we agree on nothing except for this...come home safe and sound.  :)  Take care of yourself over there and if ya have any favorite DVD stuff you'd like, give me a shout and I'll burn them for ya.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:45 PM

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Ogami: Please tell Spectacles that I would appreciate books, although probably not anything by Ann Coulter. I read her columns for free on her website, why give her money?

Whew! That's what I say! Though I was actually beginning to look forward to drawing a mustache on Ann's cover-photo. ;)

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Maybe send autographed copies of Clinton's My Lies, uh, My Life, or Hillary's book, right? I would definitely be a captive audience, and would have to read them.


You got it. Don't know how autographed it will be--at least not authentically autographed  ;) --but something will be scribbled in there for sure. And really, rather than torture you, I'll probably see if I can find something you'd actually enjoy reading.

Do take care and please let us know how to get in touch with you and send you fun stuff.... You'll be OK. You're Ogami. I trust you'll be vexing me for many more years. :)
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:54 PM

I hope he returns safe and sound.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 10:03 PM

View PostMark, on Nov 9 2006, 07:55 AM, said:

View PostScottEVill, on Nov 9 2006, 09:49 AM, said:

He has the courage of his convictions, give him that.  And while he hasn't been around much lately, he's "one of us," so we should do what we can to take care of him.  

In this context, I suppose that means keeping him in food, socks and underwear, DVDs, magazines of a certain type (uh-hem), books, etc.

Mark:  Don't look at me to be trying to keep him in undies! :eek2:

:blush: Wait a minute...that didn't sound quite right.

I won't send him uh..."personal items".

ROTFLOL! I'd quit before you dig yourself in deeper.  :devil:  :p~

I hope Ogami does sign up for Treats for Troops. We've been sending packages overseas through them. You can actually buy stuff for both the person and their unit or whatever. That way everybody gets something.

Edited by Rhea, 09 November 2006 - 10:05 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 06:46 AM

I've been sending the odd little stuff to a lady stationed in korea, but i'd like to be able to send some little stuff - not much, but what I can afford.

what's the best way I can go about it?
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:01 AM

View PostFlechette, on Nov 9 2006, 02:44 PM, said:

Once Ogami has his info, he may want to look at signing up with Treats for Troops

www.treatsfortroops.com


(I have no idea why it's not linking so copy and paste I guess...)

Once he has his profile number, people can use that to send items too him AND he'll get random packages as well.   Tim's unit sees about 1 package every 3 weeks.

Fight the good fight O, and keep the flap down!
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:07 AM

Yep, something else alright; absolutely, positively unbelievable.

I can't be certain of the Army situation, but for perspective, I will tell folks that my Marine brother stationed in Fallujah is in charge of the logistics of convoys for supplies, weaponry, vehicles, and includes mail for Marines for the 1st Division.  
Because of continued IED's and gunfire attacks on convoys, he expressly discouraged us and anyone we knew from sending packages.  His feeling was that the more material sent, the more his trucks have to go in and out, and the more deadly risk his men are in.  They've already lost men in his battlion (he's only been there ~ month), and his 1st convoy out, the last vehicle got hit with a bomb.  
So his advice is:  Please don't send stuff, at least med/big packages.  He even insisted I not send him a movie (VHS).
He repeats to us that they are provided with all they need comfort-wise, they truly aren't "short", and the food is very good (and he's fussy).  He scolds my mom for wanting to send toiletries, fuming:  Don't you think the marine corps has toothbrushes, shaving cream and TP for us, mom?!
I know this isn't from a grunt's POV, and people stateside want to feel like they're contributing, but keeping the volume down does help with safety.  Practicality can stink, admittedly.

He does encourage sending one thing: international calling cards - they don't take up any room in an envelope and are the one thing that are highly treasured by every man and woman out there.  Even if it's just enough for one phone call - they really, really, appreciate that above all.

Edited by Nittany Lioness, 10 November 2006 - 10:12 AM.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:08 AM

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Right now I just have my ship date (after Thanksgiving), and no details besides that.  ...
Wo, flashback!  I shipped out just after Thanksgiving 32 years ago.  Had a great Thanksgiving before I left.  Hope you do too.  

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:57 AM

View PostNittany Lioness, on Nov 10 2006, 07:07 AM, said:

Yep, something else alright; absolutely, positively unbelievable.

I can't be certain of the Army situation, but for perspective, I will tell folks that my Marine brother stationed in Fallujah is in charge of the logistics of convoys for supplies, weaponry, vehicles, and includes mail for Marines for the 1st Division.  
Because of continued IED's and gunfire attacks on convoys, he expressly discouraged us and anyone we knew from sending packages.  His feeling was that the more material sent, the more his trucks have to go in and out, and the more deadly risk his men are in.  They've already lost men in his battlion (he's only been there ~ month), and his 1st convoy out, the last vehicle got hit with a bomb.  
So his advice is:  Please don't send stuff, at least med/big packages.  He even insisted I not send him a movie (VHS).
He repeats to us that they are provided with all they need comfort-wise, they truly aren't "short", and the food is very good (and he's fussy).  He scolds my mom for wanting to send toiletries, fuming:  Don't you think the marine corps has toothbrushes, shaving cream and TP for us, mom?!
I know this isn't from a grunt's POV, and people stateside want to feel like they're contributing, but keeping the volume down does help with safety.  Practicality can stink, admittedly.

He does encourage sending one thing: international calling cards - they don't take up any room in an envelope and are the one thing that are highly treasured by every man and woman out there.  Even if it's just enough for one phone call - they really, really, appreciate that above all.

I can confirm that calling cards are one of the most asked-for presents. However, apparently all troops are not as well-supplied as your brother. If I understood what I read correctly (and we've been sending packages to some California kids) there's a PX set up in Baghdad, but they sell out of stuff a lot. Almost every single person on Treats for Troops asks for personal items - shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.  So not everybody has the basics. But we're sending stuff to Marines in active combat, so maybe that's why the perspective and needs are different.

Edited by Rhea, 10 November 2006 - 03:18 PM.

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