Letters from Our Soldiers



From every one of my Joes, thanks from the mountain sand!  If you could only see what it is like, but there is a TV in our hangar area where the mail list is posted up daily and our Soldiers stand right under it when they come on to shift to see if a package from home has arrived for them.  It's almost like a small Christmas each time, so to get gifts from strangers will be really special to many of them.  Thank you!

SFC Webber, Afghanistan (Fort Campbell)

I just want to say thank you so very much for taking the time to adopt me. It brings a smile to my face knowing we still have the support of people back in the states and that all our hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed.  God bless you and God bless America.

With much Appreciation,

SGT Tennery, Afghanistan (Fort Bliss)

I want to thank you in advance for adopting me.  Just knowing that there is someone out there who supports our cause is heartwarming enough.  As a soldier, when we see our name on the mail list and know it's a care package, the feeling is unexplainable.  Things we can normally go to the store and buy at home are not here, so when it comes in we cherish it very much.  The PX here has very few items, and as soon as they come in they are gone just as quick.  So whomever receives this, I would like to thank you in advance for your time and support.
... SPC Arvie, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Afghanistan (Louisiana National Guards)

I really appreciate the sponsors who take the time to adopt a soldier and go out of their way to send 'gifts' to soldiers who are away from home.  Thank you for supporting us and helping us make overseas deployments that much more content and easier to adapt to this lifestyle.  I appreciate you!
... PFC Samante, 69th Brigade, Kuwait (Fort Hood)

We could not do our job if we did not have the amazing support from home.  God Bless America!
... PFC Bitz, 1-21 FA, Afghanistan (Fort Hood)

Thank you for all of your support!  You are all the real heroes!
... SPC Cavanaugh, 1-2 IN Battalion, Afghanistan (Grafenwoehr, Germany)

I would like to thank those who support the troops. Every package that is received brings great morale to the soldiers fighting on the front lines.
... SGT Trawick, 749th OD Co., Afghanistan (Fort Carson)

Deployment is a tough time and something as small as a package or card is as good as gold when you don't have much.  My fellow comrads and I appreciate what you are doing for us.
... PFC Johnson, Afghanistan (170th Infantry BCT, Baumholder, Germany)

Our soldiers oftentimes work 18-hour days in the grueling heat here in our remote outpost. Mail and care packages are often sporadic. Mail has always been cherished by soldiers in a war zone for as long as there has been the written word. It’s hard to describe what it’s like when those magical words of, “Hey, the mail is in!” is excitedly passed from soldier to soldier.  I am very grateful to you and your supporters for the work you do with my military brothers & sisters. It is because of fellow Americans such as you that make us proud to serve for you.
... SFC Brown, Afghanistan (101st Airborne)

I really do appreciate everything ya'll do for us, and I know my battle buddies all feel the same way.

... SGT Williams, Afghanistan (1775th MP CO, Michigan ARNG)

Thank you to the families that do all these great amazing things for us, and giving us morale boosts when they are extremely needed. Thank you for supporting us in the things we do.
... SPC Flores, Afghanistan (1-32, Fort Drum)

It's a great feeling to receive mail once and a while with goodies. It's even more of a blessing to know we have people back home supporting us and caring for us.
... SPC Aroca, Afghanistan (443 MP Co.)

The Soldiers are really appreciative to what you guys are doing. It helps out a lot. It makes personal sacrifice that much more easy for the great people of our country.
... SFC Copper, Afghanistan (63rd Signal Co.)

I thank you for taking the time to adopt me.  I really appreciate this from the bottom of my heart.
... PFC Miser, Iraq (Fort Hood)

Mail is really important here.  It gives us something to look forward to.  It's really nice to know that people care.
... PFC Nash, Afghanistan (10th Mtn. Div.)

First, I want to say thanks for the great support that your organization has given to the Soldiers as we deploy and serve the People of the United States.  In this time of hardship, it's good to know that we have the support of America.  So I thank you all from my heart.  Be blessed.  Army Strong!
... MSG Gayle, Afghanistan (101 TAC 1, Fort Benning)

I appreciate your support and am proud to know America has our backs out here.
... Spc. "Doc" Badillo, Afghanistan (10th Mtn. Div.)

I know life is hectic and for you to take the time out of your busy day to show support for a stranger means more than you can ever know.
... Sgt. Serna, Afghansitan

I really appreciate the support you give to all of us while deployed.  You are the reason why we defend our country.
... Lt. Fulton, Afghanistan (10th Mtn. Div.)

Thank you for the love and support you have shown us over the years.  It is greatly appreciated.
... SGT Hodge, Iraq

I just wanna say to the volunteers that put all this time and effort into adopting a soldier, it really means a lot.
... Cpl. Barger, Iraq

Anything you send will be greatly appreciated.  Most of the items received will be given to my soldiers, especially the ones that have little to no family back home or with low income families that can't send care packages.  Thank you.
... SGT Moncada

As a single soldier, it means a lot to receive mail.  It may seem trivial to others, but while deployed it really helps a lot.  Thank you for having the Adopt-A-Soldier program.
... SSG Gilliam, Afghanistan (401st AFSB)

Thank you for all the time and, most importantly, love and appreciation you have put into your Adopt-A-Soldier program for soldiers such as myself.  You are truly angels from above.
...SPC Hendricks, Iraq (6-9CAV)

It means a lot to us knowing that Americans back home are still proud of what we do.
...SSG Junek, Afghanistan (1-6FA)

You are our HEROES here!  God Bless America, Home of the Free because of the Brave!
...PFC Gehringer, Iraq (1st 58th AOB)

It is such a blessing to be in your Adopt-A-Soldier program! Thank you so much for your support
...PFC Wilson, Afghanistan (159CAB)

Thank you so much for your wonderful program.  I have received a care box and it warms my heart that total strangers 4,000 miles away care about Soldiers and our country.
... SFC Olson, Afghanistan (863 EN BN)

I really appreciate all the support for our military.  it's hard being separated from my family, but wonderful to know how many out there truly care.  Thank you for what you are doing.
... SPC Beck, Afghanistan (Vilseck, Germany)

I've got a great group of guys (and girl) I work with.  I actually call them my kids, even though we're really equal in what we do.  I'm on my 3rd deployment and know how much a letter here and there, or simple thing like your favorite "hard to find" toothpaste, can mean to someone.  I'm pretty good at surviving on the basics, it's just good to keep in touch with the free world.
... SPC Romain, Iraq (Fort Riley)

I just want to thank all of the people supporting us, while down range, it is well appreciated.  Your continued support keeps us going and makes us know that you care.  My whole unit really appreciates this so much.
... SPC Mara, Kuwait (164th Trans BN)

I'm a platoon leader for about 75 soldiers.  We provide maintenance for the helicopters.  I realize it is a large group, but anything you can send we will truly appreciate.
... 1LT Foley, Afghanistan (Fort Campbell)

I'm on my 2nd deployment.  It doesn't make it easy being away from family, but I'm proud to serve my country when they feel they need me.
... SPC Lee, Iraq (Fort Stewart)

THANK YOU!!!  This is my first deployment and I have heard GREAT things about your program.  I will definately continue to encourage my soldiers to sign up. I am a career military officer so I will have many more deployments and will always share the support you offer soldiers.  THANK YOU again.
... 1LT Merwin, Afghanistan (6-101, Fort Campbell)

I will be happy with whatever your heart sends.
... SSG McCoy, Iraq (Fort Riley)

I appreciate what you do for us deployed soldiers.
... PFC Moore, Afghanistan (3-6FA, Fort Drum)

I want to thank everyone that participates in this organization. Being here on my first deployment is more different than I could have imagined.
... PFC Winans, Afghanistan (173rd BSB)

Thanks for supporting Soldiers.  It makes being gone from home so much easier.

... SSG Davis, Afghanistan (1107th TASMG)

Thanks for everything ya'll do for us.  We don't have much time to ourselves so thank you again.
... CPL Davies, Iraq (Fort Myer)

Thank you!
... SPC Nienast, Iraq (TN Army Nat'l Guard)

I just want to say thank you and I appreciate everything you do for me.
... SPC Caruso, Afghanistan (186th BSB)

Thank you for all your support and what you do for the military.
... SGT Rivera, Afghanistan (Camp Pendleton)

I appreciate all you do for the troops overseas. You have all my thanks from the bottom of my heart.
... SFC Atkinson, Afghanistan (Fort Campbell)

I would like to thank you for all your support.  This means A LOT to me and this is truly a blessing.  It's very dusty and dirty.  We have no toilets, just port-a-potties and are currently living in a 50 person tent.  I do not want to ask for much.  Whatever I receive is greatly appreciated.  Again, thank you for your support and time.
... PV2 Munson, Iraq (1HBCT, Fort Stewart)

Thank you guys for everything.  We will continue to do great things for our country and we will maintain strength as long as you guys remain by our sides.
... SPC Stevens, Iraq (4-9BN, Fort Lewis)

I really appreciate all that your organization does for us while we are away from our families. Getting mail really lifts everyone spirits. Thank you for everything!
... SPC Ezekiel, Iraq (2-69AR, Fort Benning)

Thank you for your help to make my home away from home feel great.
... SPC Delgado, Iraq (Weslaco Armory)

It just really boasts my moral when i get a package... thanks and god bless.
... SPC Abdelsayed, Iraq (Fort Drum)

Thanks very much for all you do.
... PFC Darden, Iraq (Fort Drum)

Please help.  I am a lonely soldier with no family support.
... Iraq

I am a medic and I love what I do.  I frequently go out into orphanages and little villages where small children always come out to say hello.  If you would like, you can send me things that I can distribute to them such as candy and little toys.  Thanks for all of your support!  It truly does go a long, long way.
... SPC Lee, Afghanistan (Fort Snelling)

I just would like to get letters or an email once and a while.  Missing my kids during the holidays is hard.
... WO1 Hudgins, Kuwait (Fort Bliss)

I would love for you to send care packages to me and the troops in my unit.  No matter how big or small, used or new, it will all be a blessing to us and be cherished as such.  God bless!
... SSG Godwin, Iraq (1-10FA, Fort Benning)

I heard of you all through a member who was previously deployed.  Any support you guys can give my soldiers will brighten their day.  Thank you for what you do!
... 1LT Woody, Afghanistan (372nd Engineer BDE, Fort Snelling)

I appreciate anything and everything you send.  I share with my guys and they appreciate it also.
... SSG Bricker, Afghanistan (2-503IN)

I want to thank you for all the support you give to troops out here.
... SGT Wesley, Iraq (47th CSH)

I appreciate all your support for our troops over here fighting the war.
... PFC Kati Smith, Afghanistan (173rd Airborne)

Thanks to everyone who supports the U.S. troops.
... PV2 Grigg, Iraq (Fort Lewis)

Thank you for all of the support and prayers.
... SSG Hardy, Iraq (1-10 FA, Fort Benning)

I would like to thank everyone who supports what we do over here.  This is a hard job for us and our families.  I, myself, would not do anything else but support my country.  So thank you for helping us.
... SGT Quarles, Iraq (Fort Lewis)

Thank you so much for having the Adopt-A-Soldier program for Service Members.  We all truly appreciate it!  We share with one another & it means so much that there are still folks that care!
... SSG Jones, Iraq (470th MI BDE)

Thank you to all that help in these times of need.
...PV2 Errico, Iraq (2-6 CAV)

Thanks for finding me a special supporter.
... SSG Nettles, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

1st of all i would like to thank you for youll's effort in having such a great program like this im just glad one of your members have adopted me on this program i am very thankful that there are people like youll that are supporting our troops that are still overseas i would like to thank each and everyone of you for your hard work thanks!!!
... SPC Ruiz, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

Thank you for very much for caring and for your support.
... SSG Maiava, Iraq (Fort Lewis)

Thank you and everyone from Hugs for Our Soldiers for supporting the Troops that are deployed.
... SSG Cooper, Afghanistan (782nd BSB, Fort Bragg)

Thank you so very much for what you do for our men and women in uniform.  Your actions determine your character!
... SFC Cobb, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

I just want to say thank you.  I will really enjoy keepin in touch with someone back in the states while I'm overseas.  This is a very good program for soldiers who are deployed.  Thanks for all you do.
... PFC Cautillo, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

Thank you so much for all you do.  It's such a blessing to know that you're cared for.  God bless.
... PFC "Doc" DeBiaso, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

I think this is an excellent program and I am glad that it exists and I can participate.
... Sgt. Wallace, Iraq (1-15IN, Fort Benning)

I'm thankful to be able to serve this country and give back to all the people who have inspired me and molded me to be who I am today.  This mission is no cakewalk, but I wouldn't have any other job in the world.  The sweat, blood and tears are worth every second just to know that I make a difference in someone's life.  Those are moments that make it all worth it.
... MA2 Woods, Iraq (NOSC Atlanta)

... SSG Maiava, Iraq (Fort Lewis)

Thank you very much for your support.  It keeps us all going strong through the year we are away from home.
... SPC Kelly, Iraq (Fort Lewis)

I wanted to let you know that I and others here really appreciate all that you do to support us. It makes the things we do alot easier and the deployment go by alot faster.
... SSG Travis Brown, Iraq

Thank you for everything you do for us.  It makes the time out here a bit more bearable.
... SSgt Cory Peterson, Qatar

Thank you, America!  You rock!
... SPC Martinez, Iraq

Thank you very much for all of your support!
... SGT Gail Schnell

Thank you for the support and patriotism.  We are truly grateful for your time to come here to our post.  The care bags were delivered to single Soldier barracks.  The time and effort that went into these care bags is just amazing.  I am so thankful for the donations and for the dedication of your program.  Thank you for your support, Hugs for Our Soldiers!
... FRSA, Special Forces

We just returned from welcoming our "single" soldier son back from Afghanistan with the 101st at Ft. Campbell.  We were so surprised and so thankful that someone had been so thoughtful to stock his room with food and necessary items!  We are a military family and I realize now (with a single son - soldier) that it is very different for them returning with no home set up to move right back into - as it is for married soldiers!  Your kindness was deeply appreciated - seeing someone reach out and make our son's  homecoming special meant a lot to this mom! 
A thankful mom!
Dee Hann

My name is Justin Mazzullo and I want to thank you for all you do!  It really means a lot to us.
... SPC Mazzullo

Thank you for everything you do to support our men and women overseas.  You are what make our sacrifices worthwhile.  God Bless.
... SPC Baccus

I am a Sand Sailor deployed to Iraq right now and we just received a lot of Girl Scout cookies.  I wanted to drop you a line and say thank you.  Most of the cookies are not good for my diet, but I can't resist them.  Thanks again for all the support.
... Joshua, U.S. Navy

Thank you for the neck wraps.  We have distributed them to the Soldiers as they come into our clinic.  I want to thank you and the volunteers of Hugs for Our Soldiers that support the servicemen serving overseas.  It is reassuring to know that people in the US support the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines.
... Maj. Schwartz

Thanks for caring for us.  This really lifts our spirits.
... PFC Amaral

Thank you for your help in making our soldiers' welcome home a "comforting" one!!!
... April Penney, 527th MP Co., 2nd Platoon

Received your box of Girl Scout Cookies..Oh My.. the soldiers...ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!  You made our day..!!
... SFC Haynes

My team and I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU.  We received some Girl Scout cookies from your organization and it is much appreciated.  Your support to our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines is above and beyond!!  Your time and effort to provide us a touch of home does not go unnoticed.  We really appreciate your dedication.

Thanks to all involved.  You do make a difference!!


First I like to say thank you so much for your support!! It's individuals like yourself that remind me everyday why I do what I do. I am so honored and full of pride to put my uniform on everyday knowing what I am doing is for my beautiful country, individuals like you, and for others to have the freedoms that we hold so dear to our hearts.  I appreciate your commitment to the US Forces and will forever be grateful!
... SFC Haynes

Thank you guys for all you do!
... SSG "Tex" Elkins

Thank you for doing this for us :)
... SPC Windham

You are blessed for the wonderful job that you are doing in supporting the troops over here.
... SSG Thomas

Anything and everything you send will be shared and appreciated.  Thank you and God Bless!
... SPC Sanchez

There is nothing that I "need".  It's just exciting to receive mail!  Even just a letter would be greatly appreciated.  God Bless.
... SSGt Ramirez

I appreciate everything that your organization has done for all the soldiers.  It's not easy being here without my kids.
... Sgt. Perez

Thank you so very much for your support; it really means a lot to me.
... Sgt. Goodroe

Thank you for letting 149 Trans Co be part of your Adopt-A-Soldier program.  A smile on a Soldier's face means so much to me.  The small things in life is what people remember.  Thank you so much for your support.  God Bless.
... 1SG Jackson

I just wanted to take a minute out of my day to thank you.  We truly appreciate the time, care, and concern that great Americans like you and your organization give for our deployed Soldiers here in Iraq. This is my third tour over here and the American people are giving more and more to our deployed troops every year.  It could be very easy to forget about the troops that are in Iraq today, yet through caring organizations like Hugs for Our Soldiers we know that there are many people back home that think about us everyday.
Again, please give a special thanks to every one of the members of your organization and let them know that we truly appreciate the time, effort and care that you all put into supporting America's greatest treasure, our sons and daughters defending our great nation.
... LTC Hite

Most Americans are proud and supportive, but only a very few take the steps you and your organization have taken - so from all of us - thank you.
... Maj. Caldwell

Thank you for everything you do to help support us!!!
... SPC Otting

Thank you so much for taking the time to link my team up with supporters. I just want you to know how great it makes these guys feel when someone they don't even know cares about how they are doing. Again, thank you so so much!
... Cpt. Veld

Thank you so much for the box of Valentine candy, cards and letters.  The contents were passed out to the Soldiers in the unit.  The Soldiers took what they wanted and saved some to pass out to the local children as treats.  We appreciate your kindness in your care package.  The Soldiers of Bravo, 403rd Civil Affairs thank you!
... Maj. Brown

Thank you for having an Adopt-A-Soldier program.  It is so nice, especially when you really don't get anything from home.  It is a booster when you get mail.
... SSG Adams

It's organizations like you that can really make a difference to us deployed soldiers.  Thanks for your support.
... SPC Lund

I want to thank you and the entire Hugs for Our Soldiers organization for the welcome home "hugs" you gave the returning Soldiers of Strike Brigade.  It was an outstanding way to personally convey to each of them the tremendous support our Soldiers receive both from your organization and the American people.
... Col. Hickman

A lot of folks who live in the barracks come back in need of some of the very things you guys provide.  We lose our washcloths or have to throw our towels away, or our shampoo explodes on the plane.  You wouldn't believe how nice it is to have a replacement available when we get home.  It doesn't just make us feel more comfortable.  It really does make us feel loved, just like a hug.  So thanks for the hug.  I hope you guys can keep them coming as long as folks are still coming home!
... SGT Powell

Thank you so much for the snacks and toiletries that you provided our unit with to make our barracks space more comfortable.  It was a really nice touch.  Approximately 20 of us from my unit live in the barracks and benefited from your gifts.  Thanks for all that you have done for us and all other troops.
... SPC Weaver

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You can never imagine what this means to me.  We all really appreciated the packages that you sent to us.  They were truly a blessing.  We want to thank Hugs for Our Soldiers for all the kindness you have shown us.  It was an extremely hard time to be away from our families during the holidays.  Your care packages did a lot to lift our spirits and to let us know that there are people back home who care about us.  It is so easy to forget that anyone even thinks of us when we are so far from home.  I pray that God will bless each one of you for the hard work that you do for us.
... TSGT Young, 134th ARW (Air Force)



Thank you so much on behalf of the entire Vehicle Management Flight (several dozen of us) for your heartfelt "hugs".  We have been here since last summer and knew we were going to miss the holidays back in the states and would not be having a "Tennessee Christmas" this year.  Getting something from back home was a real treat.  Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the knowledge that you have made ours a bit merrier!
... MSGT Ladue, 134th ARW (Air Force)

I want to thank you and the entire Hugs organization for the welcome "hugs" you gave the returning Soldiers of Strike Brigade.  It was an outstanding way to personally convey to each of them the tremendous support our Soldiers receive both from your organization and the American people.  The travel, hard work and long hours you put into asking for and receiving donations from all over the United States to put together over 1500 bags for our single soldiers does not go unnoticed.  Their lives were enriched knowing that someone cares about them, their safe return and the sacrifices they endured while deployed.  For the Soldiers to walk into their barracks room to see a clean towel, toiletries and the goodies in the bag gave them a tangible, physical expression that someone did indeed care for them and wanted to welcome them home on the day of their return as well.  Thank you for your generous and sincere caring for our Soldiers.


Colonel William B. Hickman, Commanding
2nd Brigade Combat Team
502nd Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division (AIR ASSAULT)

I want to express my heartfelt thanks for supporting my husband and his fellow soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. My husband, received a wonderful package from you. I know you are well aware how much boxes from home mean when one is far from home. So, thank you for all that you do. You helped them in getting through this long deployment. Thank you and best wishes.
Wife of a 1-15 IN Soldier

Thank you and your Tennessee Family for thinking of me and all of our troops for so many years.  God Bless you!
... SSG Thomas Wanch

Thank you for helping with the Hugs program. The basket of goodies that was waiting for me when I got to my barracks was much appreciated.

... Soldier with 3-1CAV Fort Benning

I received your care package after I returned from Iraq. I wanted to say thank you. As it was, we came in late and the hygiene products came in hand and meant one less stop we had to make. Once again, thank you. It was a big help.

...PFC Paris, Fort Benning, GA

When we thought no one cared you guys proved us wrong. Thank you for supporting us!

When I got home after a 14 hr flight, which I could not sleep on, I was completely exhausted. Before the flight, we also were on 24 hr standby at the terminal in Kuwait. Anyways, when I got to the barracks, all I thought I had to look forward to was a naked mattress and an empty stomach. So I thought. Because of support like what you and others like you provided, me and all of my battle buddies had sheets, blankets, food and hygiene products to wash off the flight and the Iraq dust that only finally came off here in the states. Thank you for REAL support and not just lip service. HOOAH!
- PFC Almendarez

Thank you and all of the children who created the wonderful welcome home signs and food bags for our troops returning from Iraq. I am a mother of one of them and it really touched my heart. I'm so grateful you and the children have taken the time to think of our US soldiers. I brought my son's welcome home signs home and will save them for him in a scrapbook I hope to put together for him so he may show his children one day. Thank you again for everything you are doing for our servicemen and women! They really appreciated it.

... Janis Mehall Mother of BSTB Soldier Fort Benning, GA

I just wanted to send you this little to note to thank you for the box of cookies that you sent. I really appreciate all that you and Hugs for Soldiers are doing for all of our deployed service members. The cookies were a HUGE!!! hit. I can’t quite understand it, but these guys out here really go crazy fighting over Girl Scout cookies. It is really quite funny to watch. They were offering to buy them from me and were trying to make all kinds of weird bargains for some cookies. I kept one box and shared all the rest. Needless to say, Hugs for Soldiers brightened the faces of many people that day. I really don’t know what else to say but Thank you and please keep up the good work.

Very respectfully,

FC2 (SW) Justin P. Shoemaker

USS Philippine Sea CG-58

We the Soldiers here in Iraq want to extend our gratitude for you and the girls scouts for supporting what we do over here and for what we do for Americans. People like you make this mission here in Iraq worth fighting, and the Soldiers appreciate all the support from great Americans like yourself and others like you. I have attached photos of our Soldiers with the cookies, and I hope the girls get to see them. Again, thank you for your support.
CPT Justin B. Teague
E Co./1-502 101st Airborne
Fort Campbell, KY

Thanks again for the Girl Scout cookies and please tell your staff we are so very appreciative of your support.  God bless you.

CPT Dotson

SVC/1-320FAR 101st Airborne

Fort Campbell, KY 

You all are so AWESOME!! We could never thank you enough for all the tremendous support you have provided our Soldiers. You have made the lives of thousands of Soldiers in combat better every day. We are so grateful for all of you. YOU ALL are what make our country great. Just like the Soldiers who serve something higher than themselves, so do every one of you. We are honored to know you all and to have been associated with you. I am enclosing a note to our families and you will see that you all are one of our families.


From a very grateful battalion,

LTC Troy Perry, Commander

2-69AR, 3rd Brigade

Fort Benning, GA

"I just want to say thank you to the Vonore Elementary School for your support. The Valentine cards were beautiful. I hung them all over the wall of my room. Thank you for all that you do. Your support is priceless." ...SPC Gulley


"On behalf of the Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, I would like to send my sincerest, heartfelt thanks for the support shown by your organization. The packages and letters we received from your organization during the holiday season lifted our spirits and reminded us that there are wonderful people such as you back home supporting us. It further enhanced our morale as we continue to meet our purpose in the Global War on Terrorism. There are many days here when the men are called upon to accomplish tasks that place them well in harm's way. To receive packages from the home front is a reminder that they are loved and missed back at home."

... Cpt., 1-15IN, 3rd Brigade, Fort Benning, GA

"Thank you for the Valentine card. It was nice to receive it. It's always nice to hear from students back home." SGT, 1/502 INF BN (AASLT)

"God bless and thank you for your thoughts. So many of us have loved ones in the states, so I ask that you pray for them also."
SGT, 1/502, 101st Airborne, 2nd Brigade

"Thank you so much for your cards and thoughts! It means a lot to us to know that we are supported by those we love; but knowing that people we have never even met think of us, support us, and pray for us is an incredible feeling."
SSG, 2d BCT, 101st Airborne 

"I would like to thank you for all of the cards you sent me. That put a smile on my face. Also, the cards show that ya'll support us troops and that means a lot to me and the others. Thank you very much and keep in mind that your support is one of our most important reasons for doing what we do every day."
SGT, HHC 1-320FAR, 101st Airborne

"How cute! I loved the cards from the children. Thank you so much! There was a 7 year old, Brandon, from Fairview Elementary. He made a very nice picture for me." SSG, HHC, 526th BSB, 101st Airborne

"Let me extend my sincere thanks to all of you. The Valentine's card is superb. Thanks so much. Also I thank you all for all your support. I am truly blessed to have you all to remember me during Valentine's Day."
SGT, E Co., 1-502, 101st Airborne


"Thank you for the cards and the nice thoughts. I do appreciate you taking the time to send me cards/letters. I don't get much time to reply, but do my best. God Bless you and your family always."
SSG, HHC, 526th BSB, 101st Airborne

"I would like to thank you all for the Valentine's Day card and your thoughts of me and the other soldiers." ... SPC, 101st Airborne


"Thanks, guys, very much for your support and this wonderful card. Please be good in school. Again, thank you from your soldier." ... PFC, 101st Airborne


"I want to thank all of you in Ms. Sargent's class for the Valentine's card! Hope you all have a fabulous day. Study hard -- trust me, it will all be worth it at the end." SGT, 1-502, 101st Airborne

I distributed the Christmas packages you sent. Please tell everyone that we really appreciate everything they are doing. Packages and cards are simple things to folks back home, but there's always a little smile inside when you get mail here. We are truly blessed to have friends like y'all .... Maj. Price, 101st Airborne

"Thanks for reminding us how much folks back home care about us. The Easter posters and letters helped brighten up our TOC a lot. Thinking of home makes this place a lot easier to take. Hope to see you all when we get back next year. Keep in touch! "...... a 2-69-AR Soldier

"We received the Easter posters. Wonderful posters and letter! The Soldiers love reading the posters; we have them posted in the TOC. Thanks for putting this effort together. You guys are the greatest. Thanks for your support of Soldiers; it means more than you will ever know" ...... LTC Perry