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LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN 2014

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN 2014
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3 January 2014
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Dear Alessandra ,Homefront Hugs and everyone who helps xoxo ,
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Sometimes I know life gets busy. I know it’s easier to forget about us here at war. I know everyone has their lives, their families, their own crisis and emergencies that come up and sometimes there’s just no time for anyone but your family and life.
Support has been dwindling a bit since the war started because this is my 3rd deployment.
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BUT I want everyone to know your support matters. Your support probably kept one of my buddies from hurting herself the other night after we lost another soldier and she was scared out of her mind. The chaplain was on his way to help all of us, but we still needed each other and times like this are so damn sad…such a waste. And it could have been any one of us. Morale is important here and we all try to keep each other up but when we lose a fellow warrior, there is nothing except time and faith.
I handed her one of cards you sent from a really nice kid who took the time to thank us for what we are doing and said he was praying for  us. Then I gave her another one you packed from a teacher who said she would never have our courage or will to be here but wanted to thank us for our sacrifices and remind us we are not forgotten.  I then read her one of mine from another vet who had written his note on a scratch piece of paper but it meant so much. He sent us positive thoughts and told us he cared and remembered what it was like coming home from Vietnam and no one was there except to spit on him. I am keeping these and reading them over and over because they matter. They actually took the time not to sign the cards but write a note to us which is not often we get that.
He said every day he thought of us and was so glad we volunteered to come here and were keeping our freedoms safe.
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Those cards mean even more than the blankets and handwarmers ( which were awesome) you sent…almost more than the beef jerky and brownies…lol…just kidding..).they meant so much and my battle buddy and I just hugged realizing something pretty great :
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We will be coming home to a nation who cares….a nation that has not forgotten us…at least some of you like at Homefront Hugs have not forgotten.
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And we did not just get a care package packed impersonally for ANY SOLDIER…we got a package that was personal including some great cookies shaped in snowmen that brought a smile..Not sure how you did it…but the bubble wrap worked and they tasted great not broken at all.
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We lit the vanilla candle you sent …and hugged and felt a little better about life and this war. It can get so scary here cause you never know. You never know if this will be the last day on Earth…if this will be our last care package. That;s what scares us…we want to live and come back home. Your support reminds us of home…even smells like home with the candle.
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But if for any reason this is our last care package – if for some reason, I never came home to my parents and my awesome dog Cliff…or my favorite willow tree to take a nap under on our farm…I have already wrirten that last letter to my parents. Bur I also want  all of you to know that your support mattered. I want to thank everyone for helping pay for our care packages. I know you told me Alessandra that you are all volunteers..that rocks.
I know people help pay for postage and for our awesome treats and items we need. Thank God for that foot powder and deodorant you sent…perfect timing.
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Your support makes a difference. It helped us get through a really rough night even reading some of the magazines you sent ( and thanks for not sending old ones !) so we realized there is life back home and the same craziness as always in the National Enquirer.
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The guys in our unit fought over the glow-in-dark frisbie and soccer ball. Thanks for including the pump. I know some of us suck at sending thank yous but NEVER think your support does not matter…it DOES.
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It kept us all from going off the deep end the other night and we know there may be more nights like this in the next year we are here. We kept warm, we smelled and felt ” homefront hugs” in your care packages and we thank everyone for caring enough to help and write and pay for us to receive these.
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It makes me so proud to be an American and I know I am serving the greatest nation in the world. Thank you Homefront Hugs and thank you USA!
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Peace .
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Respectfully yours,
 Anya
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Somewhere in Freezing Afghanistan
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 (because of security, please don’t post my last name or unit but please post my thanks to everyone. God bless.)
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P.S. please people…don’t forget us. We need you and your support. We promise to make you proud. Please keep sending the care packages if not for me, for my brothers and sisters in uniform who deserve them so much.
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