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Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.
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This web site gives you an opportunity to send a FREE postcard to U.S. soldiers overseas in 3 easy steps. Pick a design, personalize it, click on the send button.

Please help support our troops overseas.
Send your gifts of Copenhagen, tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, or just your well wishes to any of these fine boys.
They will share with others in need of a "little bit of home" right now.


March 9, 2008
My name is James Dumont. I'm stationed here at camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq with the Fire/Rescue department. We are here serving with the US Marines 2nd Marine AirWing. Just wanted to let the folks know at home that there are civilians here also doing the job. Iraqi cigars on base are the worse ones to smoke. But when thats all you got, you have to smoke the worst! Anyone sending any cigars out this way sure would be appreciated! Makes it a little like home when your trying to relax and smoking a good cigar!! Thanks for everything!!!
James Dumont
(Outdated address removed.)


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Photo of GySgt Edwardo Espinal, Maj Patrick Tucker, and myself Maj Nate Mentink. We are currently deployed, and are trying to find folks who would send cigars to be shared with the Marines here in Al Taqaddum Iraq over the holidays.

Thank You!
Major Nate Mentink
(Outdated address removed.)


Hello,
My name is SSg Rojas and I am currently serving in Iraq with the First Calvary Division, Some of my fellow Soldiers along with my self enjoy a good cigar after a long mission but they are hard to come by here and I wanted to know if you could help us out with some. It would be greatly appreciated by all of us over here and thank you for all your support.

SSg Rojas Rodolfo
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We are a team of Soldiers deployed in Northern Iraq. We have access to the PX (Post Exchange, the government store), but it is very difficult to get cigars, Cope long cut, Skoal long cut or any long cut smokeless tobacco here. We would appreciate any help you could provide.
I attached a picture of the team and I really appreciate everything and your support of the Soldiers.
Thank you very much.

1Lt Toyston Burruss
(Outdated address removed.)


Hello Smoker's Club, love the website.
We are trying to get a few cigars over here in Afghanistan, a fellow soldier got a bundle of cigars in something called a “Tupperbomb” I think that’s what it was called. But he would not divulge his source. So I thought I would give you a shot, there are 3 of us who would love to have a good cigar after a firefight or IED bomb going off on our vehicle. If this is something you do or know of some group or organization that might do this please feel free to pass on our request. I am in the 41st Infantry conducting operations near the Pakistan border we see a lot of action in this part of the country but its our job so no complaints here, I love my job and what it means to the local people is awesome, the chance to be free and make their own decisions is, something many people take for granted.
Thank-you, This will make a few Grunts/Infantryman very happy.

SSG Howard, Roland
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I am currently deployed to Afghanistan with my battalion, consisting of Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines. A few of my troops and I are avid cigar smokers and enthusiasts, whenever we can get one. However, we find it extremely difficult to get cigars here in such a remote and austere environment.
I would like to know if you or anyone you know would be willing to donate a few cigars to us during our deployment here in Afghanistan. Such a gift would greatly enhance my troops’ morale and give them a reminder of the good life that they all enjoyed back at home.
We would greatly appreciate anything you could send to make this deployment better. You may send any items to the following address and I will ensure they are equally distributed. Thanks in advance!

Corey Woodard
(Outdated address removed.)


Hello,

I am writing this note on behalf of the soldiers I am serving with for a one year tour (2nd tour for many of us) in Iraq. We are seeking any support for Cigars so that we may enjoy a little time during our days/weeks here with the pace of life that we live.

The time we are able to get out and enjoy a cigar is precious – most of us are working 16-18 hours per day and as we are now in our third month of our one year tour, we appreciate any support that you can provide. I cannot tell you where we are serving due to security reasons but our ability to get cigars on a regular basis is somewhat difficult as many companies do not send to our APO address here. There are over 100 service members in our section and about 1/4 of them enjoy a Cigar on a regular basis.

Please forward this to anyone that would like to support us. Thank You all for your thoughts and prayers that keep us strong.

Respectfully,
John Christensen
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I think this is great, you don't know how much this means to them over there that someone really is taking time to support them. I can't thank you enough for all your help. And I know these boys will really appreciate it.
Thank you from my heart,
Sherry West


Gary Bourland
Attn: Any Marine
HQ BN, 2d Mar Div
2COS
Unit# 73530
FPO AE 09509-3530

Expected to leave Iraq: 29 Mar 2006
Where in Iraq: near Fallujah
Contact for approx number of Males: 100, Females: 10
Unit is from: North Carolina
Many folks are asking me what they can do to show appreciation to Gary. A hint: He and many of his Marines love good cigars. If you just happen to send him one or two GOOD cigars (remember, this is about support, not just stuff) and a letter, he and his Marines would love it. Please, due to the number of folks reading this, the idea is to send just a tribute of thanks, not a boat-load of cigars.
Thanks. -Marty www.anysoldier.com


"Thanks for all your support from everyone here. We just arrived and it's going to be a long time before we see home."

SSG Chris Jacobs


OUR Crew of the USS Cape St. George CG-71
homeported out of Norfolk, VA.

"We have no access to chewing tobacco onboard our ship, due to our supply divison being involved with backorders for the soldiers in Iraq."

STG2(SW) David Sills
(Outdated address removed.)



"How are you all doing? The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq, the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel.
It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country."
Semper Fi
1stSgt Dave Jobe


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Wish you were here

For all the free people that still protest
you're welcome, we protect you,
and your protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud
but who will fight for you
no one standing in your crowd.
We are fathers, brothers and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying the guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die,
we might not be able to save the world,
well, at least we try.
We walked the paths to where we are at,
and we want no choice other than that.
so when you rally you'r group to complain,
take a good look in the back of you'r brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly,
wars must be fought and young men must die.
We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear,
if thats not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling and put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from
3rd. Battalion, 2nd Marines, Kuwait.




During the American Revolution, George Washington sought money and supplies for his troops. He reportedly once wrote to the Continental Congress, "If you can't send money, send tobacco".



Prayer for these times

It's the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press.
It's the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.
It's the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the flag!!!
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need."

Slide movie for those who defend our country. God bless our military men and women. (Slow loading)

Brian Chontosh: A real American hero.

Alex Hepler USMC '79-'99: Kingston, WA

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm Howitzers.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.

He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.

Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.


THE MARINE

We all came together,
Both young and old.
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace,
To stand in your groups,
And protest in our streets.

But still I fight on.
I don't bitch, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the men
Who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine,
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young,
So they all may have,
The great freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom
You'll stand when the fight's done.

~Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert~
~UNITED STATES MARINE~
~`USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF~
MARCH 23, 2003

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Subject: FW: Ltr from Lt Nofsinger, USMC
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 21:39:19 -0400

Hello Everyone,

I am taking time to ask you all for your help. First off, I'd like to say that this is not a political message. I'm not concerned about domestic politics right now. We have much bigger things to deal with, and we need your help. It seems that despite the tremendous and heroic efforts of the men and women serving here in Iraq to bring much needed peace and stability to this region, we are losing the war of perception with the media and American people. Our enemy has learned that the key to defeating the mighty American military is by swaying public opinion at home and abroad. We are a people that cherish the democratic system of government and therefore hold the will of the people in the highest regard. We love to criticize ourselves almost to an endless degree, because we care what others think. Our enemies see this as a weakness and are trying to exploit it. When we ask ourselves questions like, "Why do they hate us?" or "What did we do wrong?" we are playing into our enemies' hands. Our natural tendency to question ourselves is being used against us to undermine our effort to do good in the world. How far would we have gotten if after the surprise attacks on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, we would have asked, "Why do the Japanese hate us so much?" or "How can we change ourselves so that they won't do that again?" Here in Iraq the enemy is trying very hard to portray our efforts as failing and fruitless. They kill innocents and desecrate their bodies in hopes that the people back home will lose the will to fight for liberty. They are betting on our perceived weakness as a thoughtful, considerate people. Unfortunately our media only serves to further their cause. In an industry that feeds on ratings and bad news, a failure in Iraq would be a goldmine. When our so-called "trusted" American media takes a quote from an Iraqi doctor as the gospel truth over that of the men and women that are daily fighting to protect the right to freedom of press, you know something is wrong. That doctor claimed that out of 600 Iraqis, that were casualties of the fighting, the vast majority of them were women, children and the elderly. This is totally absurd. In the history of man, no one has spent more time and effort, often to the detriment of our own mission, to be more discriminent in our targeting of the enemy than the American military. The Marines and Soldiers serving in Iraq have gone through extensive training in order to limit the amount of innocent casualties and collateral damage. Yet, despite all of this, our media consistently sides with those who openly lie and directly challenge the honor of our brave heroes fighting for liberty and peace. What we have to remember is that peace is not defined as an absence of war. It is the presence of liberty, stability, and prosperity. In the face of the horrendous tyranny of the former Iraqi regime, the only way true peace was able to come to this region was through force. That is what the American Revolution was all about. Have we forgotten? Freedom is not free and "peace" without principle is not peace. The peace that so-called "peace advocates" support can only be brought to Iraq through the military. And we are doing it, if only the world will let us! If the American people believe we are failing, even if we are not, then we will ultimately fail. That is why I am asking for your support. Become a voice of truth in your community. Wherever you are fight the lies of the enemy. Don't buy into the pessimism and apathy that says, "It's hopeless," "They hate us too much," "That part of the world is just too messed up," "It's our fault anyway," "We're to blame," and so forth. Whether you're in middle school, working at a 9-5 job, retired, or a stay-at-home mom you can make a huge difference! There is nothing more powerful than the truth. So, when you watch the news and see doomsday predictions and spiteful opinions on our efforts over here, you can refute them by knowing that we are doing a tremendous amount of good. Spread the word. No one is poised to make such an amazing contribution to the everyday lives of Iraqis and the rest of the Arab world than the American Armed Forces. By making this a place where liberty can finally grow, we are making the whole world safer. Your efforts at home are directly tied to our success. You are the soldiers at home fighting the war of perception. So I'm asking you as a fellow fighting man: Do your duty. Stop the attempts of the enemy wherever you are. You are a mighty force for good, because truth is on your side. Together we will win this fight and ensure a better world for the future.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,
1st Lt. Robert L. Nofsinger USMC Ramadi, Iraq



A SOLDIER'S STORY

As reported by Brian Kilmeade on Fox News, PFC Joshua Sparling was wounded in Iraq on November 20th. He was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington for surgery. While there, he opened a card which appeared, on the surface, to be a patriotic "get well soon" note from a kid. Here's what the card actually read on the inside:

Dear, Soldier
Have a great time into he war and have a great time dieing in the war from Solider Miguel
P.S. DIE.

With grammar like that, they author probably qualifies to be a history teacher at Carson High School, but that's another matter altogether.

Kilmeade notes that despite the pain PFC Sparling is in, he insists on leaving the card up on his hospital wall where everyone can see it. "He, by the way, is proud of his service, misses his buddies and wants to go back and fight," reports Kilmeade, who correctly concludes that "this sadist (whoever wrote the card) does not represent the American public." Kilmeade suggests that folks send a real "get well" or holiday card to Joshua at:

Joshua Sparling
C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

Mine is already in the mail. Hope yours will join it.
Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach
http://www.chuckmuth.com




His name is James Blake Miller, God Bless him.



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