L/CPL JAMES BROWN (1986-2006)

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Thousands of Americans just like James are in harm's way at this moment.  Many of them have trouble paying for calls home, have trouble paying for their plane ticket home from Washington D.C. on leave, or worry about their families affording necessities back at home.  If you would like to support our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other remote areas of the world, you have many options.  Here are just a few of them:
  • donate frequent flyer miles
  • donate to Operation Hero Miles (free flights home inside U.S.)
  • donate a calling card
  • donate to military relief societies
  • support Gifts from the Home Front (exchange vouchers)
  • support the Gift of Groceries program (for families)
  • send virtual messages and e-mails
  • donate to scholarships for military children
  • support wounded veterans

Unless you have been in the military and spent a long time in a far away and dangerous place, you cannot imagine how much even the smallest gesture can mean.  One soldier ... one note from someone who cares ... one phone card to give the soldier some extra time on the phone with his mom, his spouse, his brother or sister ... you will never regret such a gift.

For a complete list of all possible ways that you can support our troops, click on the following link and then click Make a Difference.  Then click on the type of support you want to provide.  You will be directed to the links of scores of organizations that can assist you.

WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

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If you would like to put together your own Care Package, here are a few items that soldiers back from Iraq have specifically told me they like to receive:
  • movie DVDs
  • board games
  • Mach 3 or Fusion razors
  • Gerber/Leatherman multi-tools
  • sunglasses (Oakley$ popular)
  • cigarettes or dip (if they use)
  • Gold Bond powder
  • Cruex powder
  • alcohol (baby) wipes
  • energy drinks
  • gum
  • power bars
  • granola bars
  • canned tuna
  • cookies
  • candy bars
  • coffee
  • SureFire tactical flashlight
  • clip on LED light
  • LED headlight, red/white option
  • bar soap
  • boot gel insoles 
  • Chapstick
  • hand sanitizer (Purell etc.)
  • sunblock 30 SPF+
  • Whitewater/Flight Nomex tactical gloves
  • weightlifting stuff (gloves, belt)
  • lens anti-fog
  • Fabreze
  • Armor Fresh
  • soccer shorts / tee shirts
  • digital camera (3 mpxl +)
  • hand-held gaming devices
  • air-inflatable pillow
  • shower shoes (black Adidas etc.)
  • canned air
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • travel size rolls of TP
  • MP3 player/IPOD
  • space blanket

Here are some other ideas:

WHAT TO SEND A SOLDIER

WHAT TO SEND AND WHERE TO FIND IT

MILITARY CARE PACKAGES

Remember, when soldiers receive packages from Americans unknown to them, it says something very special to them.  It says, "what you are doing means something to me."

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