MIL Suggestions for sending things to a buddy in Iraq

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  1. teep

    teep New Member

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    My friend enlisted a couple years ago and is currently deployed as a tanker in Iraq. I've sent him a package of cookies, oreos, gatorade mix, koolaid mix, gum, sun block, trail mix, and powerbars before, but I was wondering if anyone could suggest anything else. I would just ask him, but I haven't been able to get in contact with him for a while now. I guess what I'm really asking is, if you were there, what would you like to recieve from a friend? I was thinking about CDs, movies, magazines, and porn, but I'm not sure what the rules will allow. Thanks.
     
  2. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    If he has a laptop or MP3 player, he will most likely have access to a shitload of music and videos from other soldiers. And there are a lot of people that send snacks and food items, so there is a LOT of excess stuff like that over there that anyone that wants some can get it.

    What they CAN'T get are pictures and letters from friends back home. Take some pictures of you and his buddies doing things he liked to do. Write a letter about what you were doing in the pictures. It will mean a LOT more to him than goodies and stuff.
     
  3. Liddy

    Liddy Not enough cowbell.

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    When my s/o was deployed to the desert I sent him an email everyday (which he couldn't read) but as soon as I found out where he was posted, I printed them all out and mailed them in a huge package.

    I think he appreciated that more than anything else I ever sent him. :dunno:
     
  4. Fearan

    Fearan Guest

    :werd: on the letter/picture thing.

    The most important thing for his morale is to know that he'll still have his friends at home waiting for him when he comes back.
     
  5. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Are you still married? If not, will you be single any time soon? How about the forseeable future? Next year? :x:
     
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    Some of the things i have sent are cheap toys that can be tossed out when he leaves.. cookies brownies.. magizines.. playboy..Bike... stuff like that.. Stuff the kiddos wanted him to have.. DVD+r candy.. batteries .. good razers.. loofa ;) body wash. prob alot of other stuff that i cant remember
     
  7. teep

    teep New Member

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    Thanks for the help. I'll definately send some pictures now. I wasn't entirely sure because if someone is really home sick, seeing pictures of your good friends having fun could potentially have a negative effect.
     
  8. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I understand how you could think that - but knowing that his buddies back home are really thinking about him is like gold.
     
  9. whitecouch

    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    This is totally true. I have two friends who have responded to my messages since I've been gone. The one who I really thought cared has not. It says a lot to someone who is on the other side of the world when you can't take five minutes out of your day to just say hello.:wtc:
     
  10. Fearan

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    Read the Time.com article about the secret Iraq letter.

    Even if they want to take 5 minutes, sometimes they just can't. I'm sure your friend really wants to, but if he's got a tough job that requires 18-20 hours of work per day, he just doesn't have 5 minutes.

    I know it's hard to comprehend the tempo, but you have to try to understand that when shit is blowing up near your rack, sending letters to your friends is not the first priority. Keep on sending them though, because it takes a lot less time to sit down to fall asleep with a letter than actually writing one. And it'll be the best feeling in the world for him/her.

    Chances are your buddy who is responding has a lot of downtime compared to your other buddy.
     
  11. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I'm thinking that Whitecouch's buddies are not deployed. Whitecouch is the one that is deployed.
     
  12. Liddy

    Liddy Not enough cowbell.

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    Still married. :) Unfortunately the last time he was deployed we were going through a rough patch, but I still managed to make sure he knew I was thinking about him and I still contacted him when I could.

    (No I did not cheat on him or him me).
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    very cool. I was joking about the "are you still married" thing. Mostly. :hsugh:
     
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    You sir are correct.
     
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    Sharkticon The safest place in combat is on an AEGIS Class Gu

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    Baby wipes. It's like gold.
     
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    :rofl: thats funny comming from you.. MR international man of mystery
     
  19. Fearan

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    My bad. :)
     
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    Send him a blow up sheep!
     
  21. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I have several (gently used, loved always) that I would be willing to part with. To support the troops. :hsugh:
     
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    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    We have one, her name is Nancy Sweetness:naughty:
     

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