Well, incoming care packages the likes of which most units have never seen. Today I was lucky enough to be at American Legion Post 28 just outside of Quantico Marine Corps Base in Dumfries, VA for the final pack-out of the care packages for the guys that lost all of their stuff at COP Keating. It was more ceremony than actual packing because most of that was already done and the items that were left out as examples of what was already on the way to our guys out in Afghanistan. Those items in the pictures are now on their way, too. Altogether through the efforts of the American Legion, Target, a network of military bloggers getting the word out, and (MOST importantly) a slew of generous donations from great Americans throughout this country $100,000.00 was raised in three weeks to replace items that were lost when the men of Combat Outpost Keating called in fire on their own position rather than let the Taliban have it. We cannot truly replace what they’ve lost, but this is a decent start if you ask me.
These are just some of the people that got the whole thing together.
These are two of the 58 laptops. 4 of the cameras, and a few of the DVDs on their way to the guys whole lost their own in a hail storm of steel and fire… that they called in on themselves. You might get pissed off if your computer broke… how would you feel if you chose to destroy your own computer rather than let an enemy have the info on it?Guitar Hero, Dexter, DJ Hero, more DVDs, controllers…More cameras, memory cards, X-Box Extremes, ethernet cables… it looks like a ton of stuff and it is a lot, but we can’t really replace everything these guys lost and we can’t ever really repay them for their sacrifices. I think the least we can do is let them play some Halo and type some e-mails home.
Thank you all again for every dollar, dime, penny, or peso donated. I especially want to thank Mothax at the American Legion’s Burn Pit for coming up with the modest idea of raising $10,000.00 to buy these guys some iPods so they could at least have some music to listen to and having it grow into a monster MWR effort ten times as successful.
Plus, I got to see a few of my friends without a priest, a judge, or a coffin present for a change. That was nice.