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12-3-05 Remember Our Soldiers- Especially at Christmas Time

    I learned how important mail call was as an ROTC “soldier” undergoing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in the early 1960’s.   ,,,, Being away from home at Christmas is especially stressful. 

   We need to remember our soldiers and thank them often for what they do.  Cards and gifts at Christmas is a start.  However, they can be sent at anytime.



December 3, 2005


Remember Our Soldiers- Especially at Christmas Time


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.



U. S. Soldiers Patrolling in Iraq (AP Photo)


I learned how important mail call was as an ROTC “soldier” undergoing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in the early 1960’s.   A letter from home was a big morale booster.  In service, I wrote and heard from former teachers (Ms. Anna Curtis, Mrs. Kathryn Hargrove, Mama, Daddy, Aunt Becky, friends and others).  It was a very important part of my life.


This year our nation is embroiled in a divisive debate about the Iraq War; not unlike some involved with the Vietnam era.   Some folks say things about our nation, president and related issues that really turn me off!   Most Americans do respect our soldiers although some came back from Vietnam to despicable treatment by some Left-Wing extremists in the seventies.


Being away from home at Christmas is especially stressful.  In my service time, I was away for a number of holidays.  I was not in combat and in most cases was able to do things with friends.  (Thanksgiving in 1963 in Heidelberg, Germany; and South Texas and Monterey, Mexico in 1964).


We need to remember our soldiers and thank them often for what they do.  Cards and gifts at Christmas is a start.  However, they can be sent at anytime.


Below appears some information on ways to remember and say Thank You to deserving soldiers.

A Soldier Wounded in Iraq:


November 27, 2005


……….This is an update on the soldier that was wounded and is now at Walter Reed hospital.  He is progressing, and is now starting his Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (PT & OT).


This will be very frustrating and painful for him.  There will be days (according to ……… who is a PT) that he will want to throw that prosthetic arm out the window.  Please pray for his continued healing and please don't forget him over these Christmas holidays. 


His address is:

SPC Garrett Anderson

Ward 57


6900 Georgia Avenue NW

Washington, DC  20307


I appreciate your prayers for him and your special help in letting him know people care for him and for the soldiers.



A Resident of Northeast GA

A Northeast Georgia Lieutenant in Iraq:


1LT Micah J. Garrison

HHC TF 2-130 Infantry

Recon Platoon

APO AE 09381


Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 5:54 AM

Subject: deployment update


Hello everyone.  I hope all of you had a happy thanksgiving.  We have gotten settled into our new home away from home and have started our new mission here.  We are attached to a Marine Expeditionary Force and expect to be here until we return home sometime next April or May.


Several people have asked what soldiers here need in the way of gifts or care packages.  If people want to sent things to soldiers, I recommend they send snack or food items. 


We don't get much in the way of snack foods here and soldiers always like getting different things to eat.  Chips, cookies, crackers, whatever you think would be pleasant.  Because it is getting cold over here, desirable items also include hot chocolate, apple cider, ramen noodles, cup of noodles, cup of soup, or any other type of instant drink or noodle combination that only require the addition of hot water prior to consumption.  Sometimes we miss chow at the dining facility and it is pleasant to eat something warm before we go to sleep. 


We have a small PX here that has pretty much all the personal hygiene items we need.  Also, we don't have as much interaction here with the local nationals, so we don't need items for Iraqi kids or people.  Soldiers also enjoy getting letters, cards, and words of encouragement from home for several reasons.  They remind us there is another world out there and help keep us informed of what's going on in the "real" world, they remind us that we aren't forgotten about, and they motivate us to look forward to coming home.  We haven't taken any casualties since we've been here, but the unit adjacent to us has had at least 3 killed and at least 5 wounded in the last two weeks.  Thanks for your continued support and prayers for our safety.  Micah.

12-2-05 Soldier (Iraq) Names for Cards and Christmas Gifts


AVOC NOTE:  I understand many of the people in this unit are from Illinois.  Some “good ole Southern Hospitality” would be good for them!


1LT Micah J. Garrison

HHC TF 2-130 Infantry

Recon Platoon

APO AE 09381


December 2, 2005


Here are the names of the soldiers in my platoon.  All of the addresses are

the same, of course, except for the "name" line.


1LT Micah Garrison

SSG Darren Myers

SSG Mike Galassi

SSG Jonathan Rieches

SSG Jose Guerrero

SGT Robert White

SGT Jason Brown

SGT Scott Ryle

SGT Todd Claxon

SGT Steve Miller

SPC Sonny Simpson

SPC Tyler Moore

SPC Mike Pyburn

SPC Dan Tobon

SPC Ian Nelk

SPC Terry Ross

SPC Casey Endsley

SPC Mike Otis


At Walter Reed Army Medical Center:


SPC Garrett Anderson

Ward 57


6900 Georgia Ave NW

Washington, DC 2030


12-1-05 Treats For Troops & Mail Deadline





WDUN  550 AM, Gainesville, Georgia


Martha Zoller’s Voices of Soldiers is a good way to find information on Soldiers from Georgia and other places.



Treats For Troops.Com





For Most APO's, the deadline for First Class Mail and Packages is Saturday, December 10th.


Everyone at TFT is pitching in to make sure all the holidays packages are on their way by the deadline. Santa's helpers are working extra hard through the holidays to make sure every package ordered by Friday December 9th gets in the mail, and the Denver Post Office is scheduling extra pickups at our warehouse to keep all those packages moving. But the elves want you to know they'd really appreciate it if you don't wait until the very last minute to order.


 And just a reminder to all you procrastinators: packages sent to the military must go by USPS Priority Mail, so we're not able to offer an overnight delivery option like UPS or FEDX. And of course, if you miss the deadline, don't worry..our mission is to provide a way for people to support our soldiers year round, and there is no season for putting a smile on a soldier's face.

  Treats for Troops Press Release



DENVER, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A holiday turkey feast, a bright red stocking stuffed with treats or a party complete with a five foot inflatable Christmas tree and wrapped gifts are just some of the holiday packages you can send a soldier through Treats for Troops.


    If you don't personally know anyone in the service, Treats for Troops has thousands of soldiers from every state in the union and every branch of service registered with their Foster-A-Soldier Program.  Go to http://www.treatsfortroops.com for more information.


    "The holidays make it even harder for soldiers to be away from friends and family," says Deborah Crane, president of the Web-based company that makes it easy for anyone to support the troops.  "We want every soldier to get a package from home this holiday season," Crane continued.


    Recently Treats for Troops has even had several soldiers order packages so they'll be able to hand out some treats to their soldiers who don't get much mail.


    "I don't think these guys should have to send packages to themselves, when I know there are countless Americans out there who'd love to say thanks to our troops, but just don't know how," Crane says.


    Treats for Troops has lots of holiday packages available, from Santa Sacks to packages like Holiday Feast for Four that's designed to be shared.


    A new Group Gift department takes the work out of sending packages to groups or units ranging in size from six to nearly a hundred.


12-1-05 “Thank A Soldier” Week Worthy Effort





December 1, 2005

Thank A Soldier Week

American soldiers are risking their lives all over the globe defending America's interests and the freedoms that many of us take for granted.

Do you take Soldiers for granted?

Backstage at the Country Music Awards, celebrities provided messages of thanks to soldiers around the globe as part of the launch for 'Thank A Soldier Week' which begins December 19th.

Leading up to this week (December 19-25), Townhall.com is encouraging all Americans to thank soldiers for their service.

We challenge you to do 3 things:

  • Say Thank You
    Say "Thank You" to at least one member of the Armed Forces as you pass them on the street.
  • Send An Email
    Send an email to a soldier serving overseas, separated from loved ones during the holiday season. 
  • Send Money
    Make a donation to one of the many charitable organizations providing comfort to the troops and their families at home. For a list of recommended Townhall.com charities.