I had a Veterans Day post all set to go up automatically and obviously I have not mastered the 21st Century technology yet. In compensation I offer some info on how you can show your thanks to deployed vets this season…

One of my old Kilo Company Marines , Bryan Morris, is now a student at Purdue University. He is organizing a fund raiser in support of Operation Bedding in an effort to improve the quality of life for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.  You can check out what he doing here.  I recall my first deployment with Kilo we received a bunch of super hero sheets and blankets from the mother of LCpl Conboy, a Marine who had fallen the previous deployment. I even managed to snag me a Superman pillow case out of that.  You have no idea how comforting it can be to have clean sheets to come back to after a patrol.

So go check it out!

Semper Fidelis!
America’s 1stSgt

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  1. I remember being asked to send pillowcases and sheets to the Hub’s unit downrange. Obviously, I sent whatever we had that would never be used again. This included a Pongo, Teletubbies, and other assorted cartoon character sets. I wish I had photos of the team and their Power Puff Girls pillow cases. Alas, I had to settle for them wrapped up in a leopard printed Snuggie instead.

  2. Clean sheets and a clean pillow case! I remember when we first got to Iraq and I got to the PX and bought two sets. One set for traveling and one set for my rack in Baghdad. I washed them every chance I got…if we had no running water, then in a bucket…
    ah, the luxeries of the world.

    Be safe Top, so far being retired from the National Guard is OK.

  3. Happy late Veteran’s Day, 1st Sergeant.

    Your presence has been requested at the 2012 CBIRF Reunion (cbirfreunion.wordpress.com). I hope you will be able to attend.

  4. Kanani, I’m sure Army types didn’t even bat an eye at Power Puff Girls. Or maybe they did bat their eyes?

    CI Roller, same here. I recall having to introduce young Marines to the bucket technique in Iraq when they began to stink and would complain that the laundry service hadn’t run on time.

    Barrett, I cannot confirm my attendance at this time. Who is running this thing?

  5. Yours truly.

    But please, don’t let that keep you from trying to be here. 🙂

    I know you have little idea which desert you’ll be in by 2012, but I wanted to make you aware of it, to keep it in the back of your mind. If everything works out, it would be great to have you in attendance.

  6. He was at Camp Wright at the time. I think it was Navy!! Remember, surgeons serve across the board, they really never know where or with whom they’ll be with until they get there! For all I know one of them could have been a Navy corpsman!

  7. Funny you should mention sheets. I just sent a box of sheets and blankets out this week. It’s nice to know they’ll be well-received. Please accept my sincerest apologies for being so late to say “Happy Birthday!” and “Happy Veteran’s Day”. Thank you for all that you do, A1S.

  8. Oh, and I’d like to note everything I sent was free of cartoon characters and children’s shows. Plain sheets and blankets from this gal. Next time, I’ll send Hello Kitty!

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