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BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 10:49 AM
I know of one member of Chiefs Planet getting ready to go to Afghaniastan. I know
another that has a son getting ready to deploy. Another that has a son already there. I propose that we raise money and ship some "goddies" over to the units where Chiefs Planet members or their kids are serving our country. To let them know they are not alone, that some of us back here in the USA appreciate their sacrifice and service.
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I will personally pay all the shipping costs and coordinate the project.

I will pay all the paypal fees of the members who donate. If you donate $20 to buy goodies for the troops, $20 goes to the troops.

If you want to send a check, or some goodies yourself, donated items, PM me for a mailing address.

If you have a store that has items that would go in the care package and would sell those at cost and or donate, PM me.

100% of the money raised will go to purchase items for the troops. I will update this thread with the progress and post pictures of the "goodies" and items that will be shipped to the troops.

This is not a political thread or idea. The point is to support the Planet members or their kids on a personal level while they are voluntarily putting themselfs in harms way for us.

PM me for the paypal address. If you know of someone serving overseas, PM me and we will put them on the list to recieve a care package

A thank you card for the planet from the troops over in the sandbox.
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I just wanted to send a shout out to BigRedChief. Most of you don't know, but I am a grunt in the 82nd airborne and I am currently in Afghanistan. Yesterday, after a long week of field work, I came back to the FOB to recharge and what do I see? 2 care packages from BRC. Well me and my boys enjoyed the snacks and we thank you, bud. HOOAH

Hey BRC,

A few days after my wife checked with her brother's wife about this package, he was injured in an IED attack and sent home for medical treatment. Today we learned that his driver and the guy who took his place were both killed by an IED. It's a tough job these guys have (both in terms of personal risk and also in terms of dealing with the loss of close friends).

Thanks again for all the support you facilitate!

NAME EDITED

That's awesome news. Thanks to the new and continuing supporters that keeps this going. As a solider on the receiving side; it means so much to have complete strangers contribute to these packages. Its a moral victory, makes you feel noticed, affirmation. In some of the worst times I've ever experienced, a small note or package surprising me made the difference between being depressed and feeling validated. Agree or not for the reasons we're there, coming together and supporting the troops with their boots on the ground is a profound statement, and it does not go un-noticed by the troops receiving the packages. Don't make fun of what I'm saying, never in my life has a simple gesture made me feel so good and happy to be an american. Keep donating if you feel inclined, it matters more than you know to the troops receiving it.

Dartgod
10-28-2009, 11:24 AM
Surely we all have some items that would be useful to the troops out in the sandbox to remind them of...the Chiefs?
Why in God's name would we want to do that? Don't they have enough to worry about with bullets flying over their heads all day?









J/K BRC. It's a good thing you are doing. My wife's nephew is over there and we are getting ready to send a huge care package to him with lots of stuff he can share with other soldiers.

I know Iowanian has done this before when his brother was over there. He may have some ideas for you.

Inspector
10-28-2009, 11:55 AM
Great idea. This will prompt me into being more savvy about the internet.

We have sent stuff over in the past (Our kid is on his 3rd deployment) but we always sent it to our kid for him to share with his guys. I'll tell her about this when I get home.

Thanks for caring and for your support of our troops!

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 12:03 PM
Flat rate boxes are your best bet for shipping.



I'm told you can fit 13 beers, a bag of jerky and a smut book in one if you wanted to, but it would have to be sent to a non-fun hater.


CP members came up with a great package for my brother's unit a few years ago...it happend quickly and quietly, but these guys came through. Computer games and stuff were a hit as well. Most have laptops.


Send the stuff to other units....we're taking pretty good care of my brother this time.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 12:10 PM
Flat rate boxes are your best bet for shipping.



I'm told you can fit 13 beers, a bag of jerky and a smut book in one if you wanted to, but it would have to be sent to a non-fun hater.


CP members came up with a great package for my brother's unit a few years ago...it happend quickly and quietly, but these guys came through. Computer games and stuff were a hit as well. Most have laptops.


Send the stuff to other units....we're taking pretty good care of my brother this time.
Thanks for the input. Your experience and Inspectors will make it go a lot smoother. There has to be some "stuff" they can't get there, that they would like to have that they enjoyed back in the USA.

Right now those Planeteers who have publically said they or their son's are going to Iraq/Afghanistan are Crazy Coffey, Inspector and KCWolfman.

Anything can be given annoumusly. I will keep your generosity between myself and your maker.

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 12:17 PM
beer, liquor, porn.....thats what they want and can't have.


Jerky, dehydrated fruit and things like that have been wildly popular and you can't send enough. It's bow season, so we'll be sending fresh deer jerky again soon. Candles have been good too(not foofy ones)....but men who live together and are out on long missions tend to stink and so does their stuff


I've sent a blow up 6' swimming pool, leaving it to their creativity...I try to find something once in a while that might be fun.
As I've said before, I sent probably 20-30 computer games from members here before, and they went quickly.

I'm sure some of the outposts of Afganistan have different needs than those in Iraq based out of the major bases.

seclark
10-28-2009, 12:18 PM
my son's over there now for his second time. we're taking pretty good care of him, sending packages, so stuff from the planet isn't needed.

it is nice that stuff can get sent to anonymous troops.

good thoughts, brc.
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joesomebody
10-28-2009, 12:23 PM
Careful Iowanian. Not positive, but I'm betting jerkey is supposed to be stamped by the USDA. I'm sure it will get through, but fresh deer jerkey may be a problem.

Usually (as was the case in all of the bases I was at overseas) customs only approves meat and food products that are inspected by the USDA. Just a heads up.

And great idea BRC, I'll try and see what I can come up with to help out your goal.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 12:26 PM
beer, liquor, porn.....thats what they want and can't have.


Jerky, dehydrated fruit and things like that have been wildly popular and you can't send enough. It's bow season, so we'll be sending fresh deer jerky again soon. Candles have been good too(not foofy ones)....but men who live together and are out on long missions tend to stink and so does their stuff


I've sent a blow up 6' swimming pool, leaving it to their creativity...I try to find something once in a while that might be fun.
As I've said before, I sent probably 20-30 computer games from members here before, and they went quickly.

I'm sure some of the outposts of Afganistan have different needs than those in Iraq based out of the major bases.
Once we decide who gets the first package, my plan is to email the troops there and ask them what they need or want? And then make it happen.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 12:27 PM
Careful Iowanian. Not positive, but I'm betting jerkey is supposed to be stamped by the USDA. I'm sure it will get through, but fresh deer jerkey may be a problem.

Usually (as was the case in all of the bases I was at overseas) customs only approves meat and food products that are inspected by the USDA. Just a heads up.

And great idea BRC, I'll try and see what I can come up with to help out your goal.
yeah, I don't want to get caught skirting the rules and then the care package ends up in some dumpster and doesn't make it to the troops. Maybe ship a smaller one that has porn etc. in it in a seperate package? But, jjjeeezzzz a man risking his life, thousands of miles away should at least have a hustler or something on base, regardless of the social norm of the country. It's our friggin norm, its on a military installation. Screw um

seclark
10-28-2009, 12:31 PM
yeah, I don't want to get caught skirting the rules and then the care package ends up in some dumpster and doesn't make it to the troops. Maybe ship a smaller one that has porn etc. in it in a seperate package?

be careful w/the porn...
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BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 12:37 PM
2 hours after the initial post....first donation is in the kitty.

JohninGpt
10-28-2009, 01:18 PM
yeah, I don't want to get caught skirting the rules and then the care package ends up in some dumpster and doesn't make it to the troops. Maybe ship a smaller one that has porn etc. in it in a seperate package? But, jjjeeezzzz a man risking his life, thousands of miles away should at least have a hustler or something on base, regardless of the social norm of the country. It's our friggin norm, its on a military installation. Screw um

I wouldn't worry too much about sending porn. There are enough xxx rated dvd's in circulation at any of those bases to make Marilyn Chambers blush.

Booze on the other hand.....

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 01:39 PM
Careful Iowanian. Not positive, but I'm betting jerkey is supposed to be stamped by the USDA. I'm sure it will get through, but fresh deer jerkey may be a problem.

Usually (as was the case in all of the bases I was at overseas) customs only approves meat and food products that are inspected by the USDA. Just a heads up.

And great idea BRC, I'll try and see what I can come up with to help out your goal.


Duh...thats why you write "shampoo and toiletries" on the customs form.


I care more about getting the people I want things that they want while they're in those shitholes than I care about a USDA requirement. What is deer jerky going to do, spread germs to the sewage filled streets of APO shithole, Iraq?

If you're sending anything that isn't up and up, be sure it is only going to that individual to sort through and deal with.

I've sent many packages to several soldiers over the years and haven't had anything busted/removed by customs yet that I know of.

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 01:42 PM
One thing I've sent to Korea, Afganistan and Iraq that has been popular this time of year......I make Christmas lights out of shotgun shells. The rednecks love them, and they're cool year 'round. They become "man cave decore" when Christmas is over.


I also sent a couple of guys "garden boxes"....ziplock with potting soil, sunflower and grass seed. Then they can fill a boot, pan, spent mortar round...whatever to make their own garden and conversation piece. no, I don't really give a shit if I'm potentially contaminating some Afgan poppie field with American Sunflower or Sun & Shade Bluegrass.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 01:51 PM
Dunkin Donuts donates the coffee
Passed on by supporter Kelly Bishop on 4 Mar 05:
Dunkin Donuts will send a case (24 one pound bags) to service members serving in Iraq. Dunkin Donuts donates the coffee and pays all the shipping costs.
Go to www.dunkindonuts.com (https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/contact/Feedback.aspx?type=4)
Fill out the form.
Put the soldiers name and APO address.
Click on "submit"
They are getting a lot of requests so it may take a little time.
You can also write with the same info to:
Dunkin Brands
130 Royall Street
Canton, MA 02121
Or call customer relations at 781-737-3000 (they are very friendly and helpful)
From Dunkin' Donuts:
Dunkin' Brands, Inc. supports the brave men and woman of the United States military.
We are honored to send a taste of home to our troops overseas. We will hold a monthly lottery to randomly select 50 military members among those requests submitted. Each will receive a case of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. We will limit the offer to those who have not previously received any coffee. Please understand that because of the volume of requests, only recipients will be notified

JohninGpt
10-28-2009, 01:51 PM
In my experience, no one was very particular about what got mailed to us, but they watched what we mailed home like a hawk.

I did get several bottles in the mail.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 01:54 PM
Duh...thats why you write "shampoo and toiletries" on the customs form.
Okay, initial research says I'm going to have to sign my name to something that says whats in the package. If I lie of the form I could get in trouble with my employer and lose my job. so the packages will have to be on the up and up when I send them.

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 01:56 PM
I wasn't suggesting you do anything other than that.


I just know what others, may choose to do as individuals.
Every situation is different, if your soldier lives with a dingleberry 1Sgt that hates fun, you obviously have to moderate what they receive.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 02:01 PM
In my experience, no one was very particular about what got mailed to us, but they watched what we mailed home like a hawk.

I did get several bottles in the mail.
How does this list look? Whats not on there there the troops appreciated?

FOOD and SNACKS:
Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
Instant Drink Mixes (Gatorade, Kool‐Aid, Crystal Light)
Pumpkin Seeds / Sunflower Seeds (salted)
Tuna in foil pouches (no cans)
Protein Powders / Protein Bars / Cliff Bars
*NO CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from MARCH to OCTOBER (it will melt in high temperatures!)
Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins
Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)
Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars
Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese‐Its
Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll‐Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup‐O‐Soup: just add water)
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef‐Boy‐R‐Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. ‐ Feb. only!)
Cheese & Cracker packs
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store‐bought only)
Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
Baby wipes (travel size)
Liquid Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes, Bobby Pins
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Nasal Spray

seclark
10-28-2009, 02:04 PM
VVV

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 02:06 PM
How does this list look? Whats not on there there the troops appreciated?


FOOD and SNACKS
:
Beef Jerky

/ Slim Jims
COFFEE

(Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
Instant Drink Mixes

(Gatorade, Kool‐Aid, Crystal Light)
Pumpkin Seeds

/ Sunflower Seeds (salted)
Tuna in foil pouches

(no cans)
Protein Powders

/ Protein Bars / Cliff Bars
*NO CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from MARCH to OCTOBER (it will melt in high temperatures!)
Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins
Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)
Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars
Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese

‐Its
Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll

‐Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup

‐O‐Soup: just add water)
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef

‐Boy‐R‐Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct.

‐ Feb. only!)
Cheese & Cracker packs
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store

‐bought only)
Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
TOILETRIES:

NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
Baby wipes

(travel size)
Liquid Hand Sanitizer

(travel size)
Body Wash

, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes, Bobby Pins
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Nasal Spray

Another one:
Baby Wipes - packets are better than tubs. Much better than baby wipes, per se, are the "Hoo Ahhs" brand of pre-moistened, alcohol-free, unscented Field Towels (http://www.hooahhs.com/)
Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
Energy Bars (Power Bar, etc. - Unless a specific brand is requested, much better than standard civilian energy bars are the "HOOAH!" brand energy bar (http://www.hooahbar.com/) based on the U.S. military's own specially formulated bar that better meets the soliers' needs)
Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Red Devil, etc.) - wrap glass bottle in duct tape and place in doubled zip-lock bags
Sunflower seeds
Peanuts
Seasoning Salt (Lawry's, etc.)
Atomic Fireballs / Jolly Rancher hard candy (for service member use)
Smarties or SweetTart candies (for local children who prefer sour style candy to build relationships with community)
Powdered Energy/Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix (Gatorade, etc.)
Chewing Gum
Avon Skin So Soft - great for removing face paint and also reputed to be an effective bug repellant (the latter seems variable based on personal experience and reports)
AA-cell Alkaline Batteries
Personal Hygiene Gear: Disposable Razors, Toothbrush and Tooth Paste
Eye Wash / Drops (Visine, etc.) for flushing dust and sand out of the eyes
Zip-Lock style Plastic Storage Bags - assorted sizes, heavier freezer style are better
Copenhagen Snuff in a tin ("Even if the service member doesn't dip snuff, they will be a hero and have more power than the Commanding Officer if they have a 'log' (10 cans) of 'Hagen.' A large percentage of infantry use this stuff and it is hard to get. The stuff they do get comes in a plastic can and tastes terrible. The 'Stateside Hagen' is the most powerful bargaining tool in a field environment!")
Pre-paid Phone Card so service member can call home

seclark
10-28-2009, 02:10 PM
VVV

JohninGpt
10-28-2009, 02:11 PM
How does this list look? Whats not on there there the troops appreciated?

FOOD and SNACKS:
Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
Instant Drink Mixes (Gatorade, Kool‐Aid, Crystal Light)
Pumpkin Seeds / Sunflower Seeds (salted)
Tuna in foil pouches (no cans)
Protein Powders / Protein Bars / Cliff Bars
*NO CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from MARCH to OCTOBER (it will melt in high temperatures!)
Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins
Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)
Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars
Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese‐Its
Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll‐Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup‐O‐Soup: just add water)
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef‐Boy‐R‐Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. ‐ Feb. only!)
Cheese & Cracker packs
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store‐bought only)
Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
Baby wipes (travel size)
Liquid Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes, Bobby Pins
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Nasal Spray


All of the munchies, coffee, and drink mixes are great. Baby wipes are also a great item (unscented please).
A lot of the other toiletries ended up being donated to the Chaplains office for use by anyone that wanted them.

Frazod
10-28-2009, 02:18 PM
When my best friend was in Iraq (at the time a captain) he asked for twin sheet sets for his troops. Apparently sheets aren't standard issue, or at least they weren't three years ago. Probably a good thing to add to the list.

JohninGpt
10-28-2009, 02:21 PM
When my best friend was in Iraq (at the time a captain) he asked for twin sheet sets for his troops. Apparently sheets aren't standard issue, or at least they weren't three years ago. Probably a good thing to add to the list.

Good call, I had my wife mail me some. Using a sleeping bag wears pretty thin after the first couple weeks.

Jenson71
10-28-2009, 02:44 PM
Porn makes the soldiers soft! Send a rubix cube instead. Soldiers love those.

Jenson71
10-28-2009, 02:46 PM
Porn makes the soldiers soft! Send a rubix cube instead. Soldiers love those.

I don't know if that's actually true. Any of it.

Good idea, BRC. It's getting bad out there.

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 02:47 PM
My brother has said both times that he ends up with big piles of un-used candy. I know he never felt the need to give it to kids that were throwing rocks at him either. He's been on both ends of the spectrum...having nothing, sleeping a little bit beside a jeep in the desert, and in a bed most nights. The needs are different depending where they are. On the big bases, they can get most of the every-day stuff they want. It's the tastes of home that my people have said they miss....

We also had the local weekly rag subscription purchased and sent to the APO.


Homeade cookies I've been told are appreciated, the store brands, not as much.



For those on a base with internet, we've been using Skype and can have face-face conversations with our soldiers on occasion. I was able to get a hookup at an odd location by the local telco and webcam my brother into a wedding he was missing and he was able to talk to quite a few family/friends until his link went out.

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 02:51 PM
I don't know if that's actually true. Any of it.

Good idea, BRC. It's getting bad out there.Nothing to do with politics but these are going to be our fellow citizens, fellow Chief fans in harms way while we sat in our barcoloungers drinking cold ones and watching our Chiefs get smoked. It's the least we can do. Makes it more personal. A fellow citizen and Chiefs fan showing some support and appreciation to another for their sacrifice. Also lets the families that post on here know their sons, daughters, brothers and even in-laws are not fogotten.

Jenson71
10-28-2009, 03:28 PM
Nothing to do with politics but these are going to be our fellow citizens, fellow Chief fans in harms way while we sat in our barcoloungers drinking cold ones and watching our Chiefs get smoked. It's the least we can do. Makes it more personal. A fellow citizen and Chiefs fan showing some support and appreciation to another for their sacrifice. Also lets the families that post on here know their sons, daughters, brothers and even in-laws are not fogotten.

Yeah, no doubt. They work hard out there and need some support to boost morale. I can see the day coming when my brother will be deployed. I used to just skip the headlines relating to the war, because it gets a little repititive. But for people with family over there, I would guess that that's the most important thing all day.

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 06:51 PM
I've been chatting with my brother....he says the thing he misses the most right now is hunting.

He says Hunting Videos would be a good thing for any outdoorsmen....I know several of the pros, so I'll see if I can get some videos donated

BigRedChief
10-28-2009, 07:06 PM
I've been chatting with my brother....he says the thing he misses the most right now is hunting.

He says Hunting Videos would be a good thing for any outdoorsmen....I know several of the pros, so I'll see if I can get some videos donated:clap:

Iowanian
10-28-2009, 07:15 PM
I can't guarantee anything, but I'm going to ask.

You might put that down for things to buy though. You can buy them in sets....I saw a collection on craigslist the other day for pretty cheap too.

I hadn't thought of it, but at least my brother is having whitetail withdrawls. I'm sure the other hunters are too.

RJ
10-28-2009, 10:02 PM
Which is best, and easiest for you?

I'd be happy to Paypal some $$, send a check or buy some items.

If Paypal is best, PM me and I'll contribute.

chiefbowe82
10-28-2009, 11:02 PM
I'll see what I can gather up

BigRedChief
10-29-2009, 08:04 AM
I'll see what I can gather upAny help for the troops is appreciated.

Pink Paradise 2010
10-29-2009, 10:21 AM
I support the troops :)

BigRedChief
10-29-2009, 11:12 AM
I support the troops :)I realize your new here but we don't post "joke" posts in a sticky or a serious thread. Your penalty for this violation is $20 for the troops.:)

joesomebody
10-29-2009, 08:14 PM
PM me your paypal and I'll see what I can do.

I just read that the Amazon Kindle now works internationally. I wish there was a way we could afford to buy a couple of those for the troops. Unfortunately they are about $300. I know the prospect of unlimited books would be nice.

As to Iowanian's suggestion of grass seed and dirt. That is popular, at least it was among my friends. Something about having a little piece of America to take care of while in the sand box was a comforting thought.

BigRedChief
10-29-2009, 09:27 PM
I wish you guys could hear that stories I'm hearing about this thread. My best friend, my brother, my in-law etc. is heading over there, is already over there. Worried about them etc. Gut wrenching personal stories. And then there is ones like this....

Hey BRC. This is edited name. God bless the troops and thanks for what you are doing. This is the money I was going to use as a reward for my lost puppy dog. The kind woman that found him refused the reward, so I figure this is a good alternative.


Total so far...$85 in hand. More have promised funds in the future.

PastorMikH
10-29-2009, 10:11 PM
We did this over the last year at our church for soldiers from the area that were overseas. If you haven't found out already, I can get the list of suggested items we went by.

Also several of the soldiers said coffee was always appreciated. You can get foldgers and maxwell house coffees in tea bag form so that they can make coffee with a cup of hotwater and not have it taste like instant. Another thing that we popular is wet-wipes. Kid out of our church who spent 2 tours in Iraq said, especially on the first tour they could go several weeks without a shower (or running water for that matter) and the wet wipes were the only he could clean up.

BigRedChief
10-30-2009, 07:20 AM
We did this over the last year at our church for soldiers from the area that were overseas. If you haven't found out already, I can get the list of suggested items we went by.

Also several of the soldiers said coffee was always appreciated. You can get foldgers and maxwell house coffees in tea bag form so that they can make coffee with a cup of hotwater and not have it taste like instant. Another thing that we popular is wet-wipes. Kid out of our church who spent 2 tours in Iraq said, especially on the first tour they could go several weeks without a shower (or running water for that matter) and the wet wipes were the only he could clean up.
Yeah, I've started to get feedback from members who have family over there privately and doing some research it looks like Coffee, tea, instant flavored drinks of any kind and those baby wipes are the most popular items. Also not a lot of feedback but those who have offered or experienced it say Iowaian's idea of potting soil and some seeds goes over real big with the troops also. I could use those USPS boxes that doesn't matter about weight but based on size to ship the potting soil.

JohninGpt
10-30-2009, 07:28 AM
Decent toiletpaper, Charmin, IIRC, makes a little travel pack that is easy to put in your cargo pocket and keep with you. They don't call the gov't issue stuff "John Wayne" for nothing.

Radar Chief
10-30-2009, 09:03 AM
Decent toiletpaper, Charmin, IIRC, makes a little travel pack that is easy to put in your cargo pocket and keep with you. They don't call the gov't issue stuff "John Wayne" for nothing.

Heh, “rough on your ass and don’t take shit off nobody.” :thumb:


Wet wipes is another prized item.

BigRedChief
10-30-2009, 10:12 PM
okay, who should get the first package? I don't feel comfortable deciding this. I know that scott free, kcwolfman's son's will soon be there. Crazy Coffey will soon be there. The ones that I know are there now from the planet have had the families ask me to select someone else that is worthy. so.....who should get the first shipment?

Dartgod
11-01-2009, 10:48 AM
okay, who should get the first package? I don't feel comfortable deciding this. I know that scott free, kcwolfman's son's will soon be there. Crazy Coffey will soon be there. The ones that I know are there now from the planet have had the families ask me to select someone else that is worthy. so.....who should get the first shipment?
Who has been there the longest? Seems like the most logical way to start to me.

BigRedChief
11-01-2009, 10:59 AM
Who has been there the longest? Seems like the most logical way to start to me.Sounds like a good idea. It would be fair. An arbitary #.

I've had 3 Planeters tell me to choose some one else that was worthy. They are taking care of their families. But, this is not a dictatorship. There have been monetary contributions from Planeteers, we need to decide who gets the first? the next one, and so on. Make a list, whatever. I'm willing to organize it all, pay all the fees and postage, but I'm not willing to be the sole decider on what unit, what posters family recieves a package.

joesomebody
11-01-2009, 06:35 PM
Looks like an awesome spread BRC. Great job. As to who receives the care packages, I feel they are all great men and women and equally deserving. Possibly try to send them to units/service members that are from the Chief's kingdom. Missouri is obviously my preference, but I suppose those Kansas boys and girls probably fight just as hard and are equally deserving. A jayhawk in a military uniform is an acceptable jayhawk in my book. I wish there was a way to get a feel for who needs the items the most, but obviously we have no way of knowing without people stepping forward and telling us.

Can we maybe ask some of our guys over there to find us some names of some young folks that need these goodies to cheer them up?

Iowanian
11-01-2009, 07:35 PM
I think if you can't find a local unit, maybe try to find the planet connection in the most remote location.

Some young man on a FOB in Afganistan isn't going to have the access to luxuries that someone in a big base in Baghdad.

JohninGpt
11-01-2009, 08:35 PM
I think if you can't find a local unit, maybe try to find the planet connection in the most remote location.

Some young man on a FOB in Afganistan isn't going to have the access to luxuries that someone in a big base in Baghdad.

I don't know alot about Afganistan, but the guys at Ramadi, Hitt, Haditha, KV, and Husayba in Iraq don't get squat as far as a BX (Ramadi has a small one, but the selection sucks).

BigRedChief
11-02-2009, 07:51 AM
Update:
We have collected $125 in cash contributions for the troops so far. What you see in those first two pictures cost $123.18 to purchase.

I'm going to use the "large" flat rate USPS mailing boxes to mail the goodies to the troops. They are the cheapest way to mail at about $11.00-$12.00 a box. Whatever it costs, that cost is on me. Not one penny of the money the Planet posters contribute will go towards shipping costs. So, give out your duffs and make a contrubution.

I've got 1 school and 2 youth church groups having the kids write letters to the troops. and a couple of more are checking to see if its possible.

Working on several places for discounts/giving the troops some stuff. But, nothing solid yet.

Inspector
11-02-2009, 08:21 AM
Thanks again BRC. This is really a great thing.

No need to send anything to our kid. We have a large family and he is very well taken care of along these lines. Also, this time he is actually spending more time at a desk than in the dirt - although he does still have to go out on patrols, just not like he did in his past deployments in Iraq. We prefer any funds go to the other ChiefsPlanet family members or to anyone who has the need for whatever reason.

OK, I hate to admit this but I'm not really up with sending dough for something like this. I'm one of those guys who never uses any cards or anything - I always use cash. Last time I sent money in for ChiefsPlanet, I sent a personal check - but that was quite awhile back.

So, let me know how this works. Is paypal a credit card thing?

Thanks again and thanks for the paypal lesson.

BigRedChief
11-02-2009, 08:36 AM
Thanks again BRC. This is really a great thing.

No need to send anything to our kid. We have a large family and he is very well taken care of along these lines. Also, this time he is actually spending more time at a desk than in the dirt - although he does still have to go out on patrols, just not like he did in his past deployments in Iraq. We prefer any funds go to the other ChiefsPlanet family members or to anyone who has the need for whatever reason.

OK, I hate to admit this but I'm not really up with sending dough for something like this. I'm one of those guys who never uses any cards or anything - I always use cash. Last time I sent money in for ChiefsPlanet, I sent a personal check - but that was quite awhile back.

So, let me know how this works. Is paypal a credit card thing?

Thanks again and thanks for the paypal lesson.
All the money recieved so far has been through Paypal. But, if you or anyone else wants to write a check or mail some cash to me, just pm me for a mailing address. If you are in the KC area, we can meet in person. I get around to all the KC metro area.

I'm keeping an Excel spreadsheet of who and what was contributed, what the money was spent on, and who recieved the packages. But, only I will know "real life" names on that list. Privacy will be respected.

patteeu
11-02-2009, 08:53 AM
Thanks again BRC. This is really a great thing.

No need to send anything to our kid. We have a large family and he is very well taken care of along these lines. Also, this time he is actually spending more time at a desk than in the dirt - although he does still have to go out on patrols, just not like he did in his past deployments in Iraq. We prefer any funds go to the other ChiefsPlanet family members or to anyone who has the need for whatever reason.

OK, I hate to admit this but I'm not really up with sending dough for something like this. I'm one of those guys who never uses any cards or anything - I always use cash. Last time I sent money in for ChiefsPlanet, I sent a personal check - but that was quite awhile back.

So, let me know how this works. Is paypal a credit card thing?

Thanks again and thanks for the paypal lesson.

Yes, it's a credit card thing. You create an account with your email address and then you can use a credit card to send money to another account based on their email address.

Inspector
11-02-2009, 09:47 AM
OK, good info, thanks guys.

I'm going to create the paypal account and then get BRC some more funds. It's on my weekly to-do list. (I live my life by lists..)

Good people here, no doubt!

BigRedChief
11-03-2009, 08:12 AM
Comment from the people and their families we are trying to support. It does make a difference with people so far from home.....

appreciate the thread, thank you for doing this - letters/boxes from home are always a big hit. If I get anything I will be sure to share with everyone I can. I'll know more mid december. Right now in NJ, pretty locked down but still in US anyway

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You're doing a great thing BRC, a package from home makes a lot of things better when you are in one of those shitholes.

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BigRedChief
11-04-2009, 01:47 PM
Still looking for worthy units to recive the packages. You don't want to suggest some units publically, PM me.

crazycoffey
11-04-2009, 01:59 PM
A unit that has been in Iraq for 8-9 months now is the 810th MP co out of Florida.

I could probaby say Hi to them and provide feedback to the Planet in, oh let's say about 4-8 weeks....
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crazycoffey
11-05-2009, 08:43 AM
Another thought (no I'm not too proud to mention it) many soliders, myself included, are buying their own equipment if/as they can. Lights, lazers for mounting on our M-4's, better mags (and a double mag clip for speedy re-loads), better holisters for 9's (we are getting issued the old widow makers with the flap over the 9), gloves, 550 cord, 100 mile an hour tape. A very select few are even buying a kevlar face mask from www.mmtechweaponsystems.com it's expensive so a truck of three soliders are trying buy extra mounts and sharing the mask for whoever goes in the turret that day. These would obviously take some extra. corrispondence with the donatee, for sizes and needs but is another option if anyone was so inclined.
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BigRedChief
11-05-2009, 10:19 AM
Another thought (no I'm not too proud to mention it) many soliders, myself included, are buying their own equipment if/as they can. Lights, lazers for mounting on our M-4's, better mags (and a double mag clip for speedy re-loads), better holisters for 9's (we are getting issued the old widow makers with the flap over the 9), gloves, 550 cord, 100 mile an hour tape. A very select few are even buying a kevlar face mask from www.mmtechweaponsystems.com (http://www.mmtechweaponsystems.com) it's expensive so a truck of three soliders are trying buy extra mounts and sharing the mask for whoever goes in the turret that day. These would obviously take some extra. corrispondence with the donatee, for sizes and needs but is another option if anyone was so inclined.
Posted via Mobile DeviceThe problem with that idea is funds. That stuff you listed in expensive. We are going to have to have a lot more planeteers step up to pull that idea off. As of right now we have had $225.00 contributed and $123 spent on goodies.

BigRedChief
11-05-2009, 10:23 AM
Some of you had privately suggested RedneckRaider son's unit over in the sandbox was worthy of a package of goodies. I've communicated with RedneckRaiderr and the good news is that his son is on his way home soon.

crazycoffey
11-05-2009, 10:37 AM
I realize that, and have no expectations. A box with some cigs and a "hey how are you", is absolutely a great feeling. And I am greatly honored to be mentioned in this thread. I am absolutely not trying to convay innappreciation or show a lack of gratitude.

I am buying holesters for myself and my team, I've bought them compasses and lights already, other leaders have bought me some things too, and all of this is just mostly for informational purposes. But these are out of pocket expenses for us. I merely wanted to share it with those with interests or means.

We've got a pretty smart group of posters that come up with ingenious ways to internet roast someone, they could also come up with ways to get funds if they were motivated to do so.

Hell, people working for a business that can do it could sponser a unit, there's car washes, golf/ texas hold'em tourney were some of the winnings are donated to buy things. There are other possibilities than just reaching in their own pockets.
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BigRedChief
11-05-2009, 10:42 AM
I realize that, and have no expectations. A box with some cigs and a "hey how are you", is absolutely a great feeling. And I am greatly honored to be mentioned in this thread. I am absolutely not trying to convay innappreciation or show a lack of gratitude.

I am buying holesters for myself and my team, I've bought them compasses and lights already, other leaders have bought me some things too, and all of this is just mostly for informational purposes. But these are out of pocket expenses for us. I merely wanted to share it with those with interests or means.

We've got a pretty smart group of posters that come up with ingenious ways to internet roast someone, they could also come up with ways to get funds if they were motivated to do so.

Hell, people working for a business that can do it could sponser a unit, there's car washes, golf/ texas hold'em tourney were some of the winnings are donated to buy things. There are other possibilities than just reaching in their own pockets.
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I agree. I would be happy to contribute, organize and or participate in these fundraisers. Any Planeters interested but don't want to be "public" about their actions...PM me.

crazycoffey
11-05-2009, 11:04 AM
Have I confessed my love for you yet BRC? Because I do love you man....

I love the planet too... Lots of awesome people post here, keep on keeping on CP!
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RedNeckRaider
11-05-2009, 05:35 PM
I would like to thank BRC for asking about my son and to those who he said had told him about my son. He is being processed back to the states and has completed his LAST tour. His fighting days are over and he will soon enter civilian life. He is my son and I could not be prouder!

joesomebody
11-05-2009, 06:12 PM
I would like to thank BRC for asking about my son and to those who he said had told him about my son. He is being processed back to the states and has completed his LAST tour. His fighting days are over and he will soon enter civilian life. He is my son and I could not be prouder!Congrats and god bless. We are all proud of him.

BigRedChief
11-05-2009, 06:39 PM
I would like to thank BRC for asking about my son and to those who he said had told him about my son. He is being processed back to the states and has completed his LAST tour. His fighting days are over and he will soon enter civilian life. He is my son and I could not be prouder!No need to thank me. The whole point is that we need to thank your son and his family for their service. It is we that owe your son and everyone else's sons/duaghter/brothers/sister's etc that are putting themselfs in harms way.

BigRedChief
11-05-2009, 06:40 PM
Have I confessed my love for you yet BRC? Because I do love you man....

I love the planet too... Lots of awesome people post here, keep on keeping on CP!
Posted via Mobile DeviceI'm a happily married guy, but thanks for the thoughts.:rolleyes:

BigRedChief
11-09-2009, 05:22 PM
Veterans Day appreciation thread:
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=217836

BigRedChief
11-11-2009, 12:57 PM
The first package is going out tommorrow to seclark's son and his unit who are flying missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since he's also a Cardinals and Chiefs fan, I've also thrown in a Cardinals book and a Chiefs button that flashes and plays the "charge" music.

seclark
11-11-2009, 02:00 PM
The first package is going out tommorrow to seclark's son and his unit who are flying missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since he's also a Cardinals and Chiefs fan, I've also thrown in a Cardinals book and a Chiefs button that flashes and plays the "charge" music.

you guys and gals are something else.
thanks to all.
i'll keep you posted, when he gets the package.
again...thank you.
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kcchuck
11-12-2009, 11:24 AM
Just saw this BRC, count me in for a paypal donation. From past experience, I can tell you that a couple of big bottles of KC BBQ sauce(plastic bottles) and dry rub are big hits with the troops, nothing like a little taste of home cookin, and have no problems getting thru customs.

Send me the info for paypal, the planet has sent/helped send two different care packages to my brother's units serving in Iraq the past few years, and it's time for a little payback, I will get the Col to chip in also!

patteeu
11-12-2009, 11:42 AM
Just saw this BRC, count me in for a paypal donation. From past experience, I can tell you that a couple of big bottles of KC BBQ sauce(plastic bottles) and dry rub are big hits with the troops, nothing like a little taste of home cookin, and have no problems getting thru customs.

Send me the info for paypal, the planet has sent/helped send two different care packages to my brother's units serving in Iraq the past few years, and it's time for a little payback, I will get the Col to chip in also!

Does Gates taste good on goat meat?

kcchuck
11-12-2009, 11:52 AM
Does Gates taste good on goat meat?

Gates makes all meat taste better!

patteeu
11-12-2009, 12:17 PM
Gates makes all meat taste better!

LMAO Good point.

BigRedChief
11-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Just saw this BRC, count me in for a paypal donation. From past experience, I can tell you that a couple of big bottles of KC BBQ sauce(plastic bottles) and dry rub are big hits with the troops, nothing like a little taste of home cookin, and have no problems getting thru customs.

Send me the info for paypal, the planet has sent/helped send two different care packages to my brother's units serving in Iraq the past few years, and it's time for a little payback, I will get the Col to chip in also!You don't have private messaging turned on? No way to send you the paypal addy. We are friends on facebook, right? Ping me on there.

BigRedChief
11-12-2009, 12:32 PM
Just saw this BRC, count me in for a paypal donation. From past experience, I can tell you that a couple of big bottles of KC BBQ sauce(plastic bottles) and dry rub are big hits with the troops, nothing like a little taste of home cookin, and have no problems getting thru customs.

Send me the info for paypal, the planet has sent/helped send two different care packages to my brother's units serving in Iraq the past few years, and it's time for a little payback, I will get the Col to chip in also!Yeah, good idea. I can find some plastic bottles. I'm shipping some spices(Lowery's season salt etc) with the packages. Got that tip from Iowaian. Still working on Hy-Vee to give me a discount but because we are not a 501.c its an uphill battle.

kcchuck
11-12-2009, 01:52 PM
You can now buy Gates and Jackstack sauce in big plastic bottles at Cosco, if not your local Hyvee.

Thanks for doing this!

Will send you a message on FB for paypal info.

BigRedChief
11-12-2009, 02:17 PM
You can now buy Gates and Jackstack sauce in big plastic bottles at Cosco, if not your local Hyvee.

Thanks for doing this!

Will send you a message on FB for paypal info.
jeeezzz how much do one of those Costco suckers weigh? You trying to kill me on shipping cost?ROFL

kcchuck
11-12-2009, 03:28 PM
jeeezzz how much do one of those Costco suckers weigh? You trying to kill me on shipping cost?ROFL

I only found/sent the "small" big bottles at Costco, maybe 32ounce, but you are correct, if you started to send over gallon jugs, the shipping costs get expensive. The last care pkg I sent over cost about $160.00, but it had computer paper, printer, and lots of other goodies. PS, regular US mail gets there just as quick as any other method.

BigRedChief
11-12-2009, 07:59 PM
I only found/sent the "small" big bottles at Costco, maybe 32ounce, but you are correct, if you started to send over gallon jugs, the shipping costs get expensive. The last care pkg I sent over cost about $160.00, but it had computer paper, printer, and lots of other goodies. PS, regular US mail gets there just as quick as any other method.Yeah, I made the deal with people. I'm covering all shipping costs. I'm going to use those USPS large mailing boxes. No weight limit. Just whatever you can cram in the box. I'm doing pretty good. Sitting in my barcolounger bitching about the Chiefs while some of my fellow countryman are just looking foward to not getting shot at, a hot shower. This ain't chit compared to what they are doing on a daily basis. They honor us, remind us of what is best in all of us.

BigRedChief
11-12-2009, 08:45 PM
Okay, I got a great idea from mlyonsd to ship some instant snow over to the troops. Just add water and instant snowball fight. That will give them some good distraction, at least until it melts.
http://snowinseconds.com/

BigRedChief
11-14-2009, 10:30 PM
Total money contributed so far is now $325.00 minus paypal fees. I've contributed all the paypal fees.

We are still seeking worthy units/individuals to recieve a package. If you know of one just let me know here or PM me.

BigRedChief
11-16-2009, 07:34 AM
Okay, guys I think I'm going to ask the mods to unsticky this thread. I see this as a long term project and we don't want this thread as a permanent sticky. Put it back up as a sticky a couple of weeks before Christmas. I'll still bump it with updates. Sound good? Opinons?

patteeu
11-16-2009, 08:00 AM
Okay, guys I think I'm going to ask the mods to unsticky this thread. I see this as a long term project and we don't want this thread as a permanent sticky. Put it back up as a sticky a couple of weeks before Christmas. I'll still bump it with updates. Sound good? Opinons?

Sounds good to me. It's a nice thing you're doing here.

BigRedChief
11-16-2009, 08:11 AM
Sounds good to me. It's a nice thing you're doing here.I'm just a facilitator, the Planeteers that are contributing the funds to buy the goodies are the ones making this happen. I'm just a pawn in game of life.

BTW, This is truly a bi-partisan project. As a matter of fact I think more money has been contributed by people who oppose my political views than support them. Supporting our troops has nothing to do with the politics of war. It has everything to do with honoring their service and sacrifice as a fellow citizen on a personal level.

kcchuck
11-17-2009, 12:09 PM
Sorry for my delay, $ sent BRC, and thanks again for doing this!

BigRedChief
11-18-2009, 08:02 AM
Total so far = $375.00

I'm going to chose to not disclose how much I'm personally paying in paypal fees and shipping costs. Would seem like bragging or something untoward. Unless someone doesn't like that idea. I've been trusted with other peoples money to provide "goodies" to our brave soldiers. Everything must be kept "above board" and transparent. And I'm not the boss. The community decides the big picture.

thawk
11-18-2009, 08:33 AM
This is awsome for you to do. If you needed to you could probably raise money while tailgateing this weekend also, just an idea. Would just need to let people know where you would be if you are there. Also customes forms ask what is in the box. The troops love mouthwash. A buddy of mine always had to use Crown Royal for mouth wash because I put mouthwash on the form and it was not his fault I put a half gallon of Crown in the mail every month instead of Scope. How the game is played. He was 1st sergant so he may have had a little more leeway, but he said his CO was always asking him abiut his fresh breath so they know what is going on.

BigRedChief
11-18-2009, 09:37 PM
This is awsome for you to do. If you needed to you could probably raise money while tailgateing this weekend also, just an idea. Would just need to let people know where you would be if you are there. Also customes forms ask what is in the box. The troops love mouthwash. A buddy of mine always had to use Crown Royal for mouth wash because I put mouthwash on the form and it was not his fault I put a half gallon of Crown in the mail every month instead of Scope. How the game is played. He was 1st sergant so he may have had a little more leeway, but he said his CO was always asking him abiut his fresh breath so they know what is going on.I already bought a bunch of those listerine strips that I found on sale for the packages.

I have a DOD secret clearance and a position of trust certification from the government. Can't risk fudging on the custom form. Theres no appeal, theres no process for mediation. Your clearance is pulled subjectively on purpose to keep us inline. Don't do a damn thing to risk it is the message, no matter how small.

But on the other hand my wife doesn't have a clearance.:rolleyes:

BigRedChief
11-26-2009, 09:34 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all the troops that are serving and sacrificing so that we can be safe in our homes with football, turkey and sharing familiy time.
http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm78/floridacrackergirl/Patriotic/Thanks_Troops.jpg

seclark
11-28-2009, 10:59 AM
part of an email i got from my son this morning. he got two packages from cp members(see below):

"Hey pops

Sorry I haven't emailed you in awhile, but I have been flying a lot this
month. My thanksgiving was good, I spent it flying over Afghanistan. I got
one package last week from your buddies, and another today from xxxx
xxxx. xxxx sent me a string of Christmas lights made out of shot gun
shells. I will be hanging them outside my room. I also started reading the
cardinals book and it is really good. I will give it to you when I get
home, I am sure you will like it. Tell all those guys thanks for me. It
was really cool of them to do that.... "


again, to all involved in this...thank you from the whole seclark clan.
May God Bless you all, this holiday season.
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RJ
11-28-2009, 11:20 AM
part of an email i got from my son this morning. he got two packages from cp members(see below):

"Hey pops

Sorry I haven't emailed you in awhile, but I have been flying a lot this
month. My thanksgiving was good, I spent it flying over Afghanistan. I got
one package last week from your buddies, and another today from xxxx
xxxx. xxxx sent me a string of Christmas lights made out of shot gun
shells. I will be hanging them outside my room. I also started reading the
cardinals book and it is really good. I will give it to you when I get
home, I am sure you will like it. Tell all those guys thanks for me. It
was really cool of them to do that.... "


again, to all involved in this...thank you from the whole seclark clan.
May God Bless you all, this holiday season.
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Very nice, sec, thanks for sharing a piece of that with us. God bless and happy holidays to your boy and all the rest of our military, especially those serving overseas.

BigRedChief
11-28-2009, 10:05 PM
part of an email i got from my son this morning. he got two packages from cp members(see below):

"Hey pops

Sorry I haven't emailed you in awhile, but I have been flying a lot this
month. My thanksgiving was good, I spent it flying over Afghanistan. I got
one package last week from your buddies, and another today from xxxx
xxxx. xxxx sent me a string of Christmas lights made out of shot gun
shells. I will be hanging them outside my room. I also started reading the
cardinals book and it is really good. I will give it to you when I get
home, I am sure you will like it. Tell all those guys thanks for me. It
was really cool of them to do that.... "


again, to all involved in this...thank you from the whole seclark clan.
May God Bless you all, this holiday season.
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Very cool. I'll send him another package at Christmas. Maybe throw in some instant snow. Snowball fight in the sandbox ought to be some fiun....

BigRedChief
12-09-2009, 08:38 AM
Crazy Coffey was scheduled to head to the sandbox this week. Keep your head down pal and return safely.:thumb:

BigRedChief
12-14-2009, 11:32 PM
Crazy Coffey was scheduled to head to the sandbox this week. Keep your head down pal and return safely.:thumb:
Crazy Coffey is over in the sandbox now. I sent him 2 packages last week. One package had a Santa hat and a football and a Cardinals book (donated) in the other with the normal goodies.

BigRedChief
12-15-2009, 07:25 AM
Bump in case you missed the new packages going out to Crazy Coffey.

OnTheWarpath58
12-15-2009, 09:05 AM
Crazy Coffey is over in the sandbox now. I sent him 2 packages last week. One package had a Santa hat and a football and a Cardinals book (donated) in the other with the normal goodies.

Awesome, BRC.

If you could, send me a PM detailing your shipping arrangements - the Mrs. and I have a package we're planning to send in the next few days as well.

BigRedChief
12-15-2009, 12:08 PM
Awesome, BRC.

If you could, send me a PM detailing your shipping arrangements - the Mrs. and I have a package we're planning to send in the next few days as well.
PM sent with addy.

crazycoffey
12-24-2009, 12:22 AM
I recieved the package yesterday, everything made it fine and dandy, the christmas hat is a big hit, pictures to follow shortly, later today hopefully. (it's 920am here, lol)

thanks again BRC and all the contributors/supporters/well wishers. Happy Christmas eve.

BigRedChief
12-24-2009, 09:01 AM
I recieved the package yesterday, everything made it fine and dandy, the christmas hat is a big hit, pictures to follow shortly, later today hopefully. (it's 920am here, lol)

thanks again BRC and all the contributors/supporters/well wishers. Happy Christmas eve.
Very cool. looking forward to some pics.

keep your head down good buddy and Merry Christmas!

mlyonsd
12-24-2009, 09:17 AM
Very cool. looking forward to some pics.

keep your head down good buddy and Merry Christmas!

Awesome. Nice job.

Mr. Kotter
12-24-2009, 09:20 AM
Great work here, Doug; we have a similar project we do at school and at our church for soldiers from SD. It's a very worthy cause. Keep up the good work, man. Happy holidays too.

BigRedChief
12-24-2009, 10:59 AM
Great work here, Doug; we have a similar project we do at school and at our church for soldiers from SD. It's a very worthy cause. Keep up the good work, man. Happy holidays too.It's the Planeteers filling the boxes, I just facilitate.

PSA:
If the Christmas spirit moves ya, a reminder.....all and I mean 100% of all contributions go to the goodies for the troops. I'm paying all the shipping costs and paypal fees. So this Christmas think about someone overseas helping defend the homeland, they are away from their family, missing their kids etc. They could use a little reminder that their fellow citizens back home remember their sacrifice and appreciate them this Christmas.

BigRedChief
12-25-2009, 12:05 AM
A Christmas Bump.

BigRedChief
12-31-2009, 09:31 AM
A New Years Eve bump

HemiEd
12-31-2009, 04:37 PM
Yeah, I made the deal with people. I'm covering all shipping costs. I'm going to use those USPS large mailing boxes. No weight limit. Just whatever you can cram in the box. I'm doing pretty good. Sitting in my barcolounger bitching about the Chiefs while some of my fellow countryman are just looking foward to not getting shot at, a hot shower. This ain't chit compared to what they are doing on a daily basis. They honor us, remind us of what is best in all of us.

Post of the year right here, how did I fucking miss this thread.

BigRedChief
01-01-2010, 12:42 AM
Post of the year right here, how did I ****ing miss this thread.It was stickied for about a month.:hmmm:

HemiEd
01-01-2010, 11:11 AM
It was stickied for about a month.:hmmm:
This not the first time I missed a sticky, they should put them in a more obvious location. :D

BigRedChief
01-17-2010, 03:54 PM
The next two boxes of goodies are on the way to Crazy Coffey. In this one, in addition to the normal goodies, I've put in some instant snow. About 7 gallons of snow. Use cold or ice water and you can have yourself a pretty good snowball fight in the desert. Or just save it for a few snowballs at a time.

BigRedChief
01-18-2010, 12:28 AM
Bump in case some of the people who gave money missed the new shipment sent out.

BigRedChief
01-18-2010, 09:42 AM
dang this drops off the front page fast

crazycoffey
01-19-2010, 06:45 AM
HA! I can't wait, that's going to be fun! Maybe we'll throw a few snowballs at the kids that like to throw rocks at us!

Hey, I sent OTWP a few pictures to his email. I had a hard time loading them here. I'll try again though.

crazycoffey
01-19-2010, 07:22 AM
1

OnTheWarpath58
01-19-2010, 11:14 AM
Here are some of the pictures Coffey has sent from Iraq:


http://i46.tinypic.com/vq5w1l.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/334m58m.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/55ihjn.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/flg38l.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/nf0c5k.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/2v14yl4.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/9gaiw5.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/kbwqjr.jpg

BigRedChief
01-19-2010, 03:29 PM
Here are some of the pictures Coffey has sent from Iraq:

http://i46.tinypic.com/nf0c5k.jpg

Thats pretty cool seeing the boxes I packed over in Iraq. Man I got a lot in those boxes.ROFL

BigRedChief
02-04-2010, 01:40 PM
Bump

OnTheWarpath58
02-04-2010, 01:45 PM
Good news: Coffey is back home in STL for a 15 day (IIRC) leave.

BigRedChief
02-04-2010, 06:32 PM
Good news: Coffey is back home in STL for a 15 day (IIRC) leave.:thumb:

Iowanian
02-04-2010, 10:01 PM
somehow, brotherwanian made a naughty list, and the bastards keep confiscating packages...

bastards.

BigRedChief
02-04-2010, 10:18 PM
somehow, brotherwanian made a naughty list, and the bastards keep confiscating packages...

bastards.
You want me to try to send him a pacckage?

BigRedChief
03-08-2010, 10:32 PM
next package is on the way to the son of Inspector. This one has a few letters of support from a developmentally disabled class that wanted to do their part and support the troops.

BigRedChief
03-09-2010, 07:22 AM
Bump for the day crew that contributed to the Planet packages.

seclark
03-09-2010, 07:48 AM
somehow, brotherwanian made a naughty list, and the bastards keep confiscating packages...

bastards.

no shit? that really sucks. are they keeping the goods, or just searching through them?
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BigRedChief
03-09-2010, 12:56 PM
no shit? that really sucks. are they keeping the goods, or just searching through them?
secHows your son doing over there in the sandbox?

seclark
03-09-2010, 01:01 PM
Hows your son doing over there in the sandbox?

thanks for asking...he's been home for over a month. he was up a couple weeks ago to jump w/us in the polar bear plunge. he left the book you sent him for me to read. do you want it back? you could send it w/another package, i guess. great book.
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patteeu
03-09-2010, 01:06 PM
Best wishes to all those serving in hotspots around the world and to their families who also have to deal with the stress of a deployment.

BigRedChief
03-09-2010, 01:14 PM
thanks for asking...he's been home for over a month. he was up a couple weeks ago to jump w/us in the polar bear plunge. he left the book you sent him for me to read. do you want it back? you could send it w/another package, i guess. great book.
secNo ROFL thats okay, I don't know how many Cardinal fans are on the Planet that we have serving over in the sandbox but it can't be that many. I sent CrazyCoffey a book about sportsmans park. I guess we could send it to him when you get done with it....

Inspector
03-09-2010, 02:56 PM
next package is on the way to the son of Inspector. This one has a few letters of support from a developmentally disabled class that wanted to do their part and support the troops.

Hey, thanks man! Very cool.

We have a skype call set up for this Sunday with him. Plus I believe Mrs. Inspector has given him a heads up.

Thanks to everyone here. You guys are A-OK in my book. :clap:

BigRedChief
03-09-2010, 03:01 PM
Hey, thanks man! Very cool.

We have a skype call set up for this Sunday with him. Plus I believe Mrs. Inspector has given him a heads up.

Thanks to everyone here. You guys are A-OK in my book. :clap:It just went out today so I don't think packages get to the soldiers in the field that fast do they?

Iowanian
03-09-2010, 08:16 PM
no shit? that really sucks. are they keeping the goods, or just searching through them?
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He was getting empty packages with hand slap letters, lately he has to go down and open them in front of Colonol Klink or ship them back....he's not doing that and none of them have come back yet.

His group have turned in vehicles and big weapons and are not really doing a damn thing....but that didn't stop them from shipping his ass back over to lift weights and play video games for 2 more months. No mail for any of them now.

bastards.

BigRedChief
04-28-2010, 03:37 PM
I was going to send a new package to Crazy Coffey but he's currently not with his unit so is there anyone out there that has a friend, family member that is serving over in the sandbox that would like to have a Planet care package sent to them? Let me know in here or privately if you want to keep it on the dow low.

BigRedChief
04-28-2010, 06:46 PM
Bump for the night crew.

BigRedChief
04-29-2010, 09:15 AM
bump for those who missed it.

Dunit35
05-03-2010, 11:19 AM
It's looking more and more like my girlfriend will get called for deployment. We are supposed to find out next week and she didn't go last time they were deployed. This isn't her unit but they have to pull people from other units to fill it. She's in the 205 Signal company.

The thing that pisses me off is some girl who does the same thing, will get the call but will get pregnant so she doesn't have to go. What a selfish move and I hope she gets caught.

patteeu
05-03-2010, 11:23 AM
It's looking more and more like my girlfriend will get called for deployment. We are supposed to find out next week and she didn't go last time they were deployed. This isn't her unit but they have to pull people from other units to fill it. She's in the 205 Signal company.

The thing that pisses me off is some girl who does the same thing, will get the call but will get pregnant so she doesn't have to go. What a selfish move and I hope she gets caught.

If you need some help, I could get your girlfriend pregnant for you.

:p j/k

Dunit35
05-03-2010, 11:29 AM
If you need some help, I could get your girlfriend pregnant for you.

:p j/k

Funny...another option.

I do work on her and you pay for the child.

We'd love to have a child, we aren't ready for the financial responsibility and we aren't letting the government pay for it.

BigRedChief
05-12-2010, 12:40 PM
Two packages went out today to the sandbox. One went to Inspectors son, the other went to Crazy Coffey.

BigRedChief
05-12-2010, 05:44 PM
jeezzz this drops off the front page fast.

CHIEF4EVER
05-12-2010, 06:51 PM
Great thing you are doing here BRC.

patteeu
05-12-2010, 06:59 PM
Keep up the good work, BRC.

RedNFeisty
05-12-2010, 07:54 PM
Fantastic job!! I would offer but I already send a care package over about once a month!

BigRedChief
05-13-2010, 07:09 AM
Great thing you are doing here BRC.Hey I'm organizing it and paying all the shipping costs but its the Plant community thats paying for the goodies that are going in the boxes. They are the ones making this possible.

BigRedChief
10-25-2010, 04:39 PM
We have went through all the money that was orginally gave by the Planet for the packages. We need to decide if we want to continue doing this or not? What say you?

Same deal. I'll pay all the shipping costs, getting and packaging all the goodies. 100% of all the given money will go into the packages. I'll pay all the other costs out of my pocket.

HonestChieffan
10-25-2010, 04:46 PM
Dont know how many people ship coffee to servicemen and women but Community Coffee has an offer that is fantastic....you pay for 4...they ship 8.

http://www.communitycoffee.com/AboutUs/MilitaryMatch.aspx

BigRedChief
10-27-2010, 02:05 PM
no interest?

crazycoffey
10-27-2010, 02:19 PM
I'm game, time to pay it forward.

patteeu
10-27-2010, 03:39 PM
no interest?

I'm in.

BigRedChief
10-27-2010, 03:44 PM
I'm game, time to pay it forward.PM me for contribution options.

As was with the first go around if you use paypal, I'll pay any fees to make sure 100% of the money goes into the boxes.

patteeu
10-27-2010, 04:06 PM
PM me for contribution options.

As was with the first go around if you use paypal, I'll pay any fees to make sure 100% of the money goes into the boxes.

I've sent a magic paypal payment to the address you gave me when you started this thread. Thanks for your efforts, BRC. :thumb:

Buck
10-27-2010, 05:18 PM
My best friend just deployed for Afghanistan today. I think he is going to Uzbekistan (sp?) first for like a month, but I'm definitely going to send care packages when he gets there.

What are some good things to send other than food?

Pushead2
10-27-2010, 05:20 PM
My best friend just deployed for Afghanistan today. I think he is going to Uzbekistan (sp?) first for like a month, but I'm definitely going to send care packages when he gets there.

What are some good things to send other than food?

My best friend was deployed as well, what can I send or do to help??

BigRedChief
10-27-2010, 05:29 PM
My best friend was deployed as well, what can I send or do to help??Give me a pm and I'll make sure he gets a package from the Planet.

You want to help buy some goodies, you can send a check or use paypal. But thats not neccesary to get your friend a package. Thats a done deal.

BigRedChief
10-27-2010, 05:32 PM
My best friend just deployed for Afghanistan today. I think he is going to Uzbekistan (sp?) first for like a month, but I'm definitely going to send care packages when he gets there.

What are some good things to send other than food?When he gets settled pm me his addy and I'll make sure he gets a package from the Planet.

Buck
10-27-2010, 05:35 PM
When he gets settled pm me his addy and I'll make sure he gets a package from the Planet.

Thanks a lot.

I'll pm you with details and paypal you some money.

BigRedChief
10-28-2010, 05:34 PM
I've sent a magic paypal payment to the address you gave me when you started this thread. Thanks for your efforts, BRC. :thumb:Thanks!

BigRedChief
10-30-2010, 11:00 AM
My best friend just deployed for Afghanistan today. I think he is going to Uzbekistan (sp?) first for like a month, but I'm definitely going to send care packages when he gets there.

What are some good things to send other than food?Look at the pictures in the opening thread. Thats the kind of stuff that you can send. Also Iowaian had some great off beat ideas that soldiers can use in their quarters.

BigRedChief
11-04-2010, 06:18 PM
I'm game, time to pay it forward.Got the pay it forward contribution. Very cool! :clap:

BigRedChief
11-20-2010, 12:12 PM
First two packages are going out to CHIEF4EVER who is serving over in the sandbox.

BigRedChief
11-20-2010, 07:07 PM
bump for the new package going out in case some of the contributors missed it.

BigRedChief
11-23-2010, 07:06 PM
CHIEF4EVER serving over in the sandbox.

BigRedChief
12-02-2010, 05:40 PM
I just wanted to take a minute and express the heartfelt gratitude the soldiers and I share for the care packages you all sent to us. The soldiers were instantly uplifted by the kind gesture. The Kansas City Chiefs have the best fans on the face of the Earth, bar none, and this is an example of why. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support. Attached are a couple of pics (I am not in them, I am holding the camera) of the soldiers with the goodies. Again, THANK YOU ALL and GO CHIEFS! :thumb:

PS: May we utterly destroy the cheatin' Donx on Sunday.putting in this thread.

I still say fellow soldiers or not those Donkey fans should have got diddly squat!:p

BigRedChief
12-02-2010, 05:43 PM
Real live heroes

GloryDayz
12-02-2010, 09:47 PM
PM me with info...

BigRedChief
12-03-2010, 05:26 PM
We have another 2 donations in hand and another 3 promises of a donation.

If you know someone that needs/deserves a package. PM me.

BigRedChief
12-15-2010, 07:06 PM
If you know someone that needs/deserves a package. PM me.What this guy said!

BigRedChief
01-30-2011, 02:24 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5099/5402257508_4a945ca56a.jpg
New care package going out





Sent from my iPhone

MIAdragon
01-30-2011, 02:42 PM
Red do you have a paypal I can send some money to buy goodies for the boys?

MIAdragon
01-30-2011, 02:45 PM
Guys being a service member stationed overseas I cant tell you how much these meant to me. It takes you to a better place even for just a moment. Hell even if you sent a simple "thank you" note to a random member it means more than you think.

BigRedChief
01-30-2011, 02:54 PM
Red do you have a paypal I can send some money to buy goodies for the boys?check your pm's

BigRedChief
01-30-2011, 09:18 PM
Guys being a service member stationed overseas I cant tell you how much these meant to me. It takes you to a better place even for just a moment. Hell even if you sent a simple "thank you" note to a random member it means more than you think.This

BigRedChief
01-31-2011, 06:57 AM
Bump for the people that contributed that may have missed the new package going out.

Gracie Dean
01-31-2011, 05:36 PM
Brother in law is back from Iraq but will be deploying to Afgan in a few months

BigRedChief
05-14-2011, 08:58 AM
new packages getting ready to go out. You know someone that serves and you'd like a package sent to them. Let me know privately or publically.

BigRedChief
05-14-2011, 01:59 PM
In two of these packages I've put some Instant snow in the package. Enough for 3 gallons of snow. You use cold water and you can have a snowball fighet in the desert.

IA_Chiefs_fan
05-14-2011, 04:54 PM
In two of these packages I've put some Instant snow in the package. Enough for 3 gallons of snow. You use cold water and you can have a snowball fighet in the desert.

That's pretty damn cool! How much is that stuff? I'll send you a little money so you can buy even more of it for them.

BigRedChief
05-14-2011, 06:10 PM
That's pretty damn cool! How much is that stuff? I'll send you a little money so you can buy even more of it for them.

Over $100 in the boxes not counting the shipping that I pay out of my own pocket. It was more expensive this time because of the snow.

Pm me and I'll send you a paypal address.

IA_Chiefs_fan
05-14-2011, 07:51 PM
Over $100 in the boxes not counting the shipping that I pay out of my own pocket. It was more expensive this time because of the snow.

Pm me and I'll send you a paypal address.

PM Sent - I was actually specifically wondering how much the snow stuff was. I'll bet that will give some troops some well-deserved fun!

Easy 6
05-14-2011, 09:34 PM
Instant snow? dude, thats gotta be one of the coolest gifts people send those guys, you know they love that sheet.

BigRedChief
05-14-2011, 10:13 PM
Instant snow? dude, thats gotta be one of the coolest gifts people send those guys, you know they love that sheet.Yeah, I'd send it more often but its expensive. I think the last instanst snow package that I sent was to Crazy Coffey. I never did ask how the snowball fight in the desert went...

IA_Chiefs_fan
05-14-2011, 10:35 PM
I just sent a little money. I want it all to go for the fake snow please. That's got to let them relax and have fun, even if only for a few minutes.

Saccopoo
05-15-2011, 04:08 AM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

HMc
05-15-2011, 06:51 AM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

It's hard to know where to start with shit like this, if you really think there is no difference between being at war (or whatever theyre calling it now) and sitting behind a desk (or whatever you do) just because you both get paid money to do it, you've got 9/11-truther levels of critical analysis skills.

I think this thread's really cool - "Support the/our Troops" is usually a meaningless slogan used to deflect criticism from foreign policy but you're actually supporting them by doing this.

IA_Chiefs_fan
05-15-2011, 07:44 AM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...
:banghead:
I could list many reasons why I think you're completely wrong and off base. This would turn very political, very fast though. Instead, I'll just ask you to please respect the fact that the OP is doing something to help people, as are those who chip in a small amount. Is it too much to ask that you let us just feel good about helping our troops out? It would be very cool of you to just go back, delete your post, and let those involved feel good about what they're doing without any BS. Else we'll bring you cookies... Antifreeze Oreos...

Easy 6
05-15-2011, 10:19 AM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

Am i really reading this, or do i just need more coffee?

Saccopoo
05-15-2011, 11:28 AM
:banghead:
I could list many reasons why I think you're completely wrong and off base. This would turn very political, very fast though. Instead, I'll just ask you to please respect the fact that the OP is doing something to help people, as are those who chip in a small amount. Is it too much to ask that you let us just feel good about helping our troops out? It would be very cool of you to just go back, delete your post, and let those involved feel good about what they're doing without any BS. Else we'll bring you cookies... Antifreeze Oreos...

I guess I just don't get the "doing something to help people" thing.

Why do they need "help?"

I'm pretty sure that they are getting paid for it, and in addition, are getting free room and board, college education assistance packages, will get free medical for the rest of their lives (VA), good home loan and business loan packages, etc.

I mean, shit...it's not like they are a bunch of third world refugees eating sand to stay alive.

I just think it's strange that people think that they need "help" when there is actually a shit ton of people around the globe who actually, truly need "help" but they don't count for two shits because they aren't dressed in camo with a US flag shoulder patch, carrying a machine gun and being a part of an foreign occupying army somewhere. It's not like they were drafted or pressed ganged and being forced to serve somewhere against their will.

Cheater5
05-15-2011, 12:37 PM
I guess I just don't get the "doing something to help people" thing.

Why do they need "help?"

I'm pretty sure that they are getting paid for it, and in addition, are getting free room and board, college education assistance packages, will get free medical for the rest of their lives (VA), good home loan and business loan packages, etc.

I mean, shit...it's not like they are a bunch of third world refugees eating sand to stay alive.

I just think it's strange that people think that they need "help" when there is actually a shit ton of people around the globe who actually, truly need "help" but they don't count for two shits because they aren't dressed in camo with a US flag shoulder patch, carrying a machine gun and being a part of an foreign occupying army somewhere. It's not like they were drafted or pressed ganged and being forced to serve somewhere against their will.

So don't contribute. Go back to your awsome-ly self-centered life.

As a person who has been on the other end, and received care packages addressed to "Any Serviceman" from middle schools, old-folks homes, and people like Big Red Chief- my morale soared. When you sleep on a cot, or in a combat vehicle for 365 days, eat MREs two out of three meals, drink refreshingly hot water on a 115 degree day, getting something-- ANYthing in the mail is great.

Bottom line- it's not about the chow, or the DVDs, books, magazines, etc. It's knowing you're not forgotten. It's knowing that some folks, who put the elected officials in charge of sending your ass 7,800 miles away from home haven't grown apathetic, disinterested, or indifferent about your fate. Yes, you're right; no one forced them to enlist. Regardless, they do your bidding and carry scary machineguns and wear the U.S. flag like a bunch of witless f*cks that you'd like to categorize them as.

So, again; just move along. Free Tibet or something.

BigRedChief
05-15-2011, 01:25 PM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

I can't believe that anyone on here would be so stupid to come in here and shit on this thread. You need a vacation from the Planet.

patteeu
05-15-2011, 01:48 PM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

If you don't want to contribute, that's fine. But what problem could you possibly have with others who want to send a little bit of extra support to a few people who are performing a dangerous job on our behalf?

patteeu
05-15-2011, 01:49 PM
I guess I just don't get the "doing something to help people" thing.

Why do they need "help?"

I'm pretty sure that they are getting paid for it, and in addition, are getting free room and board, college education assistance packages, will get free medical for the rest of their lives (VA), good home loan and business loan packages, etc.

I mean, shit...it's not like they are a bunch of third world refugees eating sand to stay alive.

I just think it's strange that people think that they need "help" when there is actually a shit ton of people around the globe who actually, truly need "help" but they don't count for two shits because they aren't dressed in camo with a US flag shoulder patch, carrying a machine gun and being a part of an foreign occupying army somewhere. It's not like they were drafted or pressed ganged and being forced to serve somewhere against their will.

Why do you hug your mom? She doesn't really need a hug, does she?

BigRedChief
05-15-2011, 03:18 PM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...Are you really this dense? or just an asshole who doesn't care if he hurts others?

Do you really think its about the Beef Jerkey and peanuts? they are starving and we need to feed them? You really think that?

Go see my posts in DC. My political view is clear. But, supporting these troops serving in the big sandbox have absolutely nothing to do with politics.

It's about letting your Dad, Brother, neighbor, friend etc. know someone gives a chit they are in hostile territory where everyone is trying to kill them thousands of miles away. That we are thinking of them and hope they make it back safely.

And these are going out to Planeters family or friends. Not just some generalized "any serviceman" mailbox.

Did you really feel the need to post in the thread that this is a supid idea? Why post at all? Just ignore the thread.

You don't give a shit about our soldiers, fine. You want to call soldiers baby killer? want to spit on them? Whatever your issue is, keep it out of this thread.

Dunit35
05-15-2011, 03:25 PM
Did you find anybody?

I'm sure my wife knows plenty who could use it.

We have an officer here who just left in February, don't think he is overseas yet.

seclark
05-15-2011, 03:39 PM
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but aren't they already getting paid to go over there? It's kinda part of the job description, isn't it? I mean, no one around here is offering to send me money or cookies or an Uno game when I pony up to go to work in the morning...

they're doing it so you have the right to post something like this and not be arrested, or put to death for your views. you should thank them. if you were somewhere else in the world, things might be different.
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BigRedChief
05-15-2011, 03:41 PM
Did you find anybody?

I'm sure my wife knows plenty who could use it.

We have an officer here who just left in February, don't think he is overseas yet.yeah, they are going out to Buck's best friend and Gracie Dean's brother-in law.

But there will be more soon. I've got the money for the instant snow and our other goodie account is not bankrupt yet. Especially if the people who said they would contribute follow through and actually contribute. ;)

crazycoffey
05-15-2011, 04:33 PM
Yeah, I'd send it more often but its expensive. I think the last instanst snow package that I sent was to Crazy Coffey. I never did ask how the snowball fight in the desert went...

It wasn't easy to throw, more decorative, but fun none the less and brought a few smiles, pics got erased somehow, I meant to send you some.

BigRedChief
05-16-2011, 06:05 PM
First of the packages out to Bucks best friend over in the sandbox.

BigRedChief
05-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Gracie deans brother-in-law package out today

BigRedChief
05-30-2011, 09:41 AM
On this memorial day, a bump for those heroes we have lost.

KCtotheSB
05-30-2011, 01:20 PM
As a member of the military (Air Force), I can't begin to express the amount of gratitude for putting this all together. Thank you everyone for your support.

IA_Chiefs_fan
05-30-2011, 06:19 PM
As a member of the military (Air Force), I can't begin to express the amount of gratitude for putting this all together. Thank you everyone for your support.

Actually... Thank you.

Buck
05-30-2011, 06:32 PM
First of the packages out to Bucks best friend over in the sandbox.

Thanks BRC.

This is a great thing you are doing.

BigRedChief
05-30-2011, 09:59 PM
Thanks BRC.

This is a great thing you are doing.hey, see if your BF takes any pics of the snow and post em in here that would be a really cool thing to happen.

BigRedChief
12-16-2011, 10:39 PM
Getting ready to send out another round of care packages. Got some of the instant snow to put in the packages this round.

Let me know of some soldiers that would like to recieve a care package. You can post here or PM me and we can keep it between us.

Smed1065
12-16-2011, 10:44 PM
My friends are coming back.
They only served 4 years in a war zone.
Best wishes bros.

crazycoffey
12-16-2011, 10:46 PM
I still have that red football in the OP

Buck
12-16-2011, 10:46 PM
Getting ready to send out another round of care packages. Got some of the instant snow to put in the packages this round.

Let me know of some soldiers that would like to recieve a care package. You can post here or PM me and we can keep it between us.

Hey BRC, I don't know if I ever told you, but my buddy got the stuff you sent him like 6 or 7 months ago and he really enjoyed it.

The only thing is you sent some fake snow I guess and it was already snowing where his base was. He said he laughed, which I'm glad he got a chance to do, but he really appreciated all the stuff.

When I see him around Christmas I'll see if I can get him to write something that I can post on here.

BigRedChief
12-17-2011, 11:20 AM
Hey BRC, I don't know if I ever told you, but my buddy got the stuff you sent him like 6 or 7 months ago and he really enjoyed it.

The only thing is you sent some fake snow I guess and it was already snowing where his base was. He said he laughed, which I'm glad he got a chance to do, but he really appreciated all the stuff.

When I see him around Christmas I'll see if I can get him to write something that I can post on here.I hope he's doing better adjusting to life back here in the real world.

Buck
12-17-2011, 05:12 PM
I hope he's doing better adjusting to life back here in the real world.

Yeah, he had an issue or two, but he's better I think. He's at Fort Polk, LA right now, but he's visiting here for a couple weeks around Christmas and then he gets out for good in February.

BigRedChief
12-17-2011, 10:29 PM
Yeah, he had an issue or two, but he's better I think. He's at Fort Polk, LA right now, but he's visiting here for a couple weeks around Christmas and then he gets out for good in February.cool, glad to hear.

Jerm
12-17-2011, 10:58 PM
Glad all my buddies and all the other troops are coming home....

Going in on April 10th...figured it was a good time as those two wars were winding down but now I'm afraid I'll be headed to Iran before it's all over. :facepalm:

Caseyguyrr
12-17-2011, 11:00 PM
My gf leaves in april for a 12 month deployment, thats gonna suck

BigRedChief
12-17-2011, 11:48 PM
My gf leaves in april for a 12 month deployment, thats gonna suckWon't be any fun. At least communication with family is getting easier and better.

crazycoffey
12-17-2011, 11:50 PM
skype sex is better than no sex....

Caseyguyrr
12-17-2011, 11:53 PM
Won't be any fun. At least communication with family is getting easier and better.

thats true, i guess any advancement is better than just letters, who knows how they managed that back then

crazycoffey
12-18-2011, 12:09 AM
thats true, i guess any advancement is better than just letters, who knows how they managed that back then

It wasn't fun, I promise. And I first deployed in the "advanced" era (1994) of USO phone lines to augment the postal service. My last deployment (2010), I paid 100 bucks a month for internet; email, skype, facebook.

Skype for sure makes a deployment so much different than Cuba in 94. Good and bad, it's awesome to see the face of your loved ones. Talking, crying, smiling and laughing, etc. But it's bitter for the ones back home when they hear an "incoming, incoming, incoming!!!" alarm, followed by a disconnected signal and several hours of communication silence before finding out that loved one is ok.

I made the mistake of not properly preparing my wife for that, but I also didn't really think about it until it happened. I just suggest to you that there will be some very abnormal moments that will not make sense at that time, you have to go on with your day and not beat yourself up mentally with the "what ifs" She'll get back to you when she can, trust in that.

Caseyguyrr
12-18-2011, 01:12 AM
It wasn't fun, I promise. And I first deployed in the "advanced" era (1994) of USO phone lines to augment the postal service. My last deployment (2010), I paid 100 bucks a month for internet; email, skype, facebook.

Skype for sure makes a deployment so much different than Cuba in 94. Good and bad, it's awesome to see the face of your loved ones. Talking, crying, smiling and laughing, etc. But it's bitter for the ones back home when they hear an "incoming, incoming, incoming!!!" alarm, followed by a disconnected signal and several hours of communication silence before finding out that loved one is ok.

I made the mistake of not properly preparing my wife for that, but I also didn't really think about it until it happened. I just suggest to you that there will be some very abnormal moments that will not make sense at that time, you have to go on with your day and not beat yourself up mentally with the "what ifs" She'll get back to you when she can, trust in that.

sorry man, sounds hard

BigRedChief
12-21-2011, 05:03 PM
If you know someone that is serving our country and would like a package sent, let me know.

patteeu
12-21-2011, 05:52 PM
If you know someone that is serving our country and would like a package sent, let me know.

I know someone who is going to be returning to Afghanistan shortly, I'll find out the details and send you the information when I can.

BigRedChief
12-21-2011, 09:58 PM
I know someone who is going to be returning to Afghanistan shortly, I'll find out the details and send you the information when I can.Just let me know the date and their name. I can get the details myself. ;)

BigRedChief
12-22-2011, 01:45 PM
Last call for your family and or friends to get some planet goodies!

KCtotheSB
12-23-2011, 02:37 AM
Currently being in a deployed environment, once again: thank you for keeping up with this thread. I just received a morale box from "Operation Gratitude" today with a whole bunch of things like Sudoku books, candy, toiletries and a "small dog beanie baby" which I keep on my desk. Most importantly though, are the letters and cards from kids saying "Thank You". The whole box was very encouraging and it certainly lifted my spirits. I know the other servicemen/women are feeling the same thanks to your efforts here, guys.

Once again, thank you and God bless.

BigRedChief
01-07-2012, 01:43 PM
Currently being in a deployed environment, once again: thank you for keeping up with this thread. I just received a morale box from "Operation Gratitude" today with a whole bunch of things like Sudoku books, candy, toiletries and a "small dog beanie baby" which I keep on my desk. Most importantly though, are the letters and cards from kids saying "Thank You". The whole box was very encouraging and it certainly lifted my spirits. I know the other servicemen/women are feeling the same thanks to your efforts here, guys.

Once again, thank you and God bless.The Planet has these two packages on the way to you and your unit. Thanks to a generous Planet donor, I was able to purchase a large amount of the instant snow that they requested and put it in the packages.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7162/6654367357_aae3d676f5_z.jpg

BigRedChief
01-08-2012, 02:46 PM
bump in case those who contributed missed the new packages going out.

KCtotheSB
01-22-2012, 01:44 AM
THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS!

After a lengthy customs blackout, we received two packages today filled with beef jerky, cookies, fruit snacks and snow, snow...SNOW! The rest of my coworkers in the office were very excited to receive the shipment and send along their appreciation and thanks. In all, we have a Rams, Bills and Broncos fan in the office (the Broncos fan gets the empty box) and yes, even the Bronco fan says thank you! So once again, fellas, thank you for brightening our Sunday!

BigRedChief
01-22-2012, 05:00 PM
In all, we have a Rams, Bills and Broncos fan in the office (the Broncos fan gets the empty box) and yes, even the Bronco fan says thank you! So once again, fellas, thank you for brightening our Sunday!Let the Bronco fan be happy with the empty box. He has Teabow. What more could anyone ask for?:p

BigRedChief
01-22-2012, 05:03 PM
THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS!

After a lengthy customs blackout, I saw it stuck in customs and asked one of my coworkers to get the package released. It's good to have connections if you can't be king.;)

Easy 6
01-22-2012, 05:11 PM
I for one, hope we pull everyone out of there ASAP... thats the best way to help them.

Its a lost cause, that place, its not a real country just a spot on the map, they dont even like or trust the people in the next valley over... its NEVER going to be a real, stable nation... just a giant, endless suckhole to throw our blood & money into.

We secured our revenge for 9/11... lets get the hell out of there.

BigRedChief
01-22-2012, 09:01 PM
hey guys, this is a politics/religion free thread. It's all about honoring Joe/Jane Soldier for their service and sacrifice.

BigRedChief
01-26-2012, 07:03 PM
Welcome Home Iraq veterans parade in downtown St. Louis tommorrow.

http://www.bnd.com/2012/01/26/2033316/parade-saturday-in-st-louis-to.html

If you are in the area get out there and show the love.

BigRedChief
01-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Welcome Home Iraq veterans parade in downtown St. Louis tommorrow.

http://www.bnd.com/2012/01/26/2033316/parade-saturday-in-st-louis-to.html

If you are in the area get out there and show the love.Parade is tommorrow.

BigRedChief
01-28-2012, 03:30 PM
Parade is tommorrow.
ST. LOUIS • A downtown parade to honor Iraq war veterans stepped off at noon today at Kiener Plaza.

Thousands of people lined the parade route on Market Street, cheering, waving American flags and holding signs "Welcome Home."

Christine Willey of Webster Groves was one of those along the parade route. Her nephew served in Afghanistan and was wounded in Iraq when his Humvee was hit by an explosive.

"I think he would appreciate it a lot," she said of the parade. Her nephew, of Wentzville, who suffered brain injuries, was unable to attend the parade.
Tom Appelbaum, one of the parade organizers, said the parade "pretty much matches what I would have expected." He said he was "feeling great."
The parade follows a vigil which began Friday at 9:11 p.m. at Soldier's Memorial in downtown. Volunteers read the names of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who have died in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and St. Louis police and fire departments are joining 83 floats in the parade.

Mayflower, which donated $7,500 to the parade effort, is collecting items for homeless veterans in a storage container at 13th and Market streets. They are asking for sleeping bags, blankets, non-perishable food items, and winter coats.

the organizers, Appelbaum and Craig Schneider, said St. Louis is the first major city to welcome troops home from Iraq since the war officially ended on Dec. 15.

Inside Union Station until 5 p.m., organizers are offering a "resource village," where veterans can connect with service providers such as the Red Cross or Department of Veterans Affairs. Live music is planned from 3 to 8 p.m.



http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/14/4141a2b0-49f3-11e1-883c-001a4bcf6878/4f24622bd6aa2.image.jpg
Marine Sgt. Alex Renner, 22,(right) from Red Bud, Ill. shakes hands with well wishers during a parade to welcome home Iraq war veterans along Market Street in St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. "I feel good because they have our back" said Renner about the reception he received from the crowd. Renner served one tour in Iraq from 2008-2009.

BigRedChief
01-28-2012, 03:42 PM
From USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-28/iraq-war-parade/52843354/1?csp=34news

ST. LOUIS (AP)–Thousands of people have turned out in St. Louis for the nation's first big parade welcoming home Iraq War (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Events+and+Awards/War/Iraq+War) veterans.

<MORE>Several hundred veterans, many dressed in camouflage, marched Saturday afternoon through downtown along with marching bands, politicians and even the Budweiser Clydesdales (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Budweiser+Clydesdales).

But the biggest cheers clearly were for the veterans themselves. The crowd wildly cheered as groups walked by, and some veterans wiped away tears as they acknowledged the support.

People in the crowd waved American flags and held signs reading, "Welcome Home" and "God Bless Our Troops." Fire trucks with aerial ladders hoisted three huge American flags along the route.

Two St. Louis men launched a grass-roots effort to hold the parade after noticing there'd been no large public celebrations to welcome troops home.

BigRedChief
01-29-2012, 07:12 AM
:clap: Well done St. Louis, Well done! :clap:

ST. LOUIS• Thousands of people waved U.S. flags and shouted "thank you" Saturday during a downtown parade to welcome home Iraq war veterans.

Many spectators wore layers of jackets and huddled under blankets on the cold, sunny day as they cheered on veterans of recent U.S. wars in the first parade of its kind in a major U.S. city

"It makes me proud to be an American," said Trisha Thompson, a member of the Army Reserves who served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, after watching the parade finish near Union Station. "Even during hard times, there's still a spirit of unity."

Thompson and her husband, James Pena, also an Iraq veteran, watched with their 6-month-old son, Schuyler, well-covered in his stroller with blankets and a camouflage fleece hat. They both choked back tears as they explained how it felt to see so many people gathered in their honor.
"People have come to realize that you can definitely support the troops even if you don't support the war," Thompson said.

Army Lt. Col. Mike Fayette, who participated in the parade, approached co-organizer Craig Schneider afterward to thank him.

"When prosperous families, individuals and businesses step up to honor us, it makes what I do feel more relevant," said Fayette, who will retire next month after 30 years of service.

Fayette, who recently moved to Columbia, Mo., was injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2005. He remained there until 2006, when he returned to work at the Pentagon.

"I was overwhelmed by the genuineness of their support," he said of the crowd.

"This (parade) showed that things get accomplished when you have a sense of urgency," said Tom Appelbaum, a lawyer from Creve Coeur and one of the parade organizers. "Now we're gonna take this on the road."
He and Schneider, a technology coordinator for the St. Charles School District, dreamed up the parade over dinner in December. They started a Facebook group, which quickly grew to more than 5,000 members, and used social media and word-of-mouth to drum up support for the plan.
Now they hope to start a fundraising campaign called the "Welcome Home the Heroes Challenge." They want to raise $7 million by next Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl.

Their motto for the parade and the fundraising effort was displayed on the T-shirts they wore on Saturday: "Don't tell us it's impossible."
The money will be split between The Mission Continues, a St. Louis-based nonprofit group that connects veterans with volunteer opportunities and helped coordinate the parade, and the Welcome Home Foundation, a group Appelbaum and Schneider created to distribute funds to veterans organizations.

Not all of the families in the parade were welcoming loved ones home. Susan and Jim Jacobs of Ballwin marched with about 10 Gold Star families, who have lost relatives in the line of duty.\
Their son, Sgt. Zachary Fisher, was killed July 14, 2010, when an improvised explosive device detonated next to his convoy in the Zabul province in Afghanistan.

He had previously served nine months in Iraq.
"Zachary would have been very proud to see his community come out and support the troops," his mother said, tears in her eyes.

Susan Jacobs held tight to a picture of her son, who was 24 when he died. She said it was "bittersweet" to be at an event welcoming home other people's children when her son will never be among them. But she said Zachary would have wanted her and her husband to be there.
"Some of these young men and women get to come home, and some of them don't," she said. "Our community needs to know both sides."
Thompson and Pena, the young Iraq veterans, disagree over whether they want their 6-month-old son to serve in the military.

Pena said he doesn't want to worry about whether his son will come home. But Thompson said Schuyler should serve if he wants. Military service gave her a pride that she wouldn't feel otherwise, she said.
"The most proud I feel is when people come up to me when I'm in my uniform." Thompson said.

Just then, a young girl in a pink coat walked over and handed her a homemade sign. It read: "Welcome Home Soldiers, love Payton Marie."
"Thank you," Thompson said, her voice wavering.


Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/iraq-war-veterans-get-warm-welcome-at-st-louis-parade/article_5c7c53d2-f681-5da5-960e-2271dd8c4eab.html#ixzz1kqucxUrj

crazycoffey
01-29-2012, 08:21 AM
:clap: Well done St. Louis, Well done! :clap:

ST. LOUIS• Thousands of people waved U.S. flags and shouted "thank you" Saturday during a downtown parade to welcome home Iraq war veterans.

Many spectators wore layers of jackets and huddled under blankets on the cold, sunny day as they cheered on veterans of recent U.S. wars in the first parade of its kind in a major U.S. city


I just heard this part was a topic in discussion, something about it being the first of it's kind since WWII. I don't know if that is correct or not. Cool either way, and if I was off work this weekend I would have loved to go.

BigRedChief
01-29-2012, 08:35 AM
I just heard this part was a topic in discussion, something about it being the first of it's kind since WWII. I don't know if that is correct or not. Cool either way, and if I was off work this weekend I would have loved to go.Thats what I heard too. The first parade honoring vets that wasn't organized by a city/state/government but by John Doe Q public just to say thanks to the troops since WWII. No politics. Just a fellow citzen showing appreciation for their sacrifice. Thats some strong mojo. Really us at our best. :thumb:

crazycoffey
01-29-2012, 08:56 AM
Thats what I heard too. The first parade honoring vets that wasn't organized by a city/state/government but by John Doe Q public just to say thanks to the troops since WWII. No politics. Just a fellow citzen showing appreciation for their sacrifice. Thats some strong mojo. Really us at our best. :thumb:

You still in St. Louis, or come back regularly? I want to buy you a beer.

BigRedChief
01-29-2012, 09:08 AM
You still in St. Louis, or come back regularly? I want to buy you a beer.I've been in Florida for about 20 months now. I came back to St. Louis last year to watch a game last year. Probably not this year. Going to go on a couple of trips to watch Cardinals spring traning games. They are here in St. Pete abotu 5 mintues from my house for a series this year. Also thinking about going to Miami to watch some games and have some fun on South Beach.

crazycoffey
01-29-2012, 10:48 AM
I've been in Florida for about 20 months now. I came back to St. Louis last year to watch a game last year. Probably not this year. Going to go on a couple of trips to watch Cardinals spring traning games. They are here in St. Pete abotu 5 mintues from my house for a series this year. Also thinking about going to Miami to watch some games and have some fun on South Beach.


That's right, I though I remembered something about florida for the DOD job thingy. Well, certainly look me up when you come back through. Conversely my Dad spends his winters on the West side of the Panhandle, if we make it that way in the next few weeks, I'll let you know.

BigRedChief
02-01-2012, 07:34 PM
A thank you card for the planet from the troops over in the sandbox.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6804334989_aff6991e0e.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6804336021_6724fd622d_z.jpg

mlyonsd
02-01-2012, 07:44 PM
A thank you card for the planet from the troops over in the sandbox.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6804334989_aff6991e0e.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6804336021_6724fd622d_z.jpgAwesome BRC. Are you still doing this? Do you need more cash? And I don't mean for your Lincoln payments.

BigRedChief
02-01-2012, 07:58 PM
Awesome BRC. Are you still doing this? Do you need more cash? And I don't mean for your Lincoln payments.yeah I've used up all the money in our account with the last shipments. Had to chip in $30 myself plus all the shipping costs.

I was going to ask for more money to refund the packages and see if people are still interested in contributing. As you can see it is greatly appreciated by the troops.

mlyonsd
02-01-2012, 08:28 PM
yeah I've used up all the money in our account with the last shipments. Had to chip in $30 myself plus all the shipping costs.

I was going to ask for more money to refund the packages and see if people are still interested in contributing. As you can see it is greatly appreciated by the troops.PM me your info again. I think I previously sent you a small amount? Been a while, I went thru my PM's and can't find your contact info.

I've been contributing to a few local care packages although this Christmas none of them were abroad.

My bad. Rep for doing this.

mlyonsd
02-01-2012, 09:09 PM
Come on guys, help send the troops a treat. Easter is coming up and they are still over there.

BigRedChief
02-02-2012, 11:55 AM
PM me your info again. I think I previously sent you a small amount? Been a while, I went thru my PM's and can't find your contact info.

I've been contributing to a few local care packages although this Christmas none of them were abroad.

My bad. Rep for doing this.thanks for the donation! :clap:

BigRedChief
02-02-2012, 09:25 PM
Planet, Nice job with the donations. Keep em coming.

BigRedChief
02-03-2012, 05:56 PM
Come on guys, help send the troops a treat. Easter is coming up and they are still over there.THIS!

BigRedChief
02-04-2012, 12:50 AM
I just heard this part was a topic in discussion, something about it being the first of it's kind since WWII. I don't know if that is correct or not. Cool either way, and if I was off work this weekend I would have loved to go.http://iava.org/blog/pats-and-giants-get-parade-%E2%80%93-our-iraq-vets-don%E2%80%99t

If the Giants or Pats get a parade, shouldn't Iraq vets? Posted by Paul Rieckhoff on February 3



The ticker-tape parade is a slice of Americana as old as the Statue of Liberty. It’s an honor reserved for a select few (sort of), from astronauts returning from space to military heroes to beloved politicians like Teddy Roosevelt. It’s also happened for baseball player Sammy Sosa, and even the President of Indonesia. This weekend, either the New England Patriots or New York Giants will earn the title “champion” at the Super Bowl, and be treated to a victory parade in Boston or New York City as a result.

Getting Super Bowl-champ football players a parade in their hometowns is never an issue. But Iraq War veterans? They deserve a little praise, too. They answered our country’s call, and in the least, they survived. But for some reason, they’re running into all kinds of resistance. Last week, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg said that a parade “would be premature while so many troops are still in harm’s way around the world.”

After eight years of war there that saw over 4,400 American troops killed and over 32,000 wounded-in-action physically, the Iraq War finally ended on December 31, 2011. Yet, only St. Louis has held a “Welcome Home Our Heroes”parade to date--and solely because two guys launched a Facebook page and motivated a grassroots group of citizens. In less than a week it morphed into an incredibly inspiring event. And it definitely lit a spark. Ever since then, we’ve been inundated with notes and emails from folks from San Francisco to Portland, Maine who want to do the same thing for the Iraq veterans in their communities.

That’s why today IAVA is calling on the President, New York Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Menino, and Mayors and government officials nationwide to coordinate a National Day of Action to not only welcome home Iraq veterans but to channel critical jobs, education and transition resources to them and their families. It’s a chance for all of us to work together—just like we do on Veterans Day. Let’s tap into the tremendous Sea of Goodwill that exists in the hearts of millions of Americans. Let’s use some of our military experience to “coordinate fires.” And instead of cities nationwide promoting events at different times over the next few years, let’s all work together to coordinate a single, historic, transformative day to unite communities nationwide. If you stand with us, and want to see a welcome home parade in your area, stand with our veterans and sign our petition here.

For the Mayors of New York and Boston: are you really okay with your football teams getting ticker tape parades and not your new veterans? I am as big a fan as they come, but why do the Giants get a parade in the Canyon of Heroes and not our nation’s military? If that does happen, what does that say about us as a society and our priorities?

Yes, Iraq and Afghanistan are two different wars. Americans know the Afghanistan front still rages on, with the end of combat operations not expected until 2013. But that doesn’t mean our country can’t start welcoming home those who have already returned and pave the way for those still to come. It will also show our troops in Afghanistan now that they won’t be forgotten when that war ends too. And the expense should not be an issue. Just like in St Louis, sponsors should step up, and local people can chip in to donate goods, time and money.

If we can afford two wars, we can afford two welcome home parades.

But this effort is about more than just a parade. It is what parades represent – a celebration, a commemoration, and an expression of gratitude by a community that has finally learned to separate the war from warriors. It is about creating a day to remember those we’ve lost, respect those who have served, and respond to their needs as returning veterans. After a decade at war, with the burden of so many carried by so few, who deserves a parade more than the brave men and women who have deployed two, three, four times since 9/11?

The New Greatest Generation has proven time and time again that they are dedicated to service. Now, it’s on us to return the favor.

Even if you don’t have skin in this Super Bowl game, sign IAVA’s petition to the President and Mayors nationwide before kickoff this Sunday 6:30pm EST calling for a national day to honor and celebrate the service of some real heroes – the over 1 million veterans who have served our country in Iraq.

No matter who you root for this Super Bowl Sunday, our veterans are one team every American can and must get behind.

Sign the petition here:
http://iava.org/welcome-home-our-heroes-show-support




Sent from my iPhone

Jethopper
02-04-2012, 01:08 AM
Im in salerno, afghanistan right now with the 82nd airborne! How cool am I?!?!

BigRedChief
02-04-2012, 09:19 AM
http://iava.org/blog/pats-and-giants-get-parade-%E2%80%93-our-iraq-vets-don%E2%80%99t

If the Giants or Pats get a parade, shouldn't Iraq vets? Posted by Paul Rieckhoff on February 3



The ticker-tape parade is a slice of Americana as old as the Statue of Liberty. It’s an honor reserved for a select few (sort of), from astronauts returning from space to military heroes to beloved politicians like Teddy Roosevelt. It’s also happened for baseball player Sammy Sosa, and even the President of Indonesia. This weekend, either the New England Patriots or New York Giants will earn the title “champion” at the Super Bowl, and be treated to a victory parade in Boston or New York City as a result.

Getting Super Bowl-champ football players a parade in their hometowns is never an issue. But Iraq War veterans? They deserve a little praise, too. They answered our country’s call, and in the least, they survived. But for some reason, they’re running into all kinds of resistance. Last week, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg said that a parade “would be premature while so many troops are still in harm’s way around the world.”

After eight years of war there that saw over 4,400 American troops killed and over 32,000 wounded-in-action physically, the Iraq War finally ended on December 31, 2011. Yet, only St. Louis has held a “Welcome Home Our Heroes”parade to date--and solely because two guys launched a Facebook page and motivated a grassroots group of citizens. In less than a week it morphed into an incredibly inspiring event. And it definitely lit a spark. Ever since then, we’ve been inundated with notes and emails from folks from San Francisco to Portland, Maine who want to do the same thing for the Iraq veterans in their communities.

That’s why today IAVA is calling on the President, New York Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Menino, and Mayors and government officials nationwide to coordinate a National Day of Action to not only welcome home Iraq veterans but to channel critical jobs, education and transition resources to them and their families. It’s a chance for all of us to work together—just like we do on Veterans Day. Let’s tap into the tremendous Sea of Goodwill that exists in the hearts of millions of Americans. Let’s use some of our military experience to “coordinate fires.” And instead of cities nationwide promoting events at different times over the next few years, let’s all work together to coordinate a single, historic, transformative day to unite communities nationwide. If you stand with us, and want to see a welcome home parade in your area, stand with our veterans and sign our petition here.

For the Mayors of New York and Boston: are you really okay with your football teams getting ticker tape parades and not your new veterans? I am as big a fan as they come, but why do the Giants get a parade in the Canyon of Heroes and not our nation’s military? If that does happen, what does that say about us as a society and our priorities?

Yes, Iraq and Afghanistan are two different wars. Americans know the Afghanistan front still rages on, with the end of combat operations not expected until 2013. But that doesn’t mean our country can’t start welcoming home those who have already returned and pave the way for those still to come. It will also show our troops in Afghanistan now that they won’t be forgotten when that war ends too. And the expense should not be an issue. Just like in St Louis, sponsors should step up, and local people can chip in to donate goods, time and money.

If we can afford two wars, we can afford two welcome home parades.

But this effort is about more than just a parade. It is what parades represent – a celebration, a commemoration, and an expression of gratitude by a community that has finally learned to separate the war from warriors. It is about creating a day to remember those we’ve lost, respect those who have served, and respond to their needs as returning veterans. After a decade at war, with the burden of so many carried by so few, who deserves a parade more than the brave men and women who have deployed two, three, four times since 9/11?

The New Greatest Generation has proven time and time again that they are dedicated to service. Now, it’s on us to return the favor.

Even if you don’t have skin in this Super Bowl game, sign IAVA’s petition to the President and Mayors nationwide before kickoff this Sunday 6:30pm EST calling for a national day to honor and celebrate the service of some real heroes – the over 1 million veterans who have served our country in Iraq.

No matter who you root for this Super Bowl Sunday, our veterans are one team every American can and must get behind.

Sign the petition here:
http://iava.org/welcome-home-our-heroes-show-support




Sent from my iPhoneMore citizens not waiting for their public entities to organize a parade for the vets. Grassroots parades forming all over th USA based on the St. Louis model.
http://on.msnbc.com/yaKJxI