Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I Heard From My Soldier Today! Yea!

When I joined the Soldier's Angels and got my first soldier's name I wrote about it on my blog. The first thing I did was mail him a questionnaire to see what kind of "stuff" he wanted sent over there. I got the questionnaire back today and it's the first time I've heard from HIM! Yea, it was exciting when I saw the envelope in my mailbox!

He's 22 years old and half way through his deployment. He's from Mexico and he's only been in the USA for 4 years. He joined the army to be able to go to college when he gets out. He mentioned how he feels badly when he reads in the newspapers about other soldiers committing suicide. He wrote about going on missions during the day and seeing the children in Iraq and that the children always show happiness and wave to them. "It's an amazing feeling", he said. He also said he has no words to describe how he feels but that their support and support from people like me make them keep rollin'.

The worst part was when he told me his name was misspelled! I don't know if I did it by mistake or if the SA people sent it that way. I made mailing labels with his name spelled wrong too, but hopefully if he got the questionnaire, he's been getting the goodies. He sent me "a good big kiss and lots of hugs" though so I guess he's not sore about it. Bless his heart, I've got jeans hanging up in my closet that are older than he is and they've never been to war! There is nothing we can do to thank them all enough. All the beef jerky and trail mix and peanuts in the world is just a token, but NOT sending them treats and letters and cards is a travesty. I'm glad I found a way to give back in even a simple, small way.


Attila The Mom said...

This is really a great thing to do! Thanks for posting it!

Lainey said...

That is so cool of you to do that! I know he appreciates the goodies.

TxGoodie said...

It's gets a little pricey sending packages twice a month, but they also need folks to write letters and cards and sew and such. I used to sew up a storm, but now I don't even have a machine. I spend my time on the computer now that I used to spend sewing. There's never enough time to do it all.

Nikki said...

how wonderful that you sponsor a soldier. My brother is in Iraq, and he appreciates the smallest things.

It really puts things in perspective over here.


TxGoodie said...

Thank you, Nikki, for thanking me! :-) And thank your brother for me for being one of our heroes! Hugs too...((( )))