Troop Thanks 2010

LRMC thank you

LHCP Thank You


 
Carolinas HealthCare System forward the below reference to LHCP. They received it from an anesthesiologist deployed to a Combat Support Hospital in Afghanistan.
 

Thanks so much for your support and your email! Mr. xx told me of your donation to the USO. That was a terrific gesture! I use the USO frequently. The branch at Charlotte/Douglas is, by far, the best one I’ve visited. Most of the others are badly in need of repair and updating. Your donation will be put to good use, I’m sure.

Regarding the “adopt a troop” plan, the members of my unit and myself have MORE than enough supplies, snacks, toiletries, clothing items, etc. than we could use in a year! Through forwarded emails, people have received our address and we get daily boxes of items that supporters have mailed. It is sad to say, but much of it goes unused. We give it to the chaplains to distribute to the soldiers downrange from us, but even they have more than they need.

I have a much better idea, I think. There is an organization called the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, run by a group of citizens in Virginia. Their website is full of information LandstuhlHospitalCareProjec.org. They are in constant contact with our Forward Surgical Team, all deployed Combat Support Hospitals, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Walter Reed, and others. When a soldier becomes injured on the battlefield, they are immediately taken by helicopter to us. We cut his clothing off, operate on him, and evacuate him out to Bagram Airfield. They may do further surgery before sending him to Germany. This continues until he is home, and happens in a matter of hours to a few days. His personal effects are sent from Afghanistan, but he may not see his belongings for several weeks. This is where the LH Care Project comes in. We give him brand new clothing, toiletries, blankets, personal letters from US citizens, etc. right here in the FST before he gets on the helicopter for BAF. When we run low on items, our representative notifies the LHCP folks in Virginia, and they send us what we need. Their website is updated almost daily, I believe, with what they are running short on, so that citizens and organizations such as CHS can donate what is needed.

I can’t think of a better way for CHS to show support for us over here. It means so much to the soldiers who are suddenly torn from their unit and friends to know how much sincere support exists in the form of comforts from home. The beauty of this organization is that nothing is wasted. What is donated is exactly what is needed. If you go to the website and contact them, I believe a great relationship can be made with CHS. I have heard that they will accept medical supplies, as well. The Army is pretty good at giving us what we need to get the job done, but it sometimes takes weeks to get our supplies.

Thanks again for the sincere love and support that I get from CHS and my fellow employees. I can feel the love every day! Because of my employer’s support for my family and me, I can concentrate on my mission here. I am a better soldier because I work for CHS!

Sincerely,
COL
 

Monday, 27 December 2010

The MTBI Clinic received badly needed treats, hygiene products and DVDs. The patients will most definitely appreciate these. I wanted to take this time to let you know my RIP-time (return to CONUS-USA) is mid Feb 2011. My Replacement is CPT xxx (Officer in Charge) and she should be BOGs (boots on ground) about the 16 Feb 2011. I will insure she has your contact, as your organization has been a life-line to our operations…I wish they would give you-all a commission, send you-all orders to this FOB and keep you near us so that we could get what is needed faster.

Once again, thanks for what you do…

MAJ, USA
OIC, M-TBI Reconditioning Center
Afghanistan

Shawn Johnson 160FST

Shawn Johnson 160FST


Tuesday, 7 December 2010

I received the pizza items you sent us THANK YOU so much.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas


Thursday, 16 December 2010

I wanted to personally thank you for making a positive lasting impact on the xxst CSH here in Southern Afghanistan. Your project donations have bridged the gap for us and have provided many “creature comforts” to our wounded. Please know that we appreciate you more than you realize.

xxst CSH’s tour is about to come to an end. Please send any future donations to xxth CSH who will replace us here. The contact person will be xx.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays


Thursday, 02 December 2010

Dear, Dear Landstuhl Hospital Care Project,

What can I possible say to you great Patriots? I opened your latest huge box in front of my entire staff of Urgent Care. Immediately our people ran over literally screaming in delight to find all the wonderful ornaments and Christmas stockings and goodies you sent to us! We distributed them throughout the hospital.

I will ATTEMPT to send you pictures of all the stockings all decorating the entire facility! Each

department is sending an individual thank you card for all that you have done for us. I just could not wait to thank you through snail mail!


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving,

Thanks so much for the last 3 boxes! We are definitely stocked up on things needed for the soldiers. We should be set for awhile on clothing and hygiene items. We so appreciate your support for us and all the troops.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

MAJ L

LHCP

Happy service woman.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

We receive our warriors straight from the battlefield. Hence we see the most severely injured human beings imaginable. Once they are stabled through our trauma bay, surgery, and into our Intensive Care Unit, the Air Force with their specialized teams of doctors, nurses, and medics gets them to Germany. Our motto is, “Best Care Anywhere” and it really is the truth! We have the best nursing staff, the most talented physicians and providers. If our guys can get to us they have a 98% chance of surviving and I’ve seen some pretty bad injuries. Our new hospital with its new equipment rivals anything we have at home. No trauma center in the states have anything on us! We are devoted to our patients and dedicated to our mission.


MTBI 2 Jose counting off days til redeploy

MTBI 2 Jose counting off days til redeploy


Jose with local boy getting care

Jose with local boy getting care


43rd SB Medics

43rd SB Medics


Wednesday, 20 October 2010 Snail Mail

Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
c/o Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

Dear Karen Grimord and Landstuhl Hospital Care Project,

Hello, I am Maj xx, an Orthopedic Surgeon currently deployed to Afghanistan. I am with the xxth Forward Surgical Team out of Miesau, Germany. My unit is split between two different areas and thus there are only 7 of us here on this Camp. We are the medical unit supporting troops, currently, from the x CAB out of Ft. Hood, TX and 1/10 MTN out of Ft. Drum, NY, not to mention our brothers and sisters in NATO.

(Paragraph removed for brevity)

We needed travel size toiletries, t-shirts, boxers, socks, et. and last week we began to receive so many items. It is just great! I want to personally THANK YOU for answering the call to help and going above and beyond by sending towels, razors, toothpaste, wet wipes, sheets, and blankets.

My unit was overwhelmed by the support that one small request generated. We are integrated into a NATO hospital and our coalition forces comrades were and always are amazed at the support we get from home. In times like these it is good to show everyone else that we are all in this together.

I apologize for the delay in getting this thank you letter to you. Our outgoing mail comes about every 2 months. Hopefully, you understand.

Thank you again for all that you have done and please know that your efforts will make our efforts that much better. You can guarantee that a soldier will benefit greatly from your graciousness. We will continue to pray for you as you are doing for us!

In the Spirit of Our Troops,
Maj SEJ, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
OIC

Thursday, 07 October 2010-snail mail

Our Dear Friends

We are so appreciative of your many, many gifts and once again our soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors of the United States and fellow Coalition and Special Forces, and the nurses, doctors, and corpsmen need and love everything. The razors will be used to shave chests for EKG analysis. The q-tips are always appreciated by all and the Gray Tee shirts will be worn by our wounded warriors as they travel back home to receive further care. The boxes of chuxs are always needed and as I have stated before are of better quality than the ones supply gives us.

Tooth brushes and paste were dropped off in front of Dental and almost immediately taken by our soldiers stopping by for care.

As always, we are keenly aware of the financial sacrifice, time, and effort expended by you fantastic people and feel as though you have been a true partner in the healing process for our warriors. We are forever grateful.

Most Sincerely,
Captain
Nurse Corps, United States Navy

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Karen,

We just received your boxes of pillows and quilts, sheets 3 days ago!

Set them out in the Aid station and they are completely GONE!

Thanks so much to you and your wonderful organization for supporting us!

Tracie

Clogs Afghanistan

Clogs Afghanistan

Wanted to tell you that the clogs went like hot cakes.

I looked up Okabashi and realized they are a family-owned, American company.

Wonderful support for our troops and patients.

Please pass on our humble regards to them and everyone that helps out.

It makes a huge difference.

Tx

Friday, 10 September 2010

Thank you for your support of our wounded Marines and Soldiers. We lose a lot of linen (blankets and such) due to transporting patients back to Bagram then to Landstuhl- we want to make sure they stay warm on the flight- so we bundle them with what we have. The blankets would be nice- thank you.

Thank you for your continued support. All of our patients (coalition and local nationals) sleep better and feel better because of people like you.

Thanks
R

Wednesday, 1 September 2010 Snail Mail

Dear Ms. Grimord and LHCP

Thank you for the wonderful boxes of pillows, sheets, gowns and pillow cases!!

We appreciate your generosity. Please know that the Marine pts also appreciate your generosity.

They have comfort b/c of your thoughtfulness & generosity.

Thanks
LTC

Afganistan Pillows

Afganistan Pillows


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Thanks again for the shipment of sandals. They are a hit! Will look forward to the pajama bottoms. Opened up our last box of pillows from you all. I know they are hard to come by, but the quilts and pillows are greatly appreciated by the wounded Soldiers out here. If you can ship more of those, we would be greatly blessed.

Please thank your team and donators once again for myself and the rest of the xxth. You all greatly contribute to the welfare of our fellow Soldiers and your generosity does not go unnoticed by my team.


Happy Medical Staff

Happy Medical Staff


Afghanistan Flip flops and Pillows

Afghanistan Flip flops and Pillows


Saturday, 14 August 2010 Snail Mail

First, I would like to apologize for taking so long in writing you back. I have received all your packages in good order. We have been able to provide several soldiers with items from your organization. This truly is a good feeling to see their faces when they receive items they need. The Spanish has also been able to make use of your donations. I know I have requested sheets, gowns huge chux, flip flops, and much more, we are using all of it. Just to say thanks again the guys that have had to make it this way enjoy watching movies on the players you sent. This really helps with getting them just some relaxation really. Offering them shirts and PJs after they shower also does wonders. Some of these guys haven’t been able to shower or get good nights sleep until they come here for whatever reason. I had tried to send you the photo of our current group but the file was too big. I am trying to make it smaller and will try to resend. I did receive the latest shipment of sheets. Thank you so much. As we are making contact with the next unit relieving us in a few months I will make sure to pass on your information should they need anything.

We are counting down the months. Thanks again for all your support with both our unit and the 2E.


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Attached are a few random pictures. One is of a boy about 5 years old, who was ran over by a tractor. He is doing very well, but I thought you should know that it is a LHCP blanket, pillow, and sheet that he is using.

The other pictures are of one of our surgeons and anesthetists opening up two much anticipated boxes of sheets from you. As a side note, we really appreciate the accounts of soldiers included on the address label. They are truly touching. One of our surgeons actually knew of one of the soldiers mentioned on one of the packages he opened, that of a soldier killed in Iraq on Christmas day.

We really appreciate your kindness and generosity. We would not be able to complete our mission without your help. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.


Boy using SoL items

Boy using SoL items


KJ Pictures Afghanistan

KJ Pictures Afghanistan


KJ Pictures Afghanistan

KJ Pictures Afghanistan


Wednesday, 28 July 2010 (snail mail)

DECA/EU/GRA
MEMORANDUM FOR KRYSTAL ALEXANDER
SUBJECT: Coupons

Dear Krystal Alexander,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the wonderful coupons you sent us. And Truly this will help the American soldiers in Europe.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Keith Laughinghouse
Acting Store Director
Grafenwoehr Commissary

KJ Pictures Afghanistan 01

KJ Pictures Afghanistan 01


Friday, 23 July 2010

Thank you so much for all your wonderful gifts

We are so busy

PH

Friday, 23 July 2010

The shoes came in last week. Thank you for all of your help.


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Hey Karen,

Thank You Thank You for the pillows, pillow cases, scrub caps and most of all the snacks. It was a feeding frenzy when the snacks were spotted. The pillows went to good use. We have so many new soldiers and soldiers that are evac out, I really enjoy putting the cheerful pillows on them. The Air Force pillow gets taken immediately because of all the Air Force soldiers here. Thanks for the items it makes it seem like Christmas. You are doing amazing things with your organization, it really is greatly appreciated by all of us here in Afghanistan.

MAJ A

Wednesday, 8 July 2010

Got the beanie babies and the fabulous pillows today : ) Here is a picture that we just took… I am also sending a pic of us and our ANA counterparts. We have a great relationship and are working hard to get things done over here : )

As always, thank you soooo very much for your support!

V/r
Capt JC
Afghanistan

Tuesday, 7 July 2010

Thanks for your quick response…and generosity; believe me, you all show us kindness, compassion, and praise…that goes a long, long way out here.

God Bless

MAJ R

Thursday, 24 June 2010 (snail mail)

Ms. Grimord & LHCP

Your pillows are a huge hit out here at the xxx FST! Not only do they provide basic comfort under the head, they have been great at positioning limbs to aid in recovery.

There is a picture of myself restocking them in our ICU. Thank you for your continued care and thoughtfulness. It is greatly appreciated.


Afghanistan Receives LHCP shipment

Afghanistan Receives LHCP shipment


Tuesday, 22 June 2010 Snail Mail

Krystal Alexander

I know how time consuming it is to clip, cut, and send out the coupons and that is why we send our biggest Thank you all for your hard work and efforts to provide World Class Customer Service Savings.

When we receive the coupons, we have some employees prepackage them in sandwich zip lock bags and leave them for our Patrons to take at our coupon center. These coupons do bring smiles to our Patrons faces when they realize how much they save in the end. I, myself who is a military spouse take advantage of the coupons and appreciate the time given to provide our Servicemen, Servicewomen, Civilians, and their family members station Overseas an opportunity to save!

The Commissaries Overseas do accept coupons six months past the expiration date, but we accept coupons from other retailers such as Target, Kroger, or Safeway etc…., so we ask that if you do happen to have these types of coupons, please do not include in the shipment.

We, Thank you once again for all your support by providing these coupons.

Respectfully,
Isabella Watson
Customer Service Manager
Sagamihara Commissary

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Karen,

Its been extremely busy here.. and would like to formally thank your organization for the blankets, clogs and sheets. Some of them were given to our Chaplain and most were dispersed to our soldiers visiting the aid station. The blankets and especially the clogs were a big hit! We gave away everything in a period of 2 days!


Saturday, 12 June 2010

Once again, my friends, I wish to extend true gratitude for the wonderful items you bestow on us. Today we are completely full with Afghans who were harmed by the “bad guys”. Your items will help care for

all our patients in the future and we are truly grateful.

(Captain)


Saturday, 05 June 2010

Thank you so much! We here at the tip really appreciate all the fine things you send us, especially pillows. They get destroyed, saturated so quickly!

You are wonderful people!


PS3 Player in Afghanistan

PS3 Player in Afghanistan


PS3 in Afghanistan

PS3 in Afghanistan


Wednesday, 02 June 2010

We truly appreciate your incredible generosity.

Cap

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

I cannot possibly tell you wonderful folks how significant your gifts are to us. We appreciate everything you send to us.

Fondly,

Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO
Mrs. Karen Grimord,

Just writing to thank you and your team for the package of blankets, pillows, and hygiene products. I have signed out the DVD player to the NCO in charge of the MEDICS supporting the logistical convoys that leave KAF. They are gone many days at a time, and often sleep in their vehicles, so having a DVD player in the truck will definitely help time pass by.

We are inspired by the story of MAJ Pryor, and has given us a new appreciation for being an American citizen and all the liberties we have.

Thanks -again for your support of our AID STATION. They are much appreciated, and have been already dispersed to our patients and medics!!!

TD
CPT, SP
Brigade PA
Afghanistan

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO
Thanks Karen,

I have less than a week. I am sure you will enjoy corresponding with LTC xx. He is a great guy. I have added your e-mail address to my “real world” e-mail account. I again

want to thank you for all you do! It has been an honor to work with you and your organization over the past year.

All my best

Thursday, 27 May 2010

We really appreciate everything that comes in. Thank you so much for your work!!


Stitches of Love Afghanistan

Stitches of Love Afghanistan


Thursday, 27 May 2010

You are WONDERFUL!

Thank you so much : )

V/r
Capt JC
Kabul, Afghanistan

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 Snail Mail

Dear Karen

Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Hello Karen, I hope that my letter made it to you and you were able to see finally who we are. Although we are a very diverse group as you can see from our picture we all work very well as a team. It would seem that the language would be a barrier, but when it comes to taking care of those coming in we are all tracking.

Today I received your package containing the slippers. The box with the tee’s and pjs brought a big smile to me as we didn’t have a lot to offer for those needing a change of clothing. The guys will love the prints once they see them. I an not thank you enough for all the support you have given us and for the guys. That was very generous of your organization. Not to mention about a week or so we also received the blankets and sheets. I do believe that we are good to go for now.

Well, Karen I will keep a look out for your emails and or if we come to find out that we are in need of any other items. Thank you once again and God bless you and your crew.

Sincerely,
SSG GF

Bev thanks donation of blanket

Bev thanks donation of blanket


Thursday, 4 March 2010

Mrs. Karen Grimord,

Once again, thank you for sending the phone cards. Yesterday, I went to the AT&T Calling place, and there was a LONG waiting line!!! It was the first time I had to wait in line, too. But, guess what cards they were using? The blue international calling cards you donated us!!! It was a happy evening.

Very Respectfully,
CPT xxx

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Mrs Karen Grimord,

Thank you for the calling cards. We received it today. The xxth ID is being replaced by a new unit, the xxxst. I gave majority of the calling cards to xxxth Charlie Company, Medical Platoon Sergeant. She will distribute it amongst the lower enlisted first.

The rest of the calling cards, I will distribute it with our chaplain services. We will keep a few for the incoming FST. Our FST is redeploying in May 2010. Therefore, I’m sure the in-coming FST will enjoy them, as well.

We, the xxth FST, appreciate all your support.
Very Respectfully,

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Greetings Karen,

I am one of the CASF nurses here at xx, in Kuwait. We are one of the staging areas that receives patients, stabilizing them and then preparing them for Air Evac flight to LRMC.

I recently learned about your organization and I am grateful for what you and your staff are doing!

Thank you.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Karen,

Thank you, for the blankets, sheets and gowns, they will be a tremendous help.


Thursday, 18 February 2010

Thanks for all the support. I’m sure the US soldiers of FOB xxx and the neighboring FOBS of Afghanistan will Love it.

Very Respectfully,
xxxx
Captain, Army Nurse
xxx th Forward Surgical Team (ABN)
“To Hell and Back. Death Can Wait!”

Sunday, 24 January 2010 Snail Mail

Defense Commissary Agency

European Region

Riyadh Commissary

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dear Ms. Alexander

Thank you very much for sending us coupons. We are always happy to receive them in the mail. On behalf of all the customers here at Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, allow me to extend my sincere appreciation for your kindness.

We look forward to your continued support.

Sincerely
Qahir Abdur-Rahman
Store Director

Tuesday, 15 February 2010

DECA/WE/ZAM
FROM: The Staff of the Camp Zama Commissary
TO: SIR/MAM
SUBJECT: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

On behalf of the entire Camp Zama Commissary Staff, I would like to extend to you the warmest of THANK YOU for your support of our most valued National Treasure, The Men and Women of the American Armed Forces.

The time spent cutting coupons and mailing them here to the Camp Zama Commissary is priceless.  We look forward to the mail coming in every day to see your letters and all the wonderful coupons you have provided.  At the entrance of the commissary we have a coupon center stuffed with all the coupons you have sent.  Our store personnel bag your coupons and the Baggers provide them to our customers as they leave the commissary.  The coupons are also hung on the shelves here in the commissary for additional access.

Please keep the coupons coming, you are making a difference for the troops and their families serving here in Japan!

Yoko Banko
Store Manager
Camp Zama Commissary

Sunday, 26 December 2010

I just wanted to share this picture with you of our team here at xx. We are split in two locations and that’s why it’s so few of us. You and your organization have definitely helped with making our time here good and we will be able to leave here knowing we have made a difference.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Oh…I’m the girl! LOL…

MAJ MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
FST
Afghanistan

Second email about pizza party supplies

Second email about pizza party supplies


Saturday, 18 December 2010

Hi Karen,

Anything you send me I will use. Thank you again for the pizza stuff we are still using some of your items.

Thank you again,


Thanks LHCP

Thanks LHCP


Saturday, 18 December 2010

Thanks again for your awesome support to our mTBI centers!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Joyous New Year!

DL

Thanks LHCP

Thanks LHCP


LHCP

Happy service man.


Sunday, 11 November 2010

We are in receipt of beautiful handmade stockings which were obviously lovingly crafted by people of your organization. I have sent cards and a thank you letter along with the attempt to send multiple pictures of your stockings hung all over the hospital. We adore them. They were so very thoughtful and literally “made” our Christmas! Christmas Day every staff member and patient will be given a stocking. This is after they have been displayed for a few weeks. These stocking are so precious I am MOST certain they will be sent home for future Christmases. I already know the one I will be sending home and every year I pull it out I will remember my Christmas in Afghanistan and the thoughtfulness of the people of the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. I know everyone else is doing the same. The caliber and quality of these stockings dictate they be cherished. If you would like us to send them back, we can certainly do that with most of them. We have distributed a few already to our patients and as you know, they are the wounded.

Fondly,
Captain, Nurse Corps, USN

Sunday, 11 November 2010

Please thank everyone involved in sending those wonderful CHUX pads we love so much! The intensive care unit is the main receiver of such great gifts.

Thank you for everything!


Sunday, 11 November 2010

Hello Ms. Grimord

I am currently deployed in xx, Afghanistan, serving as a General Dentist for the xx Role 2. We received the donated dental hygiene supplies sent in honor of USAF SSG Timothy L. Bowles, by the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and I would like to thank you and the project volunteers for taking the time to gather and send the toothbrushes and toothpaste samples. These items will be distributed to local Afghan women and children at the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, and used to demonstrate oral hygiene procedures as part of a preventive oral health initiative being led by HM1 L and SPC M.

Thank you again for your time and generosity, we greatly appreciate it!

CPT A

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I am sure that a great many soldiers (and providers) in the field take the time to thank you and all the volunteers for their efforts in getting “badly needed” things/supplies out here in Afghanistan. I would, however, like to personally thank you and LHCP for assisting us in our effort to get our injured soldiers healthy and return them back to their respective units.

With that “insight” that you have and the knowledge that anything whether small or large is greatly appreciated, makes us, out here, better appreciate why you are so generous. Start-up supplies for a clinic can take weeks or months when using the standard military procurement system. The logistical foot-print in Afghanistan is huge because there is no infrastructure to speak of and everything must be flown in or trucked in by way of Pakistan (*were a lot of cargo theft occurs). It goes without saying, that individuals who have seen first-hand and had to deal with similar issues are the ones who typically understand our plight all too-well.

I am a humble provider in charge of a small m-TBI Clinic (mild traumatic brain injury) and have been able to return more than 200 soldiers to their respective units and this allows them to continue hunting-down the really bad guys who kill and maim our green-suitors, as well as civilians. Your supplies makes their short stay in our clinic more comfortable and bearable; and I would therefore argue, that your supplies make a positive impact in their hectic-lives.

I have sent two pictures of the clinic where we work out of, and of course that-guy in the picture is me.

Thanks for all that your do and your efforts are never forgotten…

Jose

 


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

Karen,

We just got last weeks shipment of 4 boxes of various items. I got a great picture of us with the Pillows. The soldiers love and always are in need of pillows and blankets, and our favorite Rice Crispies treats!

Thanks again


Saturday, 30 October 2010

Hi! I know you all are probably getting crazy busy what with all of the Holidays coming up…you are Angels! I wanted to give you a huge ALOHA and MAHALO (thank you) for the boxes of travel pillows you sent to us here at xxx! The guys loooved them! They were in such wonderful, cheery patterns and the perfect size!

We man checkpoints where guys rotate in and out every 4-5 days and they have very austere conditions there…basically baby wipe baths or a bucket….pee tubes and they are still doing the whole “burn the trash and bathroom waste thing”.

They work long hard hours and the pillows make a great accessory to them…they can strap it to their assault packs and have a nice squishy pillow, instead of doing what a lot of them had been doing…balling up their extra clothes they bring and shoving them into a laundry bag or waterproof bag.

The designs were terrific ladies! The dice, the army prints, flames in a hotrod print…all 3 boxes got divvied up to the different troops (which is a company in Cavalry jargon). Of course, there was not enough for everyone unfortunately…but for the ones who did score a pillow- man they were pleased!

Thank you for all you do…and please know that your generosity, hard work and thoughtfulness is truly appreciated :-) You keep us motivated!

Love,
M

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Apache Attack

Apache Attack

Picture from our TBI doc in Afghanistan!


Wednesday, 22 September 2010-snail mail

I thank God for your love and caring support during this time of war, separating many Servicemen and women from their families, their normal lifestyle and familiarity. This is my third deployment, second time in combat and SSG R’s fourth in combat. It is very encouraging and “God sent” seeing the faithfulness and loving you have for us. It truly means a great deal. Without your support many of our folks would lose heart. It actually gives Soldiers strength and encouragement. With your sacrifice of time, giving and thru your diligent prayers, we feel our sacrifice is worth it all.

We are in the sixth month of our deployment here is Afghanistan. As we look back SSG R and I have traveled to xx and xx visiting and ministering to Soldiers and Unit Ministry Teams who we support. We have four outstanding teams who really care for morale and spiritual needs of each Soldier. As we strive for victory of those who attacked our homeland, our Servicemen fight a long side the our NATO friends to prevent the insurgents of taking a land, homes, families, peace and freedom from the people of Afghanistan. In war Warriors go thru various stages of emotions from high energy excitement to feelings of depression. As you are well aware, war takes a toll on serviceman, families and those who live in this country. We look forward each day seeing packages and letters come in fro the Troops. It’s like Christmas. They are excited to see what goodies are in the package. We even push them out to Soldiers on other FOBs who don’t have a PX.

Thank you!!!

May God provide and bless you with more than you give.
MLF
Chaplain USA
and
TJR
SSG, USA
Brigade Chaplain

Monday, 04 October 2010

WOWWEEEE! Thanks for the great BIG box of soap! I sent 50 bars up to FOB Xxx…it is even teenier and more remote than us…is near Iran actually…some of my INF guys are up there and they said Hooahh and thanks now they have no excuses for being stinky :-)

I took a dozen out to a checkpoint last week…the rest went to the “xxx” it is the MWR hut that the Squadron built and they have a big shelf in there for us to put up donations of goodies and hygiene stuff…is also where the guys can go to hang out, play ping pong, watch movies and football…etc.

We appreciate all the support…a big Thanks and a Hug from the CAV!

M

Clogs Afghanistan

Clogs Afghanistan


Clogs Afghanistan

Clogs Afghanistan


Friday, 10 September 2010

Hello ma’am,

Hope all is well with you. This will probably be my last shipment as we are scheduled to rotate……. However I’m sure the incoming unit will need a collection of all you can send, I will stockpile whatever we don’t use. With the winter coming sweats will come in handy, so will blankets. I really appreciate all you have done over the past year.

Thank you again

Ab


Friday, 3 September 2010 Snail Mail

To Karen Grimord and the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Thank you so much for your generous care package. Please thank the Owens and the Pratt families.

Lt. M
PS Thank you so much for helping us

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Hi Karen and all the crew that helps you at Landstuhl Care Project, OMG, I got the boxes of towels, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

We are so thankful, we truly needed the towels. My unit is here until xx 2011- I will contact you if there anything else we truly need.

Thank you cards are in the mail.

LT M, USA USAR CSH, AN, RN, BSN

Friday, 27 August 2010 Snail Mail

Karen Grimord
Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA

Our Dear Friends,

Again and Again and on behalf of all our soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors of the United States and fellow Coalition and Special Forces, and the nurses, doctors, and corpsmen that care for them, I wish to extend our most sincere gratitude for the most recent gifts you wonderful Americans have bestowed upon us. I cannot fully express to you what it has been like to be on the receiving end of your generosity. Everything you have mailed to us has been a Godsend! These gifts are invaluable to the care of our patients.

Most appreciated are the linens, sparking white and the white blankets. The DOD supplies us with such items but we seem not to have a way to properly clean them for use in a hospital therefore needing to discard at a high rate. The chux you send us is often used for this purpose also. The quality of chux is more superior to that we are given. The snacks have been used as meals and the toothbrushes and backpacks are distributed to our patients and are much appreciated indeed. The high quality footwear you have given us in the last “haul” was also greatly appreciated.

We are keenly aware of the financial sacrifice, time, and effort expended by you fantastic people and feel as though you have been a true partner in the haling process for our warriors. We are forever grateful.

Fondly, Captain Nurse Corps, Untied States Navy

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Karen (sis)

Thank you so much for the great care boxes for the Soldiers here! The soap is very much appreciated- we don’t have access to a PX here (we had a traveling one 1 time so far) at xx and the guys are back an forth to VERY primitive checkpoints for days at a time so having a nice fresh bar of Zest (or Dove or Ivory) should be a treat! And the washrags too…super idea ladies….the laundry services can be a little rough on things….the pinks and lavenders ought to go over great…hehehehe.

The pillows are awesome…so pretty and so very special, please pass my thanks along to the awesome ladies in the SOL group…Although I am not in a CSH and handing them out to injured Service members…please know they are going to very good use by the guys here…perfect size to stuff in their bags to go out to the COP’s and CP’s…and all the guys commented on how good they smell (must be the soap bars in the packing box ). same goes for the shower clogs….we have no way to replace ones that bust or disappear (very easily b/c there is no store on the FOB.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart…LHCP has supported me and my Units through all 3 of my deployments….It feels so good to know there are folks back home who care about us and support us…we do what we do even better because of the support we receive from you.

And Karen, thank you for being my friend, my Sis, and for listening to me when I was struggling….

With Love and Gratitude,

M

PS- Did you know that on your LHCP troop letters tab in the 2007 group…there is a photo I sent you that has CPT Maria Ortiz in it? She is the Army Nurse killed by IDF attack in Baghdad (Ibn Sina Hospital, 28th CSH). is a photo of her and 2 other nurses I think they are holding up sheets or pillows. Just thought you may want to know….she was a great person and such a caring Nurse.


 

Afganistan Shipment Glee

Afganistan Shipment Glee


 

Afghanistan Doctors Receive Shipment

Afghanistan Doctors Receive Shipment


Saturday, 31 July 2010

Once again your benevolent organization has showered us with incredible gifts so important to the mission by which we are governed and the warriors we serve.

Again, the chux are so valuable to us. One would think it is simple but simply important!

The shorts and the shirts will be great as our guys recoup and are able to walk around. There are no words to fully express how we feel about you and all the individuals who continue to contribute. So, on behalf of all the young men far from home and wounded I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Captain PH
Intensive Care Unit

 

KJ Pictures Towels arrive Afghanistan

KJ Pictures Towels arrive Afghanistan


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Thanks for all the clothes. They will be great. As for the thermal blankets, we could use two or three boxes. Thanks so much!


Friday, 23 July 2010

Keeping you all informed of the things we do over here in Afghanistan; so that you can see first-hand what programs (clinics) your supplies go to. Without help from fellow Americans like you all we would not be able to fully do our missions.

Maj R

 

KJ Pic Afghanistan 2010

KJ Pic Afghanistan 2010


Thursday, 22 July 2010

We have received your boxes of clogs, snacks , and hygiene products. We are currently dispersing the items and they are appreciated by our soldiers.

Thanks again!

Tracie

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Forgive me for not writing sooner. I have received the patient robes and men’s underwear for XXX Hospital. They were immediately put to use. I would say that patient robes are a consistent need.

Rest assured you efforts are greatly appreciated as all of our staff and patients benefit from the goods you send.

Thanks and keep in touch.

Sincerely,

JDP

 

Afghanistan Shipment

Afghanistan Shipment


Wednesday, 30 June 2010

I am going to be returning from deployment very soon with my unit and we can no longer receive mail. Our replacements will be here in 1-2 weeks and I will give him your contact information. Thank you so much for your great work!!


Monday, 28 June 2010 (snail mail)

Thank you for the wonderful pillows. We love them. We have shared them with many! We appreciate your support!

LTC Chief Nurse

Thursday, 17 June 2010 Snail Mail

Dear Karen and the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project folks,

Thank you so much for the wonderful package! We are already planning when/where to put the decorations! The guys & gals will love them! I will try to take photos when we do.

The Army bags are awesome (LHCP SoL project) and we will use them for our troops that we send on critical care missions. They always have so many records & medications to be taken with them, these will be great, and the guys will have them when they get home & know that someone cared for them while they were being cared for. Thank you so much.

When we get boxes like these I always let the airman that don’t get much mail open them, thereby spreading the enjoyment of boxes even further.

Thank you for all you do. Our troops over here are simply amazing, and it is an honor to care for them, and know the folks back home understand & support us & them.

Sincerely,
Maj, USAF, NC

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Our last “haul” was fantastic! We received, those WONDERFUL peach chux which are needed for absorption. We received various magazines, really nice patient bathrobes which we gave the ward. Thank you so much for doing this for us.


Read the story behind injured hero’s

Weight Loss Challenge

Eight Men Out Press Copy

Eight Men Out Press Copy

(from left to right)

Jason Utton – US Army, Kevin Gildea – US Army, John DiDonato, Scott Scovill – US Navy, Jess Melin – US Air Force, Ross Groffman (not pictured) Matt Gomes – US Marine Corps, Anthony Pedroni – US Air Force


Monday, 14 June 2010 (LHCP sent 1600+ flip-flops)

We appreciate the flip flops so much. We are completely out right now so thank you. I wanted to let you know that we will let you know when we need cookies again. The last few boxes you sent us are holding us over and we won’t need any for a while. Thanks so much for what you do.

CASF USO
Ramstein Air Base

Friday, 11 June 2010

LHCP,

We got the sheets and the other box of goodies. Thank you so much!! We look forward to the blankets and the sheets. We have already gone through most of the sheets you sent, and they are greatly appreciated.


PS3 In Afghanistan

PS3 In Afghanistan

Thanks to our corporate sponsor Best Buy we are able to provide PS 3 game units to several of our units. These are a few pictures of our military members relaxing thanks to Best Buy!


Wednesday, 02 June 2010

You must have been doing this for a long time… b/c right now blankets, twin sheets and good shower shoe (clogs are the best) are really needed. A lot of our soldier’s come here with just their ruck sack and nothing to live comfortably in while they are awaiting there “tuffboxes” to arrive.

Your help is greatly appreciated!
Take care

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 Snail Mail

DeCA/WE/ZAM
FROM: The Staff of the Camp Zama Commissary
TO: Ms. Alexander (LHCP Coupon Coordinator)
SUBJECT: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!

On behalf of the entire Camp Zama Commissary Staff, I would like to extend to you the warmest of THANK YOU for your support of our most valued National Treasure, The Men and Women of the American Armed Forces.

The time spent cutting coupons and mailing them here to the Camp Zama Commissary is priceless. We look forward to the mailing coming in every day to see your letters and all the wonderful coupons you have provided. At the entrance of the commissary we have a coupon center stuffed with all the coupons you have sent. Our store personnel bag your coupons and the Baggers provide them to our customers as they leave the commissary. The coupons are also hung on the shelves here in the commissary for additional access.

Please keep the coupons coming, you are making a difference for the troops and their families serving here in Japan!

Yoko Banko
Store Manger
Camp Zama Commissary

 

ANA Medical Logistics Crew

ANA Medical Logistics Crew


Monday, 24 May 2010

My replacement is here (he arrived yesterday). As soon as he gets his e-mail account up and running I will be sure to send you his address.

I want to thank you for all you do. It was a great year and thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the time and effort you put into helping others. You truly make things better for countless troops.

All my best
Joe

Friday, 14 May 2010

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

As always, we here, “at the front” are most grateful of the wonderful gifts you bestow upon us. I cannot tell you all the times I grab something from our supply to whisper, “thank God for LHCP”!


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Good to hear from you. Sorry I have not written to thank you for the DVD players, and just recently the shirts and socks. We have received all of you boxes in good order. We can not thank you enough for all your support. I will send you an updated group picture, not sure if I told you but the Spanish rotations are from two to four months so just imagine we have taken two so far.

I do have another few requests if its possible? Our laundry service here is not like the service for a regular hospital, they wash all of the camps laundry together. So if the hospital linen is badly soiled or stained they throw it out. This has become an issue for us in maintaining our levels for flat sheets and the gowns you sent us.

Do you think you can come across more gowns and or lots of flat sheets. Again thank you so much to your team and to you in supporting us out here.


Saturday, 20 March 2010

Good evening Karen,

Thanks so much for the sheets and blankets, I have already put them to use.


Saturday, 13 March 2010 Snail Mail

Dear Karen,

First let me introduce myself; I am currently deployed to Afghanistan working at a Role 2 facility on a NATO camp with xx other soldiers from my home unit. We are working side by side with Spanish and Bulgarian forces. Its been challenging for most of us but we are making the best of it. We all provide excellent care but our ways of doing things may differ a little as well as their supplies. Just to say now that the items I received from you have made such a difference. We were using paper gowns/scrubs as patient’s pj’s. Short on sheets and towels. The blankets were nice for those having to go back to their home unit for further care. Now we don’t have to worry about that. The Hospital Commander was very impressed and thankful.

A little information about us; we are from the xx CSH, xx, TX. We are all active duty, our trades here consist of lab tech, radiology tech, dental tech, medics, LPN’s, RN’s, RT, OR tech, providers/Docs, PAD and commo. We are here for the year. The Spanish forces have about the same numbers for staff, and the Bulgarian team is only surgical.

I hate to be a bother but will keep you posted with any other wish like items we may need out here. There is nothing I can really say at this time for you to understand how much your shipment has meant to this facility. All I can say and give is a very sincere thank you to you and your staff.

Sincerely
SSG, USA

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Karen,

I leave for the states in the next couple of days. Thank you so much for everything you and your organization have done for us. You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of soldiers, sailors, and marines that have passed through our Forward Surgical Team. I am gone but my replacement is here. Her name is CPT xxx, Chief Nurse of the xxth FST. Please include her on the distribution. Thanks again.

Evan

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Karen,

I am closing operations on my end. Thank you for your assistance in everything that your organization has done without you a lot of wounded soldiers would not have received the level of comfort that was given.

Take care

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

I can use the hospital gowns. The winter here has been mild so the blankets you have sent have gone a long way here. Many of our soldiers across the Kunar Region, that arrive into country with near nothing, have received blankets and supplies from LHCP. They are all very grateful for your generosity and live that much more comfortably with these thing and the knowledge that you guys are supporting them.

Thank you for your continued support.


Saturday, 02 January 2010 Snail Mail

Hi Karen,

I just wanted to wish you a joyous Holiday Season this year. You have helped us out substantially this past year and we really appreciate (the soldiers appreciate it). Our team will be heading out in February, but I’d love to pass your information on to my replacement (Ben has just pushed all your packages to stock my ICU). God Bless you,

CPT MS

Saturday, 02 January 2010 Snail Mail

Hi Karen,

I just wanted to wish you a joyous Holiday Season this year.  You have helped us out substantially this past year and we really appreciate (the soldiers appreciate it).  Our team will be heading out in February, but I’d love to pass your information on to my replacement (Ben has just pushed all your packages to stock my ICU).  God Bless you,

CPT MS