As American service members continue ten more years of commitment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, we cannot help but think:
We are not alone in this fight.
What amazes me most, however, is along my adventure I’ve met people and civilian organizations that share my same vision.
Thank you so much OPERATION GRATITUDE!
I first encountered Operation Gratitude on the fallow plains of southern Afghanistan after a long, back-breaking patrol. I returned to my patrol base to find my Marines bright-eyed and full of smiles; something was amiss from our drudging normalcy.
For the first time in months, and the first time ever for a handful of my Marines, we received packages from another world—home.
My heart immediately melted from the kindness shown by the charity of Operation Gratitude. For the first time since departing home, my Marines changed their socks, ate an American snack, read a supportive letter, and laughed at a child’s innocent bravado, such as the letter (pictured, right) from the American boy named Austin who who wished us a happy New Year and wrote that he hoped we would “sevive the whore.”
Those care packages forever increased our morale, changed our outlook, and reset our resolve.
Words cannot express our gratitude as you continue to walk by our side while we continue this fight for ten more years. Thanks again, Operation Gratitude. My men and I still need every bit of your support.
Editor’s Note: Our country has commited to involvement in Afghanistan for the next ten years — Operation Gratitude’s commitment is to continue our mission as long as any American service member is deployed in a hostile region. Please stick with us…Will you please help us support these heroes? Every donation of $15 pays for our shipping and assembly costs to send another care package — consider making an online donation today: DONATE NOW)
Also — letters like young Austin’s are treasured by the troops who receive them. Writing letters is a way for everyone — young and old! — to be involved supporting our brave military: Write a Letter Today.
THANK YOU for your generous support!