Re: news on sending packages to Iraq
Wonderful news, Tricia! I was so happy my nephew, Sam, got home before
the elections. We, too, had to stop sending pkgs at a certain point. He'll
be going back to Iraq again in the fall for another year tour, so I hope
things settle down by then. Does Tonya live on or near the base that Russ
will be coming home to?
----- Original Message -----
From: "pdickson" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 5:08 PM
Subject: [CHAT] news on sending packages to Iraq
> I got this today from my nephew's wife. I wanted to share it with you
> This is a message from the Major's wife. I didn't see the interview on
> Nightline, but it doesn't sound like Russ, or any of "our" guys were
> featured. The important news is that there are preparations to bring
> our guys home in the works - that is great news! We don't have a date
> yet, but Debby says to send no more packages (you can read this in her
> note below). Also, some of the other Marines have begun to ship things
> home like DVDs, extra clothes, etc. Again, this is great news.
> I don't anticipate Russ' return for at least 2 months, so please keep
> the letters and motomail going until we get further word. Again, if you
> have any trouble setting up a motomail account, let me know and I can
> send you detailed instructions.
> This is exciting news for us :)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Debby
> Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 7:39 PM
> To: Dear Scout Families and Friends-
> Colonel Shupp appeared on Nightline last night, Friday Jan. 28.
> Perhaps some of you saw him. The interview was very brief, as he sat
> in a room with a Marine Corps flag in the background. His words were
> only part of a larger story on Fallujah. I don't know when or if he
> will be on again, but I wanted you to know what I did at this point.
> Please do not send any more packages to our guys. Letters are fine,
> but some packages have been returned to the Reserve Center. Colonel
> Clark, in Amarillo, said that this is another sign of preparations
> for our guys to return home. While their return is still weeks away,
> it is part of the process of their eventual departure from Iraq.
> Even though we can no longer send our goodies to them, this is
> actually a good thing to have happen. As I said above, YOU MAY STILL
> SEND LETTERS at this point and in the future I will let you know
> when letters should stop as well.
> I hope this message finds you all doing well, despite the disturbing
> election news from Iraq. I'm sure that you are as proud as I am that
> our Marines, and the many other military there, are doing such great
> work to bring some hope and peace to the people of Iraq. Although we
> miss them terribly, how incredible for them to have such an
> important role during this "history-making" time in that part of the
> world. And you have played an important role here at home by your
> support of them as well.
> Take care,
> I just got this one too..... keep praying. It is working!
> Good afternoon! The good news just keeps coming J Russ' email sounded
> positive regarding the voting today:
> Today went well. only a couple of indirect fire attacks in our entire AO
> (area of operations) and no casualties or damage resulting. We think
> between 8,000 and 10,000 Iraqis voted today in Fallujah, so it was a good
> day..Saw lots of smiling children and adults today too. It's amazing the
> change that has taken place here. this city was "muj central" and now
> are white flags flying from homes and the locals are telling us where
> weapons caches are. Maybe there is hope for this country yet.
> He also mentioned that there is a rumor going around there about an
> out-of-country date, but that he is skeptical and for me (us) not to get
> hopes up.
> I hope you all have a wonderful day with this news J
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