25 Nov 2017:
Season greetings from Afghanistan to all that see this post. With me being down to the home stretch, this is one of the hardest times to be abroad away from family and friends. But as many of us volunteered to serve in the best military, the duty of protecting our nation is not taken lightly and fulfilled with the upmost honor. I wanted to take time to let all that I have received a package or a letter from know that I and everyone that works in my unit, truly appreciate all of the devoted support and accolades. Some of the supporters I would like to recognize for their adoration are:
Lynette Ives from Wisconsin
Fran with the Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, AZ
Sue (no address or organization included in letter)
Mary Coleman with the Daughters Of The American Revolution in Union City, TN
Angela from Ohio
Garven Brick and Wesley from central Illinois
Kathleen, Noah, and Ryan with Samuel Amsterdam's Bar Mitzvah Service Project in Roswell, GA
Tommy Owen from The Bert Show in Atlanta, GA
SI (Sonny) Tenenberg from San Luis, CA
GBU Financial Life from Pittsburgh, PA
John from the Sebastian Masonic Lodge in Sebastian, FL
Audrey, Caleb, and Lyanu with the Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal VA
I don't have any special request for anything, most of the care packages have a variety of items that fits the needs of someone among the team here. With the holidays upon everyone, the real joy of the holiday season is to say "Thank you" and to wish everyone a happy new year.
For those that sent an address, keep an eye out in the mail as I am writing you back. Thank you again for all the support.
Lawrence Lee, USAF
10 Oct 2017
Sorry it longer then required to write you and everyone that is supporting this awesome program my appreciation of the sent care packages to me and the team. I've finally hit my midway point of my trip and still have a little less than six months to go. I'll tell you, I'm ready to be back around family and friends. So I truly appreciate the small boxes and the heartfelt letters.
I don't have any special request for anything, most of the care packages have a variety of items that fits the needs of someone among the team. With the holidays coming up, it will be different as most of us will be spending time here celebrating, in true fashion, to maintain comradery among ourselves and the community.
Thank you again for all the support.
Lawrence Lee, USAF
14 Aug 2017
Wanted to take the time to send a message of my appreciation of all that the folks of Any Soldier/Airman and the countless patriotic citizens that have sent care packages to me and the team that I work with.
I like to send a very special THANKS to Angela from Ohio, Mrs. Zimmerman from GA, Garver Brick and Wesley U.M. Church of IL, 10 year old Preston, and Ms. Kathy from CA. All of their letters and or notes were well received and heartfelt. For many of us, it means a lot to hear some positive or uplifting words to know what we are doing really matters to those back in the states.
I don't have any special request for anything, most of the care packages have a variety of items that fits the needs of someone among the team. I hope all is well and everyone is enjoying that Great American summer.
Thank you again for all the support.
04 Jun 2017
Dear Soldier Inc,
Sorry for not sending an email sooner, life has been pretty busy for me since I've taken over the rings of my position/job assigned. Also over the past two months, during my free time, I was face deep into an online Meteorology class, which I competed yesterday. So far my trip has been going well, no incidents or close calls, just grinding through the many tasks that roll down the pipeline and building relationships with the different Afghan counterparts I come across on the day to day basis.
Enough about me, I can't tell you how much the care packages have boosted not only my morale but also my coworkers. As a matter of fact, one person told me to give a BIG THANKS to whoever is sending the packages. The variety of items (toiletries, snacks, medicine, fun little knick-knacks) that are sent have been utilized by someone. Not only do I spread the wealth with my immediate coworkers but also to another unit that works besides the squadron I'm a part of. So I know I stated that the care packages would go to 10 individuals in my unit but truthfully they sometimes support upwards to 40 or 50 people.
There is not much I can think of that I would change about what comes in the many packages. Maybe send some form of legal gastrointestinal (like pepto or tums) pain (aleve or motrin) relief medication, sanitary products (flush-able baby wipes, pocket size hand sanitizer), microwavable snack packs/meals, coffee (EVERYBODIES GO JUICE, Lol), dried fruits or trail mix, basic toiletries. Back story behind those items is, not all the time can everyone make it to a hot meal at the chow hall due to the mission duration or requirements. With that being said, the lack there of the right nutrition and or having to eat out in the field or with our counterparts can be demanding on our internal systems (lol, putting it politely).
Once again, sorry for the lack there of communication, I WILL do better and letting you know that I'm still alive and that truly appreciate what your organization is doing for us deployed abroad solidifying a brighter future for not only our country but also our partner nations.
23 Mar 2017
Hello and thank you to whom it may concern. Here is a brief description to all of the questions above. Our living conditions aren't the best but our common needs are met. Some of the issues some times range from sanitation, to air freshness and the lack there of privacy. There is a laundry service provide or at an individuals own risk, they can use the self service when it is up and operational. Far as cooking goes, there are small microwaves in different areas individuals can use. I have seen quite few people using them as the food here is not the greatest, so a microwave snack will make due.