Welcome back from the long Memorial Day Weekend!
We are interrupting the Monday Music because very coincidentally we got a true reality check a few days ago that made us think about Memorial Day in a very different way.
Our Production Manager Carolyn Vasi shared her nephew's news with us last week. Tony - bottom right in the photo - is a Staff Sergeant in our Armed Forces and he just got re-deployed to Afghanistan where he and his dozen comrades are working the night shift in a camp near Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province.
It's a hot, dry, very uncomfortable place and Tony asked his family for one thing: GOOD, STRONG COFFEE!
Carolyn and her sister sent a big package this past weekend and we will keep sending care packages to Tony to help him stay awake with a good cup of strong java.
We checked with an experienced Colonel to find out what else we should send. Here his reply:
"Anything that doesn't melt in the heat! Beef jerky is really good. Chewing it helps you stay awake and alert and it goes easy in a leg pocket. I really liked the small cans of Diamond almonds with lime wasabe sauce. The other flavors were good too. Packets of on the go baby wipes are great for hygiene. The environment is very austere. Small bottles of hand sanitizer are great too. One friend sent me a bag with small deluxe shampoos from the nice hotels she stayed at. That was a great gift! A shower is the one relief there when you can get one!"
The United States Postal Service has a website "Boots on Ground" with all the necessary information you need if you wish to send a package to a deployed soldier.
Most important fact: all packages have to be addressed to a specific person! Packages to "A Soldier" or "Soldiers", etc will not get delivered.
If you wish to send coffee - please only ground coffee in soft packaging - or other helpful items to Tony and his night shift comrades, please contact Carolyn: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much!
Wishing you a happy, short week!