I got mail today – lots of mail today. It is a great feeling to unload the truck and discover packages & letters just for you.
FOB Apache doesn’t have a Post Office, so our mail is sent from KAF to FOB Lagman. We pick it up at Lagman when we go there for meetings or Soldiers need other things that we do not have at Apache, like finance or the PX. We generally go no more than 3 days between mail runs, and often go more frequently.
However, just because we go to Lagman more frequently, doesn’t mean we will have mail waiting for us. The mail is generally delivered to Lagman by air and as everyone knows, air is cancelled or delayed frequently.
Our unit receives a lot of mail compared to other units. We have a disproportionate number of senior ranked Soldiers with good connections in the States, so we get a lot of stuff, so none of us are really suffering from lack of ‘stuff’. It really is wonderful to be so well supplied by the generosity of strangers and we are all very thankful for it, but nothing compares to the feeling of getting ‘stuff’ from the ones you love & know you best.
My beautiful wife Kate has done an awesome job of keeping me supplied with the things I love (Mountain Dew – the elixir of life, M&M’s, chips & her delicious homemade cookies). My sister Nancy has made it a habit of keeping me stocked with more junk food I love, i.e. beef sticks, chips, candy bars). I have also received many additional packages from family, friends and strangers. It really is incredible to have such wonderful, strong support from everyone.
I also receive mountains of cards and letters, mostly from Kate & the little kids (Kennadi & Sam). I rarely have a mail day without 2-3 drawings or something from those two. Of course Sam’s are little more than splotches of color on paper, but it is still treasure every one.
Have a great Army day!