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Originally posted by InSpiteOf
Edit to add: I know you said pork products are a no no, but what a bout beef jerky? Its not the greatest, but its high in protien, keeps for long periods of time in most climates, and im sure it tastes better than MRE's
Also, can we write a thankyou letter addresed to the troops and put in the package? (probably a stupid question)
Things are ok here, trying to get over a bad cold... I feel stoned with what they gave me to get rid of it... no... not a good buzz :-(
Meant to tell you... I received an envelope with 4-5 Hamilton newspapers in it a couple of days ago, thank you.
(HE TALKS ABOUT HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, SO I CUT THAT OUT)
I look forward to my 2 weeks leave in November or December...
I have my eyes on the air fields for transport planes... and I have no problems sharing with the boys... I have people here stopping by my office almost daily cause they know that I get stuff sent and they like it... you should see some of the faces sometimes... almost like kids... we enjoy what you are doing for us Victor... it makes our stay here a bit easier, thank you.
Haven't seen Le Soleil yet...
Yes, I'm happy to have packages sent to me for redistribution to the guys. But there are a couple of guide lines, I believe that they have the list of us and they check the names... some in the past have sent parcels to Private Joe Bloggins hoping to pick a random military member and only created headaches as the packages are screened (x-rayed) in Trenton/Belleville and if something does not jive then it could get return to sender or even blown up if suspicious.
If a parcel is mailed then the contents must be listed on the outside so when they scan it, it matches the content. The content should be well pack to resist rough handling and nothing can leak out of the box. The box will most likely sit at more than one location for an extended period of time. It can be cold to blistering hot depending where the box lands. Here the cool weather has started during the night but days are averaging out around 32-35 Celsius (warmer on tarmacs where the boxes will sit up to a week).
No go's are:
- sexual items (anything is banned here) so nothing period.
- any alcohols (even the chocolate filled ones), baking like rum flavoured fruit cakes or rum balls may be acceptable only if the scent of rum is kept close to odorless... it can taste but not smell.
- batteries - we have most of all the generics sizes but they can not be in any items sent (one could think it's a bomb). If batteries are sent then they have to be un-opened and in their original wrappers or all contacts taped with electrical tape.
Size is a factor, the bigger the box the slower it takes because of flight restriction... Most people send me 12x9x9 boxes and there is no problems...
If I receive packages destined to others, I will forward them to the guys outside the wire on the front line. They don't have a Timmy's or burger king there, not even a canteen... from the camp we send them "goodies" like local chips, pop, sometimes chocolates, oreo cookies, etc...
You have to appreciate that we're not in Canada and our source of supply are the Arabic country around here. When I say local chips or chocolate I mean that yes it can be a Lays chips or Snicker chocolate bars, BUT they make those here in the surrounding countries and they do not taste like home, for some reason they copied the recipe but half the time they screwed it up...
Some men at the front only have snail mail to communicate, so letters and cards are cool, and enjoyed by everyone.
General public mail are always posted up for a while for all to read...
A lady from Calgary sent us homemade cards that she does as a hobby, I got some and responded to her email address to thank her. if you want I can forward you the response.
Compact board games, small hand held electronic games (like football, racing, poker, blackjacks, ... in the 5 - 10 dollar range), cards, sports stuff like a football, frizbee... just remember that what ever is sent that it has to be expected as expendable and ready to use.
Comfort and junk foods are cool... and so are trail mixes, nuts, spits, beef jerkies (some guys live on the stuff), Captain crunch and family cereals, Halloween candies, smors stuff and stuff... sealed packs from a stranger is better than a bulk bag...
Can't promise pictures but if it is asked for in the care package, I'm positive that the guys can figure out something. Out in the front they live in tents or seacans if they are lucky... so computers and printers are rare... but there are some at all locations.
On the camp here we have some mountain bikes but nothing to fix flats, small carrier bags or lube the chain... no water bottles, small pumps, the little stuffs... there are no bikes that I know of outside the camp that I am in.
But bike repair stuff would be great.
Nature posters from Canada would be cool, like the ones at the tourist bureau... it would be like a taste of home to see that... whatever the season...
Here is my mailing address:
Please note a slight change in the address...
PO2, Lespérance, M.J.F.G., N48 858 569
NSE/ESN CMC/QA, KAF,
PO BOX 5058, STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE, ON, K8N 5W6
Mark on the side of the boxes if it's to be shared and or forwarded out then list that as item one. Whatever you want me to do with it, I'll make it happen. I won't know the recipient but someone will have it. Keep item one simple like "share with your friends Mike", and list all the contents after that.
I'll know what to do with it.
Thanks in advance Vic
A Canadian soldier who had a foot blown off in Afghanistan has died of an apparent suicide, raising questions about the distress faced by combat troops.
Private Frédéric Couture of the Royal 22nd Regiment died on Wednesday at his parents' home.
His left leg had been amputated below the knee after he stepped on a land mine in December. His mother felt that he wasn't acting the same after he was sent home, according to former army sergeant Georges Dumont.
Mr. Dumont is part of a veterans support group that sued Ottawa for failing to provide proper treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mr. Dumont said he had called Pte. Couture, offering help. Pte. Couture's mother, Linda Lagimonière, answered and told him that her son had changed but that he felt he didn't need counselling.
Mr. Dumont's contacts at CFB Valcartier told him that Pte. Couture committed suicide at his family home in Roxton Pond, 90 kilometres east of Montreal.
A friend of Pte. Couture who spoke to the TVA network, said the 22-year-old soldier shot himself even though he had said in recent days that he was fine and looked forward to returning to Valcartier.
Pte. Couture's mother had said “something wasn't working right” with her son, Mr. Dumont said. “It's possible he was in denial. You can't twist a guy's arm to make him admit he's ailing.”
Withdrawal and moodiness are warning signs, said a psychotherapist helping military post- traumatic stress disorder sufferers. “You feel like you're nobody and absolutely nobody understands what you went through,” said Rob Tyler, a retired army captain.