I wanted to say thanks for all the support that you gave me and the soldiers of the 1ST Squadron, 1st Cavalry. Please keep up the great work for all the soldiers that are still deployed and the soldiers of all the future deployments to these areas. SFC R.M.
We are indeed thankful and grateful for the contributions that you all have made to us during this time. It really helps to know that the American people stand behind us and support us in what we are working to accomplish here. All I can say from my soldiers and myself is, "Thank you." We do what we do to preserve our freedom and our way of life. Have a great day! SGT S.C.
I am truly sorry for not expressing sooner my gratitude for your help and your organization, When I recieved your package it made my freaking day!! Thank you once again. you guys are great!!!!!! My pals also send their thanks, sorry for forgetting. Things here are hot. But what can I say, duty calls. respectfully, PFC E.H.
Dear Ms. Blashek,
We recently recieved more boxes from Operation Gratitude. They are very much appreciated. All of the soldiers enjoy getting mail and of course they enjoy the snacks, movies and music that comes in them. Thank you very much for your support and thoughts throughout this deployment. SPC L.C.
Why am I thanking you? Because you sent me something through the mail to the other side of the world. I just received a box from Operation Gratitude, based in Encino California. In it were many very nice things to have, including gum, healthy snacks, treats, playing cards, and notes of support and appreciation from a few of you (plus many other things too numerous to mention here). I must thank you on behalf of the many men and women here who are enjoying what you had a part in sending.
I am Chief J.H., United States Navy, presently in Iraq. I was sent here 6 weeks ago to teach the New Iraqi Army how to medically take care of themselves and others. It is a very demanding job since I don't speak Arabic and they don't speak English. But with the help of our interpreters, we are teaching them skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives and, which in turn, they can teach to their friends, families and others.
Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated so please tell everyone you know that we are working hard to make you, and the rest of our great nation, proud of what we are doing.
J.H. HMC(AW/FMF/SW), USN
Thankfully, my time in Baghdad is winding down. There was a chance we would have to stay another four months, but right now it looks pretty good for us to go home on time. As you're hearing in the news, others are not so fortunate and are getting extended past their "365 days, boots on the ground".
I wanted to thank you again for all your great support of the soldiers in Iraq. The care packages are great, and it's even more important for us to know we are supported back home.
There is a lot going on over here now, both in terms of increased enemy activity, and with major troop rotations ongoing. So your continued support is as important as ever. That's why I'm spreading the word about Operation Gratitude to my replacement and to others in the new troop rotations.
Thanks again for all the great support and prayers!
Sincerely, LTC Robert Kock, Mayor of Baghdad International Airport
My heartfelt thanks for your donation of Christmas boxes for my soldiers. As a recipient of a box myself I can tell you that the boxes were very appreciated. I am touched by the kindness of strangers in remembering soldiers deployed far from their homes and families. Please forgive the long delay in sending my appreciation. I tucked your address away in a desk drawer and did not discover it until packing up to return home. We are excited to be finally leaving Iraq in a few days to return (home). This has been a long, hard deployment for my soldiers. It is the kindness of great Americans such as yourself that has helped us get through it. God bless! LTC C.R.
I'm one of the soldiers in (a unit) that received care packages from your operation…Thanks! We were pleasantly surprised by(and a bit nervous about opening) the unexpected packages…and ecstatic when we saw what was in them! We were away from any hint of civilation and were SO happy not only to get goodies but also just knowing y'all were back in the States thinking about us! SPC
JUST TELL YOUR VOLUNTEERS THAT WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE HEROIC THINGS THESE SOLDIERS ARE DOING, BUT I CAN'T RIGHT NOW….
WE ARE HAPPY TO DO THIS JOB, BECAUSE IT JUST FEELS GOOD TO DEFEND FREEDOM…AND TO BE APPRECIATED….THESE PEOPLE NEEDED US.
GOD BLESS MADAM, SFC. C.G.
I just wanted to let you know that (my friend) emailed me from Iraq and was so grateful for the package you guys sent him. He said his favorite part was the letters from the little kids. It's been pretty rough for him and his family lately… I just wanted to pass on how much he appreciated the package and let you know what his favorite part was to give you some feedback. Thanks
for all that you're doing. J.G.
I wanted to thank you all for all your efforts and to tell you that each of you is making a tremendous difference in the lives of many U.S. soldiers. I thank you all and God bless your selfless service. SFC Rob Castillo