Dear Operation Gratitude,
I am stationed at Naval Hospital **** and currently deployed in Afghanistan at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit. We take care of Coalition and American Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen who are injured in combat. We work closely with Army providers and medics to provide outstanding care to the injured.
WE have received multiple packages to our entire Medical Unit and I wanted to express my appreciation. Probably the most popular items are the knit scarfs and hats, the head shaving kits and especially (for those of us who like Star Wars) The Star Wars model heads. People are trading and collecting the 4 different pairs of models we have received. Over the last several weeks I have been able to barter and get all 4 by trading with my colleagues.
One of my colleagues loves the knit skull cap he received, where he sleeps at night is next to a wall and it gets very cold here at night during the winter so he wears it every night to keep is head warm.
Don’t worry, we are also sharing all of these gifts with our patients as well.
It is great to know that people back home have our deployed Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen on their mind and wish us well, particularly those who go into harms way. It is programs like these that help form the backbone of our country. Thank you for what you do.