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    Thank You Notes From the Troops
     
     
    Dear Houston Marine Moms,
     
    On behalf of the Marines from Houston and Alabama who are serving here in Iraq, we would like to give you all a huge thank you for all the delicious Girl Scout Cookies! We honesty cannot thank you enough for them! We recieved the cookies about 3 days ago and im happy to let you all know that almost all the cookies are gone! I sent you these pictures of us enjoying the cookies so you can see for yourself! These are the first set of more pictures to come. Again, we cant thank you enough for your support! Have a great day!
     
    ~The Marines of 3/23 Lima Co. 3rd Plt. 3rd Sqd.
     
     
    HM3 is a big fan of the cookies-LCpl is eager to eat ALL the cookies-He does NOT like to share
     
     
    Cpl trying to sneak a midnight snack........ LCpl is dreaming of cookies!
     
     
    LCpl ate too many cookies.............. again.............and now sleeping like a baby!
     

     
    Houston Marine Moms,
     
    I would like to thank you for the box of Girl Scout cookies and phone cards. I have to let you know that I'm the most popular Marine in the barracks now because of your generosity with the cookies. All the other Marines loved them. I had no use for the Phone Cards. But don't worry i put them to good use. I gave them to my platoon Sargent and she distributed them out the Marines who don't have ways to communicate with their loved ones. Every thing was much appreciated. Well sorry this is short I have to get back to studying. Thanks again.
     
    Sincerely,
    PFC Stuart L.
     

    Thank you again for the care packages. I have a unit of well over 500 Marines so they went very happy. I never saw such dirty smiling faces as I did when I opened the packages. They almost did not give me enough time to get out of the way before they attacked the boxes. It is amazing that these men and women can go from fighting insurgents and standing watch in towers to just having the biggest smiles on their faces when they see a box of cookies. Your generosity and kindness is inspiring to all of us and we can not thank you enough. You have made their lives so much better and so much happier even if only for a short amount of time.
     
    V/R
    1stSgt S.
     
     

     
    Houston Marine Moms,
     
    I would like to thank you for your continued support of my Batallion while we serve in Iraq. Your Girl Scout cookies spread like wildfire through our camp. Bringing with them MANY SMILES AND THANKS. I have attached a few pictures of 1 of the groups of Marines that were touched by your genorosity.
     
    Thank You for what you do to Motivate Us.
    Cpl Thomas A.
    1/7 H&SCo
     

     
    Ma'am-
     
    Thank you for your support. It is nice to know that the people at home are thinking of the Marines and other service members. Most of us our on our second, if not third tour, so it is nice to have the comforts of home each time we leave. People like yourself and those in your organization are a big part of that. Of course, much thanks for the cookies, too! Needless to say, they went over very well. It is nice to see a tough group of guys smile and look like little kids in a candy store every now and then! I have attached a photo of some happy faces.
     
    Please pass on my thanks to the second and third graders of Girl Scout Troop. As a Boy Scout growing up, I was always a little jealous that the girls were selling cookies, while all we sold was popcorn. But I stuck with it to become an Eagle Scout and the things I learned are still with me today. The Marines' motto is 'Semper Fidelis" which means 'Always Faithful." I can think of no better organization that lives up to that than the Girl Scouts. Especially when you all are taking care of the Marines!
     
    We really appreciate the good wishes and the good snacks. Thanks, again.
     
    Very Respectfully,
    Charlie
     

     
    Once again your organizations have provided tremendous support to me and my Marines in Iraq, and we are all truly grateful. If I were back in the U.S. I would give everyone involved a TEXAS sized hug!!!! We had received any mail for four weeks, and today the mother load came in. I could not believe the tremendous amount of Girl Scout cookies and Starbucks coffee that you all have provided. The Marines think the support is awesome, and I can ensure you that every crumb will be taken care of. Although I cannot reach everyone involved to thank them personally, I would especially like to thank the Houston Marine Moms, the Brasswood Place Mothers of Young Children, Starbucks of Spring Texas, and Girl Scout Troop 10224 for everything you have done, and for every thing you will continue to do.
     
    Thank you all!!!!!!!!!!
    Sincerely and Semper Fi,
    Maj Ed S.
    Major USMC
     

     
    I cant believe that there are people like you that care and support so much I thank god for making such angels here on earth. Last year I was over here through the war and it was tough I got very little mail , my family sent me letters and that was about it and even those I didn't receive until months after they were sent. When I did get back and go home I wasn't sure how people felt I thought maybe they were ashamed of me, its hard to fight for something that your not sure of the outcome but more importantly its hard to fight when you aren't sure if your homeland supports you.
     
    This year I don't have to worry about that cause of you and I just wanted to say thank you
     
    Heidi
     
     

     
    I am sorry to be so long in getting this e-mail to you. What a joy it was to meet you face to face at the Houston Freedom Festival this past Veterans' Day. I have been so truly blessed by you and the other ladies at Houston Marine Moms. While in Iraq working with the Iraqi police I had the opportunity to be an instrument in God's hands. You and your team made this possible. I became the Girl Scout Cookie King in Kirkuk . News traveled all over northern Iraq about the guy in Kirkuk with hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
     
    It was such a great experience to take those cookies to the young men and women I worked with and became acquainted with in Iraq . Being the "old man" of our squad I was blessed with having these young people come to me for guidance and counsel on how to deal with the images of war we were sometimes faced with. Your cookies provided a tremendous lift when people were in need of that touch of home. I "rationed" our cookie supply. Each soldier had their own favorite flavor and I would load up a couple of boxes and take them to the morning briefing (when it wasn't too hot) and give them out. I would set the boxes on the hood of the humvee and as soon as the briefing was over they were like vultures descending on "road kill." In a matter of minutes everyone had their favorite box and were loading up in the trucks. It was too cool to ride down the road and see my gunner reach down and slip his or her hand into a box and grab that cookie to munch on while we rode through the streets of Kirkuk . It did not matter how bad the cookies had melted in the heat or how stuck together they were, they were relished as that connection to home. I would take the cookies to evening meetings when it was too hot to keep them in the trucks and they would be gone in seconds headed back to their CHUs to sit and eat cookies and play video games or check e-mails.
     
    As for me and the other guys involved in the police training mission, everyone knew where the cookies were. I had to buy extra book cases to keep all the cookies sent to me from you and my church. I would be sitting in my CHU and the door would ease open and someone would stick their head in and ask if they could get a box of cookies. There were always those conversations of home and family when they came in. You may never know the true impact you have had on the lives of so many that you will never meet. In April I was wounded when a suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives into our police station. I was sent home with over 150 stitches in my face and head and a fractured skull. While I was home I would get e-mails from guys giving me a running tally on the cookie count. While I was home recuperating I was surely missing those cookies.
     
    I am home now. I have been home a few weeks and have been enjoying my wife and daughter. I am looking forward to Christmas and seeing my son when he comes home from school. Part of the joy of homecoming was getting to meet you and the other ladies at the Freedom Festival. I will never forget the look on your face as I introduced myself at your booth. I am not sure which of us was more excited about meeting. I had so much wanted to say thank you face to face and the hug I got from you was just an added bonus. The fact that you remembered my name and all the boxes you sent had such an impact on me. It was so obvious that all you do you have done out of love for these young marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, and coastees.
     
    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the love you share with these young men and women. May God bless you one hundred fold for your faithfulness. You have been a wonderful blessing in my life and made my time in Iraq such a joy as I shared your blessings with those around me. If I can ever be of service and return the blessing please give me a shout. All of you at Houston Marine Moms will always have a special place in my heart and will be the source of many pleasant memories of my time in Iraq . I would guess that I gave out over six hundred boxes of Girl Scout cookies while I was there. Those were your cookies and all of us who were touched, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
     
    Buddy R.
     
    Formerly of:
    FOB Warrior
    Kirkuk, Iraq
     

     
    MY NAME IS PATRICK C. AND I LIVE IN LONG ISLAND N.Y. I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION WITH THE SONG! I AM ALSO A FORMER MARINE AND A GULF WAR VET. I AM ALSO ACTIVE IN MY COMMUNITY IN LYNBROOK IN SUPPORTING THE TROOPS. I KNOW SOMETIMES IT IS A THANKLESS TASK AND GETS, I GUESS THE BEST WORD IS EMOTIONAL. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW MY MOM FELT SENDING TWO OLDER SONS TO NAM AND ME TO THE GULF. I SENT OF TWO NEPHEWS AND IT WAS TUFF!.
     
    I AM WRITING TO JUST LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION IS SPECIAL, NEEDED AND IMPORTANT TO THE TROOPS. I AM PRESENTLY A POLICE OFFICER WITH THE PORT AUTHORITY POLICE DEPT. IN NY&NJ. IF YOU DONT KNOW WE LOST 37 POLICE OFFICERS ON 9/11 AS THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WAS OUR HEADQUARTERS. I WAS NOT ON THE JOB AT THE TIME. I WAS HIRED SOON AFTER. THE MEN AND WOMEN I WORK WITH WHO LOST FELLOW OFFICERS RESPECT AND SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THE JOB THEY DO. IT IS LIKE THEY ARE DOING IT FOR THEM. THIS WAR IS PERSONAL FOR MANY!!!
     
    I WORK AT JFK AIRPORT AND IF YOU HEAR OF ANY OF THE TROOPS COMING THROUGH OUR WAY MAYBE WE CAN MAKE IT SPECIAL FOR THEM!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
     
    SEMPER-FI --PATRICK C
     
    "If the Army or the Navy ever looked on Heaven's scene,
    They’d find the streets are guarded by United States Marines!"
     

     
    To Whom It May Concern:
     
    I would like to add that this Organization does so much to support the troops, it is not simply a Marine organization, it is truly a TROOP ORGANIZATION. There are many individuals out there that may not support the policy or politics of this war, but the fact is our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters are there doing their jobs, and it is up to us to show them we support them and that is our jobs here. I myself have strong feelings towards helping the troops, I too have done my time in combat, and many tours later and too injured to return know first hand the hardships we face and that which we leave to those left behind.
     
    When the days get long and go into the night and all you want is to get back to the FOB and grab a hot meal and try to sleep, the second your head touches the pillow is when your day sinks in. How close did you come to not going home? How would your family be if something happened? Would your kids and (wife/husband) know you loved them and everything you were doing was for them? There are so many thoughts that run through your head and all you want is to be home with your family; but you realize something, you still have 10 months left and all you want is something from home, something from the states and that is something this organization is able to provide with your help. With your help you are giving a soldier some much needed supplies and beyond that a piece of home. A piece of home can keep someone on the verge of a breakdown to keep on going. It makes that lonely soldier in the back realize that we still hold them in our thoughts and (if you believe) prayers. That alone is priceless and I hope and pray that we will all live in a peaceful world, but until then these are the people keeping terrorist off our front porch and reminding them that we will hold them accountable for their actions.
     
    Regards,

    MC
    Navy Seal
     

     
    I hope you and the Houston Marine Moms are doing well. I cannot thank you enough for the support and kindness you and your group showed us, it is MUCH appreciated. Mercifully, our deployment is over in 6 days. I'd like to introduce you to Jerry, Mark, Margaret, Zack, Drew, and Mike. These guys are going to be here during the rough season, so if your group is still sending packages, these Marines can use your support. I've been bragging up your cakes in a jar, those were awesome. Those things were home in a jar. Everything your group did for us was so very much appreciated. Please look out for our Marine brothers and sister who are replacing us.
     
    Thanks again, you and the Houston Marine Moms are the best!
     
    Semper Fi,
    Brett
     

     
    Dear Marine Moms:
     
    Thanks so much for the bandanas!
     
    I can't go into detail, but we had a bad morning recently and when I got to the office they were waiting on me -- it was like God's spirit just washed over me.
     
    One day I walked down to the medical clinic and gave one to each of the staff -- they really needed them.
     
    We celebrated the birthday of the Marine Corps on 10 Nov and after the ceremony I went around and handed the Marine digital bandanas out -- you would have thought it was money!
     
    Great response from all the Marines, Corporals through Colonels.
     
    Some of the other folks there (not Marines) asked for one and I told them I would give them a DCU version if they came to see me. Some of them came back for a bandana and then even came to church that night.
     
    I have mine in my pocket always and I can see how moved the people are when they receive one. I'm especially touched by the prayer cards attached by the children. I tell people that they can't do better than having a 3rd grader praying for you.
     
    Thanks again for what you are doing -- I will keep doing my part and getting them into people's hands.
     
    Grace and Peace,
    Chaplain Wade