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Old 12-05-2008, 06:24 AM   #21
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I'd like for all the members who wish to join the support team to sign up for a mailing list I've created. This will allow us to communicate via email and keep various details private in order to maintain security for the troops and ourselves.

Please go here: http://defensivejustice.com/mailman/listinfo/troopsupportteam_defensivejustice.com enter your email, nick name and choose a password (this is for you to manage your subscription to the email list) and follow the instructions as listed.

Please feel free to reach out and recruit people to join if you can, I can make up for the lack of numbers with more money for this month but more members means we can do more for the troops and show them they are still cared for over here.

We'll still keep the forum thread updated, of course - there's just some things we need to not post in public for the troop's security as well as the support team members.


We need to move fairly quickly if we want to get the first package there by x-mas (which would be nice).
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OK team, it's time to do this and get the x-mas package out the door. We've added a new member - thanks to Fishbum for joining us and thanks again to those of you who are on board.

The LT said a maker like the one Dillinger posted would be best. An NCO friend of mine said anything nicer than that would probably end up at the command break room and not be accessible to the troops.

I've gathered up all the TV shows they asked for and will burn several DVDs of each for the guys. I'm still working on the pro and college ball games.

For this month, the plan is to buy the coffee maker, some supplies and decent coffee (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and The Bean), a quality grinder and purchase the magazines they requested with the rest of the money. I will post a paypal link here in a bit, the amount raised and how it's spent will be posted / emailed with receipts - I'll keep everything transparent and any left over funds will roll over to next month's package.

The LT says the coffee maker will save lives, no joke. These guys have to operate on little to no sleep at times and they need to coffee. He considers it to be a tactical need and it's also a morale booster.

For next month we should send Magpul or other quality springs and followers for the GI mags. A NCO friend of mine confirms they are having failures due to worn out mag parts. We aren't allowed to send them complete mags, just the components to upgrade the GI issued ones. I'd appreciate it if you guys would start working your contacts and find someone with the parts in stock (let's buy as many sets as possible with our funds). A bulk buy discount would be nice as well.

We need to get the package out here in the next week or so if we want it there by x-mas. I'll have each of you email me if you want to enclose a letter for the troops in the package.

Here's the donation link (paypal):
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=XSPXRSN2YQQ94&lc=US &item_name=Troop%20Support%20Team&item_number=Rene gades&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_ donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

Please excuse the goofy email address on the paypal account, it's a very long story.

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Dillinger kindly purchased the coffee maker on his own and even paid for shipping to the sandbox, his generosity and concern for the troops in our private conversations has been amazing. I couldn't have found a better home for this project than FA Talk (though I'd like to see more of the members participating - I understand things are rough out there).

All the TV shows the troops requested are on DVDs now, just have to inscribe them and put them in cases. I managed to get most of the NCAA and NFL games from December to send as well along with a recording of the "Fight for the Troops" UFC event from this past week. I'm going to the bookstore tomorrow to purchase the magazines the troops requested and to get the coffee beans.

Altmf covered the cost of sending an assortment (25) of morale patches from http://www.milspecmonkey.com. The guy who runs MMS is constantly creating new morale patches based on requests and ideas from the troops and sending free ones over to the sandbox. He gave us 75% off on the patches for the "good intent". I own one of his patch binders and keep a collection of patches from friends in the war past and present in it - he makes nice stuff and is an all around "stand up guy".

I live in a very "wealthy" suburb (moved here for the schools and the safety after my wife was car jacked outside our house) and have been planning to print up some fliers and see if I can get more people to join. It would be nice to be able to do even more, especially in terms of helping out our fallen warriors and their families. 3 or 4 of us can only do so much.

Altmf was asking about the "mixed unit" nature of our adopted troops. Here's the info from the LT:

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Our platoon consists of 21 individuals, all of them heroes. 5 of my
soldiers are infantryman, and 15 are tankers. I am an infantryman as well.
This current fight has created the need for such "mix-and-match" forces.
The are from all over the United States. 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1-66
Armor (Combined Arms Battalion), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division is known as the "Renegades." We are currently operating in eastern
Baghdad, an area called New Baghdad, along the Diyala River. The platoon
spends most of its time at a smaller base we call a Combat Outpost or "COP."
Our battalion is based out of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Rustamiyah. We
are a battalion out of 4th Infantry Division currently assigned to a brigade
of the 10th Mountain Division for operational purposes.
Thanks again to my fellow support team members and for any lurkers out there, any amount helps. If you can give 5 bucks we'll put it to good use, especially next month when the plan is to send Magpull springs and followers for the GI mags (which are getting worn out and creating almost 100% of the fail to fire incidents). These guys face a very real chance of needing to fire their weapons and having them go "click" instead of "boom". If we can reduce or eliminate that possibility it would be a very good thing.

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Dillinger kindly purchased the coffee maker on his own and even paid for shipping to the sandbox, his generosity and concern for the troops in our private conversations has been amazing.
*humbled* Thank you.


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I couldn't have found a better home for this project than FA Talk (though I'd like to see more of the members participating - I understand things are rough out there).
C'mon guys, even a $5 or $10 gift card could help these guys out. They could use it to download a little kick @ss music to play when gearing up. Who hasn't ever done that before a big event in their life, used it to get pumped up???

Ran into a problem with the shipping to the sandbox. Amazon won't ship directly to the sandbox with electronic items. So, the coffee maker, replacement filters and a "super" strainer thingy will be on my doorstep by the 16th and I will turn it around and send it out that same week via fedex. Probably add a few goodies in there as well - microwave popcorn, some powdered drink mix like Gatorade, a couple of recent girly mags and things like that.

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C'mon guys, even a $5 or $10 gift card could help these guys out. They could use it to download a little kick @ss music to play when gearing up. Who hasn't ever done that before a big event in their life, used it to get pumped up???

Ran into a problem with the shipping to the sandbox. Amazon won't ship directly to the sandbox with electronic items. So, the coffee maker, replacement filters and a "super" strainer thingy will be on my doorstep by the 16th and I will turn it around and send it out that same week via fedex. Probably add a few goodies in there as well - microwave popcorn, some powdered drink mix like Gatorade, a couple of recent girly mags and things like that.

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Be careful on the mags, I don't know if the post workers still go through every box but anything more hard core than maxim will get our guys in trouble. I had some back and forth discussions about sending the past years entire Playboy collection with one of the Sgts from our group and he says they are still enforcing that rule very strictly (at least the people who would be checking the package for porn, booze and bacon are).

I don't envy the guys having to deal with that situation. Being forced to live under the constraints of someone else's religion sucks and going out every day risking your ass but not being able to look at a nicely formed, legal female one for a year or so would make me a very cranky person.

Maxim, FHM, swimsuit editions, etc on the other hand are perfectly acceptable. I plan to send lots of girls, guns and gear in the magazine pile. Tactical gear catalogs are well loved too. I like the iTunes gift card idea, we should see what we can do about adding that to one of the monthly packs.

I encourage the team members to write a letter to send in the x-mas package. The first thing they want to know is who is sending the stuff and why and letting them know the work they do is still appreciated and valued goes a long way. The media likes to tell our troops that 99% of us don't care anymore and from what I've seen, that's just not true.

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An excellent question ! What we did was ask some of the local recruiters and they were very helpful with suggestions regarding items our men and women in uniform need , e.g. DVDs , fruit / energy bars , anti-septic hand cleaner , CD.s , etc.What shocked us all was the cost of shipping these items ! It was about $70.00 ! These items should be sent free to our troops because the cost of shipping is so exorbitant that it probably keeps a lot of people from being able to send these much needed items!

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An excellent question ! What we did was ask some of the local recruiters and they were very helpful with suggestions regarding items our men and women in uniform need , e.g. DVDs , fruit / energy bars , anti-septic hand cleaner , CD.s , etc.What shocked us all was the cost of shipping these items ! It was about $70.00 ! These items should be sent free to our troops because the cost of shipping is so exorbitant that it probably keeps a lot of people from being able to send these much needed items!
I'm covering the cost of shipping for the support team in addition to matching each month's funds. I said coming in to this I was willing to take on the extra load, I can't ask people to give, especially at the level we're aiming at and especially in the current economy without being willing to give as much or more.

During other wars our troops were given free shipping outbound and from what I hear if you were sending a letter or small parcel to a war zone with or without postage the USPS would deliver it. This was done even during Vietnam, the fact it's not policy now just blows me away.

I'm working on a flyer to have printed up and posted around my city. I'm blessed to live in an area full of conservatives who not only support the troops but also seem to be doing OK financially. It's my goal to expand the support team to be able to "adopt" more units (I'm getting requests from other deployed platoons now, including some in Afghanistan which is where we plan to focus after March when our current group rotates back home). I'd like to be able to help out our wounded soldiers once they come home, their families and the survivors of our fallen troops. It's becoming a very common problem for troops leaving the military to find work also. I plan to add some resources for assistance, even if it's just gathering up the information and places to look and make them easy to find. Making contact with like minded people who are in positions to help and using those resources wisely is also part of the long term agenda. Add this to the personal requirement that this be a volunteer, non profit group (no "expenses and payroll" bull****, either) leaves us with a very big hill to climb.

We're a small group right now but I'm proud of the folks who've joined up and hope they continue to be a part of this at whatever level of contribution they can make. Our country needs change but that change needs to be real and positive, not a sound byte to sell the next agenda or hide the same old BS under a new name. If everyone would start doing something, anything - even the small things will make a difference. I personally have to do this in order to maintain my trust in humanity. Yes, we don't have the number of people on board I would like but the people we have are persons of quality. I appreciate all of you and I know the troops will as well.

For now we'll continue the same plan - make it very easy for people to help out (contribute what they can) and buy the troops exactly what they need and ask for using bulk purchases and central shipping to save on expenses. It' no better or worse than asking people to pack individual care boxes of beef jerky and baby wipes but the troops say they are getting all the snacks and toiletries they need and then some thanks to the people doing that fine work. We're going to do something different, something unique and hopefully contribute to the fighting ability and morale as well.

Thanks again, everyone. I'll be shipping the big box out Monday and will post pics. If you want me to enclose a letter now is the time to email it to me so I can print it and add it. email: infotech at defensivejustice dot com.

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I was about to research the shipping specifics, shipping USPS we can use a special priority mail flat rate box kit which they'll send free. Postage is only paid to NYC where the military takes over shipping. We don't have to pay the entire cost of shipping to Iraq. I had planned and will still cover the costs of shipping, all the teams contributions will be used to buy the items they need and have requested.
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Everything is ready to go, just waiting on the morale patches to get here (probably tomorrow). The coffee maker should be arriving at Dillinger's and be ready to re-ship (let me know how much you have to pay for shipping and I'll paypal it to your account).

Please send me a PM if you intend to participate in next month's package, we're planning to send upgrade kits for the GI magazines along with the new episodes of the TV shows they requested, new issues of the mags they like and DVDs of any ball games we can grab between now and then.

I'm researching a way to clone Jessica Alba x 21 and ship her over, I'm told Sony may have something in that dept.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

ps- One of the shows they asked for is "The Unit". Now I'm going back and watching all the 4 seasons I missed, just what I needed, another sit on my ass distraction.

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I hope you burned them the entire last season of the shield. That was not at all disappointing. The best tv show in my lifetime for sure.

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