Off to be healed
Well, I am scheduled to go in-patient tomorrow at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for treatment of migraines. So, I won't be blogging for the next few days. If all goes well I should be home by mid-week.
I would appreciate it if you would spend some of the time you would normally use for reading my scratching to see if you can't help out a member of our military. The place to go would be Books for Soldiers. Maybe you have some books, CD's, or DVD's that someone serving our country would appreciate receiving. Or, perhaps you could take some time to write a letter or note to a soldier who doesn't get much mail. It appears that many of our servicemen/women are having their tours extended, which has got to be disappointing to say the least. And, of course, many of them will be away from family during Thanksgiving.
For the last couple of days (I was up until 1 AM last night) I've been perusing through some of the requests from soldiers. Many of the requests are for things like movies, games, and playing cards to help pass the time. And then, of course, there are requests for books and magazines. A good number of the requests are for entire units, so literature will get passed around quite a bit. And, you'll find that people are sending along snacks and personal items. A popular way to send things to our volunteers is via a flat-rate envelope you can get from the post-office, where the cost is the same for an ounce or a pound. People are getting pretty clever at stuffing these envelopes with goodies.
I now have a stack of letters, cards, books, and DVD's to send out tomorrow on my way to the hospital.
There are instructions on the site for how to send offerings. The letters and packages go to a US postal address, so you aren't paying for overseas postage. There's no need to send things priority mail, as all that will do is get them to the APO quickly; from there, they go via military transport (which could be a ship).
By helping the soldiers in this manner, you aren't sending a message that you support or oppose the war. Your largesse is a person-to-person statement of support to the people who have volunteered years of their lives to serve our country. You don't have to support the war in Iraq or wherever to support the troops, any more than you would have to support cancer to support a patient.
So, again, I would appreciate it if you could find time in your day to help out these great men and women. Knowing you will be supporting the troops in such a concrete way will provide me with peace of mind while doctors are poking holes in my spinal column.