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There's a certain type of salad dressing my daughter likes, and they don't carry it in the commissaries in Europe. These minor little sacrifices are numerous, and don't amount to much, but tasting the foods we've done without serve to add to that feeling of "it's good to be home" - that feeling that set in upon wake up from our first 12-hour sleep here.
Little tastes of home - mom's cooking can't be beat for most folks, but there are some store-bought things you miss too. Minor things that some might call silly - a specific flavor of Pop Tarts, a type of candy, a brand of ice cream, (mmmm... Wendy's Frosty...) or even a variety of "healthy snacks" - the stores can't keep up with demand for low-carb products, for instance.
Coincidentally, I just swapped a couple of e-mails with Patti of Soldier's Angels who reports on efforts to supply just that sort of thing to the wounded troops at Landstuhl:
...we sent 50 cases of oatmeal pop tarts trail mix and asst power bars off along with clothing items... we sent 1000 dollars to the nurse there she will buy supplies. We will make sure our heroes are taken care of
As I said, it's a little thing. I'm sure that as June 30th and July 4th approach the wounded in the beds at Landstuhl will gain satisfaction in their accomplishment with or without Power Bars and other snacks to nibble on. And those who have access to their pay can certainly buy their own candy for that 12-hour gap betwen dinner and breakfast - assuming the small shopette at the hospital is able to keep up with demand.
So there's really no reason at all to support Soldier's Angels in their efforts. I mean, it's not like we don't care about the troops, right? They're always in our thoughts. And on top of that great Army chow if a thousand bucks and 50 cases of Pop Tarts isn't thanks enough then there's probably just no satisfying them...
You disagree? Don't argue, just click here surf the site a bit, and decide what you can do. They don't have a specific "snacks for the troops" fund yet, but if you send a couple bucks their way I'm sure they'll put it to the best possible use.
Maybe I'll skip a Frosty or two...
Update: More here