The below is a an email I got from JM in Minnesota
(JM) My question–which you may get from many others so my apologies if it
is terribly redundant–is, what is the most effective thing(s) we back
here can do to support the efforts of our military over there–wherever
they may be?
Upfront the very most important thing you can do for any service member is let them know you support them, regardless of any decisions made by politicians. You see we believe in what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan because we are the ones fighting the enemy face to face and seeing the good things coming from our hard work i.e. schools being built, the enemy loosing and the Iraqi Army growing stronger.
When I was deployed, one of the biggest concerns was hearing from Marines in our home town was that the base didn’t have any noticeable signs that we were at war. If there wasn’t evidence that we were at war at our own home town then we knew there wasn’t any signs of it in small towns across the USA.
I would ask that you defend us while we are gone. Be the one who interrupts an elevator conversation about how things are screwed up in Iraq and educate them on how things are really being done and who is doing them. If the person making the debate hasn’t been to Iraq, then they have little ground to complain.
Along with your moral support, your material support can be simple things. Basic hygiene gear and envelopes and needed gear as advertised on AnyMarine.com. Your service members are given state of the art cold weather and life saving gear. We don’t need mom and dads sending kevlar to billy in Iraq, trust me, he has enough.
While deployed, young Marines and service members from all branches are taking the fight to the enemy. They are courageous and strong regardless of age. Some of the biggest heroes in Iraq are those 18 year old Marines. It is easy when you have been gone for a year to Iraq to think about home. You think about so many other things that makes home so far away. So I ask that you simply support our heroes because the last thing we want is for them to complete a job well done and have someone shun them for their duty they volunteered to complete.