Soldiers' Angels recently received a very touching email from the commanding officer of soldiers deployed to Iraq. As he explains in his letter, he has personally experienced the impact of Soldiers' Angels on both the frontlines and the homefront...
Dear Soldiers' Angels,
I wanted to take a few minutes and extend my true and heartfelt thanks for the support your organization has made available to the Soldiers under my command and to me personally.
I am the commander of [redacted] a 132 man unit conducting Convoy Security missions in central and northern Iraq. We have been here for several months and the quantity and quality of support we have received from you and you volunteers is truly humbling.
We receive mail each day, and there has yet to be a single day pass that someone in the company does not receive a letter or package from a Soldiers' Angels volunteer. Most days it is multiple letters and packages. I can assure you, the Soldiers' Angels charter “May No Soldier Go Unloved” is alive, well, and flourishing. For some of my Soldiers, letters from your volunteers are the majority of the correspondence they receive. Having served over 22 years in the Army, [I know that] not receiving mail can be very disappointing, especially when forward deployed or overseas far from home. Soldiers in Company D rarely experience this disappointment, thanks to you and your volunteers.
I became familiar with the Soldiers' Angels organization during my last deployment when I was wounded and evacuated to Germany. I received countless emails, letters, and visits during my hospitalization which I will remember for the rest of my life. Soldiers' Angels has been there for my men (and for me) during our darkest hours and in our moments of triumph. You are all Angels in the truest sense.
Thank you for all that you do, have done, and will continue to do in the future, for all of us; you will always have my gratitude, respect, and appreciation.
Sincerely and Respectfully,Captain O.