The HUGS Project of Elkhart

Our Troops Say

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"I truly cannot thank your organization enough"

Good Evening ,

I would like to thank you for the care packages you have sent, the amount of support we have received since I registered my Marines on AnyMarine is truly remarkable. and the many others out there doing these type of things for people they have never meet before. With all the negative things we see in the news and around the world organizations like your own are an example of the fine people we have in America. Please send my sincere thank you to everyone involved, it really means a lot to us to see some many people care about the Marines and troops overseas.
Thank you again,
Semper Fi,
SSgt Small, Todd J

" It means so much to us all that folks like you are thinking about us"

nullTo all of you wonderful people that sent the packages to us "Thank You"!!! All the love and thought that goes into your gifts to us are not overlooked or unappreciated. I currently am the Chief of a Unit that helps people with Mental Health Issues or preferably, help Soldiers/Sailors/Marines/Coast Guardsmen/ Airmen to be mentally resilient. It has worked out well that my office is among the Chaplains and so it offers me a chance to share your gifts in both areas. It means so much to us all that folks like you are thinking about us and take time out of your lives to share a piece of yourself.

I am attaching a picture of some of my Department folks, but we have also started a "Thank You Friday" in which we take pics of different service members to send out to all of you kind people just to let you put faces with who is at the receiving end of your care. I'm not sure if your package was one specifically addressed to me but if so please know I am leaving in a couple of weeks, but I'm sure that it would be a blessing to anyone to receive any future packages.

Thank you again and God Bless You All!!!

HMC Joy L.

"I am blown away and thankful..."

Hello Elkhart,

I am blown away and thankful for the awesome package you sent to me and the Air Advisors in Baghdad. I am about half way through this 6 month deployment and it lifts my spirits to know that ya'll are thinking about us.
Our mission out here is to train advise and assist the Iraqis to re-build their Air Force, which makes sense because I had a hand in destroying it back in the day in a B-1B. We help the Iraqis to kill ISIS and secure the borders. I work closely with Iraqis everyday. They are warm, funny and courteous people. There is optimism now because they have a chance for a prosperous and peaceful future.
I have had an opportunity to play guitar in the praise band out here every Sunday since January and it's been a blessing. Last week we played for and with the African security folks on base. It was so animated and joyous. I broke out of my Presbyterian roots and danced with them. They are from all over sub Saharan Africa. What a blast! Our music director is a squared away tenor Army psychiatrist and he puts our setlist on the planning center app.
Thank you for the personal notes Carole. Kim and Scott, love you guys and I'll use the guitar picks tonight.
It's not easy being away from family doing dangerous work but the support and love that you send keeps us going.
Major Jeff K.

"Thank you so much for letter."


My name is Angela. A little bit about me I have been in the United States Air Force for 18 years, married and have three dogs. I am currently in Turkey and my family is in San Antonio, where I hope to retire one day. I am a Security forces Member but just came back into the career field after being a Military Training Instructor (Drill Sergeant) for the last four years. It is pretty cold here and it has been rainy season for the last three months. I have really enjoyed my time in the military and all the opportunities it has given me. I just recently enrolled for my master’s degree. Well I just wanted to leave you a little note and let you know I received your support via mail. Thank you again for all your support.


Thank you so much for letter. I really appreciate the support.

Take Care,

Angela M.

"...helps to pass the time...."

Hello kind friends,

I am just writing to say thank you for your kind support of my Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. We received your AnySoldier packages and letters and were very touched by your support. Being here in a very remote part of Africa, your package is a wonderful reminder of why we do this job and who we do it for. We couldn’t complete our mission without the support of patriotic Americans such as yourselves. As a medical team we spend much of our time waiting on standby, training and preparing for when we are needed, so having letters, snacks, and other distractions from home helps to pass the time.
This part of Africa is warm and dry and we are close enough to the equator that the seasons don’t really change. The is a brief rainy season in the spring and fall, but temperatures are nearly the same all 12 months of the year. Many forms of exotic wildlife live here. We have baboons, wild pigs, large cats, mongoose, crocodiles, and several species of very dangerous snakes like spitting cobras, puff adders, and black mambas. We have antivenom and other treatments for snakebites but we also take extensive precautions to prevent them because that is really the best treatment.
Thank you again for thinking of us and supporting us in our mission. I have attached a picture of our team preparing to do surgery on a local civilian who wouldn’t have been able to get the life-saving surgery he needed without an American military team being here, your support helps to make that possible. Take care and God bless.
Dan B.

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