The HUGS Project of Elkhart

Our Troops Say

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"...getting snacks and drink powders and such helps so much! "

Hello! This is specialist Swinney out here in Saudi Arabia and I received your package. It feels so nice to know that people care back home. And yes getting this package in has helped so much with boosting people’s morale and motivation. There isn’t much out here, so getting snacks and drink powders and such helps so much! I sincerely thank you so much. And there is limited internet use out here. Some of us were able to get a portable WiFi hotspot and it gets good signal certain times during the day.

I got your letter as well, and it is awesome to see soo many people helping and supporting your movement. The weather out here is starting to cool down a little so that really helps. We’re an engineer unit out of sweet home Alabama. And I’m actually originally from Kokomo Indiana. Moved to alabama 6 years ago. We’re staying safe out here, and hopefully headed back home in May. This is our 3rd location now, we were previously in Iraq running some heavy equipment. Again I can’t thank you enough for the support!! And I’d love too, but I think we can get in some trouble if any pictures are taken out here.. but here’s a picture of us on the AC-130 headed out of Iraq to Saudi Arabia. (Me on the right)
I’ve loved being out here so far. I love my country and I’ve always felt like I had a calling to serve. Always traveling, meeting new people, staying in good shape. And when I get back home my college will be paid for so that’s definitely a plus.