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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Update from Afghanistan

I just received an email from Jake. He is unable to post to this blog for the reasons he explained earlier.

He has asked me to pass this on to all who have asked how they can help.

Dad- could you put up on the blog that we could use- jerky, sunflower seeds, gum, drink mixes, AAA/AA batteries, old books/magazines, protein powder packets (individual packets), copenhagen (not for me obviously), crossword/word game books, boot socks.

On behalf of Jake's Mom and me, thank you for the support you have given all of us.

Badgerdad

20 comments:

  1. Is there some place we can send this? Either to your home or directly to him? or a check to you? what works the best?

    thanks

    jblin@wisc.edu

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  2. Jake's shipping address is:
    Cpl. Wood, J.
    2/7 H & S Co., SSP
    Unit 41545
    FPO AE 96426-1545

    The post office has nice, flat-rate boxes. For $10.95 you may send whatever you can fit in it. There is a special paper you need to fill out listing the contents and value.
    Jake appreciates anything you send.
    Thank you,
    Chris

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  3. Would handknit socks be appropriate? If so, can you give me his shoe size? Specific colors?

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  4. Hi Liz,

    I am not sure but hand knit socks might not fare well in 120 Degree sand. Jake did mention that at night, a tan or dark colored knit watch cap would be much appreciated.

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  5. "a tan or dark colored knit watch cap "

    I can do that! Thanks.

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  6. I just sent him last week a bunch of stuff-food, magazines etc including an NCAA Championship Hockey Banner for Wisconsin. I know that doesn't work in the field, but wherever he calls home behind the wire should be decorated with Big Red to the max.
    Just an old infantry squad leader from Janesville a long time ago who enjoys Jake's life. Been shipping stuff to a lot of troops through a site called AnySoldier.com

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  7. I run a Haiku contest on my site where first prize is that I will send a care package to a deployed serviceman of the winner's choice. This week's winner chose Jake to receive the package, so I just sent Jake one from TreatAnySoldier.com. It's supposed to be mailed within 48 hours, so he should get it in about 12 days.

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  8. I suggest Jake or a parent sign up for Soldier's Angels. I have outlined a bunch of help for deployed troops and Marines here:
    http://wyldth1ng.blogspot.com/2006/10/free-stuff-links-i-would-like-to-share.html

    I also have on my sidebar several charity organizations that made all the world of difference with my deployment to Iraq.

    I hope it helps you and your son.

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  9. Hello,
    I am a writer for On Wisconsin, the alumni magazine for UW-Madison, and am working on an article about Jake's blog. I sent him an e-mail directly, but was not sure if he can respond right now. Please e-mail me at price3@wisc.edu so I may follow up with your family for my story.
    Thank you,
    Jenny Price, writer, On Wisconsin

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  10. Hi-I think Jake's address should be FPO AP not AE, according to

    http://www.i-mef.usmc.mil/div/7mar/2bn/deployed.asp

    Just thought you should know!

    Please Thank Jake for his service and sacrifices to Our Country!

    All my best,
    Jo

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  11. Yes, Jo is right it should be AP. You are brave to post your Marines FPO address and name on a world wide web site. You realize that ANYONE can now send him a package that Heaven forbid could cause him harm. Please, I know most people want to help, but remove his address from this site. You would never forgive yourselves should the wrong person get ahold of his address. If he needs more care packages check out CarePackage Project at MarineParents.com Donations are always welcome both monetary and items. Any Marine can be signed up to receive a box.
    Semper Fi and God Bless all our marines.

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