Currently, Australian troops are scattered around the world.
We know they're in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Perhaps a few of us have heard that we've got a few guys over in other places in the Middle East, but how many know that we're helping out in the Sinai Peninsula and Darfur?
That doesn't get a whole lot of airplay, which is a shame, because our Military Forces are amongst the best in the world.
Yes, I'll admit to a touch of bias, but I've also got mates from overseas who serve their countries, and they just love our Diggers. So much so, that one of them has been nagging me for a fair while to do something to show some support.
This blog is for our troops.
I posted over at my blog recently about sending care packages to Aussies in Afghanistan, and the feedback I received was that it was great to know that there is a facility to show practical support.
It's information that is not easy to find on the net, and the Dept of Defence website isn't really the most user-friendly if you're not accustomed to it.
Neither Boy on a Bike, Kae, nor myself are currently in the military, although they both served. I'm just an Army brat who has always admired our armed forces.
Over the next few weeks, the plan is to put together a bit of a data base for those in the civilian world who always wondered how they could show a bit of support.
Please bear with our teething pangs.
Do you want to send a postcard or an email? How about care packages?
Where to send and what to include, how much and at what cost?
We are not interested in politics here. There are plenty of other places on teh interwebs for that.
This is purely for our Forces.
Ocean, Sky and Khaki.