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Friday, June 5, 2009

Why send a Care Package?

Hey Aunty K!!

Big news from me... I only have a week left in this job. I'll be on leave for a couple of weeks, then "Force Preparation" as I am deploying to the ME in July. I'm heading to the censored as a censored, and will be there for 6 months (at this stage scheduled to return to Oz in late January). On return I'll be take a couple of months leave as I have accrued a ridiculous amount (70 days) already, and will have even more when I get back.
I think they will send me back to sea after that, on a frigate based in Sydney.

So my upcoming deployment is a big focus for me at the moment, and I just had a look at your blog and to be honest it put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. It's a really nice feeling when you learn that there are a lot of caring people out there who are who are donating their thoughts, time and money to make the life of our diggers a bit more bearable whilst on deployment. My first couple of deployments (Kuwait and the Solomon Islands) went by without receiving a single care package, and I can tell you that it's an awfully lonely place when you are away from your family with limited phone and email contact. Even though you're usually surrounded by people, you often feel like you're out there on your own. (Rest assured, I have since educated Mum on what a care package is, and she now sends them to me regularly even though I am based interstate. At 26 years of age, I receive Express Post parcels through the Defence mail system with Aussie Flag and butterfly stickers all over them, with the return address marked as "Mum" with love hearts and kisses... much to the amusement of the staff who work in the mail room).
With the advent of email and skype, snail mail has been dying a terrible death, and personally I get a buzz from receiving "real mail" from family and friends at home. I always keep my letters, and throughout a lengthy deployment if you're feeling a bit homesick you can crawl into your sleeping bag (or bunk bed... depending where you are) and re-read them. Likewise, care packages make a huge difference to morale, and not only of the individual addressee. I always share my goodies with my mates and most people I know do the same.

I guess what I'm saying is, I really appreciate what you and your friends are doing for our deployed troops. I'll make sure I pass the link to my friends. Please pass on my thanks to your mates as well!

Because they are very much appreciated, especially by people who don't for any reason have regular contact with home.

I went to school with this member's Mum 37 years ago.

5 comments:

Nilk said...

Thanks for posting this, Kae.

This is why we like to send stuff. I'm not fussed whether I get a reply or not; it's just nice to know that the recipient knows that we're thinking of them.

Carpe Jugulum said...

My little Miss rang me at work this afternoon to tell me she'd sent her first package.

Having read the message to 'Aunty K', i'm so proud of my little girl and i wish your nephew well, 'Aunty K'.

cheers

Pedro the Ignorant said...

Just had an email from Oruzgan. (somewhere in the middle of Afgahnistan).
Likewise, many thanks from my correspondent to the peeps sending packages. Extra tucker is always welcome, as are Australian magazines. The boys like car and motorbike mags, and the usual *ahem* racier stuff like FHM, Ralph etc, but not hard core, the Ghan is a muslim country, and the troops work hard to maintain respect.

Cuppla requests; dried mushrooms, more wasabi flavoured dried peas (!), waterless hand cleaner, and little toys to give to kids (boy stuff preferred, as it seems it is a bit taboo to give gifts to little girls, sadly).

If you have a few grams weight short in your parcel, throw in a "Trading Post" type newspaper, any footy related stuff like the AFL "Record" or the WAFL "Budget", or whatever the Eastern Staters call "footy" stuff.

They are a long way from home, doing a tough and thankless job, and your thoughts and gifts are deeply appreciated, as is knowing they are not forgotten. Well done.

Danelle Ehrke said...

don't forget the pups used to sniff out explosives. They deserve packages too. The address for them is in this link:

http://vvfsa.org.au/electronic_snafu_files/Care%20Packages%20to%20our%20Troops%20Serving%20Overseas.pdf


:)

kae said...

Hi Danielle
Parcels can be sent to the K9s using the same address as the "An Australian Soldier", just add "K9" to the address.