America Supports You: Groups Learn Troops’ Wish List
By Julia W. Burgess
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2007 Representatives from 23 America Supports You home-front groups received a timely military update today when they had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with a Marine commander in Iraq.
From Iraq, Marine Col. Richard Simcock, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 6, talks to troop-support organization representatives during a conference call Nov. 29, 2007. After a brief update on the conditions his troops face, he told the groups what those troops most appreciate receiving when they get care packages. Defense Department photo
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Col. Richard Simcock, commander of Regimental Combat Team 6 in Iraq, offered insightful answers regarding what would be most appreciated by military men and women serving in his area.
Simcock said beef jerky, socks, and hygiene supplies are always appreciated. More unique gifts for the holiday season would be exciting to receive, but stockings stuffed with everyday essentials are always welcome.
School supplies for Iraqi children, which can serve to initiate communication, were highlighted as both much-needed and hard-to-get items.
Finally, sporting equipment like soccer balls are a favorite of the servicemembers. Simcock said military members and Iraqi citizens challenge each other to soccer games, strengthening the positive relationships they are building.
A 24-year Marine veteran, Simcock also expressed gratitude for the more than 4,000 letters servicemembers in his command had received. The support of individuals through letters and messages provides daily inspiration to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving overseas, he said.
Links to over 300 groups that provide care packages, letters, and other support for our military and their families are available on the America Supports You Web site, www.americasupportsyou.com. America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.
(Jennifer DuBois contributed to this report.)