Jim C of Thinking Right, who is undertaking a project similar to the RCT-6 email project, sends an update on his progress. I know Jimbo had mentioned doing something like this for STB's unit; but while he sets one up, I'd like you folks to keep your writing pens sharp by helping out with Jim's work.
I just wanted to let everyone know where we are with the project. So far we’ve gotten about 160 letters. Things slowed down a little over the weekend, but I was expecting that more or less. I also wanted to thank everyone for everything they’ve done to make this happen. Captain Ed, thank you for having me on the show to plug the project. Jenn, thanks for the plug on your show as well, and thank you everyone else for posting about this. I couldn’t have gotten this far without your help!
I’ve posted about this on Free Republic, and have asked for help from Soldiers Angels as well. Of course, with a goal of 1000 letters, at 160 letters, we still have a long way to go to hit our goal. Any additional help or posts would be GREATLY appreciated.
I also wanted to take a minute to remind you all of who this is for. This is for the United States Marine Corps. These guys are over in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places that we may never know about fighting the likes of Osama Bin Laden, and the bastards that incinerated 3000 of our fellow countrymen on 9-11. They are your neighbors, your sons and daughters, your coworkers, and they are making unspeakable sacrifices everyday on our behalf. They are committing unspeakable acts of kindness and bravery every day. They are heroes!
One of the most difficult things about this project is one that I didn’t even consider before I began. That’s reading these emails to make sure that only encouraging and positive emails get through to our troops, and I’m happy to say that I haven’t had to discard even one email yet. It feels weird reading someone else’s mail. That being said, I want to share with you part of one of the emails that I’ve received so far. It reads in part:
Our lives back here continue as if unaffected by the battle you fight for us, but you are on the minds and held in the hearts of your countrymen. At the beginning of the 7th inning stretch, God Bless America is still sung in all the ball parks, and I mean sung. It is serious, and, looking around at the faces in the crowd, you can see that it is deeply felt. You and your fellow marines are not forgotten. Thank you for representing our country and protecting us. May God bless you and your family.
That’s what this is all about. It’s about not forgetting the sacrifices made daily by these heroes and their families. I know, I’m preaching to the choir. I just felt like I needed to share this with you all.
So, what’s next? I’ve decided to send this out in two batches. I’m going to send them 500 at a time, so that we can start to get these letters to where they belong. I will take pictures of the mailing and forward them to each of you to do with them what you want. Thank you again for all of your help. I couldn’t have gotten this far without you.