Comment from Afghanistan:

I have received your stars and letters.  Thank you so much for your support and we all appreciate it.  Sorry for the delayed reply, we get on line when we have the chance too.  I will pass on your email to other US units here and we can see where it goes from there.   

We are half way through our deployment and we are settled and comfortable with our jobs here.  The Marines here do carry around the stars and it is a good reminder that there are people out there who care and the stars are also a reminder that going home is almost here too.  

Camp Blackhorse 

November 2011
Dear Sir,

Shortly after being sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia in September, 2011, I entered the Wounded Warrior Transition Batallion to be treated for non-combat injuries while mobilized to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I was fortunate enough to be given a star from a flag that flew over a home in Florida. 

As the holidays approach, I have received many small tokens from so many wonderful people whom have taken the time to express their gratitude to us many service members in the WTB. I am making it a point to contact all whom have affected me personally to express my gratitude and sincere thanks during this Christmas season. 

I proudly carry my star with me everyday and can not express to you my sincere appreciation to your organization and it's many volunteers for caring and thinking about us. I feel truly blessed to have been the recipient of such a meaningful gift. It is with true honor that I carry it with me everyday, and never forget the meaning for which it stands.

Please relay to your staff and all whom are involved in this operation that I am forever greatful, and wish them all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the future.

Sincerely,

A Soldier
Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center 

December 2011
Messages from our Troops  2011