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currently enlisted and returning to NY in a little under a year. developed a strong love for firearms during my time in the corps. was browsing the internet trying to look up laws for handguns, (permits/CCW/getting the one i own now into NY :wacko:) was happy to see a group of like minded people from back home. a place i used to think was largely anti-gun.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Maybe you could even take some leave soon to come back and start your permit process so you could get it before you get out and bring the pistol back.
 

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Us like minded people can't wait for you to return!! NY isn't largely anti-gun, I've found it's the politicians that are!! :) Welcome aboard and join in!! Thank you for your service disGRUNTled!!
 

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Welcome and thank you for your service! Stay safe.
 

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appreciate the welcome!

Welcome to the forum! Maybe you could even take some leave soon to come back and start your permit process so you could get it before you get out and bring the pistol back.
been hard. wanted to start process last time i was home, but the price tag put me off. now saving my days for terminal leave.
 

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appreciate the welcome!

been hard. wanted to start process last time i was home, but the price tag put me off. now saving my days for terminal leave.
Well, I am overdue for a kharma.

If you get yourself home, and want to apply, I will pay your application fees. You can repay me down the road when you get out and get your feet on the ground.

Once again, thank you and stay safe!
 

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Gunner, I was thinking the same thing before I read your post. That's awesome.

Yeah, pretty much the same sentiment here. Welcome home, thanks for your service and get back safe.
 

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That is awesome of you Gunner! !
Nothing awesome on my part. It's because of guys and gals like him that risk there lives, that I get to sit here fat, dumb, happy and free!
 

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Gunner!! You rock!! \m/ \m/

As I read the topic of the thread...I realized that my boy's have not adopted a soldier so far this year. It looks to me, like you are it!!

Please PM me an APO and I wish list, and we will get something out to you.

Thank you for your service Sir.
 

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Gunner!! You rock!! \m/ \m/

As I read the topic of the thread...I realized that my boy's have not adopted a soldier so far this year. It looks to me, like you are it!!

Please PM me an APO and I wish list, and we will get something out to you.

Thank you for your service Sir.
Steve-o, care to explain this process? Thanks.
 

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Welcome and thank you for your service.
 

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Cgrutt.....Aside from friends that I have who are currently over in the sandbox, my kids and I "adopt" a soldier that we do not know 1x per year. (Aside from Boy Scouts and United for the Troops.) I try to get someone that I do not personally know. They make a list of things that they are in need of and we send it to them. In the past, I have had my son's school get involved, but they make me jump through hoops to get it done, so now I just try to do it myself. I have also send phone cards and Amazon git cards, etc.
 

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As Bill and Ted might say..."This is most awesome Dude!!"

Well, I am overdue for a kharma.

If you get yourself home, and want to apply, I will pay your application fees. You can repay me down the road when you get out and get your feet on the ground.

Once again, thank you and stay safe!
 

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AnySoldier.com let's you "adopt" a soldier and get them stuff they need/ask for. It is really really helpful for them.
 

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Degenret beat me to the punch......with the website. That one is very good.

I received a couple of e mails regarding how to go about this and what the soldiers need. I usually ask my friends and collect recent magazines, DVD's that they have already watched, some music. Anything to make it more like home.

These guys are in need of some basic items that we simply take for granted. Socks, boxers, t-shirts, gum and candy (no chocolate) baby wipes, playing cards, games, any type of moral boosters.
 

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Here is the short list in case I missed something: c/o Complete List of Items toSend to the Troops



  • FOOD (SNACKS) & ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS ARE ALWAYS THE #1 REQUEST!

    FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS:
    • BEEF JERKY / SLIM JIMS
    • POWDER DRINK MIX (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
    • SUNFLOWER SEEDS & PUMPKIN SEEDS
    • TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
    • PROTEIN POWDER & PROTEIN BARS
    • CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from OCTOBER through MARCH (it will melt in high temperatures!)
    • COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip. Ground is preferred)
    • Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
    • Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz
    • Gum / Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped in large bags)
    • Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
    • Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers - Small Packs
    • Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
    • DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup-O-Soup: just add water)
    • NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
    • MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
    • COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. - Feb. only!)
    • Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
    • Little Debbies & Hostess cake products
    • Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
    • Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
    • Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
    • Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
    TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!

    • BABY WIPES (travel size)
    • HAND SANITIZER (travel size)
    • Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
    • Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
    • Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
    • Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)
    • Deodorant (travel size)
    • Razors (disposable or "Intuition" or "Mach 3" types)
    • Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap (No CANS of Shaving Cream, please!)
    • Lip balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex
    • Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)
    • Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)
    • Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
    • Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
    • Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
    • Mouthwash (travel size)
    • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
    • Breath Mints / Breath Strips
    • Lozenges / Cough Drops
    • Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths
    • Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Cotton Swabs (i.e. Q-tips) - also used to clean guns!
    • Cotton Balls
    • Band-aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits / Ace bandages, Icy Hot or Bengay cream
    • Moleskin
    • Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
    • Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
    • Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
    • Nasal Spray
    • Vitamins (multi-vitamins are always needed!)
    ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS:
    • BATTERIES: (AA, AAA, C & 9 Volt are the most requested)
    • DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)
    • Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)
    • iTunes� Gift Cards
    • 35 mm disposable cameras
    • Computer Flash Drives & Thumb Drives
    • Portable CD players / head phones
    • Electronic handheld games
    • Small homemade gifts - reminders & comforts of "home"
    • Small photographs or posters of scenery for their tents & walls
    • Pens & mechanical pencils, small note pads
    • Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
    • Double-sided tape, small crafts kits, scrap-booking items
    • Day planners / Calendars / Small, Pocket Calendars
    • Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
    • Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Playing Cards (new), Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
    • Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)
    • Dart Boards (regular or magnetic - any size)
    • Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
    • Frisbees / Hackey sacks
    • Music CDs, Magazines & Books (Accepted ONLY at our NORTH CAROLINA BRANCH)
    OTHER:
    • LINENS: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels (green & tan)
    • T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts - new (Sizes: M, L & XL)
      [Note: The DOD banned "Under-Armor" shirts due to its material being potentially flammable & bad reactions to open wounds.]
    • FLASHLIGHTS - SMALL (battery operated. Surefire Brand preferred)
    • AIR FRESHENERS (standalone-not plug-in. Car types are also good)
    • SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
    • PHONE CARDS - Pre-Paid
    • Gift Cards to send home to loved ones (for Restaurants, Supermarkets)
    • Small toys (Beanie babies) & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghan children
    • Patriotic knick-knacks, USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners to tack on their walls or tents.
    • Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug repellent in plastic pump bottles only (NO AEROSOL CANS, PLEASE!)
    • Paint brushes, adhesive wall hooks, sponges
    • Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as Militec-1 & CLP
    • Generic sunglasses (Ballistic, black only. No "mirror" types)
    • Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
    • Small, portable heaters & fans (110 voltage okay)
    • Fleece Blankets (Yes, it gets very cold in the winter over there!!)
    • Disposable Hand warmers and Foot warmers (in the wintertime)
    • Winter Hats (Yes, it snows in the winter over there! Hand knitted hats in black, tan or green are always welcome!)
    • Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids, (for Coffee, Tea & Soup)
    • Coffee Makers & Filters (110 voltage okay)
    • Coffee Bean Grinders - small (electric or battery-operated)
    • Microwave Ovens (55 pounds max; 110 voltage okay)
    • Hot Pots - Small
    • Elixir & Water Purification Tablets for Camelbaks
    • Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)
    • Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings
    • Holiday and Seasonal Decorations
    • K-9 items:

      Dog treats, toys, shampoo, flea collars, etc.


    • CARDS & LETTERS: The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days! These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! consider making a patriotic banner or poster to send inside one of our care packages!

      Note: Our troops do not need stamps as they're in war zones & may send mail home to their loved ones at no charge, but our branches can always use stamps to send correspondence.​
 
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