Regardless of how you feel about the invasion-war and the Bush policy,
there are many community college students and relatives of
faculty-students-staff over there. In my college, many students are
there because of large upfront payments from our military and they have
huge student loans to pay off. A staff person/student close to me at my
college (Adrian Tam) has a husband,(Mike) first generation Chinese
immigrant family, who is now in Iraq and she has sent the following
options for support of the troops there. I send this so you can know
some ways to help if you so choose and to let others know. Thanks for
letting me share this. Mark Lewine ps. Adrian Tam is the staff person
responsible for producing our last SACC survey for us. She is a
wonderful human being.
From: Tam, Adrian
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:47 PM
Cc: Tam Carmen (kat66098@...
); Tam, Adrian
Subject: Long - Mike Update
Well, it's official - Mike arrived in Balad, Iraq on Saturday. His unit
was split into 3 work shifts and he got nights (11pm - 6am). He's 8
hours ahead so calls will be late night (2am this morning). Such is
life. Kuwait was 60 guys in a tent and port-a-potties only, now it's a
dorm-room sized trailer with 1 other guy, but still no privacy.
Please be sensitive when you talk/write to him. We're curious about what
it's like there, but sometimes he doesn't want to think about what he is
seeing and hearing and gets upset when I ask too much. Usually he just
wants to talk about things like the cats and how the car's running.
(Some things never change!)
For now, email use is slow and infrequent through internet cafe only so
snail mail is best for a while. Keep in mind that we're only paying to
send packages to NY and the military will fly them over, so no
international mail charges.
This site has some good info on what to/not to send, how to pack, etc.
This is a good read because Customs forms are needed, pkgs are subject
to x-rays and some items shouldn't be shipped together (food and hygiene
Mike needs distractions and entertainment, things that will make him
smile. PLEASE, consider a letter, a card, a movie, a book...something.
Those of you who "don't write letters", please find something you can
send. Or consider a donation to our Family Support group - these
volunteers are helping the families cope with the separation. Donations
will help cover the costs of care packages, phone cards, etc. (Internet
service will cost these guys $150 to start, then $80 a month!)
Showing the guys that they aren't forgotten means everything to them and
is the least we can do. If you know anyone willing to make or send
something, please pass this along. I have names & addresses for all
soldiers and family members in his unit if anyone wants to adopt a
soldier or family.
B. CO. 449th ASB 36th CAB
APO AE 09391
Thank you in advance for helping to support Mike. We really appreciate
Dean of Academic Affairs Office
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