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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Hello from Afghanistan: Remembering our troops during the holiday season

  • The Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching and for most the gift of giving seems occupy our minds while dodging in and out of the isles searching for that perfect item for loved ones. Needless to say, there are many that find themselves on the less unfortunate end of the Christmas lists.
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  • The Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching and for most the gift of giving seems occupy our minds while dodging in and out of the isles searching for that perfect item for loved ones. Needless to say, there are many that find themselves on the less unfortunate end of the Christmas lists. Recently Chaplain/Capt. Jeremy Miller of the 39th Brigade Special Troops from Central Arkansas, sent a reminder that many soldiers in Afghanistan and other areas of the war zone are looking forward to receiving gifts from home this time of year. According to Miller packages from a Troop Treat List were used when sending packages to troops while some of his own 39th were in Iraq 2008 and 2009. Miller commented that no alcohol, pork, or pornography should be sent. Miller encourages those here at home to remember our 70 young troops (and all of our troops) in Afghanistan, urging them to write. Miller said the troops would be over there until late spring. “Just realizing someone's thinking of you is so important,” said Miller. Miller stated that gifts from home should not be extravagant but reflect simple requests such as peanut butter and crackers, chips, Vienna sausages, (anything they can put in the pockets for snacks - no pork), magazines, general hygiene products (travel size) home-baked cookies, moisturizers, hand warmers, letters u, pictures drawn by youngsters and Sunday School classes, cards from Sunday School classes and churches, devotionals, Sunday School quarterlies, letters praying for them and anything lending encouragement to Chaplain Miller and the men he “ministers to daily.” Miller reported that these important and symbolic messages can be addressed to: Chaplain/Captain Jeremy Miller, PRG 6-1-3 APO, AE 09354. Miller concluded, “for the time being, we have settled into a good routine here. The weather is changing fast. It will probably be in the 40s by next week, (written two weeks ago). Besides that we have been blessed to be located in a place that meets most of our troops' needs. I'm spreading the word of mouth this holiday season hoping that others can give the gift that is needed most from our troops here –encouragement. Just knowing that you are thinking about us this holiday season spreads the Christmas spirit and warms our hearts. We appreciate any act of kindness and again thanks for your support. I encourage you to share with your friends/Churches/Organizations and other churches in Phillips County and across the state to send their support and remember prayers for their families as well. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and we hope to hear from you soon.” Hope all is well back home. Chaplain Jeremy Miller

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