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My name is Staff Sergeant Casey Wiley. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, LA. We have received a care package with various hygiene products, newspapers, and most importantly letters of support. The reason that I categorized the items that we received in this manner is because the letters are what my men like to see the most. It is the support from home that keeps us doing what must be done. I would appreciate it very much if you would pass along my thanks to the following organizations: MCL Detachment 927 from Annandale, NJ, VFW Post 2290 from Manville, NJ, Canal Walk Veterans' Club from Somerset, NJ, and of course everyone that either supports or volunteers with the Operation Shoebox organization. I do have a pair of special thanks to mention that I would like help getting out also. First and foremost, there is a Senior at Parsippany Hills High School in Parsippany, NJ who hand-wrote a very nice letter of support. To this young lady, I wish to say thank YOU very much for what you did. Your letter was extremely refreshing, and it could not have come at a better time if it were Next, I would like to thank the Somerset Patriots organization. In the newspaper that we received with the care package there is an article about the Patriots supporting the troops through ticket sale promotions. I believe that this is a shining example of how an organization can use their loyal fan base to support the young men and women who are fighting 8,000 miles from home. Challenge everyone else to do the same. If they question your motives, give them my name.Please pass along my thanks to these individuals and organizations for me. I will be passing ours to them personally. I just wanted to ensure that they were thanked immediately, as it will take me much longer to do so. I will contact you again for assistance with contacting these people directly once I redeploy. Again, please spread my thanks.Sincerely,SSG Wiley, Casey J.U.S. Army ..
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