Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wish Our Devil Dog A Happy Birthday!

From www.facebook.com/cat.addicts
 Back in November, we adopted a Marine through Soldiers' Angels. SA is a fantastic organization that helps deployed service members, wounded warriors, veterans and families. There are lots of different ways to get involved. Some don't take much money, just a little time to write a letter and a stamp to mail it!

I've mentioned this before, but I joined SA after watching a web show on SOFREP called INSIDE THE TEAM ROOM featuring three former Navy SEALs including Chris Kyle, who inspired me to do more than just say "Thanks for your service" when I saw a uniformed service member or met a veteran.

I sent off our first letter, introducing our family to him, then went about making a care package. A Christmas care package due to the date and mailing time to the Middle East. Delivery times slow way down to the volume being sent.

Many times, you never hear from your adoptee. You're told when you sign up not to expect a response. Who can blame the service members for not being in touch. They are busy over there, working long hours, often seven days a week. But you keep writing your letters and sending your care packages to show your support and gratitude for what they're doing and hope what you're sending is things your "silent soldier" wants or needs.

Sometimes you get an adoptee who has access to a computer or likes to write letters. Those letters are called "free mail" because the service members aren't required to use a stamp. They write "Free" where the stamp would go. When you receive an email or letter, you feel oh-so-blessed to have heard back.

I wasn't expecting to hear back from our adoptee. But we received an email from our adoptee the day his letter arrived. Talk about a wonderful surprise. He sounded so nice and excited to hear from us. Since then, we have been in almost daily contact (depending on his workload and what he's doing). It's been an awesome experience for the entire family.

We love him so much. He calls us his "beautiful family" and he is a big part of it now!

Well it's his birthday!

His cake arrived in time, but his other birthday boxes didn't so this will be a prolonged celebration. (So glad I thought to stick a couple boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes in the party box!)

I thought it would be nice to collect birthday greetings in the comment section and email them to our favorite Devil Dog. I'll also give him a link to the comment section.

If you'd like to leave our Marine a birthday greeting, please post a comment and I'll send it his way.

Thanks! And oorah!

Semper Fi



21 comments:

Deb said...

Happy Birthday!!! Stay safe!! As my daughter likes to say...infinity plus a million THANKS for your service!!!

Julie Hilton Steele said...

May your birthday be blessed with the knowledge you have a lot of folks wishing you well.

Thank you for your service. And thank you for becoming part of Melissa's family!

You are in our prayers.

Peace, Julie

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for your service. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

A very happy Birthday to you from the mountains of North Georgia. My father served in the Army during WW2 and my brother drove a tank for the Army in Vietnam. "Thank You" is a small phrase that doesn't begin to express how much I appreciate your service. I pray God watch over you and keep you and your company safe.

Katie Sanders
Hiawassee, GA

Judy said...

Happy Birthday and hugs from a Marine mom! Hope you have a great day and know that you are thought of! Take care and be blessed!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, and may God protect you where you are! Stay safe! Prayers over you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday from a Navy Mom. Thank you for your service. Hope you can come home soon!

Jennifer Faye said...

Happy birthday! May it be a safe one. Thank you for your sacrifices. Your service is greatly appreciated. Take care.

Jessie said...

Happy Birthday from a Navy Brat, who wishing you a safe journey during your service.

Judith Ashley said...

A very Happy Happy and Healthy Birthday! Wishing you many, many, many more!!! Adding another wish and prayer for your safe return. Thank you for all you are doing for all of us back home.

Beth Cannon said...

Happy Birthday Marine!! Thank you for all you do for us and for your brothers and sisters in arms. Stay safe and keep your head down! Semper Fi!
From an Air Force Veteran and active duty spouse

Elizabeth Parker said...

Happy Birthday! Know that you are in my families thoughts and prayers. We appreciate all that you do and wish you the best! Safe journey...

Maria Zannini said...

Happy birthday, Devil Dog!

Stay safe, eat cake, and come home soon.

Oorah, from Texas.

Paty Jager said...

Happy birthday! My dad was a Marine. My son is in the Air Force and my son-in-law is in the Coast Guard. We appreciate all you do. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi and Happy Birthday, Devil Dog! Keep your head down and stay safe.

Patrick S. McClone, Maj. USMC(R))
7564

Barbara Rae Robinson said...

Happy Birthday! And thank you for your service. You're in my prayers.

Barb

Melissa McClone said...

Thank you all so much for doing this! xoxox

Dale MSgt Usaf Ret. said...

Happy birthday. Keep going even when you think no one cares as we experienced in Korea and 'Nam. Now we do care and say THANK YOU FOR SERVING US.

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Happy Birthday!!! We appreciate your service wherever you are.

Our eldest son is a former Marine. He served two tours in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. His best advice: "Stay positive and centered. Don't get involved in politics. Keep in contact with friends and family to remember what home is like and know you will get there soon. Finally, remember your Marine buddies are the only ones who can ever understand your situation, your mission, your challenges and triumphs. So, stay close to them both now and when you return home. They will be friends forever.”

My prayers are with you and your unit that you all return home safe and healthy. Happy Birthday!

Melia Alexander said...

Happy birthday! Stay safe over there, and many, many thanks for your service. We are a grateful nation.

-Melia

Brandy said...

Yikes, I'm late to the party!

Happy (Belated) Birthday! Thank you so much for all you do for us back in the US. We truly do appreciate your sacrifices and choices to protect us. Best wishes and Blessings to you!