An email I received from a Marine Mom:
Those who are not living this war may not be aware that this past week has been an extremely heartbreaking one for Marines and Marine families. One of the units “3/25” lost 20 men within just a few days. This unit was replacing unit 1/23 who also had suffered a large number of losses during their tour.
Our family is especially concerned because we have been corresponding with a Marine who serves with “3/25” and we have not heard from him yet. We usually receive a letter once a month so have no other way to hear from him except to wait. I am including two articles that we would like to share with our prayer warriors.
As time goes by it is natural for Americans to forget that each and every night and day our troops are in extreme danger still. Our Marines and Soldiers desperately need us to keep them covered in prayer. For the Marine unit 3/25 who have lost so many men, cards/packages of encouragement are so needed. These young men/women are carrying on their duties while mourning the loss of not one, but many of their brothers. It would mean the world to them to receive encouragement.
Two emails she passed along:
#1In the past two days 20 Marines of 3/25 stationed in Brook Park, Ohio were killed in the war. We as a family have lost 20 of our brothers. Please remember the families of these Marines in your prayers……
#2 (an excerpt from an email)
As you may have seen, the battalion that replaced us in Iraq (3/25) has been especially hard hit in recent days. I follow them closely in the news and keep up email contacts with a few folks still at the dam in Haditha. By my counts from news reports and Dept of Defense press releases, 3/25 has now lost close to 47 Marines if not higher. This might be the highest price any Marine battalion has paid in Iraq.
1/23 lost 10 of our members and I know how difficult each loss was to our guys. It meant a great deal to us to know how much support we had from folks back home during those trying days. Many politicians and tv types talk about how their thoughts and prayers are with our troops there, but I believe that is not enough.
Actions of course always ALWAYS speak louder than words. If you can find it in your day please send them a box or even a letter to just let them know we have not forgotten them and that we hold them in the highest place of honor. 3/25 will probably be in Iraq until October. It takes about two weeks for mail to get to them.
You can send all sorts of stuff like books, magazines, dvds, candy, food, etc in a simple US Postal service flat rate box for less than 8 bucks. That’s about two lattes at Starbucks. Most importantly you can also send a note or card for 37 cents and let a few American patriots know how much they mean to us.
The address for 3/25 is:
Adopt a Marine
c/o Capt Kasparian
3/25 H&S Co
FPO, AE 09509-2110
Thank you for reading this and please pass it along to anyone that you might think would want to see this.
Capt James Crabtree, USMC
I believe that prayer can help these Marines in ways that we may never know. But, remember the story of the little girl who said she was afraid at night? Her mom told her Jesus was always with her. The little girl replied, “I want Jesus with skin on.” These letters and boxes are our prayers “with skin on.”
The Marine Mom I got this from has a son on his second tour of Iraq. From his address I think he’s in 2/1. Pray for him, too.
Note: The mail has to have been sent by August 14th to get to them.