Message of Thanks from Joshua Gass

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Joshua Gass

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From: Joshua Gass
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Subject: Thank you from Josh

I’ve been trying to write this email for a while, and haven’t been able to find the right words to say at all, so I’m just going to write this however it turns out. When you get this, if you could, please read it out to everyone who has been a part of all the care packages I have gotten during the past year. I am thankful for each and every person who sacrificed both financially and who gave up their time to make it all possible.

Thank you all, I was sent more packages than I had thought possible over the past year. Every single one was extremely important to myself and every other soldier in my squad. While I was deployed, it was so easy to get discouraged by everything on tv, just sometimes watching the news, it starts to feel like everything you’re doing over there has no purpose. Sometimes it would feel like the American people had completely forgotten about you, and perhaps some have.

Every time that discouragement would set in, or just plain homesickness, I would get a package. I always shared them with the soldiers around me, because they needed the encouragement just as much. When we would start looking through the packages, it was always instantly obvious, that we weren’t forgotten about, there were people back home who were proud of us, and who wanted us to come home. Every time we got a package, it made me proud to be wearing my uniform all over again.

This email has been the hardest thing I have ever written in my life, not because I am not thankful, or because I didn’t know what to say. This has been so hard to write because I could go on for pages about how thankful I really am, and how much of an effect you have had on myself and the soldiers around me. You have kept us motivated and able to do our jobs, while reminding us that we have a home to come back to.

From my whole squad, thank you.

SPC Josh Gass