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Houston, Texas
May 30, 2015

84° F, Mostly Cloudy

Baghdad, Iraq
May 30, 2015

93° F, Partly Cloudy

Kabul, Afghanistan
May 30, 2015

72° F, Partly Cloudy

On behalf of the 176th Firefighting Team I want to say THANK YOU!!!!! You are awesome!!!!! Thank you so much for the books, snacks, knit scarfs, knit caps, detergent, music, sadukoo, batteries, word searches, movies and everything else you have done. We had a great Christmas because of you and all the others who have selflessly taken the time, effort and money to care. It helps us to stay motivated while away from our families and friends when people we have never met care. It helps us to feel that pride we have for our great Nation when we feel your support. It is very hard for me to put into words the kind of gratitude and appreciation we have for you and everyone at HOME. We have been blessed by you and we know that in turn you too will be blessed. We love to read the cards and letters that are sent along with the care packages. We have recieved letteres from fellow veterans who have fought in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and other areas. It is nice to hear their story and why they have come to belong to this program.

Everything you have sent to us is right on the money. We are doing great here and are preparing for a cold winter. They have told us that we should be getting some snow from now until possibly March. They say it will snow for a little then warm up and then snow again. This will be our first winter here. I will try to take some pictures of the surrounding mountains that have already started to be covered in snow. Every morning we have to check all the fire trucks to make sure the water didn't freeze in the pipes along with all of our personal firefighting equipment. Fortunately our days consist of mostly training and not much action. When we are busy it is usually somebody's worst day. We also help with building inspections here. We try to make sure that every tent and structure have the right amount of smoke detectors, extinguishers, and batteries for the smoke detectors. Because some of these buildings here are makeshift we check to see if we can prevent some hazards with electrical wiring and other potential hazards that might get overlooked. We also get to workout some. This is most of our favorite thing to do. We are looking into joining the 911 challenge for fitness. This is available to all fire, police, EMS, military personnel. The money raised gets donated to St. Jude's which is a group that has been supported by many fire departments nation wide. I don't know if we will win but it is always fun training for a purpose.

Again I want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your selfless service to us and to our Country. I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please stay safe and feel free to email me at this address. I do not have constant computer access so it may take me a little to answer you so I apologize for that. I will promise that I will respond as quickly as I can.

Thank you so much.
With humble hearts,
176th Firefighting Team
POC: SGT. Seth Frost

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Hope you all had very happy holidays. Things over here are going as well as can be expected. Things are starting to slow down a little, its getting to cold for the bad guys to come out and play. I have been living in western Afghanistan, about 28 miles from the Iranian boarder. There aren't many of us here, we started with 12 a few months ago and are finally up to 28.

I'll try to write more later.

Mike Lehl

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Good morning Trudy, the outstanding BSA Troop 615, and phenomenal Clear Creek ISD students and teachers!

I am a Navy guy currently serving in Iraq. I recently received several care packages from Ms. Duhon as part of her HOME project to support the deployed troops. We finally received all of them recently, and opened them yesterday. We had almost every service member in our section of the floor huddled around me as we opened all 8 boxes! It was like Christmas and we were all kids, excited to open and see what surprise awaited us.

We are all so blessed to have people back home that think and care for us, we are all very proud to serve for our great country, and our families. Each of you have far exceeded any expectations we had, and have done much more than you certainly needed to. The flags from BSA Troop 615 were meticulously folded and packaged, the boxes were assembled with a variety of "stuff" that offered something to each of us, and the unbelievably thoughtful letters by students and teachers brought smiles to our faces.

Of course, we would not be the world's best if we also did not take care of others in real need. We will be donating items from the care packages to a local Iraqi school across the street. Your efforts have served us, as well as fostered friendship to needy Iraqi children.

We are all proud to serve.

--
V/R,
- LCDR KC Chhipwadia
ADOVIM

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Letter from a Soldier

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Thanks for your continued support, it's much appreciated by all of us!
As far as any special needs/requests go, the below items seem to be "highly desired":

  • "Quick fix" microwaveable meals and "cup of pasta" meals (mac and cheese pouches, top ramen noodle, and any tv style dinners that don't require refrigeration)
  • Chapstick (Blue or black label)
  • Sunscreen (it's easy to get sunburn here with 24 hours of sunlight)
  • Tampons, Plastic Applicator (not cardboard)
  • Laundry Detergent Pods (they are the little pouches of detergent that melt when they come into contact with water)
  • Peanuts, cheese-it crackers, and other various somewhat healthy snacks (candy not preferred)
  • Canned spray cheese (for crackers)
  • Cologne and perfume (helps when we aren't able to shower for a few days)
  • Men's and women's deoderant
  • Any short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirts sizes M-XL
Thanks so much! Attached is a picture of some of us from my unit. The mountain in the background of the picture had the top of it shaved off by a glacier (Mt. Dundas). It is finally starting to warm up out here and the snow is slowly starting to melt away. we are so ready for warmer weather!

V/R,
JEFFREY M. DESJARDINS, TSgt, USAF

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Mission Statement

HOME - Help Our Military Endure was organized for charitable purposes to send care packages to United States servicemen and women serving in far off countries. This effort is solely supported by monetary and non-monetary donations collected from the general public throughout the year.


Latest News

Schedule of Events

The schedule for HOME is getting busy and volunteers are needed to help and highly encouraged. Here is the latest HOME schedule. Please contact any of our board members for information.

Doug Burton832-385-7748   Karen Barnes281-467-2677
Poonam Chhipwadia 832-274-7793   Rick DeWitt713-898-6990
Janet DeWitt832-317-5884   Ronnie Duhon281-614-9016
Trudy Duhon281-614-9015   Jonathan Hughes 281-229-3443
  • April 9, 2015
    Shoebox Collection and military appreciation at Golbow Elementary School Katy, Texas
  • April 11, 2015
    NASA JSC FOD Chili Cook-off. Congratulations to the Predator Chili Space Trivia Team for 2nd place!
  • April 22, 2015
    Girl Scout cookie delivery to DHL at Bush International Airport


Annual Christmas in July Packing Party - Saturday, July 12, 2014

How many ways can you say Americans are awesome? Let me count the ways. Right now it is 303 ways. 303 care packages were packed at the Christmas in July packing party on Saturday July 12th. The boxes are filled with generous donations from the public, friends, individual groups, Churches, Scouts, private companies, and local businesses. I could go on and on, but you know who you are. You know what you do for our men and women in uniform. I am humbled from the outpouring of support to our troops at each and every event HOME has.
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Boy Scout Troop 1513 Collection Drive - Saturday, June 21, 2014

Once again, our Boy Scouts from Troop 1513 came through with impressive numbers. On Saturday June 21, they raised $1,140 dollars in cash donations and filled 5-6 large plastic bins with donated items from their collection drive at Kroger's on El Dorado Blvd. The funds will help ship approximately 70 care packages to our men and women serving overseas, and the items will be packed up during the "Christmas in July" packing party coming up on Saturday July 12th.
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DHL and the Scouts Help Our Military Endure - Saturday, May 17, 2014

The HOME office sprang to life as DHL rolled up with two trucks. Boy Scout troop 1513 and Girl Scout troops 7660, 21261, 21282, and 19352 along with HOME, DHL, and other volunteers, helped load 12 pallets full of Girl Scout cookies onto the trucks. All told, over 1,000 cases, that's approximately 330,000 cookies, made their way to U.S. troops in Afghanistan courtesy of shipping services provided entirely free of charge by DHL. The generous lot of cookies were a gift from San Jacinto/Bay Area Girl Scouts council. A huge thanks goes out to all who made this happen.
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5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament - Saturday, April 26, 2014

The 5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament had perfect weather along with a perfect group of folks that came out to play and support our military.

It was great to see many 'ol friends that I worked with in the aerospace industry.

The 147th Reconnaissance Wing Team from Ellington was at the tournament in all their glory to defend their 1st place title for the third year in a row.

The jROTC from Pearland High School presented the colors in perfect unison followed by our pledge of allegiance.



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