A few short weeks away from the nation’s largest video game related Veteran’s Day celebration, Operation Supply Drop’s “8-Bit Salute to Veterans” on November 10 th, 2012, OSD is announcing the targeted recipients for the care packages, including an in-the-mud infantry company, an F-18 Super Hornet squadron, and most importantly, OSD’s most recent work with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“Turns out there’s a literal mile of red tape and bureaucracy involved in getting donations to a military hospital, but we’ve finally finished jumping through the necessary hoops to help out our returning soldiers and their families,” said Operation Supply Drop founder Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga.
Without further ado, the six units receiving care packages from Operation Supply Drop’s “8-Bit Salute to Veterans” nationwide donation drive:
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: ROAD RUNNNER
From Kenneth from Paktya, Afghanistan
“This is my second deployment in the last four years, along with many of the other NCOs in the company. We are in RC East in Afghanistan doing a Route Clearance mission. The days here are long and stressful; we are out at least 5 days a week doing Route Clearance. I do not know how much you know about route clearance, but essentially we drive up and down the road looking for IEDs. The hours are long and a lot of times it seems like we are just driving around asking to be ambushed. So you can see the need to find different ways to relax.”
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: DRAWN DAGGERS
From Daniel from Logar, Afghanistan
“We conduct patrols every day averaging maybe one day off from patrol a week. These are not the cushy mounted patrols I had been accustomed to in previous deployments as terrain here does not allow for the operation of vehicles, all patrols are on foot. We have had numerous engagements with the enemy to the point where i have lost count. If a patrol goes out for more than an hour it can expect to take contact. We are engaged with literally every type of weapon you can imagine. IED's, small arms fire, RPK fire, RPG's, well aimed high power rifle shots, grenade launchers, grenades, 82 mm mortars and recoilless rifle fire are a daily norm on this COP. The weather report on any given day will always include "with a 90% chance of indirect fire"…”
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: DESERT MIRAGE
From Paul from Helmand, Afghanistan
“My request is for all of the Marines that I serve next to every day. I have been working alongside some of the finest men and women out here. Working with this many people in such a close environment is not without its trials and tribulations though. I have consistently been looking for ways to improve the morale of the service members…I do not have a "wish list" in mind but feel that anything you'd be able to put together would help the morale tremendously.”
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: FLY BOY
From Peter from the deck of the US JOHN C STENNIS (WHAT? The NAVY?)
“This is our second eight month deployment in two years; we were only home for 5 months before we left again. We fly the F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Navy’s newest Strike Fighter in combat missions over Afghanistan. We work 14 hour days pretty much seven days a week. There isn’t much of a chance to take a break, and there’s not much privacy. For our 200+ personnel, we have two berthing areas – one for men and one for women. There is a community area that has a TV in each, and it would be great if we could get an Xbox 360 to hook up and some games to play. Right now what we have is four TV channels – sports, news, and two movie channels. It would be great to have something different to do to help unwind.”
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: BOOM STICK
From Jorge from Kandahar, Afghanistan:
“I am serving with an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Battalion here at Kandahar. We just got 30 days in country and right now my Chaplain and the unit with trying to build our MWR to boost the morale of our fellow soldier in support the EOD Mission here at Kandahar. The third EOD soldiers would really appreciate your efforts to get this care package.”
CARE PACKAGE CODE NAME: VALKYRIE WING
This is Operation Supply Drop care package going to an undisclosed injured soldier at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's rehabilitation center. As individuals cannot be identified due to medical privacy laws, we are making a generalized donation of one of our care packages to the hospital in the hopes that the recipient contacts us upon receipt of the package. Hey, gotta start somewhere, right?
If you’d like to help out Operation Supply Drop fill one of these care packages or have questions about any of the "8-Bit Salute" live events occurring in NYC, LA, Dallas, Chicago and Las Vegas and how your organization can be a part of this growing event honoring our Armed Services, feel free to contact:
Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga