troop letter: Kandahar, Afghanistan
December 12, 2011
“everything you do here affects someone else”
Please let me take a moment of your time to thank you so much for your generosity and fealty to our deployed combat forces. I am not a service member, but am deployed nonetheless, in close quarters with combat pilots. I like to think of myself as, more or less, the “hard bitten” type after many months of deployment but your kindness moves me in ways that are deep and atypical. I see the results, first hand, of your largesse and let me assure you that those results are sublime. That is the word that so suits my appreciation to you for your efforts, appreciation in its most sublime instantiation.
When I return stateside, I want to volunteer with your organization and do anything I can to reciprocate your kindness and “pay it forward.” I stand ready to help on this end with anything you may need. I am in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
As an aside, I am going to use your stellar example in a team-wide meeting I’m holding here next Tuesday, the theme of which, unfortunately, is something like “everything you do here affects someone else” and as Christmas rushes upon us, the spirit of self can trump the more benevolent “Angels” of one’s “Nature” and I plan to use your example as to the marvelous esteem that can accrue to an unselfish heart.
Thank you again, you are an AMERICAN in that appellation’s most sublime definition, Huey