" On behalf of the men and women, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component....thank you for your selfless generosity and genuine care of our Air Commandos. We will read and re-read the many books and comics sent to us from your loving hearts and minds. Your contributions will bring delight in moments of distress, calm in times of chaos and diversion during periods of downtime. We salute you. " MANUEL MARTINEZ, CMSgt. USAF Senior Enlisted Leader, 701 Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron.
Enclosed with this letter was an American flag proudly flown on an AC-130U 'Spooky' Spooky Gunship on a combat mission in Afghanistan on Feb. 28, 2015 in honor of Ellen Keegan and Books for Troops. A certificate of Authenticity signed by Christopher Penn, Capt and Aircraft commander was also included.
A certificate of appreciation for BOOKS FOR TROOPS "In recognition of your selfless dedication and humble care for the morale and welfare of our Air Commandos...We salute you."Christopher Ireland, Colonel USAF
"I am a homeless Army veteran. I contacted Books for Troops to try to get some books and wow have I received books for me and my fellow vets. II feel so blessed to receive all these books. When I start putting books out of the boxes, I was more amazed at the different titles included. They got better and better." Heather Sweeten
"I wanted to say thank you for all the great work your organization, Books for Troops is doing for the troops! I want to say what a wonderful group of dedicated people you have volunteering their time and efforts to make us feel at home.We've received several boxes of books already. Whenever a box arrives, I'm so excited to open the box to see what's been donated...its kind of like Christmas! The guys and gals I work with love to see the boxes of books arrive as the books give them an outlet from the daily stress of deployment. Books for Troops have sent some excellent reading material which definitely helps morale and definitely shows that they care. I thank you again for what you do. The troops love you guys! SrA Lindsey McGee, USAF
Thank you so much for the shipment of books. It was like opening a Sci-Fi lovers' treasure chest. There are more than enough great books to keep us busy in the mind for a long time. I read that you could also send comic books. We'd be more than delighted if you could arrange to send some. We want to thank all of you at Books for Troops for what you do for our troops. Know that you put a smile on someone's face everyday. You help educate and enlighten us all in our time of need. Thanks for all you do." Waylon Mars
" Just received your two boxes of books that you sent! All I can say us "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Almost all the guys found something they liked and were thrilled to hear there was one more box on the way. I personally was happy to see some David McCullough in the box-I've been excited about starting "1778." Can't help feeling patriotic while we're over here with all the troops together. Aldo, quick to go were the Bob Woodward books and the David Guterson ones. The guys couldn't beleive that they requested something and it just showed up! Please tell everyone that works for Books for Troops that we cannot thank you enough to show grateful we really are. Yours is an absolutely wonderful organization and you guys are truly making an impact in the daily lives of some true American warriors.! Stephen Mauney
I want to thank you for the contribution of paperbacks for our US. Service Members in Korea. We deliver your books to patients at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital in Yongsan, Korea in conjunction with our hospital visit. We also stock the reading shelves in the US Army Garrison Library giving them access to any army personnel who wants them. Thank you for your unselfish service and efforts to bring part of home to our U.S.Service Members serving here in Korea."
"Just wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts to provide books to the troops in Afghanistan. Thanks for the few hours of "brain candy" to alleviate the stress, boredom and fears."
"What an incredible job you are doing! I am so impressed with the Books for Troops Program. I have heard from those deployed in Afghanistan and all have told me how important books are to them. Even more than movies, they prefer books since they can lose themselves better in books. Books provide the very needed alone time and time for introspection so lacking in a place where people always surround you. Books also provide the ultimate escape from fears, loneliness, despair, homesickness, and loneliness that movies don't sustain. Plus books are so portable that they provide distraction wherever it is needed. Your program is an invaluable gift to our deployed and a definite reminder that people care."
Just wanted to express my appreciation for your efforts to provide materials for my troops and to remind them that there are people who care for them and want to improve their morale. To quote John Fitgerald Kennedy, "Let us learn to show friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead." Thank you for keeping us alive in mind and spirit with your gift of quality books.