my monkied brain (katekat1010) wrote,
my monkied brain

my PSA for the week

Hey y'all. This won't come as a surprise to most of you, but I'm *so* not a supporter of the Iraq War (conservatives, don't stop reading - i think you'll agree with this thing at the bottom too). A friend of mine, who recently had a crisis of conscience -- a moment where she realized she was absolutely against every thing they're supposedly fighting for (and everything it seems obvious they're fighting for) -- called me up and asked me what she should do. Because we know protesting doesn't work. We know writing to our congressional leaders doesn't work. Most of 'em are lone voices in the spiraling mad whirlpool I like to call the downfall of democracy. Talking to friends doesn't help either, because we're all of the same opinion, and it's not like she's changing minds one person at a time.

Since I couldn't actually give her any help on what to do with all that fear and anger her realization caused her, she found something on her own. Some way to positively deal with a situation that is just insane. And here's the way.

Regardless of what we think about the war, there are a bunch of people over there who were ordered to be there, who are trying to do the best they can with what they have. And there's a couple of websites out there that try to support those people, that try to allow them to make individual requests and address individual needs - to help the *people* who are forced to fight a war they may or may not believe in.

If you have a couple of minutes, take a look at this site. It's called Any Some of the requests are so easy - some soldiers simply haven't heard from home, and are on their own for the first time since high school, and would love to receive a letter. Some would like beef jerky and movies. Some of the female soldiers want things we simply take for granted, like razors and deodorant. It was hard for me not to want to respond to them all. But I know this - I will respond to some. I will take all this frustration at not being able to do *anything* about a situation I hate and try and help some others who need it.

This is what they say about themselves:

Sergeant Brian Horn from LaPlata, Maryland, an Army Infantry Soldier with the 173rd Airborne Brigade was in the Kirkuk area of Iraq when he started the idea of AnySoldier to help care for his soldiers. He agreed to distribute packages, that came to him with "Attn: Any Soldier" in the address, to the soldiers who were not getting mail.
Brian is no longer in Iraq but Any Soldier Inc. continues with your support.

Any Soldier Inc. started in August 2003 as a simple family effort to help the soldiers in one Army unit, thus our name. However, due to overwhelming requests, on 1 January 2004 our effort was expanded to include any member, of any of the Armed Services, in harms way.

ok, now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Tags: news, psa

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