New Hampshire

Rochester Veterans Council

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THANKS TO ALL THE SCHOOLS &  GREETERS WHO HELPED WITH THE VALENTINES, THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY  !!!!

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Thank you again for the warm welcome and send off.  I’ve never experience such a heartfelt gesture before deploying in my 23 years of service.  I will be in Iraq for the next year and will try to send pictures of our service members for your collection.   Again Thank you for your continued support to our country and our Nation’s Warriors!

CMSgt Robert T.  Troop Commander Flight 1-23-18

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I can't possibly tell you how much the Pease Greeters mean to me.  It really was an emotional event when I got off that plane.  I can hardly tell the story around here without getting choked up (at least a little).

 

It is just so incredible that we have people that will go so far out of their way to show their love for servicemembers.

 

I truly, truly appreciate everything you do and I have loved getting your messages and reading your facebook posts.

 

Please know how much what you do means not just to me, but also to other Soldiers.  All of us fall short in showing our true feelings and I'm definitely one of those people who do not always show how truly grateful I am.

 

So what I'm trying to say is... You Rock !!!  You All make this world a far better place.

Thanks, B Col. Tim S.

 

Good morning,     I was cleaning out my old footlocker and found one of the cards that you guy use to hand out once we returned home. The flight date was 9-21-14, I am a military veteran and had several other deployments that I do not have the card for. Thank you guys for what you do and I look forward to seeing those pictures.    Kind regards,    Jairo R


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hello MR. and MRS. Schottler, I am SFC  David  E  and was wondering if you can still send me the pictures from flight 1-1-18,                      I would like to personally thank you and all the personnel who took the time on new years day to go and greet all of us, you guys do such an amazing job and I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. You guys make coming back home very special and it touches so many more lives than just the ones getting off the aircraft.

 

Thank you for your time and attention may god bless you and all your awesome personnel

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 Good afternoon,    My son deployed yesterday Jan 13, and said that if I was to email, you would send me the pictures from the airport ceremony? I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to us moms that these ceremonies happen! We can’t always be there to say goodbye to our boys but knowing that there are still those that appreciate what they are doing makes me feel so much better. I have 2 sons and they are both Marines. One is in Japan and the one that left yesterday is off to Afghanistan. It will be over a year until I can hug either of them again. You and the wonderful ceremonies help my heart!

Thank you for all of your services! I am so proud to be a military family!!    Stephanie C

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Thank you for the link, I will definitely share the it with others. 11-7-17

 

Again, I thank you all for what you do, trust me, it is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed. I can assure you, the thing soldiers were talking about on the plane ride to Ft Drum was how great it was to meet and speak with all of you. It’s people like you that make our job/service extremely easy and worthwhile!    Thank you for everything!

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JoAnne Schottler

PEASE GREETERS

Care Package Coordinator

Member Board of Directors

63 Winnicutt Road

Stratham, NH 03885

603-772-8620


 

 

 

VALENTINES FOR OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS DUE JANUARY 19, 2018, PLEASE NO BIGGER THAN 8 x 10 AND   "NO GLITTER".....DROPS OFFS, GREENLAND POLICE, HAMPTON POLICE, 3 SISTERS, NEXT TO COMMUNITY OVEN, HAMPTON----SMG NEWSPAPER BLDG AT PEASE, CONCORD FIRE DEPT, B'WAY STATION, OR BRING TO A FLIGHT, NOTHING CAN BE LEFT INSIDE THE TERMINAL IF "NO FLIGHT"

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HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR, AMAZING LETTER TO START 2018, HE JUST RECEIVED PICTURES FROM MARCH 29, 2013 !!!.....................


I want you and your husband to know that a guy down in Georgia is so very thankful for all that YOU GUYS and Pease Greeters do for our great country! So many people are silently thankful to all of you. Flying back in to the USA meant so much to me and I'm certain thousands of others are thankful and feel so welcome by your groups actions. For that I say – THANK YOU!

The reception that you guys do for our Men and Women in Uniform and DOD and Civilian means the world to all of us! It makes what we are doing that much more important. It obviously did to me merely by these emails and you and your husband’s time looking for my picture of which I am so so very proud – it makeSmy prior military service as well as my DOD service that much more special!

You all are a very special group and I hope that one day I too can provide for our military the way you all have. I told a friend that you guys (although Yankees – LOL, and I do mean this with the greatest of respect) gave us Southerners a run for our money with regards to Northern Hospitality vs Southern Hospitality! I went on and on about how cool it was to have had the privilege to have participated in this event.

I pray God’s blessings on you all and our troops and nation in the upcoming new year – Happy New Year and God Bless!!! Sincerely R---Atlanta, GA

 

 

  My name is LTC Paul McC.  I was the flight commander on a return flight to the US, which stopped at NH, on   11-26-1726 November.  I would like to get access to the pictures from that evening.  I'd greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide.  Thanks so much for your help and support, especially making all of us feel welcome at the airport.

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Hello,

My name is Amanda E. I am the proud army wife of SGT Bryant E. He is currently deployed now but just sent me the photo of the card he received from the New Hampshire base he flew out of. His flight date was 12-10-2017. I was hoping to receive the link for the photos of that flight. I also wanted to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm welcome he received when he landed there. He told me about it and showed me the piece of flag with saying on it. That really meant so much to me and him. Im glad he had that there since as much as I would of loved to of also obviously wasn't allowed. Thank you for everything you do. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.  Sincerely,   Amanda

 

 

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You were the people my Loved one saw right before his last deployment and your selflessness, kindness and generous support was impactful to his experience and us. Thank you for what you do and from our hearts to yours, many many blessings!   Linda, PA

 

 

 

This is SGT RRobert R.. I don't remember the flight number we came in on but I was one of the Soldiers that was at the airport when you welcomed me and my brothers and sisters on the evening of 12DEC17.

Thank you for the all the love and support you give to us. We sincerely do appreciate it and it warmed my heart to know there are great Americans who are still as patriotic as I am.

I would love to see all the pictures you took that day. New Hampshire is one of my new favorite states now. Thank you again for the warm welcome and I'm so glad to be back home. I love you all and I'm proud to serve and represent such amazing classy Americans. Keep doing what you're doing and when I retire I will follow along in your footsteps and keep this wonderful tradition going forward.

 

Thank you for supporting our troops and taking the pictures & videos. How wonderful that an organization can provide so much to them! I know my daughter  (12-10-17)  appreciated the reception and gifts and I am very grateful too.

Blessings to all of you,

Michelle Snyder

 

JoAnne Schottler

PEASE GREETERS

Care Package Coordinator

Member Board of Directors

63 Winnicutt Road

Stratham, NH 03885

603-772-8620


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I am SPC Engelberth B.  from the flight on 11/30/17. I just wanted to thank you for everything that you did for us, it really meant a lot! The stories that you shared really motivated me to do what I must in my time away. I'm keeping the star in my left breast pocket right over my heart every day. Also, whenever you get a chance I would love to take a look at the pictures from this day. Once again thank you so much and may God be with you all.

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Thank you so much for these pictures! You don’t know how much they mean to my family and I, especially during this holiday season. God bless your organization and prayers and thoughts be with you! What a special gift that you give to those that are sacrificing their lives every day. Again, I cannot say thank you enough. Happy Holidays, Lauren Smith    flight 11-28-17

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Oh, you made this mom's heart sing to see her son smiling and being welcomed warmly.  Thank you.  If you ever need help in Texas let me  know.

Sincerely,   Beverly Hulick (Carl Cassler's mother)  11-28-17

My son's flight departed with a send off from such a warm and caring group of folks  yesterday evening, Nov 28.    I am sure you hear it a million times, thank you for your support and kindness that you give to our service members.   Your generosity touches not just the service members but their families hearts as well.

 

Thank you again to all of your volunteers.  I will be making a donation, so the Pease greeters may continue to spread the joy that we just experienced.

 

Sue ,   Photo access request

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Good Afternoon!

I was on a redeployment flight with the date of 12 Jan 17 and I just found the business card handed to us as we boarded our return flight to Fort Campbell. I was just wondering if the link to the photos for this flight is still available and if so, can you please send it to me? I also wanted to thank you for your warm reception; it was completely unexpected and truly touching. It made me feel like the long hours and time spent away from my family actually made a difference. I will never forget it.   Thank you for all of your support !    Marisa.

  My name is GM1 Christoper , I was on flight number 1 on September 30th 2017. I wanted to thank you for the warm reception you gave our flight as we deployed that day it meant a lot to us. Thank you for all that you do for us as we come home or leaving for deployment. I hope all of you had a great thanksgiving and I hope you holidays are merry and filled with joy and love. May god continue to bless you and your families. I'm sorry for a late email to say thank you.    Very Respectfully,  Christopher

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Pease Greeters,

We received your care package last week.

Everyone was very happy to receive it.

Great choice in candy and snacks and the personal items were very much appreciated as well.

Our unit put together a slide show to commemorate our halfway point in our deployment and we showed many of the photos that you took when we passed through New Hampshire.

 

Thanks again,   Very Respectfully,Ross K.,   LT, CEC, USN

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Hi Mom #2 !!!! I just got your two care packages and they were AWESOME!!!!! Everything was absolutely perfect! I immediately began sharing and making plans to send what i could farther downrange. Thank you Thank you Thank you

the snacks were perfect and thanks especially for the socks! You guys are really amazing and it was an excellent Thanksgiving surprise!!

Much love to you and all the greeters. Happy Thanksgiving! BC TOM S.

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Thank you to all the amazing volunteers and community members that came out to make our flight overseas memorable. All the handshakes, warm wishes and candy were great. Your community is amazing and we are greatful for your support.

Can you please send pictures for flight #3 on 10/27/2017----Jill L. K,   CPT, AG

 

I just wanted to say "Thank You" for the care packages that are being sent. I just returned from R&R and found that I had 2. You guys are the best!! There are a lot of items that are just not available over here, and the only way to get some needed items is to order them and then wait, and wait , and wait. So I assure you that I and the rest of the ladies on the second floor truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and efforts. And of course the cookies, nuts, candy etc. are loved, even though we might not need those items as much . . . LOL    Sincerely,   Barbara D.



 

Hi ALL,

we have given out over Approximately 20,000 knit and crotched hats since January 2017, and are totally out,  please share the word, if you don't knit or crotchet, maybe you could by Yarn !!!

 

Christmas Project,  if you have stockings that are done, please pass off to Me, also Gift bags, as stated in July notice, they will be handed to the  Deploying Troops  November and December...

thank you ALL, for your continued support.

Request photos you took on Friday, 8 Sep 2017 (afternoon flight).  More importantly, thanks for what you all did took make us feel loved by our country as we support our great nation overseas.

Respectfully,   MAJ Alex Shimabukuro
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Good morning,  I received a picture of the card handed to another mom's soldier. my son was on the same flight.   Flight Date 9/10/17   #2

 

  my soldier son deployed yesterday.  He told me about being greeted by veterans when they got to new Hampshire. very cool.  he also sent me a picture of the piece of the flag he was given.  what a way to make their leaving special.     Thank you,  Nicole Foster

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Dear Pease Greeters,    What you guys do is FANTASTIC!  Was very tough not to choke up when greeted so warmly.  The ceremony and speeches were great.

Thank you and please send the link for photos. 9-10-17  MARTIN C. JUNG,LTC

There are no words to express my deep gratitude for what you and your organization does. My son called me briefly while at the airport  9-5-17 n#2 and I could hear the encouragement and sense of unity your presence gave to him in his voice.

Add to that... there are pictures capturing this extreme transitional time... Your both are awesome!   
Pvt. Malphrus, Taylor   Lisa, a proud MOM,  Thank you sincerely and deeply.

 

JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

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Dear Pease Greeters,    Good evening. I’m interested in viewing the redeployment photographs from the flight on 15 May 2017. I’d also like to thank you very much for you unwavering support to the Armed Services, DoD Contractors, DA Civilians, and Service Members! What you do is a blessing to Service Members and is greatly appreciated. For most of us your ceremony is the only formal recognition that we’ll receive for our Service overseas. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality. God Bless!   -1SG(P) Beals

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Hello,    My name is Garret and I recently came home from Afghanistan. Our unit passed through NH and I'd like to request photos please?  My flight date was 5/14/17. #1.  I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome. I have been deployed three times and this is the first time I've experienced anything like this. It was very humbling. Thank you for all you do!  God Bless and thank you.   Very respectfully,SFC Garret Van der wielen.

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Hello,   Thank you for a wonderful experience in NH. I was blown away by the overwhelming love and support your staff & volunteers shown us on our way to our deployed location. I am finally home with my family and would love to share photos during my time there. Can you please provide the secure link to the pictures ? 12-28-2016  #1  Thank you,  MSgt  Haggard.

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Thank you for the care packages The item came in handy. I shared them with about 25 people's everyone had a item inside The boxes that they really need. You and member of your organization are really great America thank you again.  We do have about 35 females in our position also. Thank you thank you thank you for all you have done for us we really appreciate it, Antonio Lowell. 

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First I would like to say thank you all so kindly for your sincere greetings and kind hospitality during out stop over in New Hampshire. There is no better way to have been sent over seas! We appreciate all that you guys do.

 

Next, I would like to request the link to the photos taken on 21MAY2017, for flight #2. 


 

Thank you so much again, God Bless.   Very Respectfully,  Nikki M. Parkman, 2LT, USA FA

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 Hi , I'm Spc Thomas,  from the 215 th EN CO. NG ,Puerto Rico. Were all good a safe ,working hard everyday , Can't wait to finish but there's still alot to do over here. Its very hot now but so far its been a great experience.

Can you send me the photos of flight date 2-2-17   We appreciate it, thanks you for all your support !__________________________________________________________________________________________

My name is Marty Thompkins and I got a chance to see and meet some of the best people in the world. I serve 22 years in the military and I always say those that came before those that are serving today are the real  heroes. You guys were the best. I have come through the Atlanta terminal and it was nothing  like this. You guys are the best and the real heroes.  I loved every min of our time there. my flight date was 5-26-17 and I am requesting the photos please.

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All  ,You know me and my stories...Let me introduce you to each other...

Heather is from the past...she lives in the Northeast and supports or Talibanned Cigar Club with cool coins and funny stories and pictures of he dogs that have helped through a few "fun" days...

Caroline Howard is a supporter that has sent me boxes...she is in Georgia and randomly got my name and address in a Lowes...I have not been to Georgia in about six years....mmm...random???  Her and her group sent my wife a beautiful quilt...

The Pease Greeters (Jscat) (greeted us in transit at the now long-closed Pease Air Force Base) on our way to our various locations...they greet every flight and provide more comfort than could ever be expressed.  6-17-2016

Well...My time is winding down here, after 12 months I have about two more to go...times have been exceptionally prosperous here...I have grown and found my groove...Stella Got Her Groove Back...!! (No I am not Stella...had a dog named Stella for 12 years...a story within itself...the WORLDS FASTEST DOG!!)

May the Lord bless each of you and your families, businesses and endeavors...His grace and love go beyond al understanding.  Robert Pew

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Good Morning, yes I am still deployed.  I want to thank all that you all do to make the Welcoming, 7-26-16,    so emotional.  Thank you    Johanna Torres-Ferreyra

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APRIL 2017

Dear Ms. Schottler and the staff and volunteers of the Pease Greeters,
I first contacted the Pease Greeters a month ago after stopping in NH enroute to Afghanistan. In that letter I thanked you and the entire Pease Greeters Organization for you tradition of honoring deploying and redeploying Soldiers to combat zones. I am contacting you today because earlier this week my organization received several care packages from the Pease Greeters.
Those packages were loaded with welcomed snacks, coveted deer jerky, an abundance of personal hygiene items, and other simple comforts. These simple things such as soap, shampoo, and socks that are so ordinary back home, are often low in supply, worn, or just difficult and time consuming to get on a small outpost like this one.
After receiving the your packages which I shared with many on my team I wanted to personally write this letter to thank you, your entire volunteer staff, Mr. Wayne Stevens and the New Hampshire Hunters Helping Heroes organization (for the deer jerky), and Mr. and Mrs. Don Sullivan (for the socks). In addition to the care packages I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your service to Soldiers like us deployed around the globe.
I know that it takes a big heart to give and volunteer. I also know it takes a bigger heart to do that for people you will probably never see, meet, or potentially hear from. I can say with certainty we here at ANASOC-SOAG (Afghan National Army Special Operations Command Special Operations Advisory Group) thank you for your support to our organization and the overall effort in Afghanistan.
I have enclosed a photo of the entire team here at COP Morehead. As you can see from the photo our team is very diverse and define joint and combined operations. We have contracted civilians, Slovakian Special Forces, Polish Special Forces, and American Soldiers. The American Soldiers come from both the conventional Army, and the Special Operations community. Additionally, every branch of service is represented along with the Army Reserve and National Guard. As I
outlined briefly in the last letter our mission is to Train, Advise, and Assist (TAA) the Afghan Special Operations Forces (Commandos and Special Forces) that support the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in order to improve their capabilities so that one day they can independently defend themselves. In short, we are trying to work our way out of a job so they can do it themselves. In all honesty if Afghanistan has a chance of becoming an independent sovereign stable nation the commandos is their best shot which makes our job even more important.
In closing, I wished I had the time to hand write a note to every contributor and volunteer associated with your organization however, my time is limited and I am only able to write on Fridays (our one down day). I know the words “thank you” seem so simple and don’t nearly convey the gratitude that I or this organization has. However, in this case they are appropriate so please convey our thanks to every member of you staff. Finally, my contact info is at the top of this letter if there is anything myself or our team can do for you guys please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again and God Bless you all.
Very Respectfully,  Grady D. Lowe

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I just wanted to say thank you for all you do. My husband just came through there this afternoon 4/7/17, on his way to Afghanistan leaving me and his two daughters for six months. We weren't there to see all you did but know he was very touched by your support for him from what he told us. This isn't his first deployment but it is the first time he's ever experienced something like this and it was very much appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts we love you and all you do and YOU are who he is fighting for.  Meg Wagoner

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Thank you again for the great welcome that we received during our layover! We were the Air National Guard unit, 123rd Fighter Squadron/142nd Fighter Wing that came through on Feb 28th, flight #3. We are all home now safe and sound and you have greatly added to our good memories of our trip. If you are able to send me a link to the photos i know that our team would love to see them. Thank you again for everything and God bless you guys!

 

-MSgt Josh Pousson

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I was part of the deploying group that came through today and was truly impressed with your dedication and support. I had the pleasure of experiencing true patriotism today. Thank you for supporting us and the other men and women of the U.S. military.   Jaime Del Rio, Capt, USAF    4-6- #2

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My husband, MSgt Noah McCool send me this email and asked me to write! He was so humbled by how wonderful y'all were!! Thank you so much!     Flight 2   4/6/17

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Thank you all so much for the grand send off prior to our deployment. I can't tell you how honoured i was to see all of you there to greet and feed us. My flight date was 4-6-17 #2,  Thank you all,  TSgt Jeff Holzbauer

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Good morning,   Thank you all for all that you do! I had tears running down my cheeks from utter heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome we received that morning.  Thank you so much.

Flight number 3-27-17 #1...I would like to see the pictures please. Thank you again.

Very respectfully,   HM2 Jean Domingo

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Morning,

First of all I want to thank you and your team from the bottom of my heart for the warm reception you gave me and the amazing work you continue to do for service members. Thank you, you are greatly appreciated!      I would also like to request copies of the photos that were taken during our time in your company. I was on flight 2 on 27 March, 2017.      Keep up the good work!     Respectfully,    SGT Dominique Rogers

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Sending an email to inquire about the link for photos of the flight on 2 April, 2017, flight 1.

On a personal note, this was my first deployment and I must say that what you & The Pease Greeters do is uniquely special and tremendously impacting.  To say that I felt "welcomed" back to US soil after Afghanistan was an understatement.  Literally, I (and my friends around me) could feel the stress melting away knowing that we were surrounded by people that understood and cared for us.  The food, the hospitality and the people were just phenomenal.  "Thank you" is an understatement.    God bless,

Matthew Steele, CRNA, MSN

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

Hello Beautiful New Hampshire Pease Greeters!!

 

My sincerest apologies for taking so long to email you all. What a challenge we faced here in the first month. This is only the second time I have had a moments peace, so I finally am able to sit down and email you!

 

We made it to our destination. Our team has finally settled and we are complete - the last few soldiers finally arrived and we are having our first graduation ceremony for students who attended the first cycle of Basic Leaders Course (BLC) - 22 days straight of no rest for the warrior! The instructors - most of whom came through with me on this same date - are acclimating to the climate, not the weather; rather, not being in a garrison environment where they are accustomed to doing things a certain way - there way. The leaders we have are exceptional, patient, and kind... we couldn't have asked for a better team! It's just a few "kids" need some life lessons that rank just doesn't teach. That's okay - most of us lead by example so it won't take them too long to learn that mommy isn't here to wipe your tears and sometimes 6 hours of sleep is all you're going to get.   Hahaha, yes, I know you're laughing aloud with me. 

 

I ate all of the delicious Lindt chocolates in the first two weeks! Of course I shared the huge bag you so generously filled up for me! I was like a kid - popping them in my mouth like it was my last day on earth! I thought I was already in heaven. :D

 

The warm welcome we received from you was beyond compare! It was moving, tearful, joyful, and so loving!! Thinking back to it often, Many of us had never been so well-received - thank you! I know - so many exclamation marks, but that is how you made me/us feel and we can't thank you enough for it!!! 

 

We hope to come through on our way home at the end of October. Noooo... not for more Lindt chocolates (but I won't say no), but to hug each and every one of you and to tell you how much it meant to us. Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! What you all did for us will undoubtedly last a lifetime in our hearts. 

 

Please let me know how I can get a copy of the picture of me and (Robert?) thanking Lindt for their generosity as well. I'd like to reach out to them and express my gratitude for their delicious donations. :)

 

Wit much love, respect, and appreciation,  1-27-17 AT PEASE, SSG Marie Campbell

 

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March 2017, Hawkeye (Sporting News)

 

                                                 Wayne Stevens

                             Police Officer Newmarket, NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE HUNTERS HELPING HEROES

 

      Allow me an opportunity to express how pleased I am with the Hunters in the New Hampshire Seacoast area, and more specifically, within the Newmarket and Epping area. I can't thank these hunters enough.

      Last year, my brother-in-law, who serves in the military, was deployed to the Middle East.  My wife was constantly, at least every other week, sending him care packages.

      Low and behold, venison jerky has become a big hit amongst the troops and requests for more jerky were coming in.  I eventually ran out of the deer hamburger that is used to make the jerky; by the time I ran out of deer hamburger, my brother-in-law already had orders to return home.  I was not worried about my depleted supply of deer hamburger, and I thought my days of making venison jerky were OVER !!

      Upon his return, I began talking with a few veterans who really enjoyed the jerky.  It makes me think it would be a nice gesture to continue sending the jerky to our military troops who serve our country, overseas.  The only problem I had was being completely out of deer meat and the next deer season had not yet started.   Being a hunter myself, I know that hunters are very generous people and usually have deer in there freezers from previous years,  giving me the idea to ask hunters  to donate  few pounds of deer hamburger from their harvest during the deer season.

     With the help from  a local butcher in Newmarket and Carl West ( a veteran himself) from F & F Butcher shop in Epping, I places signs in the 2 butcher shops asking hunters to donate deer hamburger.  The support was unbelievable !!!   Due to lack of freezer space,  I had a stretch of 2 weeks in which I had to constantly make jerky in order to make space for the overwhelming supply of incoming meat !

     To date I have sent approximately 60 pounds of jerky.  I continue to make it and send it overseas.  Five pounds of hamburger makes one batch of jerky.  I then vacuum seal it, then take it to JoAnne Schottler, the Care Package Coordinator for Pease Greeters, who sends it to the troops.

      I constantly receive emails from our troops overseas telling  me how great the jerky is and thanking me for making the jerky.  I predict that in about 2 months, I will be out of hamburger and will have to wait until next deer season to start the process again.  UNLESS  you would like to donate either deer hamburger or the vacuum seal 8 X 12 bags.

       I you wish to be involved in the  worthwhile project, please contact me,

 Wayne Stevens at  (603-292-7971)  or email me at  stevensw@newmarket.k12.nh.us 

      I close by thanking the many hunters who donated to this cause.  We have military troops and veterans overseas fighting for our country and I am very thankful and proud that the hunters in New Hampshire stepped up to make this happen, bringing a little bit of the New Hampshire woods to the Middle East.

      Thank you ALL very much.

TROOPS RECEPTION PICTURES---we have created a NEW email for the troops and their families to obtain the FREE pictures, Please, if they ask, it is now    thepeasegreeters@gmail.com,   THANK YOU ALL.

Father & Son together-- David  Hogue---BAF, Afghanistan

JR WEST--with our Care Packages

Sent: 11/3/2013 10:23:17 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-3-13 One Star Gen.& Dabi enjoying our Pumkin,Cards & goodies