They all wear the same uniform, they’ve been through the same training, and they share the same title: Marine. But don’t let the uniformity fool you; there is much diversity in the Marine Corps.
Young men and women enter the ranks of the United States Marines from across the nation. They represent East coasters, West coasters, Southerners, Midwesterners, a variety of ethnic backgrounds, both genders, and they each have a unique story.
Today, we’d like to share two letters from Marines with you. One represents a female Marine who’s deployed to Afghanistan while her husband is deployed to Iraq. The other represents a male Marine who’s deployed to Afghanistan with a wife and two young children waiting patiently for his safe return home.
See below for pieces of their stories in their words.
Dear MarineParents.com Sponsors and Volunteers,
Thank you for taking time to send me a care package. I was able to share a lot of the items with my fellow Marines.
It’s hard being away from family for an entire year. Especially since my husband is currently deployed to Iraq.
As our deployment continues, my fellow Marines and I will try to send some pictures. This way you can have a first-hand look at the Marines you are supporting.
We have all the letters and pictures that were enclosed in the care packages posted up on our tent. This is a great reminder that we have supporters every step of the way.
At the end of this letter I am enclosing a few names of some Marines in my unit who would be happy to receive a care package.
Again, thank you for the support and prayers. You are all greatly appreciated. : )
Dear Marine Parents,
Thank you so much for the time you took to put together that package. I, of course, shared it with the rest of my platoon.
We don’t have the best situation over here so it’s always awesome to receive some good will from back in the U.S.
Overall we are doing a pretty solid job over here. We had to build a base from scratch, and while it’s labor intensive and painstaking, it’s worth it to know we’re doing it the right way.
I’m about 3 months into a 1 year long deployment – the time is flying but I’m dying to see my wife and kids. My daughter is 5 and my son will be 3 in June.
They’re pretty sick of me deploying and I can’t blame them. After this I’m going to try and stay home as long as possible.
Once again, thank you for all the support and warm wishes. I hope all is well with your friends and family.