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They all wear the same uniform, theyve been through the same training, and they share the same title: Marine. But dont 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, wed like to share two letters from Marines with you. One represents a female Marine whos deployed to Afghanistan while her husband is deployed to Iraq. The other represents a male Marine whos 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 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.

Its 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. : )

Cpl B

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 dont have the best situation over here so its 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 its labor intensive and painstaking, its worth it to know were doing it the right way.

Im about 3 months into a 1 year long deployment the time is flying but Im dying to see my wife and kids. My daughter is 5 and my son will be 3 in June.

Theyre pretty sick of me deploying and I cant blame them. After this Im 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.

Sgt H

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