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« on: April 10, 2007 06:22:12 AM »

I was thinking of making a little something for my brother-in-law, who is currently in Iraq  Cry. I am at a loss for idea. Can anybody give me any suggestions of what I can possibly stitch up for him to send along? I guess nothing too big cause he will have to carry it around. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2007 06:52:03 AM »

Iraq is one of the toughest places when it comes to soldier caring items. But I understand your problem (brother went 1 round in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq, and going back to afg soon)

Think something small, very sturdy, and something non-detailed too. (This has to hold up through sand, sweat, and wear.) Thats if he's in the field. There are also those that have small cement bunkers included in supply compounds and main bases. If thats the case then you have allot more options.

So basically if hes a foot soldier or in a tank or truck (like my brother) and he's out on missions. I'd say a bracelet, a tag, something that lets him know his family loves him. Even something as simple as a cloth bracelet with his initials on it is nice. Maybe even a book marker or something he could stick in his boot or helmet.

If he's on a base, they usually allow small personal items, such as blankets, photos books, and larger items. A nice quilt with embroidery, or theres always the dusk cloths that they pick up from local vendors you could make one and put his initials on it. Initialed gun cleaning clothes, weapons are cleaned routinely to combat the dirt and dust that could potentially jam and cause a weapon to misfire

No matter how small it is, how detailed, how whatever, he will love it and cherish it because it comes from his home and his old family. Especially if he is in a high combat zone, it will help him stay connected and stay sane.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2007 07:39:10 AM »

Maybe Adetten or someone who is more familiar with the military can comment on this, but what about something he can wear?  Is there some item of clothing that could be discretely embellished with good wishes from your family, something that wouldn't embarrass him or violate whatever standards of dress he has to follow?  I'm thinking of something like a t-shirt or boxers, but I really like the idea of the cloths or whatever.  It seems like something small and personal that he could have near him would be comforting.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2007 04:09:56 PM »

Maybe Adetten or someone who is more familiar with the military can comment on this, but what about something he can wear?  Is there some item of clothing that could be discretely embellished with good wishes from your family, something that wouldn't embarrass him or violate whatever standards of dress he has to follow?  I'm thinking of something like a t-shirt or boxers, but I really like the idea of the cloths or whatever.  It seems like something small and personal that he could have near him would be comforting.

yes you can send him clothing that would have embellishments on it but it does depend on what situation he is in. If you do though you must remember that anything that is worn will not be washed on a daily basis, and will have a large amount of sweat, dirt, grease, and other fluids on it. Also look for undershirts, boxers, and socks be sure they are resistant and what not. But then again this depends on what he's doing for a job and depending upon which service branch he is in. Army does not stick to the assigned job so everything must be versatile.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2007 03:13:10 PM »

Helmet liner? I saw a site that was doing a knitting project for those.
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