Hi to all from Iraq. I just joined this forum a couple days ago and recently started to pick up a cigar. Smoked a really nice Padron (not sure of the name) the other night and have already dropped some of my hard earned money on some other sticks. All this said, I want everyone that follows these posts to know what we all think of them. I told Smelvis last night that mail from the states is all that keeps us going sometimes. I even joked with him and told him that a Best Buy add from home is even great...just knowing that it came from home.
I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all who donate and send our way. It's not as bad now in Iraq as when I was here in 2003/2004, but it still is a bit nervewracking. As I've read through all 98 pages of Smelvis' post regarding folks that donate as well as all 25 pages of Owaindav's post, all I can say is WOW. The outpouring of support that you guys show to us is amazing. I've read so many comments from folks along the lines of "It's the least I could do" or "Hey, they're over there fighting, I'm over here smoking...they should be doing the same" (paraphrasing there a bit) that I've truly become speechless. Most military members have the same attitude as you guys do "It's the least I can do". We are called to do a duty that we don't mind doing. Remember, our service is now all volunteer, no draft. Nobody is forced to be in the military. There are those of us that truly love what we do. I've been in almost 18 years now and honestly, I couldn't see my life as doing anything different. Has it all been a bed of roses? Hell no. However, I wouldn't trade it for anything. "Ne regretter rien"...Regret Nothing.
All the above said, would I love to be able to get in on this free cigars? You bet ya. However, if I never receive 1 single pc of anything from anyone associated with this board, I can still die a happy man knowing that there are caring people all around that truly do give a crap about what we do to protect freedom.
Cheers...off to smoke something...