Help an Art of Manliness Reader Serving in Iraq

If you follow the news, you know that on Monday insurgents attacked a joint Iraqi-American base camp in Baghdad, Camp Loyalty, killing 5 US servicemen and wounding 17 others. It was the worst single death toll in that country in two years. The insurgents targeted the men’s barracks and fired rockets into them as the men slept.

Morgan Nikias survived the attack, but his sister contacted us to let us know that because of where the attack occurred, all of the men’s personal possessions and supplies were destroyed. The men are greatly in need of basics like soap, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, and underwear.

So often you hear, “I don’t support the war, but I do support the troops.” Well here’s your chance to put your money or your (unopened) deodorant where you mouth is. There are a couple of ways to help-

Luree is organizing a bunch of large care packages to send to her brother and his unit. You can send her some of the supplies mentioned above, and she’ll incorporate them into the packages. Or you can create a care package yourself and send it directly to the men. Or you can just donate money, so Luree can buy supplies. Details can be found here:

http://nikiasloyalty.moonfruit.com/#/donate/4552221075

Morgan is a big fan of the Art of Manliness. I hope you’ll show him and his brothers that AoM men aren’t just readers, but doers!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Barker June 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

The link seems to be broken :-(

Mark Petersen June 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

It seems to work if you just paste it into the address bar.

Marty Watkins June 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Guys, I have been to the FOB where this soldier is located. Even before this devastating attack, these men needed these things. Their px (grocery store) is a room with a small supply of hygiene and tobacco products, and believe me, the pickings were slim. The base has a policy about standing too close together in groups due to the frequency and lethality of these rocket attacks. These men need it.

Nick June 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Just made a donation. However what kind of things would they need? I have some cigars I could send or maybe we can order some stogies for the troops through sites like cigars international or JR cigars. Thoughts?

Carter June 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Will be sending things soon, thanks for passing along the message.

Marty Watkins June 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Hygiene and snack products, like jerky, are always nice. Things like deodorant, foot powder, tooth paste and brush, razors(and cream), …jerky, peanuts/cashews, etc, and from the reports we heard, several chu’s (thats a living area) were destroyed, meaning these men need basics like boxer briefs, wool socks, tan ACU type tshirts, Google is your friend if you dont know where to find this stuff. But army issue t shirts and socks are pretty inexpensive. Just remember, your sending these things to a third world country, and these are American males. What you like, they probably like too. If your feeling awesomely generous, a manly magazine subscription to his sister, she can send the mags, (they will get passed around like cheap hookers and be widely appreciated). Cigars I wouldnt send. They dry out extremely fast if they even survive the trip. Skoal, Copenhagen, straight and wintergreen and mint (longcut) are probably the most popular flavors in the armed forces.

Luis June 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Link works now. :)

Taylor June 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I just got back from Iraq. I was not in the Baghdad area but I was north of there. But someother very useful items are smokeless tobacco or dip. Quality socks in black, tan or green. Sunscreen, and all personal hygiene products for that matter including towels and wash cloths. Batteries, pillows, magizines of all sorts men’s health GQ girly mags( no porn though). Cystal lite packets and home made sweets. The best car package I ever got was from a family that I have never met except through emails and they sent me smart wool socks, a really nice LED flashlight, magazines of all kinds, gorilla tape, twine, candy and beef jerky.
Just a thought.

Al Burch June 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

I was stationed at Warhorse and Cobra in Diyala for four years so I know his pain. One thing I noticed for sure over there was that younger soldiers play a lot of video games whenoff duty, so if you’ve got an old XBox 360 or PS3 and games laying around, this may be a good place to send them.

Thomas Easterly June 10, 2011 at 5:50 am

Folks, please check out this website, http://www.suitcase4soldiers.com. It was started by my daughter Ashley, and has just gotten a grant from Pepsi in order to continue her fine work. Please email her at the address listed on the website and tell her what you need, and what your address is. I am currently in Baghdad, and can also vouch for the bad conditions there.

Charles Wilson June 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

Done and done

Barry June 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Care packages of non-necessities are good, but doesn’t the military provide things like shirts and socks and lights and such? Or are they just such terrible quality that in practice nobody uses them? I’ve never been in the military, so I honestly have no idea. Last time I checked, we were supposedly fronting a professional army, not a militia. These sorts of things would seem to be part and parcel for having our troops out in the field. I’m all for helping replace personal things that were destroyed, it just seems like the military would be the ones replacing basic things like deodorant, foot powder, socks, etc.

Brian Glaze June 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Done…thanks for the opportunity to help

Marty W. June 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Barry, to answer your question. Yes and No. We are given things like socks and tshirts, and (yes) even underwear (though they are the most atrocious, uncomfortable, etc.) And beggars cant be choosers. That being said, most troopers will buy underarmour underwear, or standard cotton boxer briefs that can be found at walmart and decent sized px’s. The socks are manageable, and some buy underarmour shirts. Now that the thermometer is well over 110 and rising daily, underarmour underwear is a god send.

P.S. Even still, at least on our base, we do not keep excessive quantities of socks and tshirts on hand. We have an ordering system, which in these summer months is extremely back ordered in common sizes. So it is very possible that these men are having trouble getting items that are normally issued regularly.

Jonathon June 13, 2011 at 2:04 am

To echo what everyone else has said if you want to send items heres some decent ideas

Jerky
Boot socks (black, green or tan)
Deodorant
Soap
Baby wipes
Magazines (FHM/Maxim/Mens Health etc)
Lotion (between the sun and sand your body is just dry)

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