From the FRONT: 10 Nov


Hey, team! This is a long belated email response to some of the AASP packages that we have received. We have been very fortunate to be sponsored by Alan and his tremendous team. The amount of items that are donated and sent to us is amazing.

My name is CPT Jeff (last name redacted) and I currently serve as a Physician Assistant for a unit deployed to Europe. This is the 2nd time I have had the privilege of having my good friend Alan sponsor my unit. While the conditions may not be austere as some of your other adoptees, we have greatly appreciated the care packages.

I would have to say the item that gets used the most is the Keurig. Our entire team needs a constant supply of caffeine to care for our Soldiers, and the K-Cups really helps. So, a huge shoutout to Diane and Bill Casey for the Keurig and Marie Sweeney-Tevis for the K-Cups.

Thank you to the Unilever team for the razors and shampoo. That is a constant need in any deployed setting.

Thank you to Pat Sullivan and Marie Sweeney-Tevis again for the KIND bars, drink powder and K-Cups which keep us going.

Thank you to Lisa Slater from Hershey’s for the Hershey’s bars. Those were gone quickly lol. All the bars were picked up and enjoyed by pretty much everybody that saw them.

Thank you to Justa Silva for the Goya goods. We’ve all been introduced to some garlic plantain chips which we’ve found to be very delicious.

The shirts and ceramic cups from Subaru were very helpful, so thank you to Tom Salvino. The shirts are pretty comfortable and are a good addition to the cold weather here.

Also thank you to whomever supplied the TRX. Next to the Keurig, that is the next most used piece of equipment. We have a gym here, but are able to supplement some exercises with the TRX.

All of these packages wouldn’t be possible without the packaging and storage facility, so thank you to Phyllis Duke, as well as Allen Rizzardi and Francisco Magana for managing the warehouse.

Lastly, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and dedication to helping deployed soldiers. It means a lot to me and my team. If I ever meet any of you in person, I would like to buy you a beer 🍻. Attached to this email is a picture of me and some of my medics after opening up one of the first packages we received from AASP. Thank you all! v/r, Jeff