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Old 06-02-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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What era you served and what little things you enjoyed receiving from home? I served 1990-1998 in the Navy. Some things I enjoyed included the hometown Sunday paper, favorite brand of coffee (Louisiana brand coffee called Community), and a tape recording of my favorite hometown radio show. No internet, no email, no video games, no satellite tv, and no phone service. Hand written letters were a big welcome.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Oh gosh, in today's world, we just order whatever we miss from Amazon. Amazon even delivers to Afghanistan. No one sends packages anymore :-(
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Oh gosh, in today's world, we just order whatever we miss from Amazon. Amazon even delivers to Afghanistan. No one sends packages anymore :-(
I was thinking Amazon Prime. We use that to send gifts to all friends and family who are not local...
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Vietnam era Marine Corps. My home town newspaper had a special condensed version of local news that could be clipped out, folded and mailed to service people overseas. Mom would send to me on a regular basis.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:48 AM
 
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Old news now from the early 1980s, but when I was Bn ADJ and S1 the thing that got the most morale boost from the troops when deployed was mail and movies. So I would set up a field post office and make arrangements from MWR for projector and rotated films.

During Desert Storm in the early 1990s it was M&Ms, they didn't melt in the desert heat. and salty nuts because you would get dehydrated without knowing it and the nuts forced you to drink water.

the thing I appreciated when OCONUS was the hometown newspaper and my sister's home made cookies.

Nowadays with all the electronics and comms capability, it doesn't seem like much is needed. and that is the shame, because it was the contact from home and loved ones more than the actual item.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I sent Meal enhancers. Anything that can be mixed with MREs.

I also sent them medicated foot powder, a lot of 100% cotton socks and underwear. Name brand coffee, etc.

Don't forget to send some Size AA and D batteries.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Old news now from the early 1980s, but when I was Bn ADJ and S1 the thing that got the most morale boost from the troops when deployed was mail and movies. So I would set up a field post office and make arrangements from MWR for projector and rotated films.

During Desert Storm in the early 1990s it was M&Ms, they didn't melt in the desert heat. and salty nuts because you would get dehydrated without knowing it and the nuts forced you to drink water.

the thing I appreciated when OCONUS was the hometown newspaper and my sister's home made cookies.

Nowadays with all the electronics and comms capability, it doesn't seem like much is needed. and that is the shame, because it was the contact from home and loved ones more than the actual item.
It reminded me that a unit member had a sister who worked in a US TV station. She would send us the latest US TV commercials... We had movies and commercials from AFRN. But Car, Candy, Store, etc commercials fresh from the US could not be beat.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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It reminded me that a unit member had a sister who worked in a US TV station. She would send us the latest US TV commercials... We had movies and commercials from AFRN. But Car, Candy, Store, etc commercials fresh from the US could not be beat.
yes, that reminds me, folks back home would videotape the latest TV shows and send to relatives OCONUS. We would watch the tape and pass it to our coworkers. Some of those really made the rounds. AFN is great but not usually up to date at that time.
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Viet Nam 1970-1972. Besides letters from my Mom, she would also send the latest issues of MAD Magazine. Had to have something to laugh about while I was in hell.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I was Army in the mid 80s and DH was Army mid 80s - 2008. When we were in Frankfurt in '85-87 there were stupid things like fruity pebbles and skittles (available, but sold out before most could get to the PX, Comm or shopette).

Pennies were also well liked since they were just not in rotation.

When DH was away from home (school, Korea, Desert Storm) letters were cherished. We have tins full of letters back and forth and DH I'll occasionally read some to me.

Care packages contained favorite things: candies, sodas, pictures and letters from the kids and homemade stuff that he had requested.
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