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September 11, 2001 will live in infamy for the United States of America. It was scary. It was shocking. It has had a long lasting impact on almost every facet of life within the USA today! And yes, it resulted in the United States declaring war – a war on terrorists! And yes, now in 2010, the U.S. Military still has troops deployed throughout the Middle East as terrorists continue to threaten the world with their extremist attitudes and activities. And yes, there are troops deployed throughout the world that need support as well.

Explorer.com has initiated a new thread about which Examiners may write, sharing our information and stories about our troops who are, have been or will be deployed. To that end, this column “troops-abroad-in-baltimore” will highlight stories from: those who have been deployed, bases in and around the area, and groups who are doing awesome things to support our men and women in uniform.

Personally, my support for the troops ratcheted up a notch in 2007. It was a moment in time as I sat in a hospital bed complaining about not being able to get a snack – not being at home where I could raid the refrigerator or the nearby closet to get a pudding or a cookie. Before I finished my rant, the evening news came on with a unit of soldiers running toward me – almost as if it was a 3-D movie! The impact was as strong as if the men actually physically knocked me over.

I made a promise to those men, right then and there, to provide THEM with some snacks and whatever other support I could supply. It was a life changing moment for me.

But it wasn’t a simple task to come home from the hospital, pack a box of goodies and mail it to the war zone. First, a search ensued to find someone who was deployed since, unlike “Desert Storm,” a specific name and address is needed to send a care package to the Middle East. Not having much luck with my personal search, I contacted local bases without much success. Then, I contacted the local National Guard Armories only to hear that they were not currently deployed. Not willing to give up, I went on the internet and found an awesome source of contacts for soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and guardsmen who are deployed, who are willing to accept packages which they share with their units. Awesome!

As I post stories to this Examiner.com page, stories from the front lines as well as stories from family members left behind will be shared with you. Information about non-profit groups like Anysoldier.com will be provided. And many other interesting facts and trivia will unfold.

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