Friends, I assure you, that I am the "real deal". I have been in Iraq for two years, and I plan to be here for 3-5 more years. I am a civilian engineer, working for ITT (see www.itt.com
). I belong to the Masonic lodge, and we have masons all over the USA (and England), who have donated all kinds of goodies for the troops here.
These men and women work 12-16 hours per day, and they are mostly forbidden to go around in the markets and shop. I have been to a couple of the local shops here, and the hookahs they sell are just "crap" anyway.
If you want to see what we are doing here, please see my blog:
I can also give you some USA references, who can vouch that the donations program is 'legit', and I am absolutely on the level.
I promise, that all items received go straight to the troops here, through our local masonic lodge.
The fact that I have a APO military address in Iraq, should give you assurance, that this is a real program.
If you have any concerns, please email me at email@example.com
and I will give you a list of references, who can vouch for me.
Our troops here, deserve some quality time off.