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June 09, 2004

A worthy cause...

Through my Rotary Club, I'm sending school supplies directly to Civil Affairs units in Iraq for distribution to Iraqi schools...

In the midst of spring cleaning, I'm sending cartons of books to deployed soldiers - history, historical fiction, sci fi and fantasy - the kinda stuff they want!

Through the Spirit of America, we raised over $50K to help the Iraqis get a freer press.

So now along comes Matt of Stop the Bleating with this plea...

Snipers in need have friend in States By Lisa Burgess, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Monday, May 17, 2004


ARLINGTON, Va. — Attention, deployed snipers: Your brothers-in-arms back home want to send you gear.

A group of police and military snipers has started “Adopt a Sniper” to donate equipment to deployed military members.

It’s the brainchild of Brian Sain, a police SWAT member for 15 years who works as a detective in the Port Arthur (Texas) Police Department.

Sain said he was inspired by the close-knit “sniper fraternity,” whose military and civilian police members are unusually interwoven. “A lot of SWAT [members] are former military, and a lot of them are reservists who are now going over” to Iraq and Afghanistan, Sain said. “And even if you’re not military, getting shot at is getting shot at, no matter where you are.”

Sain said he knows “what it’s like not to have the equipment you need.” In 1994, Sain said, “I watched a guy hold a baby out a door through my sniper scope. I couldn’t see [well enough to shoot the man]; it was dark and I didn’t have night-vision equipment.” As Sain watched helplessly, the man shot the baby in the back.

Sain said he is determined to make sure no deployed military sniper will ever be in that spot — unable to do his mission or worse yet, in danger, because he doesn’t have the right gear.

So - go here, or here and Adopt a Sniper!

How can I not support it? I am, after all, the Imperial Armorer... even if I'm vacationing a little... on Friday - the Irish will once again set themselves to invade Canada via Detroit!

Here's the whole story from The Stars and Stripes.