Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Day 106 - More Cards and Case Lots

Apparently, more companies are getting into the "Make Mom Feel Good" campaign:, a partner in DoD's America Supports You campaign, is offering forward-deployed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq the opportunity to send their moms a Mother's Day card at no cost. Just by logging into the company's website, servicemembers in the two countries can send their mothers a traditional paper greeting card from wherever they may be for Mother's Day. Servicemembers choose a card, write a message, then tell when the card should be mailed. The company prints the greeting card and sends it through the U.S. Postal Service. A special code is needed to access this offer on the company's website. Servicemembers serving abroad can find the code in ads that have been appearing in Middle East editions of the Stars & Stripes newspaper since April 22.

Here's another one:

Beginning May 6th, Stars and Stripes will be posting Mother's Day messages on its website. These free-of-charge messages were submitted by many of our men and women in uniform stationed overseas, through a website that Stars and Stripes had created. The website enabled anyone who visited the site to upload text as well as photos. Hundreds of messages have been received.

A good sale always makes moms feel good. If I lived near a commissary, we'd be checking this one out:

Commissaries are offering shoppers the chance to buy bulk quantities of their favorite products at savings of up to 50 percent. The exact date and time for the case lot sale will differ from location to location. For more information, visit DeCA's Web site,, for a complete listing of dates and times for your commissary.