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Pipes for Active Duty Military?

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    I thought I read in the past that there was someone who sends pipes and tobacco to active duty members? Can someone point me in their direction? I have quite a few pipes that I would like to donate to them. If they have any paperwork/flyers I can post it at the Veterans Hall too. Thanks...

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    Id like to accompany each one with a book as well...I would have appreciated that.

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    Might add that there are some good wounded warrior programs in most areas, too.

    I was driving into my little airport a couple of months ago and watched 3 guys in the airport utility cart chasing a naked man running with a half a bottle of Jim Beam down the runway @ 11am (2nd bottle, it turned out). The guy is a 20 yr recon Marine sergeant, only a few shrapnel scars on his torso, but he's completely scrambled from the neck up. A really good, intelligent man who is still fighting and right on the edge of control.

    Tobacco itself can't help him, but it was a way to engage with him, for a start. He has a decent B&M no name pipe and was smoking some awful aromatic. I got him a tub of Westminster and Union Square (which he likes a lot) last month just to open contact, communicate and get his eyes on the horizon for a moment. No worries about "tobacco health issues" as I'd say the odds are 50/50 he will kill himself. In the last year, he's lost 2 of his last platoon to suicide and he takes that hardest.

    I've never lived with military folk and now am immersed in the culture, living in north county San Diego. I can't believe how screwed up it is. These guys are wrecks.

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    Member Dave Shain goes by "shaintiques" on the forum accepts pipes and tobacco that he will send to veterans and active military. You can send him a PM for his address.

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    Thanks guys

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    About a year ago, a military chaplain on his way to the big air base in Afghanistan offered to accept pipes and tobacco for active duty people there. I sent pipes and tobacco. I believe he finished his tour and is back stateside. He might get back in touch with a referral on someone else doing this. I was interested that, in order to send to an APO (Army post office) address overseas, I had to fill out a customs form.

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    Jim Mitchem is one. He's a Chaplain and travels between Afgan and Iraq. Pipes are appreciated. But what the troops want is Tobacco of any variety.

    jjmitchem@gmail.com

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    No one spends time in a conflict zone and returns unharmed, even if it doesn't show.
    Thank you for supporting your vet's!

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    Shoot, the thread was in the Buy/Sell/Trade section. This morning I was deleting old posts, and looking only at the last date, not the title. I think that I deleted it....Shaintiques is the member who set this up. I'll see if I can undelete it.

    Al

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    Thanks Al. I got the info from him. Thanks guys!

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    If anyone has any tobaccos they aren’t found of, I could always take some for my coworkers to try

    "I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new." -Robert W. Service
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    If you're going to cull, and you don't need money or trade out of particular pipes or blends, this is definitely the thing to do. I find if satisfying, feel like someone is getting real benefit out of it. When one of my aunts sent me a box of books on my minesweeper, it was like gold. A few that didn't appeal to me immediately, I put in the ship's library (a little closet on the mess decks).

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    'No one spends time in the conflict zone and returns unharmed'' unless hes happen to be a member of French Foreign Legion, La Legion Etrangere

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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