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Passover package makes Jewish soldier’s day in Iraq


We all know that care packages are morale boosters for soldiers deployed overseas. A 25-year-old Iraq veteran told me last year how he and others in his unit looked forward to letters and care packages coming from back home. <P>
“When mail call comes around and your name isn’t called, it’s a downer. You hear your name and it turns your spirits around,” Anthony Metichecchias told me last July while he helped senior citizens prepare care packages for a young Rockland soldier in Iraq. “If you’re under fire and have received a letter, it’s still a good day.” <P> I recalled his words when I saw this e-mail of appreciation from Roy Marokusa who is stationed in Iraq: <P>
05-apr1-1-flightlinea.JPG“I recalled his words when I saw this e-mail of appreciation from Roy Marokusa who is stationed in Iraq. <P> I am a Jewish soldier in the Regular Army, serving my second tour in Iraq. Yesterday, I received a most wonderful and unexpected package of Passover supplies from the Fred Hecht JWV Post 425, in Spring Valley NY. <P> As an old bar mitzvah and cheder bocher, and a graduate of SUNY Downstate Brooklyn School of Medicine, I am greatly touched by the generosity and the mitzvah shown by my fellow Jewish American war veterans. <P> L’chaim, tovim, v’shalom!”

This entry was posted on Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 3:20 pm by Hema Easley. |
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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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